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By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics: ,

Q:

How can I deal with the fear and anxiety that makes me want to stay home all the time?


A:

Let us impress upon you the fact that God cares about you and about what you are going through. He says, “You are precious to me . . . and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4). The very reason Jesus Christ came to earth was to offer Himself in sacrifice for our sin so that we might be reconciled to God and experience His kindness and mercy as His dearly loved children. It is His desire that you be completely set free from fears, torment, and oppression so that you might experience His abundant life (John 10:10). The Lord considers you to be very special, as it states in Zechariah 2:8: “Whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.” Therefore, you can be assured of His desire to bring comfort to your troubled heart. See also 2 Corinthians 1:4, 7:6.

There are practical steps you can take as you seek freedom from your fears. In the book “Happiness Is a Choice” by Frank Minirth, M.D. and Paul D. Meier, M.D., a number of suggestions are listed as helps to decrease anxiety:

• Determine to obey God. God commands us not to be anxious (Philippians 4:5).

• Pray. God promised Daniel He would answer and Daniel was not to fear (Philippians 4:6, Daniel 10:12).

• Meditate on positive thoughts: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). See also Psalm 34:4, 86:15; Isaiah 40:28-31; Proverbs 1:33; John 14:27.

• Divert attention from self to others (Philippians 4:10, 2:3-4). As an individual gets his mind off his own problems by helping others, his anxiety also decreases.

• Set a time limit on your worries. Probably 98 percent of the things we are anxious about or worry about never happen. Learning to live one day at a time is an art that can be cultivated.

In his book, “Walking Through the Darkness,” Neil Anderson suggests the following prayer for those troubled by fear:

“Dear Heavenly Father, You are the fortress, shield and strength of my life. I refuse to be intimidated by any fear object. I choose to sanctify Christ as the Lord of my life. You are the only omnipotent, omnipresent God. You have not given me a spirit of fear. By Your presence in my life I have power, love and a sound mind. Your power enables me to live a responsible life. Your presence in my life has made me a partaker of Your divine nature so I can love others as You love them. You are my sanctuary, and I ask You to protect my family … Amen.”

If your anxieties continue or increase, we suggest that you see a competent Christian counselor for additional help. For referral to Christian counselors in your area you might contact Focus on the Family.

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53 Comments

  1. Jeremy says:

    I put my faith and trust and love into God and I pray about my situation every day, but what if it’s still not controlled? What if it still doesn’t go away right then? Is it okay to take medication for it? My anxiety is on and off like a light switch. I could go months and not have it and then it could come out of nowhere and affect me again. Any suggestions about that? I pray a lot and I’m reading my Bible trying to get closer to God and live my life more in Christianity, so please any advice you can give me would help me so much.

  2. Tracy says:

    Thank you this prayer helped me a lot!

  3. Michael says:

    Thank you for these great words and insight that help to fight fear and anxiety. Please remember me in your prayers as I rely on God’s love and mercy to overcome my anxiety.

  4. given changwe says:

    l really appreciate you so much for this word of God, may God richly bless you.

  5. Pat Schaeffer says:

    This has been a blessing to me tonight, and I thank God for leading me to it! I find when I am especially tired, different emotions come out and so it’s a step-by-step process of learning through Jesus and finding rest in Him that my journey back to calmness can really begin. I look forward to reading this again and letting it sink into my heart and soul!

  6. Ted Pearce says:

    Thank you for the encouragement. Oftentimes a little help at the right time is all that’s needed.

  7. Carolyn J Wilson says:

    Thank you. There are many of out there that are struggling and this helps.

  8. Jeremias M. Gomez Jr. says:

    I praise the LORD of heaven and earth for the wisdom and knowledge that He has given to you. You are a blessing. God bless all of you.

  9. Kehinde says:

    Wow….. This article is a blessing. Continue the good works of faith…