Published July 26, 2016

Shelia Shares

Are you dealing with stress? Today our guest columnist, Pastor Bill, tells us you are not alone — and offers the following prayer reminding us of our ever-faithful God. This prayer is shared in a daily devotional and available on Pastor Bill's website (, used here by permission.

- Shelia

"Antidote for Stress"
by Pastor Bill

Scripture: John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (NKJV).

In a recent survey, it was reported that most Americans are suffering from moderate to high stress. 44 percent reported that their stress levels have increased over the past five years.

Stress categories listed included the economy, work, money, relationships, family responsibilities, personal safety and health problems, among others. With all this stress what is one to do? Answer: Take it to Jesus!

Try this earnest prayer for stress release:

"Lord, I need your help. I am feeling the strain of stress in my life. My body is daily disturbed by the worry and fear stress causes.

"Jesus, I confess to you my inability to handle this stress alone. I surrender my mind to you. Take charge. Refresh my nervous system with the harmony of your peace, power and patience.

"Forgive my anger rooted in my irritable self-will.

"Make me a light of Your love to others. Help me embrace the inspirations You give me. Take charge of my tongue so that it becomes an instrument of therapeutic healing. Design my communication to reflect Your love and forgiveness.

"Lord, I commit my schedule to you. Bring good decisions that indicate that my ‘yes' is ‘yes' and my ‘no' is ‘no' with decisive strength.

"Set me free from materialism and seeking security in things, events or pleasure rather than in my relationship with you.

"Forgive me when I take my signals of success from others and not You.

"Most of all, Lord, help me to live by your timing. Here is my life - invade it, fill it, and transform it.

"I thank You Lord in advance for healing my tension and giving me strength to conquer the stress of daily life — all for Your Glory.

"Father thank you for a healthy amount of stress in my life. And when stress piles on help me to leave it at the foot of the Cross with my eyes on Jesus. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!"

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