God commands us not to worry, or to have any anxiety, as these get in the way of our relationship with Jesus & God and prevent us from making progress on the path towards greater and greater holiness.
St. Frances de Sales writes, “Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. God commands you to pray, but he forbids you to worry.”
As it is popularly known, the Bible indeed forbids us to worry 365 separate times, one for each day of the year – found here!
For the Princess of God still struggling with anxiety or worry, meditating on these verses can help immensely. What is also a wonderful aid to the soul is abandonment, or an act of total surrender to God and Jesus, saying in essence, “Jesus, you take over”. Many people find this revolutionary in their battle against fear or worry.
Some great prayers that can be said are the abandonment prayer, the abandonment novena, and the abandonment rosary.
The abandonment prayer is a short prayer by Charles de Foucauld and is as follows:
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.
The Abandonment Novena was given by Jesus to Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo (1882-1970), and Jesus says of it, “there is no greater novena than this”!
The words of the novena can be found here.
And finally, there is a surrender or abandonment rosary that can be said, the words of which can be found here.
Read the scripture verses, and pray these prayers to let Jesus fill you with his Heavenly peace! (: