Let me start off by saying that I am so glad the election is over. As a conservative Christian in West Virginia it has been hard to determine the best way to address the election while being opposed to both of the major party candidates. Our country has a lot of healing to do, but at least we are finally getting back to some sense of normalcy.
I am writing this particular blog in response to emotions that I’ve been feeling recently, but also emotions that are felt by many others on a daily basis. For a couple years now I have struggled with anxiety and worry (almost constantly) and in the years before that I dealt with loneliness and depression throughout middle school and high school. Just recently I told a friend about these feelings that I was having and their response to me was simple… “Pray More, Worry Less.”
Now, before I get started, I should probably make it clear that I do believe this cliche is Biblical but I also believe that sometimes our cliches fall short of truly helping others. You see, I pray pretty frequently. I pray multiple times a day to thank the Lord for the blessings He has given me. I also pray to the Lord when I sin against Him and ask Him to “create in me a clean heart.” I even pray on a daily basis for the Lord to ease my feelings of anxiety. So when I am told “pray more, worry less” it falls short because despite my healthy prayer life, for some reason, I still struggle with anxiety, loneliness, and depression.
Often times we ask ourselves things like; “Is there something really wrong with me? Does prayer work for everyone except me?”
My answer to you is; no. Prayer is not a magical band-aid that can fix all of the pains in your life the instant you do it. I think this reality can be seen in one of the strongest Christians of all time, the apostle Paul.
In 2 Corinthians 12:8 Paul states that he had some type of trial in his life and he pleaded with the Lord three times for it to go away… but it didn’t.
I’m not sure why exactly the Lord hasn’t removed anxiety from my life but I do know that His ways are perfect and I have no room to question that truth. I’ll continue to pray for the Lord to ease my mental struggles, but I will be content even if He doesn’t do it. The Lord is good, and I truly believe that. Our prayers may not always fix our problems but the Lord is listening to us, and that gives me hope for tomorrow.
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