EVERYONE IS FAMILIAR WITH STRESS.
PANIC OR ANXIETY ATTACKS
Anxiety or panic attacks can be caused by a consequence of circumstances and relationships in our lives. In small doses, stress can benefit us, but when it is too great, it affects our physical and mental functions.
“Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.” Psalm 69:1-2
Many of us have felt stress as a result of the pressure of expectation—of not being good enough: good enough to make the team or good enough to be popular. When we fail to meet these expectations, disappointment can be crushing. Sometimes pressure or stress continues no matter how hard we try: it is simply too overwhelming.
To make matters worse, we may know that we are in this awful position because of our own fault. Some of the pressures of life could have been avoided with better personal choices.
We can also experience stress of waiting for God to meet His own expectations:
“I am worn out calling for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
looking for my God.” Psalm 69:3
To begin with, we should never make important decisions when we are under pressure. The ramifications can affect the rest of your life.
Asking for help may seem very humbling. We have to acknowledge our personal inadequacy.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5: 6, 7
We simply say, “Help me Lord, because you are a God of mercy.”—“in Your time”
“But I pray to You, Lord,
in the time of Your favor;
in your great love, O God,
answer me with Your sure salvation.” Psalm 69:13
David chooses to find his release from stress by praising God. This is another way of saying that you trust God to solve your problem.
“I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify Him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30
HOW DOES PRAYER WORK?
Will we ever know how prayer works as long as we live in this earthly existence? Any scientific explanation remains quite elusive. Scientists simply don’t know. This question is similar to the riddle of how our conscience works. These are the deepest questions pertaining to God. Albert Einstein once admitted that “Science without religion is lame.”