Last week, I shared with my tribe about how there’s a difference between saying we trust God and actually trusting God. I decided to write a prayer for when you feel anxious because it’s so easy to fall into a cycle of worry and anxiety in our world today.
With most things moving at such a fast pace, sometimes it can feel like everyone around you is doing and achieving and you’re just… not. It’s very easy for your mind and thoughts to turn against you. Always thinking of the worst possible outcome in every situation, worrying about what’s next – your purpose, your finances, your relationships, your future, your friendships, the list goes on. There’s just so much to worry about.
This is how the dictionary defines anxious –
1. experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
Here’s the thing friends, Jesus is very clear about the value of worry
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:27-33)
Not only does He say that worrying is pointless, He also lets us know that worrying shows a lack of faith. Worrying about the outcome of something means you don’t really trust that God has your back. The next time you find yourself feeling anxious or worrying about something, why don’t you pull out this prayer for when you feel anxious and combat those negative thoughts by laying all your cares at the feet of Jesus?
Prayer for When You Feel Anxious
I have been feeling overwhelmed and anxious lately; I feel like I have so much to do and not enough time or resources to get them done. I’m facing situations that make me feel small and incapable. Today Lord, I humbly come to you and lay all my anxieties at your feet because I know you care for me. Father, you said in Your word that mountains and hills may move, but your covenant of peace will stay with me. I claim that promise and hold it close to my heart. Father, I know that I cannot change anything in my life by being stressed and worried. So today I proclaim your peace that cannot be found in the world over my life. You Lord are the Prince of Peace and I call on the name of Jesus to cast out every spirit of anxiety, fear and worry in my life. Your word says that You would keep me in perfect peace if my mind is stayed on You and I trust in you. The next time I find myself getting overwhelmed by the stress of this world, I ask for the strength of your Spirit to help me stay focused on You. I thank you Father because I know that your peace that surpasses all understanding will guard my heart and mind. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.