High Anxiety Prayer

high anxiety prayer

When your mind perceives that danger is near, and you feel that your life is at risk, then its normal to be extremely anxious. Protecting yourself becomes the most important part of your survival, as you live in your safe place until the threat is gone.

For those who experience high anxiety, this scenario can be a hard thing to escape. Imagine for a moment what it must be like to live in constant fear?

If you have ever been severely abused, then you know what its like to be afraid, as you look for ways to escape. You will develop pathways to lead you away from harm, and you will erect barricades to keep things from hurting you. As a result, denial can become your best friend, so that you can keep the danger far away.

As you become older things change. You may not actually be in any physical danger anymore, but you know on the inside that those things still bother you. So, what do you do?

Begin To Pray:

You can ask Jesus of Nazareth to give you His peace when you feel afraid. Let Him remove your burden of fear. Allow Him to calm your racing mind, and to bring reassurance to your troubled heart. You are not alone, and you don’t have to face this by yourself. He is with you, and He desires to help you.

Ask Him to come and be with you, for He desires to be your safe place. Give Him your anxious thoughts, and listen for the sound of His voice. As He speaks to you, you will be able to settle on the inside. Your body will begin to relax, and you will start enjoying His peace. Stay there with Him, and let Him comfort you.

Share your feelings with Him, for He enjoys listening to the sound of your voice. You are His sheep, and He is your Shepherd. He will take care of you, watch over you, and protect you. His desire is to provide for you, every step of the way. So lean into His presence, and rest awhile, let Him carry your burdens, and surround you with His great love. Amen.

Targeting Women

targeting women

Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment far from our hearts. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment has not reached love’s perfection. (1 John 4:18)

Over the last several weeks, I have noticed a distinct increase in hatred towards women. I have heard of women being intimidated, shamed, and enslaved by fear.

So, today I would like to pray for those women who are feeling oppressed, confused, unwanted, and who need to be rescued by God’s love.

Heavenly Father,

Your love is steadfast towards those women who are afraid, unsure, and who need your comfort. Please remove the structures of fear that hinder them. Help them to find shelter, and rescue them from every influence that seeks them harm.

Instead, bring in your perfect love to drive out fear. Remove their garments of shame, and cover them your garments of praise. Delight over them with your singing. Rejoice over them with songs of freedom and deliverance.

For You, Lord Jesus, have come to set them free, and He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. (John 8:36)

Help them to walk out their freedom in perfect love. When you open up prison doors, you set the captives free, and they are no longer obligated to return to their former enslavement. Rather, You nullify the terms of their bondage, and you release them into your covenant love, through faith in Jesus Christ.

So, please gather each woman under your tender care. Guard them with your love. Surround them with your comfort. Speak to them with your reassuring voice, and lead them forward into strong, life-giving relationships.

P.S. If you are one of these women, then please seek out Jesus of Nazareth, for He is your forever friend. You can open up your heart’s door to Him because His love has no end. You can trust Him completely, and lean on His strength to keep you safe. Follow His leading, anticipate His direction, and be lead by His Holy Spirit, into the freedom that He has for you. Amen.

Apartment Prayer

apartment prayer

Living in an apartment building is not always easy. It can be more cost-effective than owning a home, but living with other tenants can be challenging. If you have ever lived in an apartment building, then you know that you can be disturbed by noise, troubled by smoking, and limited by space.

Sometimes, apartment living is necessary, especially if your income means you cannot afford your own home. There are some advantages to living in an apartment, like having your landlord provide you with snow removal, garbage disposal, and general building maintenance.

So, if you live in an apartment building, here is a short prayer for you:

Heavenly Father,

I bless every believer who resides within an apartment building. May you provide them with your marvelous protection, constant provision, and continued peace. Help them to get along with their neighbors. Create an honoring environment of mutual respect, real privacy, and genuine care. Reduce any noise disturbances so that they can enjoy a restful sleep whenever they need it.

May these residences become dwelling places for your Holy Spirit, the honoring of your Son, Jesus of Nazareth, and the revelation of your true love, Father. Amen.

Quick To Respond

quick to respond

Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. (James 1:19-20)

When someone speaks, I can sometimes respond too quickly. So quickly, that I might not give the other person a chance to finish what they are saying.

Have you ever been there before?

Today, was a reminder of being in dialogue with my wife, that I can do the exact opposite of what these scripture verses require. When I think that she has finished speaking, then I can be quick to respond, and sometimes forget to let her finish what she is saying.

Question: How do I know when the other person has finished speaking?

Answer: When they have finished talking.

Question: Can I wait for the other person to stop talking, and even give them a few moments of grace, before I respond?

Answer: Yes!

Question: What if I wait too long? Will the other person feel ignored?

Answer: Not likely.

Conclusion: In conversations with those you love, silence can be golden. You never need to rush. In fact, a slight delay might be helpful, as you seek to understand more than you desire to be understood.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for showing me that I can be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. For these are the qualities that you desire to produce within me. You, along with my beloved, can be gracious and merciful, and that is exactly what I need as you teach me your ways.

So, may your example, of a loving Heavenly Father, also inspire others to learn and grow in the richness of your grace and the bounty of your mercy. Amen.