Prayer Ministry Rest and Objectivity is Key to Overcoming Emotional Triggers
Triggered and Blocked
Abby was stuck! She was really upset that a friend called her “childish” in front of a group of peers. She forgave the friend repeatedly, kept casting out negative thoughts, yet remained in emotional pain.
I ministered prayer ministry her to calmly face this event to better understand why it bothered her, thus empowering her to lift the root issue to God. She kept locking onto rehearsing the incident. I asked her about focusing in on what happened step by step, more objectively. I reminded her of the goal, to understand that people can only hurt us if we let them. So where had this broken down? Could she look at her heart for why this friend hit such a pain pocket? Abby replied that it just felt overwhelming; this type of event had happened to her so many times throughout her life.
Abby was struggling to face her issue from a place of rest. Think of it in terms of the Father’s love. The essence of the message is: My Father loves me unconditionally and even in my greatest failures I can run into His arms.
The principle of rest in the Bible is tied into faith, Hebrews 3 & 4. In Greek, rest means “a causing to cease.” If Abby could cease rehearsing the incident and being so stirred in her emotions, she could find the root of what hurt.
Core Biblical theology says that my identity is that I’m a new creation in Christ; old things have passed away… (2 Cor.5:17). However, in actual application, I find this identity breaks down a lot for people. Their faith falters and resting evaporates.
Neurobiology describes rest as “objectivity,” referring to how our minds successfully handle emotional pain. This means resting in my identity as a new creature in Christ Jesus, calmly able to discern when my heart has gone offline and connecting to God to make an adjustment.
Objectivity is the ability to have thoughts, feel emotions, and look at hurtful events without being swept away by them. It comes out of a sense of accepting that I can face my failure and know that my thoughts and emotions don’t define my identity. This security of identity comes from the Father’s love.
Christians processing the issues that arise in their lives is crucial to their growth and destiny and yet so many struggle with this. Statistics like the divorce rate in the church being the same as that of the world is just one example that reflects this breakdown. To have rest and peace in the midst of “hurtful” occurrences in life is a powerful tool to get us moving forward in God.