Anxiety Attack Solution

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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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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14 Responses to Anxiety Attack Solution

  1. Susan says:

    This is such a good idea. When I was having demonic attacks and could not even get out of bed to nurse my baby girl, I asked our pastor what to do. He told me to praise God. I did and it worked! Satan and his demons left me alone 🙂

  2. Liana says:

    These two posts on anxiety are keepers Kathleen … thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Kathleen, this is a powerful message about anxiety ~a thing that afflicts so many people at one time or another in life. You have brilliantly communicated God’s way of dealing with fear and anxiety through a child’s experience! I love, love, LOVE this post and am going to forward it to my brother in law who has been experiencing severe anxiety attacks. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful message and for your beautiful song~you are a very gifted musician and your song really ministered to me.
    I thank The Lord for you and for all the talents He’s given you to bless His people with. You are His precious treasure. God bless you always~Suzanne 🙂

  4. Roy says:

    I had an anxiety attack in church a few years ago. I could not stand up and lift my arms in praise during a worship song. I had received a threat and felt powerless and fearful. I went to the prayer room to pray. Two women were present and prayed for me. As soon as the second woman prayed that the Lord would give me peace, I said, “That is what I need,” and quoted, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you.” I prayed some more, thanked God and the women. I had been gone for ten minutes when I returned and was able to energetically praise God in worship.

  5. Gloria says:

    Thanks for the strategy shared for healing from anxiety. A solution learned years ago in a Bible Study group for rest and peace when wakeful in the middle of the night uses the alphabet. I think of one of God’s character traits or gifts, and then thank Him, going from A to Z like this…
    A – “Almighty”…Thank you, Lord for your power to overcome this obstacle in
    my path.
    B – “Banner”…Lord, please fly your banner of love over me and help me to be whole.
    C – “Creator”…God, You are awesome designer with beautiful masterpieces, and I know You can work out a pan for the job I need!

    Sometimes I make it to the 26th letter, although often I’ve sipped into His presence in sweet sleep much sooner! Other times my list instead leads to song titles that start with the letter, and I sing them in mind until I drift off.

  6. Dixie says:

    Love the simplicity of children and how readily they respond to God!!

    • Kathleen says:

      Yes Dixie, it’s true. They respond to God. But think of the children who have parents who don’t know the Lord and who cannot give godly wisdom. It’s no wonder there are so many mixed up kids today.

  7. Frank King says:

    I like Mother’s approach. Thank God for the abundant peace we have access to through our relationship with Him and through faith in His Word.

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