Updated: Mar 9, 2022
It's one thing to pray and quite another thing to experience the peace of God that transcends all understanding. I'm sure you've had times of prayer when anxiety was high. Let's face it, the times we're facing are unprecedented. For some of us, the faith practices we've used in the past don't seem to be sufficient for what we're facing today. here are a few ways you can tell that you need to connect to God differently for the situations you're facing now.
You've prayed, experienced temporary relief only to have the anxiety and mind racing resurface
You've turned to God in prayer only to end up telling God about the situation only to root the anxiety into your body and mind
You start asking yourself, why does it seem like everyone else experiences the peace that passes understanding but you?
Finally, you end up feeling like a failure as a Christian
The peace that transcends may seem elusive now. The most common reason is that the trials we face today are too heavy to carry. It may be from the accumulation of stress and trauma. It can also happen when you fail to recognize you're being triggered. If that's the case, you need God to heal you emotionally and spiritually. Whatever the reason, the brook has dried up and it's time to move on.
1 Kings 17:7 Sometime later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.
How can you move on and still keep your faith? You can do it by using different tools to connect deeply with God.
Let the stress in your body become a cue that you are in need.
Pray using all of your spiritual senses not just your words. Praying using the eyes of your heart, the ears of your heart, and pay attention to the messages God conveys with His presence.
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I'm a certified encounter coach and the founder of Pittsburgh Transformation Center. She is an expert in working with hurting people to help them experience healing and emotional wholeness through deep personal encounters with God. She trains others to become resiliency coaches. She is the author of the book DEEPER, Living the Christian Life in the Deep Down. Lisa is the developer of CUT CARDS. A groundbreaking, faith-filled, therapeutic deck cards based on scriptural principles and cognitive behavior therapy. She is a speaker and conducts DEEPER STILL CONTEMPLATIVE RETREATS.
Her mission and call are to see the message of emotional healing through Christ become as much a part of the regular Christian experience as reading, worship, and prayer are.