The Power of Using Prayer to Conquer Your Anxiety
I know I have shared numerous tips and tricks that I use to manage my anxiety. This week I want to share, in more detail, the one that I feel is most important and helpful.
Prayer is the number one thing that I do to help me with my anxiety. I pray conversationally all day long. If I am anxious over a to-do list while I am driving home, I pray to have a peaceful mind. I pray for perspective. Is that to-do list really worth me getting stressed over? If I am anxious about driving somewhere by myself (usually long trips), I pray the entire way asking God to see me to my destination safely. I ask him to take away my fears and worries. I pray when I feel overwhelmed, and when I feel like I need to be reset. I pray, pray, pray, and pray!
I rely on God to see me through situations that I feel I could never figure out on my own. I ask him to help me manage my fears, doubts, and worries. I ask him to see me through my lowest points. I ask him to love me, even when I feel unlovable. That’s the beauty though, he is there TO be asked.
I am not meant to feel alone, because I never am. I am not meant to handle it all by myself, because God will help me handle all things he sends my way. I am not meant to carry around all the past things I have done wrong, because I am meant to be forgiven. I am not meant to focus on my anxious thoughts, because I am meant to give those to God in prayer. I am meant to have peace, love, and happiness, because that is what God says that I deserve.
When my anxiety hits me full force, all I have to do is open my heart and ask God to take away my worries, fears, and negative thoughts. When I turn to God, he does as I ask. He may not always answer me the way that I want, but he does always answer. God stands by my side, calms my mind, and takes on the majority of the negative anxious thoughts that are plaguing me. God is resilient and never gives up on me.
I feel blessed that I have someone who willingly loves me even knowing deep, dark, terrible things about me. God is invested in me. God will see me through anything, because he loves me. God will see me through everything, because HE needs me to be the person he created me to be. I have things I need to do for him here in this beautiful world.
I need to be able to make this world a better place in whatever way that he calls me. I can’t do that if I am a hot mess trying to desperately handle everything on my own. I can’t do that if I am so anxious I can’t function. I NEED to rely on someone stronger than myself. God will always work to help me be a better version of myself, and he will always work to help me overcome things that could drag me down. Why? Because God loves me and is counting on me to do what he needs done.
That said, I decided to write down what my typical prayer is each day. Given the day, it may look a little different. It may be broken into three separate prayers depending on if my one year old interrupts (he-he). I want to share my prayer with you in case you would like to use it, too. My hope is that maybe this prayer will inspire you to pray your own prayer. NOTHING is too much to ask of God and there should be no shame about what your needs are.
I challenge you to turn towards God and actually TALK to him. Tell him your worries, fears, and doubts. Let him shoulder your pain, stress, and worry. Ask him to help you change, if that’s what you feel you need. Ask him to see you through a challenging/overwhelming circumstance. Ask him to take on your worries, doubts, and fears. Ask him to carry what you feel that you cannot. It is okay to ask him to help you carry your load. You have someone there banging on the door ASKING and PLEADING to help you, so let him!
My Daily Prayer for My Anxiety
Lord, I pray that you will take me through this blessed day, and help me to make good decisions and face my troubles along the way.
I am thankful for my family, friends, home, and health.
I appreciate all you have given me in this life, and I appreciate the love that you freely give to me today.
Make me strong enough to overcome things that want to bring me down.
Open my mind and heart to you, and allow me to accept, without guilt, your protection, love, and guidance.
I ask to wear you as my armor, and use you as my shelter today.
I ask you to please forgive me for the sins of yesterday, so I can start fresh today.
Help me to leave the past in the past, forgive myself, and move forward without the weight of things that have long since been forgiven by you.
Please cleanse my mind and take away all thoughts, fears, and worries that will hold me back.
I ask you to help me trust you, without fail, in all circumstances, even when my instinct is to fight for control and trust only myself.
I ask that you help me be better than I was yesterday, so that I may be able to accomplish what your will is for me today.
Please protect my loved ones, help those that are sick, and comfort those who are hurting.
As your servant I ask you to use me today, Lord.
Use me to help others, and use me to help make this beautiful world a better place.
I ask you to work within me so that my fear will not hold me back from things you need done.
You have asked me to be anxious for nothing and instead pray for everything. Help me do this, Lord.
I ask that you remind me of your presence, and the safety your presence brings when fear, worry, and anxiety threaten to overtake me.
Stay by my side, so that I know it will all be okay.
Relax my body and my mind, so that I can the person you have called me to be.
I ask you to remind me that there are more positives than negatives in this beautiful life of mine.
I am rooted by my hope and trust in you, Lord.
I ask you to bring me peace and happiness on this blessed day, in Jesus name I pray.
Until next week,
Hey all you awesome people reading my blog. I'm Ginger and this blog chronicles how I live my life fabulously with anxiety.