Feeling overwhelmed? There are “a million” reasons to feel that way: too much to do, too many problems, too much sickness, too much clutter, too many responsibilities, too many decisions to make. Or just the feeling that comes along with depression or anxiety (regardless of what’s going on outside of you).
I know overwhelm well. Maybe you do too. You’re not alone. You have a Friend in Jesus. Talk to Him! If you don’t have a clue what to say (after all, that’s another decision to make and another thing to do!), here are five prayers you can pray to get you started (courtesy of that friend Himself, as the ultimate author of scripture!).
Lead Me to the Rock That Is Higher Than I
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me,
and a strong tower from the enemy.
~ Psalm 61: 1-3 (read the context here).
Unto Thee, O Lord, Do I Lift Up My Soul
Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed,
let not mine enemies triumph over me.
~ Psalm 25: 1-2 (read the context here).
I Will Call Upon Thee
In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
~ Psalm 86: 7 (Read the context here).
Cause Me to Know the Way Wherein I Should Walk
Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications. . . .Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
~ Psalm 143: 1, 8 (read the whole chapter here).
Deliver Me Out of the Mire
Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing:
I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time:
O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
~ Psalm 69: 1-3, 13-16 (read more here)