Prayer

Alarm

“At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place” (Job 37:1; NIV).

Anxiety weighs down the heart (Proverbs 12:25; NIV).

The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me (Job 30:27; NIV).

You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day (Deuteronomy 28:66; NIV).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

Lord,
My alarm system
Is hypersensitive.

It goes off
At the slightest sign of threat,
Generating months of anxiety and dread
That wear me down.

But I’m an adult now –
I don’t need to be
So hyper-vigilant
Any more.

I can speak out
To defend myself,
Or simply stay away
From toxic people.

Lord,
Please heal me,
So I can have life to the full at last,
With you.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Dread

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).

You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day (Deuteronomy 28:66; NIV).

The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me (Job 30:27; NIV).


Lord,
Today,
In the silence,
There is nothing
But you,
Me,
And my constant sense
Of dread.

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Dread

Hello everyone. Depression is vile, but personally, I hate anxiety even more. For me, the worst sort of anxiety is a deep sense of visceral dread. Once something has set it off, there is no simple solution: I just have to live with it for weeks or months, whilst I work out what feels so threatening, and what I need to do about it. Then I have to face the fear and tackle the cause. Even if that goes well, the dread doesn’t always ease, though how I wish it did!   

Dread

  • The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me (Job 30:27).

Father,
This loathsome sense of dread 
Takes me straight back to childhood.

It’s telling me
I’m right in the firing line.

Thankfully, 
I can’t control it,
For if I could,
I would quickly switch off
Its wailing voice.

Instead,
have to listen:
It’s telling me I must defend myself,
So I can feel secure again,
Eventually…

Thank you, Lord,
For my amazing, instinctive, 
Sense of dread.

Please help me to learn
All it has to teach me.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen. 

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Peace

Hello, everyone. I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression all my life – both chronic and acute. It goes right back to my earliest childhood memories. I’ve spent many years slowly learning to face situations I’m afraid of, including trying to be direct with people whose behaviour hurts me. However, it’s puzzling that even after tackling difficult situations, my sense of inner dread continues unchecked.

When people ask how I am, if I answer honestly about this, most don’t know how to handle it. Some ignore it. Others offer simplistic solutions that are themselves hurtful, though the speaker means well. If I could overcome this inner dread, it would make a huge difference to my quality of life, so it is often in my prayers, as it is today… 

Peace

  • I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil (Job 3:26; NIV).
  • The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me (Job 30:27).
  • You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day (Deuteronomy 28:66).
  • Relieve the trouble of my heart, and bring me out of my distress (Psalm 25:17; NRSV).

Prince of Peace,
You know exactly how anxious I am –
And why.

For me,
The worst thing about it 
Is that I don’t understand it at all.

I’ve done everything I can
To face and resolve each problem,
Yet I’m still afraid.

How I wish I could switch off 
This nameless, deep, instinctive dread –
But it seems impossible.

Lord, please heal me,
Please give me your peace –
Relieve the trouble of my heart, 
And bring me out of my distress.

I ask this in the name of your dear Son,
Amen. 

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