Ever felt worse when you prayed about a problem? I have.
Praying about problems is a good thing if we do it the right way.
Here's a few things I've learned to do:
1. Remind myself God is Trustworthy (2 Timothy 2:13).
2. Write,* recite and study Bible verses that speak to my specific problems (2 Tim.3:16,17). For example: if fearful I might recite Joshua 1:9.
3. Focus on what is good in my life (Philippians 4:8,9).
4. Thank God for my many blessings (Psalm 103).
5. Take my negative thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). This is perhaps the hardest part for me and the most critical. It means I constantly battle negative thoughts by thinking of God's truth instead (steps 1-4 are a means for doing this).
It’s possible to pray without doing these things, but it won't be effective prayer.
* According to The Benefits of Journaling for Stress Management by Elizabeth Scott, M.S, writing/journaling as you pray can help you problem solve because it engages both hemispheres of the brain which helps you process more effectively.
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