How to Cope with Pressure When We Are Feeling Stretched

I must admit that I would not think that somebody like the Apostle Paul would feel stretched, especially reading verses where he wrote about how he had learned to be content in whatever situation. We reflect on verses where he would say, ‘Be anxious for nothing,’ ‘but by prayer and supplication,’ which means that when he was anxious or stressed, he went about that with prayer. He handled pressure by going to God. He would say to Timothy, ‘Timothy, these many people have deserted me. They have turned their backs on me.’  And apparently, that impacted him. Jesus Christ, in the garden of Gethsemane, cried out to God.

These times happen in our lives, too. Paul would say, ‘I must press on. I pray that we will follow their model so that when we walk through life’s pressures, we stick with the structure they gave us. So I pray that when you are stretched, you remember the models left for us to follow as we faithfully follow Christ.

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Dr. Paul Cannings is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Living Word Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas, Founder and President of Power Walk Ministries, President of ABC Word Academy/LWCA, adjunct professor of the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, and board member of TL Africa. He serves as a Bible study leader on “The Pastor’s Corner” and hosts “The Pastor’s Study,” available anytime on and, and his TV ministry at He is the author of several books, which include “Doing It God’s Way: From Conflict to Harmony in Church Leadership”; “Why Can’t Mondays Be More Like Sundays?’ Find all of Dr. Cannings’ books and resources at and watch on YouTube at Dr. Cannings and his wife Everette are the parents of two adult sons, Paul Jr. and Pierre, who are married to Tanisha and Monica, respectively, with seven grandchildren.

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