Are you facing an intense moment in your life? Stress can lead to a wide range of problems including anxiety, panic and depression. Even worse, the pressure of life can tempt us to look for answers that exclude God from our lives.
It’s hard, but instead of looking at a pressure filled moment as something all bad, see it as an opportunity. It’s a chance to grow in your relationship with Christ and as a person. Tough moments are when the Spirit of God shines brilliantly.
You might be at your wits end, but don’t give in. Instead, dig in and go to God. In his presence, you will find the strength and insight to get through hard times.
A message and prayer from Vincent:
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“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? says the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
yea, wait for the Lord!
Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
PRAYER FOR WHEN YOU ARE UNDER PRESSURE
Oh heavenly Lord,
The trials of my life gather like storm clouds. I know, oh Lord, what’s ahead.
I could wish it would go away, but I can’t and it won’t. Instead, oh Lord, I seek you.
Through your Word and presence may your Spirit transform me.
I want to do it my way and fix things fast. Instead let me wait upon you. Let this process break down the barriers I hide behind when all I need is your loving grace.
Mine is a proud heart, a fearful heart, while your heart pours out only love.
Let your love form my character and give me courage to stand firm.
In all things, may your will be done. As it was the Father’s will to give up his Son for this sinner reborn.
In all things, I trust in you, as Christ is my hope and salvation.
In Jesus name,