6. You haven’t taken time to reflect to discover wrong thinking.
Reflecting on my past, the mistakes made, the selfish ways, the incorrect thinking and all the dark places my heart trudged through needed to be exposed before the Lord.
Psalm 66:18 “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”
7. You haven’t gotten quiet and listened for God.
In silent moments, reassurance that God heard me erased anxious thoughts.
1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
8. You haven’t prayed for wisdom.
Wisdom to know what to ask for adds anxiety. But God addresses that too.
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts are like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
9. You’re trying to find the right words instead of letting the Spirit intercede.
In desperate times, the heart is broken, confusion reigns leaving us without words.
Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
10. You’re not seeking the right thing first.
I had my well-established No. 1 priority and what I was seeking first was to have my husband healed…
Matthew 6:33 ”But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
And God did add what was missing—a new awareness of my need to seek Him first. And in the process of seeking Him first, even above looking for hubby’s healing, came understanding
I understood to increase my faith, to declare victory in Jesus name, to rebuke anxious thoughts, worry and fear. And most importantly, to praise Him with all my strength no matter what the circumstances showed.