Eight-year-old Alex was experiencing anxieties. His mother asked him to bring a note pad and pencil and write some instructions for what to do when this happens. She didn’t know what she would tell him to write, but she was praying and trusting God to direct her.
“1. Confess your sins and get right with God. Even if you can’t think of a sin, tell God. He may bring to mind something you have forgotten. If He doesn’t, that’s all right, too.” She waited while Alex bowed his head and made a silent confession.
“2. Ask God to remove your anxieties. Be honest and tell Him you don’t like these feelings and you want them gone.
“3. Thank God for your anxieties. That’s right! Now I want you to thank God for whatever is causing them. By thanking Him we show God that we are trusting Him. We are also being obedient because God’s Word tells us in Ephesians 5:10 to be thankful for everything. There may be times when you’ll have to grit your teeth to say thank you; but once you do it God will flood you with His peace.
“4. Claim some of God’s promises from the Bible. Those promises are ONLY for true believers—those who put their trust in Jesus. God put them there for us to use.” She had recently purchased a “Box of Promises,” a small plastic box containing 100 little cards, each with a promise from God’s Word. She asked Alex to pick a card and read it. The first one he chose was John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Perfect! She suggested they claim that promise for Alex. She prayed, “Thank You God for giving Alex peace at this very moment. Your peace is not a temporary peace, but Your peace is the giving of Yourself to us. You ARE peace and You are permanent. Thank You for who You are.” Alex picked another card and then another. All three seemed an affirmation of God’s guidance in this.
“5. Ask God to remove the desires you have for things that may not be good for you at this time. When we dwell on our wants, we just become more and more miserable.
“6. Ask God to give you more love for Him. None of us love God as much as we should. If you ask God to increase your love for Him, He will. That is one prayer God delights in answering.
“Keep the list in a safe place near your Bible. The next time you get anxieties, don’t come to me. Go to the list first. Since you’ve already done numbers 1 and 4, I want you now, to do numbers 2,3,5 and 6.”
He prayed aloud while his mother prayed silently. He closed his prayer with, “God, please help me love you more and more—‘cuz I just wanna to be your very best friend. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
A month later Alex’s mother asked him if he had any more problems with anxiety. “Yeah, two or three times; but I always get the list out and by the time I’m finished doing the first thing on it, they’re gone.”
- always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
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