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7 Prayer Principles for Relieving Stress

7 Prayer Principles for Relieving Stress

By David Jeremiah

We live in a world where stress is rampant. According to one source, “83% of Americans are worried about the future of the nation,” and “80% of millennials are stressed about money.”1 The CDC reports that not even children are immune.2

How can we find peace in the midst of our stress and anxiety? Prayer is our line of defense against the troubling situations and circumstances the enemy can cause in our lives.

But if we’re not careful, even our prayers can be filled with stress. We can too easily place expectations on ourselves to pray a certain way, or refrain from asking for too much, or feel as though we are burdening God with our requests. While these are real concerns for so many of us, it is important to remember that prayer is simply the two-way conversation between God and us on an individual basis. When we keep in mind the simplicity of approaching God with how we feel and how we are doing and ask Him to meet us in that place, we are reminded of how powerful prayer is to relieve our stress.

In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul explains the connection between prayer and peace. Consider these words:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

To better manage our stress, we can keep these facts about prayer in mind:

  • Prayer is meant to be a preventive more than a remedy. Prayer is to be our first thought, not our last thought.
  • Prayer teaches us to depend on God. We can never meet the expectations of our situation without God’s help and guidance.
  • Prayer is a lifestyle. Everything that happens in our lives is the result of God’s loving superintendence. Acknowledging Him in every facet of our lives has a way of taking our eyes off the world and refocusing our thoughts on Him.

  • Prayer testifies of our trust in the Lord. When we pray, we turn our eyes away from our inadequacy and toward God’s sufficiency.
  • Prayer allows us to bring God the specific needs in our lives through supplication. God encourages us to come with our needs. In His eyes, there is no request too great or too small.
  • Prayer displays our gratitude toward the Lord. Why do we pray? One reason is that we know God hears us. There is tremendous encouragement in knowing He will answer according to His lovingkindness. Appreciation is to mark all our prayers.
  • Prayer protects us from external stress when it plays a central role in our lives. By building our inner strength through prayer, we can deal joyfully with external situations.

1 Aleksandar Hrubenja, “41 Eye-Opening Stress Statistics & Facts for 2021,” https://medalerthelp.org/blog/stress-statistics/#, accessed September 29, 2021.

2 “Data and Statistics on Children’s Mental Health,” https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html, accessed on September 29, 2021,

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