The Bible tells us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). When we’re feeling anxious, one of the best things we can do is turn to God in prayer. The ability for prayer to relieve our anxiety and depression only happens when our relationship with God is secure. When we believe God is loving, and we trust Him to handle our needs, we move away from stress and worry and enter a place of healing. There is power in prayer to change not only the situation that is being prayed about or for, but also to change the one that is praying. When we are in the presence of God, we are laying our lives before Him in complete submission and dependence. The Bible says “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8 ESV). When we pray in the presence of God, we are seeking peace. From Scripture we are told that there is nothing for us to be anxious about when we seek Him in prayer and turn things over to Him. We know that God is separated from our hearts when we lack peace, and God is present in our hearts when peace is present. Here are eight ways to turn your anxiety over to God.
Remember to Trust God
When life gets hard, we sometimes forget that God is right there, listening to us and addressing our needs. Our circumstances can cause us to drift away from God and not trust that His plan is right for us. But God knows and understands the hopes and fears we keep in our hearts. In fact, He’s the best listener. Even when we don’t shout or cry out loud, He hears even our silent prayers. It’s important that we trust Him, especially during our darkest hours. Here are seven things God wants you to remember when life gets hard. Remember these things when you’re feeling lost and alone for He knows exactly where you are and has a good plan for your life. Too often, people try to take control of their own lives, through their own will because of their desire to make things happen according to their plan. But as believers, we know that God makes everything according to His plan. Many people who have experienced and depression are in a space where fear has become their focus. When we accept His plan, all fear, anxiety and stress can dissipate. We begin to embrace the joy of God’s Will.
Remember God Will Heal You
The Bible says “Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). This verse is more than a notion. There is power in prayer to help us beat anxiety and depression. The Lord is the Great Physician. There’s no wonder that there are so many accounts of Jesus healing people during His earthly ministry. The Bible tells us that Jesus was sent to heal the broken-hearted (Luke 4:18), that He will restore our health and heal our wounds (Jeremiah 30:17). Jesus not only carries all of your pain, but also has the power to heal you when you turn your anxiety over to Him. Even in times of difficulty and uncertainty, God wants us to know that He is present and able to make us whole again. The beautiful part is that when God heals and restores, our lives are transformed. Trust in His power.
Remember Our Trials Lead to Strength
God will carry you through your anxiety and the storm that comes along with it. The Bible tells us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2). Every difficult situation you face, whether big or small, is preparing you to be stronger. God will use your trials to produce greater faith and strength if you allow Him to. Your pain has purpose, even when you don’t understand why in this moment. Building a foundation of hope will help carry you through the storms of life. First, submit yourself to God. He is the source of our hope. When we come to Him in humility, He restores us. Next, strengthen your faith. Allow God’s previously fulfilled promises to renew your hope. God has given us written record of countless ways He has provided hope for believers in centuries in the past.
Remember God Loves You
God loves you immensely and He has amazing plans for your life. His plans are not intended to harm us but prosper us. God knows the plans He has for you, even if you don’t know them or understand them. God knows your future and is planning it better than anyone else can. Hope is the knowledge that we are being changed for the better as we trust in God’s promises. No action you make and no sin that you commit can make Him love you any less. The Bible tells us, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” When life gets hard, it’s important that you remember that God loves you – no matter how many mistakes you make or how many times you are angry with Him. God doesn’t love us for superficial, earthly reasons. God loves you for you.
Remember Miracles Happen
When you’re struggling with anxiety and facing very hard situations, God wants you to remember that miracles happen. These miracles show up in every dream that you have that comes true, in every enlightening moment you have, in every person who has moved or transformed your life, and in every person you love – in these very moments, God’s making miracles happen.
These miracles aren’t always going to be big. Sometimes, they are small. He is bringing you small miracles so that you can believe in the bigger ones. Look around you. When you look for the small miracles, you will see that they are everywhere.
Remember God’s Perfect Plan For Your Life
The Bible tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has a perfect plan for you. Sometimes it seems like His plans are always different from our plans, but His plans are always perfect. He never does it all at once, just step by step because He wants to teach us to walk by faith, not by sight. It’s important that we are patient and trust in His timing, especially when we’re struggling with anxiety. When we’re stressed and anxious, it’s easy for us to lose sight of all that God offers us. When we recognize that God has a perfect plan for our life, no trial we face, including anxiety, can defeat us.
Remember God Will Never Leave You
God is always present in your life, even in your anxious, lonely and broken hours. It’s important that you remain faithful and not lose hope. The Bible tells us, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). You may feel like you’re alone, but God is right there. He will never turn His back on you. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He’s right there with you to help carry you through the darkest valley. Scripture promises that the Lord will fight for us. We only need to be still. Trust that God is a constant presence in your life.
Remember to Listen to God
Every time you speak, God is listening to you, including your concerns and needs. Even when you doubt that God is listening, He always proves that He is. If you're struggling with anxiety, it's important to remember not only that God is listening to you, but also to listen to God. Listening to Him begins with a genuine desire to hear from Him. God has spoken to us through those who were inspired to write the words of Scripture. His Word is still going forth and speaking to us. Our choice is whether or not we will heed the message of Bible verses about listening to God and listen to those around us who speak His Word. He doesn’t have a dial that he turns up and down when He feels like not tuning in. Sometimes, you need to turn the volume of the world down to hear God’s voice. When life gets hard, allow His voice to speak over your fears.
Struggling with anxiety is never easy. It’s important that you remember that God listens, knows and understands what you’re going through and wants nothing more than for you to be anxiety free. When life gets hard, trust that God is on your side and that He has a plan bigger for you than you have for yourself. He will never leave or forsake you. When you need, God knows, when you ask God listens, and when you believe, God works.