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Scripture: "Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden in light." Matthew 11:28 - 30.
Releasing anger - A format for Christian Listening Prayer Therapy inner healing.
The releasing anger prayer encounter is useful to learn the use one's imagination in prayer. It can be used in groups. It is not useful for dealing in depth with the many problems and memories associated with our anger. You will need wisdom to know when it is appropriate to use this exercise. It can be a helpful beginning exercise.
Write down (or mentally note) each of the things you are angry about that you want to release to God.
Declare out loud: 'Jesus, you are my Lord and Savior and I invite you to be Lord of my anger and I want to release my anger about these issues to you.'
Let your mind observe and note what happens. Be aware of what you are seeing, hearing, feeling and sensing. However, do not try to control with your mind. The healmylife encounter must touch your heart.
To set up this healmylife encounter, use your imagination to picture a beautiful natural setting where you can be alone and commune God. Picture the blue sky and a still, calm body of water - such as a lake. Find a place near the shore where you can sit and enjoy the calm of the quiet blue lake or pond.
The lake represents the peace of God. You are going to release your anger by having it be absorbed by this lake. You will dramatize this release of your anger by picturing yourself hurling a large stone into this calm lake.
In your minds' eye picture yourself telling God about each issue about which you have anger. Find a large stone and declare: "God this stone represents my anger about ______. I am releasing this to you now." Now throw the stone far out into the lake. Watch it splash and sink. Let the ripples subside. Notice how you feel. Repeat for each anger issue.
Now wait silently by the lake and absorb the peace and calm. Notice if a confirming verse, thought or melody comes to your heart.
How are you feeling? If you are feeling good continue to drink in this scene and what it means to you. Let there be time for your heart to receive. Let the message and the feeling sink into your heart. Give thanks to God.
This is a format for releasing everyday angers and frustrations. It is not an attempt to solve the many issues behind our angers. Please use it with the wisdom that recognizes this limit. Use it to practice engaging one's imagination in prayer.