Emotional healing is just as important as physical healing. In fact, it can be argued that it is even more important than physical healing because emotional turmoil can result in many other physical conditions.
One challenge must Christians face when dealing with emotional issues is the lack of confidence to approach God in prayer.
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They often feel inadequate because of the notion that God is perfect and we should only approach him in perfection. The devil has peddled this lie for centuries because he wants to cut Christians off from the benefits of prayer. The best time to approach God in prayer is when you are feeling inadequate. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way;
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need Hebrews 4:16, NKJV
So that settles it – don’t allow the devil to make you think that you are too damaged to approach God in prayer. In fact, you are in the perfect condition to obtain mercy and find help in your time of emotional turmoil.
But how exactly do you pray for healing? Here are 8 proven ways to pray for emotional healing.
Pray for the renewal of your mind
Praying for your mind would be a good place to start in order to enjoy some inner healing. Apostle Paul advises the church to renew their minds.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2, NIV
The word renew literally means to make a new. Emotional stability is directly related to a renewed mind. Our mindsets are often influenced by our environment and upbringing so we need to renew them in line with Gods word. Pray the following,
I realize that my mind has conformed to the standards of the world and I repent for that. Father, I ask that you may wash my mind in your word and make it clean. I pray that you will renew my mind. Let the mind that was in Christ be also in me. Let every negative thought be brought down in Jesus mighty name, Amen.
Praying for your tongue
Solomon warns us about the power of the tongue. The tongue can give life, and it can kill.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
The first step in getting your healing is starting to make positive confessions. Here is a simple prayer you can make for your tongue,
Forgive me for the idle words I have spoken in the past. Let them not be held against me. Please heal my tongue from today. Let me speak only words that edify, encourage and build. Deliver me from in negativity in speech. And let my words be always seasoned with salt.
In Jesus name I pray,
Pray against fear
Fear is a crippling force that works exactly the same way as faith except that it works negatively. Fear has the power to attract. You keep attracting whatever you are afraid of.
Job chapter one gives us a sneak peek into the greatest fear of Job. He was afraid that disaster would strike his kids and so he made sacrifices for them every day just in case. One day, disaster struck just as he had feared.
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. Job 3:25, KJV
That’s how dangerous fear is. Make this prayer to get over every fear in your life.
I thank you because you do not give me a spirit of fear but of power, of love and a sound mind. I accept, receive and live in your unconditional love. And this love is casting away all fear from my life. From today, I will respond in faith and not in fear. In Jesus name, Amen.
Pray against stress
Praying against stress is an important step in your journey towards emotional healing. Prayer has the power to relieve you of all burdens. This is why Jesus said,
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Mathew 11:28, KJV
Here is a prayer you can make for getting over stress.
Father in heaven,
You told me in your word not to stress or be anxious about anything but rather to commit everything to you in prayer. I cast all my cares, worries and anxieties today. I come to your throne of grace for some rest. And I believe I am free from stress from today,
Pray against desperation
Whenever David was in desperation, he would call on the name of the Lord. And God always came through for him – as he will for you. But only if you call on his name. Pray the following;
You tell me in your word that your name is a stronger tower which I can run into and I will find safety. You also tell me that if I call on your name I will be saved. I call on your name today for help in this moment of desperation. I have put my trust in you Oh Lord – let me not be put to shame! For I ask this in your name, Amen.
Pray against anger
Anger is one of the negative emotions that stand in the way of emotional healing. If you manage to deal with anger, you will get your healing quicker. Here is what the word says about anger.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9
Here is a prayer you can make for getting over anger.
help me to harness my emotions. Help me not to be quickly provoked into anger. I receive the grace to be slow to anger. I receive the fruit of longsuffering and patience. And forgive me for the many times I have allowed anger to take root in my life.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Pray for peace
Peace is not the absence of storms. It is the presence of calmness, no matter the storm. It is possible to be hurt emotionally and still have inner peace. And this accelerates your healing process. Here is a sample prayer for peace.
I thank you for the peace that you promised – a peace that surpasses all human understanding. That is the peace I ask for today. Even though I am going through a lot today, I believe that I can enjoy peace in the midst of my circumstances. Thank you for granting me your peace for you are the prince of peace. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Pray for your soul
Last but not least, remember to pray for your soul. Praying for your soul is an important step in your journey towards emotional healing. Even though last on the list, this is the most important prayer to make when seeking inner healing.
That’s because your soul is the epicenter of your emotions. A healed soul will result in healed emotions. Here is a prayer you can make.
I believe you for the healing of my soul. Help my soul not to be downcast or disquieted in me. Father,help my soul to overflow with songs of worship and praise to you. Help me to fix my soul to be fixed on you and not on the problems I am going through. In Jesus name, Amen.
So there you have it – 8 proven prayers that can help your quest for emotional healing. In addition to these prayers, take time to read and meditate on God’s word. His word is the medicine for your soul.