Yesterday I felt overwhelmed. To try to fight back I pulled up the article I referenced Friday about 20 things to think about. That got my thinking on a better track and I thought: “Pray about the fruits of the Spirit, love joy peace etc.”
I would love to say that heaven opened up and all my problems were solved. But… what really happened was, I was now getting busy, I was starting to climb out of my deep “rut,” and I now had a goal of what to think about.
Today, I realize, I have not read my printout of my verses about love in weeks. If I treat other people better, they likely will treat me better. Today I read those verses. Today I prayed often:
“Father, help me to turn from lust and fill me with your love.”
When we are tired, overwhelmed, frustrated, or exhausted, it is vital to pray a prayer like this one “before” and during tempting situations. If we start praying this in earnest before temptation skyrockets, then the Holy Spirit might just remind us to pray it “instantly” when a real temptation starts.
Second, when overwhelmed, review your quitting goals. Tip: Never say, “I don’t care right now.” Instead say, “These are my goals, and this _______ is why I want to quit.”
Third, make a plan of action. It’s not a miracle plan. You won’t likely go from depression to full joy, but you will be doing something. Thinking about something new. Not rehashing what is overwhelming you over and over and over again.
Fourth, patiently work on your plan to turn things around. Prayerfully, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to change so that your future can be brighter. Then pound a few scriptures into yourself so that the Holy Spirit pounds the darkness out of you.
Finally, when you fight back with all your might when are overwhelmed, at some point, someday, you will be flying, instead of continually getting stuck in that rut.
Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
This topic was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by timcia.
Today I am writing about serious prayer. It is so serious that I am recommending praying over two verses for 5 minutes each, first.
Proverbs 20:1 ESV Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Proverbs 23:32 ESV In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.
If you want to increase the odds of freedom, please pray over each verse for 5 minutes.
Darkness will attack and sometimes start to overwhelm you. To fight back use the verses for quitting for direct temptation, but what if the temptation is overwhelming and constant?
After fully repenting of drinking/drugs, consider praying:
“Jesus, please cover me with Your blood. Forgive me for ______ and _______. Thank you for Your cross. Thank you for taking a crown of thorns for me. Thank you for taking nails for me. Thank you for taking a spear for me. I commit to submitting to Your Ways (delete this line if it is not true). I pray that You would fill this room with Your presence.”
Second, do you want the Holy Spirit with you at all times? If so consider praying:
“Holy Spirit, I want Your presence all the time. Please help me to know Your ways.”
Third, please skip these prayers on days when you are not sincere and totally ready to change. The blood of Christ and His cross are very serious. Only pray about them when you are fully committed.
Finally, when overwhelmed, decide if you are fully committed. If you are, these prayers will have great power for you.