Feeling Stressed?

This morning I was reminded of those days in our life when we are struggling to find peace. An individual was sharing her concerns over an important matter in their family. Now in this situation, she and her husband had done everything possible to achieve the desired outcome. Yet, she was still experiencing trouble sleeping, having negative thoughts, and a loss of daily joy. Have you ever had one of those days? I know I have on many occasions struggled to find joy or peace.  So how do we move forward when the darkness of despair covers us like a blanket?

 As believers in Christ, we know prayer is one of the greatest blessings to every Christian. The Lord tells us repeatedly to come to Him with our troubles. He even promises to answer our prayer.

Psalm 50:15 “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”

Psalm 55:16 “As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me.”

There are many places in Scripture that God tells us to come to Him and He will hear our cries. But the truth of the matter (if we are honest) is that when we are struggling, we don’t feel like praying. Everything within us just wants to cry and worry. So how do we find relief during these moments? Here are a few tips that may help. 
 
 

Pray even when you don’t know what to say or don’t feel like praying. We are built to communicate. Speaking words from our heart help us unload our feelings. While the situation may remain unchanged, the peace of sharing our troubles with God has enormous benefits. Even though Jesus knew the crucifixion was necessary, He still poured out His heart to God in the Garden of Gethsemane. Weeping as He surrendered for God’s will to be done.

Your course has been commissioned by the Lord. From eternity past to eternity future, and the NOW that lies in between, every step we take in life has been allowed by God. Look closely at the disciples in the storm on the Sea of Galilee. Notice it was Jesus who told them to go on that voyage (Matthew 14:22).  Despite what many preachers may have preached, storms will come into your life and the Lord sent them. Why? Just as the disciples needed to learn of Christ sufficiency, we all need to learn more of Jesus. And as we learn of Jesus, HE will give us rest. (Matthew 11:28) God is doing a perfect work in your life. Trust Him!

You are on Jesus prayer list. Can you imagine how Peter felt when Jesus told him in Luke 22:31,32 “Satan hath desired to have you…but I have prayed for thee.” What an awesome thought to have people praying for us, but can you imagine the wonderful feeling of Jesus (God) praying for us. Yet, that is exactly the promise found in God’s Word.

Hebrews 7:25 “Wherefore HE is able also to save them to the uttermost that unto God by Him, seeing HE ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Did you pick up on the eternal truths found in this one verse? “He ever lives” to pray for you and your situation today. Please don’t carry a trouble alone when you have a partner in Jesus Christ. And while we may not be able to determine the outcome in whatever troubles us; we know the Lord can do whatever He desires. (Psa. 115:3). From the beginning of our life, Jesus has prayed for this exact moment. HE will not leave you nor will He forsake you. God loves you with a perfect love.

 

In closing, do you recall what God told the Israelites as they approached the promised land? While the land was truly wonderful, there were some giants in their path to victory. Yet, the Lord told them, “…fear not, neither be discouraged.” (Deut. 1:21) Don’t let the giant of worry consume you and rob you of victory. As David can testify-our God can slay any giant. Let me challenge you to sing a familiar children’s song today.

Jesus loves me…this I know…for the Bible tells me so…little ones to Him belong…THEY ARE WEAK…BUT HE IS STRONG…yes, Jesus loves me…

And He really does love you. God has never loved you more than He loves you right now! And if we “draw nigh to Him-He will draw nigh to us” (James 4:8).

I pray you have a great and victorious day!

 


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