Overcoming Anxiety, Can Prayer Help? Pt 2/2 - 24 Sep 2020

This is part 2 of 2 posts where we explore inviting God into our anxious thoughts and feelings. 

If you have read Part 1 of this series, you will know that anxiety is one of the most experienced mental health problems in the UK. The BBC reports anxiety has become even more prevalent due to a drastic change in the way we live our lives over the last 6 months. 

'DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERY SITUATION, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD.' PHILIPPIANS 4:6 

If you suffer from anxiety or know someone who does, there are many practices that can help us invite God into our worries 

One great way to calm our minds and bring God into the centre of our troubles is through Journalling.  

What is Journaling?  

Journaling is the simple practice of writing down thoughts and prayers. This prayer tool will help you hear God’s voice as you journal. 

Do it: How to Journal: 

“Dear God’” 

Start each journal entry with a personal address to God – Father, Jesus, Lord, Holy Spirit – this provides a prayerful context for what you are about to write and frames all you are processing in intimate and relational dialogue.  

Date 

Don’t forget to write the date at the top of the page. This is important when you are reflecting on your journal to see interesting connections, threads of themes, and divine coincidences!  

Thanksgiving 

Begin by thanking God for steadfast love and care, the fact you have been given this particular day as a gift. It’s now been scientifically proven that people who keep a ‘gratitude journal’ feel physically better about themselves and life in general.  

Scripture  

Write down a word or scripture you are savouring today. Mull over this for a while and write/draw/paint any further reflections that proceed from your heart. 

MORE PRAYER IDEAS:  

Find out more about Journaling in our online prayer Toolshed.  

Download: How to Practise Christian Meditation

Download: How to Pray the Psalms 

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