Some days on the journey with Lyme Disease are harder than others. It’s all up and down, which makes feeling stable something to be desired, but not grasped.
It’s interesting how different our experiences with Lyme Disease may be. For some, just leaving the house to go to the grocery store is a major victory (that’s been me!). For others, they homeschool 4 kids and remain active in church. Others may work part-time but spend every minute outside of work resting. Chronic Lyme Disease can be a debilitating illness that affects each of us differently.
But, one thing we all seem to have in common is that symptoms come and go. They increase and decrease. The pain migrates to various parts of our bodies. There are flares and Herxheimer Reactions.
While in the midst of difficult symptoms, I am aware of what is happening with my body. I know the pain is bad and I begin to get used to it. It’s somehow expected as I wake up each day.
However, if I have a few “good days” in a row (good is all relative…), I begin to be shocked or discouraged when symptoms increase, either by flare or Herx. I may have started out content on the difficult days, but when good days come, they bring a glimmer of hope for more better days. Then, when a good day is followed by a bad day, I grow more depressed about my current situation.
That’s why prayer must be the first thing I do when symptoms come on stronger. I have seek God in it before I allow my sinful nature to take over. My tendency is to grow bitter and become angry, but I know that letting my mind engage in that kind of thinking is never helpful!
I’m going to be really honest with you. Going to God first has not come easily or naturally for me. It is a struggle to do so when symptoms take over, but I never regret taking my pains to the Lord. He is our comforter, and out of the comfort He gives, we can help to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). That’s why I’m sharing this with you.
5 Ways To Pray When Lyme Symptoms Flare
1. Praise God for who He is
Start with Praise. Remember who God is, and tell Him. He is God and He is good.
Lamentations 3:25 says, The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. (NIV)
Thank God for who He is and for what He has done. Pray that you would seek Him more. Ask Him to turn your heart toward Him if you are struggling to praise.
2. For God to calm you and provide His peace
Usually, when symptoms flare for me, they are accompanied with anxiety and depression. During these times, my mind races and I feel hopeless. I know that I need God to bring peace to my heart so that I can be calm.
Paul wrote to the Church at Philippi saying, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
3. For pain relief
When the pain is bad, ask for it to be relieved. Ask God to take it away. Pray for wisdom about treatment, and that He would show you what you need.
4. For the relationships that are affected by the flare
Over and over again in Lyme Disease groups, I hear about broken relationships. Things get bad with our health, causing rifts in marriages and other relationships.
My boyfriend and I have faced significant challenges in our dating relationship as a result of Lyme flare ups. Conflicts are especially prevalent when anxiety is higher, so I know how important it is to cover our relationship in prayer.
Ask God to use your health challenges to bind you together instead of grow you apart. Pray for the relationship to be strengthened and for each person to understand each other better. Pray that the words you each speak would be said out of love.
5. That God would be glorified
Nobody wants to go through difficulties like the ones you are facing, but I take hope in the fact that God uses our challenges to make us more like Christ (2 Corinthians 4). When we are weak, God’s strength can be shown (2 Corinthians 12:9). Ask that God would use the pains you are going through for His glory, so that others may see that He is good and then worship Him.
Thank you so much for reading! I want you to know that I am praying for you.
Because I understand brokenness and suffering while battling chronic illness, I wrote a short eBook guide that can walk you through how to find hope during life’s darkest moments. I’d love to give you a free copy of Finding Hope Through the Fog.