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Learn how to counteract anxiety and function with joy in this amazing post from my good friend Melanie. She and I have been blogger buddies for several years now and we’re both in the same season of life (empty nesters unite)! But no matter your season, every mom experiences anxiety over her children (as well as a million details on a daily basis).
In this second installation of our Summer Sizzle Series, Mel explains how to personalize Philippians 4:6 by breaking it down into 7 personal prayers. Grab a mug of your favorite coffee and settle in to ponder these prayers and ask God for His peace to concentrate and make them your own!
Over the past few months, I’ve started something new. I’m assisting people with their marketing and social media needs.
It’s my joy to get to work with small businesses and bloggers all over the country as they are just starting out and as they are seeking to grow their reach, their market, and their influence.
One of the greatest challenges for most new entrepreneurs and bloggers it to get all of their social media outlets connected and linked to each other.
This can be a real nightmare for some folks.
For the most part, Instagram presents the most “linking” challenges for newbies. I don’t know why, but this particular app can cause some of the biggest headaches for people who are unfamiliar with its set up.
On certain days and in certain situations – social media can cause anxiety.
Life is filled with situations that can tempt us to worry.
And, that’s what today’s verse and prayer are all about – dealing with anxiety.
Let’s discover how to personally pray Philippians 4:6.
How to counteract anxiety with personal Scripture prayer
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
To counteract anxiety, ask!
“Father, it is so easy to be a worrier. We live in a day where there is much to worry about, be concerned about, and be anxious over. But, You’ve told us to fret not. Would You give me victory over worry?
I understand that worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.
Lord, help me not to worry about my life, about what I will eat or drink; or about my body, what I will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes? Also, help me not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.”
To counteract anxiety, claim grace!
“Lord, would You help me to move away from worry to prayer? No matter what happens, I want to substitute my worry with prayer. Rather than be anxious, I want to look up the heavens and talk to You.
Would You give me the grace and the ability to make this transition? Each time worry comes my way, would You enable me to turn my concerns into prayers? I want to pray instead of worrying!”
To counteract anxiety, pray about everything
“And, Lord, I want to learn to pray about everything. In every circumstance and situation, I want to lift my heart to you in prayer. I know this won’t be easy, but I really desire to become a person of prayer.
Would you give me the grace to pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition? Would You also allow me to stay alert with all perseverance in my prayers for all the saints? I want to be unceasing and persistent in prayer. Father. I know that time spent in prayer is never wasted time.
And, would You begin to show me the amazing power of prayer?
I want to experience You like I never have before as I pray. I know that my prayers don’t change You, but I am convinced that they do change me. Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with You.”
To counteract anxiety, tell God what you need
“Father, I want to talk to You about everything and let your requests be made known to You. I want to share my concerns, my fears, my worries, my dreams, and my hopes with You. Like I would speak to my spouse or a close friend, I want to begin to talk to You more often and more regularly.
As I pray, help me to cast all my cares on You. Thank You that You care for me. Additionally, I want to cast my burdens upon You for You will sustain me. You will never allow the righteous to be shaken. I’m so thankful that prayer is the link that connects me to You.”
To counteract anxiety, give thanks
“Oh, Father, I want to be more thankful for all that I have. It’s my desire to be a more grateful person, one who, with a thankful heart, will offer up prayers and requests to You.
No matter what is going on in my life, I want to give you thanks. Would You give me the courage to give thanks for everything to You, God my Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ? And whatever I do, in word or deed, I want to do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to You, God my Father.
Although it can be challenging at times, I want to begin to give thanks to You in every circumstance, for this is Your will for me in Christ Jesus. As we begin this new week, would you strengthen my prayer life? When events come along that threaten my peace and cause me to worry, would You remind me to pray?
To counteract anxiety, pray for perspective
Oh, Father, give me the grace to not fret or worry.
Instead of worrying, I want to pray. I want to let petitions and praises shape my worries into prayers, letting You know my concerns. God, I want to experience that sense of Your wholeness, everything coming together for good, and settling me down. I believe it will be wonderful to see what happens when You displace the worry that currently resides at the center of my life.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Verses used in this post: Matthew 6:25; Matt. 6:24; Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22; Eph. 5:20; Col. 3:17; 1 Thess. 5:18
Quotes used in prayer:
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom
“No one can pray and worry at the same time.” Max Lucado
“Time spent in prayer is never wasted.” Francis Fenelon
“The reality is, my prayers don’t change God. But, I am convinced prayer changes me. Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.” – Lysa TerKeurst
“Prayer is the link that connects us with God.” A.B. Simpson
Melanie is a Christian blogger, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Marketing and Social Media Consultant. She’s married to Randy and mom to two awesome college students. God’s grace never ceases to amaze her.
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