Spiritual Obstacles to Freedom From Anxiety

Freedom from anxietyAnxiety is a complex problem that can be affected by emotional, psychological, biological, and spiritual influences. Sometimes the cause might be hidden. The key to freedom from anxiety can be found in looking at things God’s way.

Coping vs. Healing

Conventional psychotherapy can be helpful in discovering things about ourselves that generate anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy is also a useful tool. These treatments can help develop coping skills that produce symptomatic improvement. But is the improvement of symptoms the same as healing?

A person with diabetes can experience thirst, hunger, and frequent urination. The diabetic can be administered insulin, and their symptoms disappear, but they have not been healed.

Can God Heal Me?

Over the centuries there have been countless reports of physical healing through God’s Word. Jesus healed many people from illness, such as blindness, leprosy, paralysis, and bleeding disorders. He continues to heal through the faith and prayer of his followers today.

Many people suffering from anxiety disorders have been freed from their problem through prayer and intercession. There are multiple accounts of persons who – after years of frustration with psychotherapy and medication – have been rid of their anxiety in an environment of faith. Jesus is the great physician who heals all wounds.

Diagnosis is Essential

If you have been frustrated by your anxiety, it might be because your treatment and prayers are misguided. God’s plan is perfect. He not only wants to heal us; he also wants to teach us. In this way we end up stronger and healthier.

Sometimes the immediate cause of anxiety is obvious, for example, in cases of abuse. However, in other situations, the cause might not be clear.

Some common spiritual obstacles to being free from anxiety are:

  • Unresolved issues of fear, anger, or resentment.
  • Refusal to forgive or be forgiven: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14)  “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7:47)
  • Lack of taking responsibility in the process: For example, persons that refuse to pray and only ask that others pray for them.
  • Unconfessed sin: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
  • Past or present practice/participation in witchcraft, Satanism, satanic pacts, magic (black or white), Tarot reading, Reiki, occultism, Ouija board, fortune telling, etc. (see Deuteronomy 18:9-13)
  • Abortion:  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,  before you were born I set you apart…” (Jeremiah 1:5)  “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12)
  • Secret desire to continue in immortality
  • Generational sins or curses: Just like alcoholism can run in families, anxiety can as well.
  • Unrecognized or refusal to admit a sinful state of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth (laziness), wrath, envy, or pride.

Example of Undiagnosed Spiritual Obstacle

Some anxious people also have trouble with patience or explosive anger. It might be a mistake here to focus on anger since the root of the problem might be something else, like envy. These root problems often have consequences that don’t readily identify the true source. Through prayer, God reveals these things to us. Once the problem is correctly diagnosed, the healing process can begin.


Anxiety can be the product of a combination of factors. God can provide us with true healing. Part of this process is recognizing spiritual obstacles to healing.

It is important not to walk this path alone. Remember to consult with your spiritual guide, pastor, or priest about these issues.

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16 thoughts on “Spiritual Obstacles to Freedom From Anxiety

  1. We recently sold our home and I’m so sad that we did I’m full of regret and no other house i look at is fulfilling that void
    I live in a state away from family and my sons are grown and moved out I have 1 child at home who is reaching a point where he wants to be an adult and that’s wonderful but inside I’m crumbling
    I feel alone I don’t really have close friends
    I cry at a drop of the hat when alone
    I don’t show it to anyone
    I’ve been praying a lot
    Please pray for me

    • Dear Jackie,

      I’m so sorry to hear you’re not doing so great. Loneliness is never, ever easy. But in your prayer you discover you are not alone. Jesus comes close to comfort you.

      Please reach out to others too, maybe at a church nearby. I’m sure you can find ways to connect with others somehow. Be brave Jackie! Don’t be afraid to reach out and make new connections. You can do it! The Lord will help you.

      Also, if it gets too overwhelming, reach out for professional help. You do not have to face this alone.

      I will be praying for you and your family.
      God’s grace and blessings to you!

  2. I am more anxious now, then I have ever been. I can trace my anxiety back to early childhood, and it has continued for 45 yrs, at times very high, to hardly noticeable…but always present.
    I want healing from this. I want it gone. I’m asking for God , my almighty Father to take away all that worries me, all that makes me anxious and to heal my mind and heart.
    Please pray for me, as I pray for you.

    • My anxiety seems to have always been here. I have been thru some trauma as a child such as abuse and abuse as an adult. My anxiety is heavy. I get it when I have to drive, or before going to work. I get this physical feeling like something bad is going to happen, that feeling comes often. I pray often for healing and for a sound mind.

  3. Please pray for my son Joseph , who is suffering from anxiety..he has physical problems like nerve pinch
    He is not able to concentrate on studies and exams.He is far away from praying to Jesus.please pray for him .

  4. Sir I have been suffering from uncontrolled anxiety., unknown fear., shyness and severe wheezing for the last 15 years. Pray for me please. I have to take care of my family and siblings. I am 49 years old living in Chennai

  5. So ive been dealing with anxiety thinking it’s anger and my wife’s the one that gets the short end of the stick and I don’t want to be the man I used to be I’ve had two explosions in 2 days I’ve broken things yelled at my wife and even put my hands on her ask the Lord for forgiveness and I know he has forgiven me my wife and I are Christian couple we attended bible-believing Bible teaching Church and our pastors are truly filled with the Holy Spirit we get great advice from our pastor both for the physical and spiritual but I need something a little bit more than service 3 times a week and a phone call whenever I need to talk to them and I believe that the Lord put prayer for anxiety.com across my Facebook for reasons that I may be able to sign up for your blog and seek others that are going to the same thing I am and just draw strength from them so thank you prayer for anxiety., and I look forward to hearing from you in Jesus name

    • Remember Doug… You are not your sin. Don’t identify yourself with your sin. Yes, we have to repent and ask for forgiveness when we make mistakes, but they don’t define us. You are a son of God. Stand up for that. Stand up for you marriage. Let the Lord do the fighting for you.

      I’ll be praying for you. You can also email me at prayerforanxiety@gmail.com if you want to keep the conversation going…God bless you!

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