Welcome back for Week 2 of the Pray & Persevere blog series. Last week we focused on praying for patience as we deal with making decisions as a parent. I hope that you were set free from trying to make your parenting look like someone else's parenting. We all should be parenting the way the Holy Spirit leads us to.
This week is about dealing with social anxiety. We are approaching the holiday season and holidays are normally a time for socializing and gathering with family and friends. Fear and anxiety about a new disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. You may be uncertain about whether or not you want to gather with family and friends, or allow your children to gather, for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas so I am going to provide you with 5 scriptures to help you deal with social anxiety and depression. These prayer points should help you cope with anxiety in a healthy way.
On page 17 of my book, While at the Altar, I discuss how my prayer life shifted when I first starting dealing with anxiety. I've met a lot of Christians who reduce an anxiety issue as just a spiritual thing that can be prayed away. And while prayer really does work, there are some practical things that should be coupled with prayer to help one deal with anxiety. I believe that anxiety is both a mental health issue and a spiritual issue. It stems from too much worry that leads to physical changes in the brain. The "too much worry" is a spiritual issue because we are commanded in 1 Peter 5:7 NIV to "cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." We are also instructed "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" Philippians 4:6 NIV.
Sadly, anxiety disorders are on the rise which makes it critical for the Church to understand the epidemic on our hands. Dealing with an epidemic and a pandemic at the same time can be exhausting.
While you're at the altar, incorporate these scriptures in your prayers to help you with social anxiety issues during the approaching holiday season.
2 Timothy 1:7
1 Corinthians 7:32
Matthew 6: 27
May the Spirit of the true and living God keep you calm, give you peace, calm your fears, and take away your worries. In the name of Jesus.
Pamela D. Smith
P.S. If you would like to take your prayer life to the next level you can purchase a copy of my book here https://www.pameladsmith.net/product-page/while-at-the-altar-paperback-book