Can I be transparent with you? I have anger issues. That's right, from time to time, I have a tendency to fly off the handle. I am sure many of you reading this post right now struggle with managing your anger too. Anger is a natural human emotion and something we all feel. The problem with anger is how we express it. The bible tell us to be angry but sin not (Ephesians 4:26). In other words, we should not let our anger controls us to the point where it makes us sin or say words or do actions we later regret.
If you constantly find yourself clicking off on people or have a reputation for being mean, you need to get your anger in check. Your emotional outbursts of anger are manifestations of unaddressed pain and fear you need to deal with it. If this was a #ThursdayTherapy post I would go more in-depth about this topic, but today God just wants me to share short a prayer with you.
Prayer For Overcoming The Spirit of Anger
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for being a loving and compassionate Father. You are great and Your mercy endures forever. Today I come to you because I need help overcoming the spirit of anger. While I have the right to be angry, I do not have right to use it as an excuse to sin and cause hurt and harm to other people.
Lord, please forgive me for not expressing my anger righteously. I admit I need help controlling my temper. Teach me how to overlook an offense and use patience and wisdom when responding to others when I am mad. I know a soft answers turns away wrath and a harsh answer stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1). Holy Spirit, help me to use my words to edify and not tear down. When in disagreement with others, teach me how to be quick to hear and slow to speak (James 1:19).
I command all spirits of anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language to depart from me now in Jesus name. No longer will I allow anger to control my life, but I will operate in the spirit of patience. When offended or provoked by others, I will bridle my tongue. Father, I rest confidently in Your promise that vengeance belongs to You (Deuteronomy 32:35). Therefore, I will allow You to deal with those who persecute, misuse, betray, and hurt me and I will not seek retaliation on my own. I will pray for them and allow the Holy Spirit to give me the words to say.
Thank You Lord for being the greatest example on how to manager my anger. For you are slow to anger, always filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. (Numbers 14:18). I pray that you give me the power and strength to model this behavior and characastierics daily.
In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.