James 5:17 – Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
I woke up cranky.
There was no real reason. I just woke up cranky. Has that ever happened to you? It’s like you are wearing glasses that dim the world around you. I was easily frustrated. I felt annoyed. I felt slightly depressed, and a little sad too.
I knew it was because of stress honestly. I was stressed – and that was leaking out as a foul mood.
This is not how I want to live my life. And I was faced with a decision. Do you ever know what to do to help yourself, but you choose not to do it because you just would rather wallow than work on it? This was me for half the day.
Then I finally changed my perspective. I asked a few people for prayer. This began to change everything for me. Just the sheer act of opening up started to crack the foul mood. And then the power of prayer! Prayer is powerful, as this verse tells us, and when we are weak we need to ask for prayer so his healing and strength can fill us!
This is not something that comes easily, trust me I know! But this is one of the most powerful ways for us to combat stress, anxiety, depression – really anything.
So when was the last time you asked for some prayer?
Jesus please help me to choose you over wallowing! I pray that when I am stressed and anxious, you would remind me to seek you. And that your peace and strength would fill my heart and mind.