Weapon #2: Prayer
We cannot fight anxiety on our own strength. I love what Proverbs 21:31 says, “A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory comes from the Lord.” The horse obeys its rider. It goes where he is directed, and the rider gets the glory for victory in battle. Each time you overcome anxiety, it is not because you were able to win, but because God led you to victory.
But the horse does not trust an unfamiliar rider during battle. To be able to trust God during the throes of anxiety, you have to have built that trust relationship with Him during the everyday.
Talk daily with God about the mundane in your life. Pray over your schedule. Ask to be sensitive to His working. Praise Him on your drive to work, for the front parking spot on a rainy day, and even the moody teenager who can’t bear to get up in the morning. Turn those Scriptures into personal prayers. You will become more observant to His faithfulness and able to trust Him even when things didn’t go as planned.
Take time once a week to write out a prayer to God. The act of writing slows you down and helps you to process through things at a deeper level. Talk about what you are struggling with, and with the beauty of the written word, you will have a visual of how God has spoken to you by the end. The way your prayer starts is not how it ends. God has a way of whispering to our hearts and redirecting our focus whether we are praying aloud, silently, or writing the words out.
Prayer is a key weapon at our disposal. Don’t let it get rusty. Our trust in God wanes whenever we don’t take the time to nurture that relationship.
What if you don’t know what to pray? Just talk. You can’t mess it up. Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.”
The amazing thing about prayer and studying God’s word is that over time He will teach you all you need to know.
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