I want to say thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go to school, and giving me the opportunity to challenge myself in classes that further my education.
I want to say thank you for all that — but sometimes, it’s hard.
Sometimes I curse my classes and think about how I’d much rather not go to school at all. I get so caught up in tests, quizzes, papers, and GPAs that I forget to stop and thank you and recognize that these things I complain about are things kids elsewhere would consider an absolute privilege.
Lord, I know you would never give me anything I couldn’t handle but I don’t like when you test me. I hate feeling like I should give up, the feeling of studying so much my brain hurts and wanting to just not try anymore and to just wing it.
I get so stressed up and caught up in worldly things that I later realize were not even worth it. I know one day I’ll look back and be thankful for all these opportunities but classes are hard and society has told me that GPA matters more than anything. Please, Lord, I pray that you can take some of this stress off my shoulders.
I pray for the students cramming until 2 a.m. at the library and those who I see leaving classrooms defeated will feel your comfort. I pray that You can guide them through their classes and show them the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope You can remind them that they are working for their career and their future. Lord, I hope you can remind me of that sometimes too.
I feel ridiculous complaining about such a blessing but I just pray Your light will shine through me and I can have more ambition. It is so easy to give up in college. Some classes only offer so many opportunities to succeed — or fail. That sometimes it is just easier not to try. The expectations of my family, the workplace, and the world is bearing great weight on my shoulders and I pray that this could be lifted.
I pray that I can get through the hardest of tests and the longest of papers. I pray that I have the strength to persevere through the toughest weeks and longest math problems. I pray that you will calm my heart and I can work harder as the semester continues.
Thank you for being someone I can rely on. Thank you for being a God that I can cry to and for being a God I can tell anything to. Your love overwhelms my soul and I can never thank you enough for that. But please give me strength this semester. Classes are hard and sometimes it seems easier to just give up and I need you right now. I pray this not only for me but for every other student out there struggling with this as well.
a new school year has just begun.. it’s my last year at college. Our schedule is so crazy and there is just so much pressure. I’m currently job hunting, but I still haven’t been accepted by any of those places I’ve applied for. I’m worried, anxious and depressed. If it wasn’t for God I’d have thrown my entire life away. Everything’s too much, not only school. I’m afraid that I’ll get really bad grades at the end of this year. I’m afraid that I won’t get a job for next year. I’m afraid that I won’t pass the driving test next week… there are so many things that I’m worried about and I doubt that I’m going to make it.
So please.. please pray for me. I’d highly appreciate it. God bless you
Is stress holding you hostage and keeping you from rest? Do you feel burdens pressing in that seem too heavy to bear? When anxious thoughts pull you in the wrong direction, and you’re struggling to find balance, the following prayer might express your thoughts and help you find relief and freedom.
Before praying, consider these 4 steps for praying over anxiety, as suggested by well-known author and speaker Max Lucado:
- Pray immediately.
“Don’t stew over the problems that are besetting you or your neighbor. Ask God for help as soon as you identify a need.”
- Pray specifically.
“When we boil our concerns down to a specific request, they become right-sized. Vague threats loom larger than concrete challenges.”
- Pray for and with others.
“When we consider the problems of others and enlist their help with ours, our concerns become more manageable.”
- Pray with thanksgiving.
“Anxiety and gratitude cannot occupy the same space. When we catalog what are thankful for, our list of challenges grows less powerful.”
A Prayer for Relief of Stress and Anxiety
Lord Jesus, the stresses in my life often reach a dangerous proportion—or so it seems. My body, mind, and spirit struggle to keep up physically, mentally, and yes, spiritually. Some days anxiety stalks me like a deceitful predator, and the temptation to worry draws me in. I know better, but some days the challenges outweigh the truths buried inside. My trust in You fades into the background, giving fear and concerns permission to discourage me.
In those moments of apprehension, help me remember that I belong to You, and that You are not the author of fear or anxiety, but the giver of love and a sound mind. Teach me Your ways to respond to problems by giving thanks in them. Your Word assures me that You are always there with me. You are the Blessed Controller of all things, and nothing escapes Your attention in my life. You have given me every tool and spiritual blessing to fight against those things that try to steal my peace. You’ve promised that when I’m stressed and burdens are trying to weigh me down, I can come to You. You will give me sweet rest!
Whether the anxiety stems from work, parenting, finances, physical issues, or even world conditions, You are there, Lord, to shoulder the weight. Teach me to recognize the stressful trials as tools for you to shape me and rearrange me. Through those difficult times, You will teach me patience, enlarge my faith, and help me see things I couldn’t see earlier—if I will only let You. When I’m clueless as to what to do, Lord, I want to turn to you first, not last.
Forgive me for trying to handle things on my own, Lord. The need to be in control sometimes gets a stronghold on my life. That only makes things worse. I want to trust You more and see things from Your perspective, not my own. No one makes me feel uptight, angry, or stressed, and no one forces me to react negatively. I choose to respond according to my beliefs. Do I believe You are in control? Do I believe You created all things and hold all things in Your Hand? Do I believe You are truly good? When an anxious thought creeps in, help me to stop and relax, to take that thought captive, and to turn apprehension into a calm prayer for deliverance. Revamp my belief system, Lord. Show me a new way to handle life according to Your Way.
No matter what issues I am dealing with; no matter how big the problems or situations, I’m laying them all at Your feet today. Turn these potentials for stress into lessons for growth and trust. When I can’t see any possible solutions, I choose to believe that You are working things out for my good—in Your own time, as you have in the past. Show me what to do, or what not to do. As I focus on You, remembering Your promises and Your words, I believe You will fill me with a peace that is beyond all understanding.
In Your precious name,
A Short Prayer for An Anxious Heart
Dear Lord, I thank you that I can come to You always for any reason. I’m grateful that when I pray to You, You answer me. Help me to come to You at the beginning of my fears and anxieties instead of waiting until I can’t stand them anymore. The quicker I come to You the better. You want to free me from ALL my fears. Help me look to You for help more often so that I can be radiant with Your joy. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
– Jennifer Heeren
Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart. She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
Publication date: October 27, 2017
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