Feeling overcome with anxiety can be a difficult hole to dig yourself out of, especially if you are prone to panic attacks. And while scripture is not equivalent to speaking with a licensed professional, verses about anxiety can help give you peace of mind when your worries are fighting to take over your day. Incorporating a few short prayers for anxiety into your daily spiritual practice may be a helpful way to reconnect with God and remember that He is there with you to provide support and love when you feel alone.
Again, reading Bible verses about depression or anxiety is not a psychological treatment that will get to the root cause of why you are feeling anxious. Speaking with your healthcare provider and insurance company to find a therapist near you can set you on a path towards delving further into your anxiety and learning coping mechanisms. That said, uplifting verses can still help you proceed on your path towards healing. Reading one or more of these short prayers for anxiety before bedtime may help quell any racing thoughts so you can get a better night's sleep. Surrounding yourself with the words of the Lord's followers can give you the encouragement you need to overcome the battle you are facing.
If you are looking for prayers for protection, or scripture to send to a friend struggling with a mental illness, these prayers for anxiety can be restorative to a mind overcome with worry. If you are experiencing a crisis, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness' (NAMI) helpline number: 1-800-950-6264.
A Prayer for Soothing Panic Attacks
I come before You to lay my panic and anxiety at Your feet. When I’m crushed by my fears and worries, remind me of Your power and Your grace. Fill me with Your peace as I trust in You and You alone. I know I can’t beat this on my own, but I also know that I have You, Lord, and You have already paid the ultimate price to carry my burdens.
For this I thank you, Amen.
A Prayer for Strength
You are the strength of my life;
You are my rock, my fortress and my protector; therefore, whom shall I be afraid?
You are my shield, my strong-tower and my stronghold.
I will call to You because You are worthy to be praised.
So, Father, I thank you for being my strength and My God in whom I trust, Amen.
A Prayer for Confronting Fear
When I feel crushed by my own worries,
Lift my mind and help me to see the truth.
When fear grips me tight and I feel I cannot move,
Free my heart and help me to take things one step at a time.
When I can’t express the turmoil inside,
Calm me with Your quiet words of love.
I choose to trust in You, each day, each hour, each moment of my life.
I know deep down that I in Your grace, forgiven, restored by Your sacrifice, You have set me free.
A Prayer for Finding Inner Peace Through God
God, who is more than we can ever comprehend, help us to seek you, and you alone.
Help us to stand before all that we could do and seek what you would do, and do that.
Lift from us our need to achieve all that we can be and instead, surrender to what you can be in us.
Give us ways to refrain from the busyness that will put us on edge and off center, give us today your peace.
A Prayer for Calming a Troubled Heart
Please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart. My soul is like a turbulent sea. I can't seem to find my balance so I stumble and worry constantly.
Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you've laid out for me. I trust your Love God, and know that you will heal this stress. Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night.
Please bring me clarity with the light of God.
In your name I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Hope
I am your humble servant and I kneel before You today, helpless and weak.
I need Your hope for love, kindness and for a better life, Lord.
I ask that You fill me from head to toe with Your everlasting light.
Bathe me in Your glory, Lord and show me that everything is according to Your plan.
Help me walk in Your glorious light and show me the path so that I may follow You in faith.
A Prayer for Letting Go of Worries
Lately I’ve been so worried about things that are out of my control. Help me to trust that you are working every little detail of my life out and that I have nothing to fear or worry about.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
A Prayer to Cast out Fear
I know that worrying gets me nowhere. Yet I still allow worry and anxiety to consume me.
In times such as these, Lord, I ask you to grant me a great amount of strength, faith, and courage to fight off the doubt and fear within my minds. Faith casts out fear while fear casts out faith.
Scripture for a Friend With Anxiety
You know that sometimes life and the circumstances we face are just hard. But you are our source of peace.
I pray for the one reading these words right now. I pray that whatever they are facing right now, that they would take a deep breath and inhale more of you and your peace while exhaling any of the worries that weigh them down. I pray that they would be anxious for nothing, but would come to you in prayer with all their needs, thanking you even now that you know how you’re going to take care of every last detail.
I thank you that you care about the things that we care about, and that you are our source of peace in the midst of the storms.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A Prayer for Unburdening the Mind
Dear Loving Lord,
I am feeling stress, I am worried.
Too many things occupy my mind.
Won’t you help me?
Show me Lord, your order and your plans, are eternal.
Let me trust in your will alone.
Your word tells me where there is love, there is no fear.
Let me be filled with your love.
The perfect love that tells me I am not condemned, but I am saved.
I can do all things through you.
You Strengthen me.
In Jesus name, Amen
A Prayer to Soothe an Anxious Heart
I thank you that I can come to You always for any reason. I’m grateful that when I pray to You, You answer me. Help me to come to You at the beginning of my fears and anxieties instead of waiting until I can’t stand them anymore. The quicker I come to You the better. You want to free me from ALL my fears. Help me look to You for help more often so that I can be radiant with Your joy.
In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Celtic Prayer of Peace
Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm; still me, Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease, enfold me, Lord, in your peace.
Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm; still me, Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease, Lord, enfold me in your peace.
A Prayer for Anxiety and Depression
Father, my heart is heavy. I feel like I have to carry the burden alone. Words like overwhelmed, distraught, exhausted seem to describe where I am. I am not sure how to let you carry my heavy load, so please show me how. Take it from me. Let me rest and be refreshed so that my heart won’t be so heavy in the morning.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
– Ron Moore
A Prayer for Trust in the Lord
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
— Jeremiah 17:7-8
A Prayer to Overcome Anxiety
In this space of total anxiety, I’m praying to you, the God of all.
Jesus, I need you so much.
The weight of this world consumes my heart and my spirit is confused.
I know you are not the god of confusion; you are the God of order, love and peace.
I pray you would restore order right now in me.
May my mind perceive that you make me sound.
May my soul receive that you give me strength.
May my heart believe that you show me love.
Thank you for the relief of an unburdened heart.
A Prayer for Serenity
Grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
A Prayer for Courage
Your word tells us that we are not slaves to fear. You have given us many promises that tell us to rest in you and your word. In Romans 8: 15-17 you tell us, The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.Thank you for this wonderful promise. I will remember these words during the difficult times that I am tempted to give in to fear, but instead will decide to completely trust in you. May you keep your words in my heart and mind, and help me to dwell on them throughout the day. Thank you, Lord.
A Prayer for Empowerment
Heavenly Father, thank You for being an overcoming God! I know I can take heart because You have overcome the world. Empower me to rise above my circumstances. Help me cast my anxiety on You because You care for me. Give me Your power to overcome. Thank You for giving me the victory! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Racing Thoughts
Lord, you know me. You made me. You love me. Meet me where I am in this moment. You knew I’d be here. Do what You want with my churning insides and my spinning mind and my blown-up fear. Don’t waste a minute of my anxiety. Heal it. Use it. Change it. Instead of begging for something specific, I give myself to You. What do you want from me and for me? Thank you for understanding me when no one else does and loving me anyway. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
— Lori Freeland
A Prayer for Trusting God
Father, in the midst of my stress and panic, please open my eyes. Show me what You are doing. Remind me that You are greater than all those who are against me. Help me see where You are at work and give me Your joy and encouragement. In the Name of Jesus, who is for me, I make this prayer, Amen.
— Mary Southerland
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