Dealing With Stress
People dealing with stress are usually focused on the “problem”. It may cause them to make rash decisions or choices. Be sure to express comfort, encouragement and /or practical ways to help them re-focus on the solution: Jesus. The enemy is good at distracting us, especially using stress, but it is God’s desire for us to lean on Him for His peace. He longs to be the center of our lives.
Possible things to pray for:
· Wisdom for practical ways to move towards the solution
· Strength to surrender the issue at God’s feet
· Know that God is sovereign over their chaos and focus on Him
· Claim authority over the powers and principalities causing the stress
· Declare God’s promises over the situation
Verses to share:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge.
Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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