How to Pray Effectively

How to Pray Effectively
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Meditation is a very effective relaxation technique. This is because by focusing your mind on one thought, your heart slows down, tension dissipates and your body is able to relax. Meditation is also a very convenient stress management technique since you can meditate anywhere and at any time. You can meditate in the morning to get in the right frame of mind to face the new day or you can meditate in the evening on your bed (Psalm 4:4) to switch off from the day’s turmoil.

To utilize meditation for managing stress, find a Scripture that speaks to your specific stressful situation and then give it your complete. For example if something is terrifying you, meditate on Proverbs 30:5 which declares that God is a shield to those who trust in Him. Focus your mind on God being your Shield and Defender and your fears will begin to melt away.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your challenges, meditate on Philippians 4:13 which declares that you can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens you. Focus on the Scripture until you feel Christ's strength seeping into your body and you will gain the confidence to face your gigantic challenges.

If you are stressed because everything is going amiss despite your best efforts, meditate on Romans 8:28 which declares that all things work together for good for those who love God and are fulfilling His purpose. Turn this Scripture over in your mind until you are able to surrender the stressful situation to God and it will no longer be able to stress you.

If you desire to have peace of mind in the midst of your stressful situation meditate on Isaiah 26:3 which says that God will keep the person whose mind is stayed on Him in perfect peace. Ruminate on this Scripture until you are able to focus on God and not on your problems and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will saturate your mind.

If as you meditate your mind wanders from the Word of God to your stressors, bring it back to the Scriptures and refocus and on them. Do this everyday and you will be able to stand in the middle of a crisis without getting distressed.

Adapted from Managing Stress with the Word of God by Dr. Miriam Kinai © 2007 For more info click here.

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