Reflection:  When you are too stressed to pray, let God take care of you.  Extend yourself the kindness and comfort you so generously give others.  Ironically, the times we most need God’s comfort are the times we deprive ourselves of soul-nurturing time.  We feel selfish. Yet, God says, we can only comfort others, with the comfort we first receive ourselves.  (2 Corinthians 1:4) Instead of layering on guilt, head in the opposite direction. Let God love you through your choices to prioritize taking care of you.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you that you want us to cast our cares on you.  Thank you that there is nowhere I can go that you are not there with me.  Thank you for having a hold of my life, even as I feel like everything is crumbling around me.  Lord, I confess that I have let stress take a hold of my life, rather than you.  Please Father, help me see what is stressful in my life and hand it over to you.  Help me not let the stress win out. Help me actively think on your goodness to me.  I am so hopeful for my eternity with you, Lord, where there will be no more stress!  Help me look back on all the ways you have rescued me from my stressful moments, and look in hope to the future where You will one day rid all stress, forever.  Help me live boldly in the truth of your goodness and power today.  Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Based on “Five Prayers When You are Stress Out,” Crosswalk Daily Update.