Presentation on theme: "Prayer as stress relief"— Presentation transcript:
1 Prayer as stress relief Many of the stresses in our lives are caused byour trying to take on our stress by our ownstrength. Using prayer as a stress reliever canOffer another option…and I believe that it canbecome one of your best ways of relievingstress.
2 What Is Prayer?.... Prayer is a tool that you use to communicate with God. In it we can pour our hearts, feelings,emotions, and thoughts to God. We can cry outin our stressful times for guidance and strength,and in so doing, give much of the burden for ourstress up to Him.
3 What Is Prayer?.... Prayer can also be used to praise and thank God for what he has given to us, what we have beenblessed with. When we do this, we find that lifereally isn't as bad as we assume, and we findthat we still have a lot of good things that wecan cling to in our stressful times.
4 What Is Prayer?.... Prayer is not just a one-way-street. In prayer, as in any other form of communication is twosided. We talk to God, but then we have thechance to stop, be still, and listen to Him. Youcan hear His voice, primarily through His Word,the Bible, but you can also hear His voice in yourheart as you tune into his frequency with studyof His Word also.
5 What Prayer Is Not Prayer is not a “genie in a bottle,” or a “quick fix.” Not everything that we want in our lives isgood for us, nor is all stress that we are goingthrough “bad stress.” In Prayer, we also need tobegin to trust that God will allow what is best forus to happen. God’s love as a good father (contraryto many of our physical fathers) is something thatwe can rely upon and lean on His strength andwisdom.
6 How It's Done.... There are different ways to pray. Some people pray out loudSome people pray quietly to themselvesSome people pray with others and lean on the support of friends and family, or a pastorNo matter how we pray, we can be honest,real, and sometimes raw. Don’t worry, God canhandle it!
7 Stress Relief Benefits.... There are two major benefits of prayer as a stress reliever:The weight of your stress is lifted because you have allowed God to take on your cares and worries.The time you spend in prayer gives your body a chance to calm down and relax. This releases your body from the “stress toxins” that have been holding it captive.
8 My Favorite Prayers Here are some of my favorite prayers. I use these as a template to get me started and gowherever I am lead to go in my prayers.A Prayer for LifeThe Daily PrayerA Bedtime PrayerSt. Patrick’s Breastplate