The moment Christians experience difficult situations, their prayer is often, “Why God? Why am I in this situation? Why does this always happen to me?” But this is not the right way to pray. The attitude of your heart is most important in prayer. You pray not to plead with God but to receive strength to walk through the trial in a manner that pleases Him and brings glory to Christ.
Your prayer of faith is enough to deliver you from worry and anxiety because you are not alone in your prayers.
Romans 8:34 – Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died-more than that, who was raised-who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Jesus Christ is interceding for us always. Let this be the focal point when you pray, that you are not in it alone. Prayer puts you in the position of rest, and when you rest in Christ, He manifests.
James the apostle, in his letter, speaks of Elijah the prophet. This mighty prophet of God is spoken of as a man with nature like ours.
James 5:17 – Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
Elijah was not perfect but went through highs and lows just as any Christian would. He slipped into depression and fear.
1 Kings 19:4-5… But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.”
Can you relate to this?
He began to experience doubts and fears, even after being anointed and used powerfully by God. Many of us will be able to relate with this situation. We must not permit worrying thoughts and feelings to overcome our minds. Know and be confident in the word of the Lord that He cares for you above all that you can ask or think.
So, whenever you or someone you know feels emotionally exhausted or caught up by emotions of depression and hopelessness—your prayer founded on scripture is key to refresh and revive your spirit.
Considering this, below are some verses to give comfort and encouragement in your stress-filled times. Pray them as often as you can and believe Christ is faithful to give you His peace.
Philippians 4:6-7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 32:7 – “You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance”
Psalm 56:3-4 … “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”
Psalm 139:23-24 … “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 … “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear, what can man do to me?'”
Psalm 145:18-19 … “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.”
Psalm 57:1 – “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.”