"Bridge to Serenity" by James Coleman
STRESS/ WORRIES/ ANXIETY PRAYERS
PEACE of JESUS
the real 'bridge to serenity'
"Peaceful Pause"by James Coleman
I am returning to Praying the Word of God as we have been doing through great books mentioned HERE that take the best book written, The Bible, God's Word and pray scriptures.
Since there are so many verses, I have chosen to focus on scriptures by topics. Eventually, we will have many different posts and hopefully prayers shared by you on those verses. This will be a great reference for anyone to come and pray on that topic or in that need. Please choose a verse and share a prayer (be sure to reference the verse).
Thank you for standing in the gap and coming here to leave a prayer or prayer request. You are not limited by this list and free to pray whatever you are led to share through the power of His Spirit.
Take comfort from these verses, praying and asking the Lord to lift your burdens or those of others:
22 Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 29 And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 32 Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. NKJV
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (NLT)
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (NLT)
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us. NKJV
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." NIV
For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. — Ephesians 6:12
Mary Fairchild at About.com shares some wonderful articles like this one I've capsulized the main points below:
What does the Bible say about worry?
1. Worrying accomplishes absolutely nothing
2. Worrying is not good for you.
3. Worrying puts your focus in the wrong direction
4. Worrying is the opposite of trusting God.
Of course, we all know these reasons but we loose site. Worry, stress, anxiety can rob us and have destructive health effects. That's a device of the enemy.
Worries increase stress and anxieties and changes our focus to the things of the world, yet it seems that we can't escape them, trying to live in this world. It is in times like this, that we must give our minds, our bodies, all of us, completely over to JESUS and His thoughts, His ways, His remedies. It's all there in His Word & we need to continue pressing into His Word, surrounding ourselves with His Word, reading the verses over and over to battle with our flesh, our own mind.
Mary Fairchild cites some great verses as well for each point above in her article. [Matthew 6:27-29; Proverbs 12:25; Matthew 6:30; Matthew 6:25; Matthew 6:31-33; *1 Peter 5:7]
In "Prayers that Prevail", there are prayers Freedom from Worry and Freedom from Fear. The above scriptures and these should be prayed against Worry.
Romans 8:28; * 1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 11:28; Romans 8:38,39; Philippians 4:19; 1 John 4:18; Luke 12:32; Philippians 4:6,7; Matthew 6:34; 2 Timothy 1:12; Psalms 37:8; Mark 4:19; Luke 21:34; Galatians 5:1; Hebrews 4:16
Claim these truths of God's Word and pray it, believing...
Lead us Lord, to Your Peace that passes all understanding...
[Might I suggest making index cards with each of these verses in your favorite translation.]