Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person who experiences all of the crazy emotions of life. Sometimes it seems that everyone else has a handle on controlling their emotions. Our culture tends to deal with emotions behind closed doors, giving the impression that others don’t go through what we go through emotionally.
Some people use behaviors to cope with their emotions: overeating, under-eating, exercise, partying, sex, drugs, alcohol, and much more. All of these behaviors have mood-altering effects. Each serves as a way a person can feel like they are in control (under-eating, exercise), or express they are out of control in their emotions.
But there’s one way we can use our emotional energy that actually makes a difference in our lives and circumstances: prayer. Prayer is more than emotion; it’s an act of faith that involves mind, body and spirit. Prayer connects us to God and builds a relationship that lasts beyond the hard times. And it’s a healthy way to express our emotions and cope with overwhelming feelings.
In church we often hear the term pray through used in the context of “praying through to the spirit,” or praying until we experience an emotional connection with God and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
I’ve been through some times in my life where I found myself in a mess. During those times, I turned to God and I cried a lot of tears. My situation didn’t always change, but I was able to pray through it and become a better person on the other side of the trial. Prayer also served as an emotional release that helped me make it through my trial without turning to destructive behavior I would later regret.
I encourage you to start praying through today! Even if you’re not going through a trial or in need of a way to cope, start building your relationship with God today. He will be there with you through it all!
Rachael Hartman is a Christian author and publisher. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press creating lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, and Link247. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope bookstore & publishing services. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.