“…the storm subsided, and all was calm.” Luke 8:2
You have determined the core root of a problem you are experiencing and have defined it into one word (or maximum two words). You have looked up all the verses in the Bible containing this word. There should have been a point, as you were reading the verses, that you could sense God was revealing something to you. You may have noticed the same combination of words over and over and discovered a meaning, or relationship, amongst the words. You may have observed that a verse was repeated over and over. You may have seen that you received a similar message from many verses. As this is a personal faith walk with God through His Word, so what He reveals to you will also be personal. Personal to you and your circumstance.
Pray about what God has revealed to you. Ask Him for wisdom to understand what He wants you to understand. Do not rush this crucial step. Ask God to reveal to you in a deeper way what He wants you to know. Ask Him if you should first be dealing with an attitude or an action. Or, maybe you need to be dealing with both at the same time. Maybe He wants you to first deal with an attitude so you can have the strength and ability to act. Maybe He wants you to take an action and depend on Him for strength. Seek Him and remember His ways are not our ways and our ways are not His ways. Ask Him to clear your heart and mind of outside influences, or fears, and to fill your mind with His thoughts.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for what You have revealed to me about this stress I am dealing with. I want to seek You first in every situation and I seek Your will for this stress. I want to please You in my actions and speech and ask You to reveal to me what You want me to know, and do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: In your quiet time, as you focus your prayer on the stress you are dealing with, thank God for what He has revealed to you. Read again the key verses which touched your heart. Ask God to direct you to what He wants you to do next. Record your thoughts.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
Tuesday: In your prayer time as you pray about this particular stress, record or journal your thoughts on what you feel God is leading you to do. Ask God for wisdom to more deeply understand His will. Write out your prayer.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5 ESV
Wednesday: In your focused time praying over your stress situation, ask God to protect you from the enemy’s attacks. As you desire to do what God wants you to do, and resolve this stress you have been dealing with for a long time, be aware that is the last thing Satan wants you to do. Satan wants you to stay in it, not resolve it. He wants you to be anxious, not calm, in the storm. He wants the stress to control you. He does not want you turning to God for the wisdom and strength to take back control. Make sure to put on the full armor of God so you are spiritually equipped for this battle. Read and meditate on Ephesians 6:10-18. Journal how you apply this truth to your next step.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18
Thursday: In your focused quiet time today, as you pray about the stress you are dealing with, ask God to reveal to you if there is an attitude He wants you to reflect on. It could be an attitude of fear, pride, worry, insecurity, anxiety, or a feeling/insecurity which is interfering with your ability to deal with the situation. It may be a long standing problem or a recent issue. Record below an attitude that you believe is important to address.
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.” Colossians 3:12 MSG
Friday: In your quiet time, ask God to reveal to you what the next step should be regarding the stress you are praying about. It could be getting rid of what is stressing you, changing something about it, having a conversation, seeking more advice from your mentor, or it could be simply taking time to rest before doing anything. God may want you to work on getting stronger and wiser in an area before taking another step. Your next step will be as personal as the issue you are dealing with. Record below one practical step you believe God wants you to take next.
“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from Him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.” Matthew 6:33 TPT
Have a wonderful week.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work