Are you feeling a drastic fear of something or someone? Are you worried about certain situations and things, of the future? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and find it hard to breathe because of a panic attack? Well, this is all due to having anxiety. However, please know that you are not alone. Many people share the same feelings every day. But there’s good news. You can overcome your anxiety with some calming prayers for anxiety.
Anxiety disorders are one of the leading mental illnesses throughout the United States. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 40 million adults in the U.S. have anxiety disorders. Anxiety comes in many varieties. However, they all have one thing in common. All types of anxiety impede those affected from enjoying life. Anxiety robs people’s happiness and peace. It steals our joy, productivity, and at times, the will to live. It is an infective agent gradually destroying one’s mind and life.
The Apostle Paul gave a piece of indispensable advice for those enduring anxiety. While he was in prison, suffering from forced seclusion, physical strain, and the withdrawal of freedom, he wrote what was considered to be the happiest book in the Bible- Philippians. This is his advice to the Church of Philippi on worries and fears:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.
Undoubtedly, Paul also experienced the same restless heart many of us have. This is why he encouraged the Philippians to turn to prayer whenever anxiety consumes our joy. Paul urged that we come to God’s presence so that He may guard our hearts and minds against the poison of worries. Here are 25 prayers for anxiety to help you overcome anxieties you may have.
Prayers for Anxiety
You may think that anxiety has increased today only because of modern-day requirements, changes, and expectations. However, you are sorely mistaken. There are many characters in the bible that also suffered from anxiety. Many biblical characters in popular stories may seem like they had the perfect life by following God. But, if you read the bible in-depth, you’d realize anxiety has been around people for decades. You might feel as though anxiety is gripping you recklessly and ruthlessly; leaving you helpless and hopeless. But, we have good news for you. In the midst of this emotional havoc, remember that God holds you tighter in the grip of his grace. Read these prayers for anxiety and know that God is fighting with you amidst your battles.
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
David’s Prayers for Anxiety
Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
For you, God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
— Psalm 61
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
— Psalm 23
Songs of Prayers for Anxiety
When it feels like the dark
Lingers longer than the night
When the shadows feel like giants
Are You chasing me down?
Should the dawn come with wings
Or find me far-side of the sea
There Your hand still fastens me
Ever closer to Your heart, oh
Highs and lows
You surround me either way it goes
Should I rise or should I fall?
Lord, You’re with me through it all, oh
Highs and lows
In the rhythms of Your grace I know
Should I rise or should I fall?
You are faithful through it all
And You’re too good to let me go
— Highs and Lows, Hillsong Young and Free
Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see
I try to win this war
I confess, my hands are weary, I need Your rest
Mighty warrior, king of the fight
No matter what I face You’re by my side
When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
I will trust in You
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation
The rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go
You’ve not already stood
— Trust In You, Lauren Daigle
Short Prayers for Anxiety
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.
— Jennifer Heeren
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. My soul receives that you give me strength. May my heart believe that you show me, love. Thank you for the relief of an unburdened heart.
— Rachel Wojo
Prayers for Overwhelming Fear
Fears hinder us from achieving what God has planned for us. It deceives our minds to believe that we are not able, enough, or qualified. But, the good news is, we can combat these fears with prayer. Remember that the power of prayer can break our barriers. So when you’re overwhelmed with fear and don’t know where to turn, remember you can always pray. Here are some prayers for anxiety and fear to help you overcome the walls and chains that bind you to negativity. God is not only a temporary refuge, but He is our eternal refuge and provides us with strength and courage in every circumstance we face.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Psalm’s Combat Prayer Against Fear
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging
— Psalm 46:1-3
You, Lord, are the light
that keeps me safe.
I am not afraid of anyone.
You protect me,
and I have no fears.
Brutal people may attack
and try to kill me,
but they will stumble.
Fierce enemies may attack,
but they will fall.
Armies may surround me,
but I won’t be afraid;
war may break out,
but I will trust you.
— Psalm 27
Prayers to Overcome Fear
Heavenly Father, sometimes I am afraid. I worry. I am weak-kneed. Help me to trust in Your unfailing love and give fear the boot right out of the door of my heart. I know that You have my best interest in mind…all the time. Help me to trust in Your sovereign goodness and move forward with confidence.
In Jesus’ Name,
— Sharon Jaynes
Lord Jesus, I renounce the fear of (name the fear and associated lies) because God has not given me a spirit of fear. I choose to live by faith in You, and I acknowledge You as the only legitimate fear object in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
— Neil Anderson
Our Father in heaven, you are worthy of all the praises I can ever give. You know my heart and the fears that hinder it from growing. I believe that you have not given a spirit of fear but of love and power. I humbly ask in your name to remove my fears and fill my heart with faith. This is my prayer, in Jesus’ Name.
Prayers for Inner Peace
Philippians 4:7 tells us of the peace that surpasses all understanding. Jesus is the prince of peace and He promises to give it so that we may have this confidence of abundant supply of peace. When your thought wage war and your heart is overwhelmed, you can always approach His throne for a peace this world can never give. May these prayers for anxiety of life gives you inner peace:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Prayers for Peace Within
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.
— David Adam
O blessed Jesus, give me stillness of soul in You. Let your mighty calmness reign in me. Rule me, O King of Gentleness, King of Peace.
— Saint John of the Cross
Fortify me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit and give Your peace to my soul that I may be free from all needless anxiety, solicitude and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You so that Your will may be my will.
— St. Francesca Xavier Cabrini
God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Right now, I choose to rest in You.
In Jesus’ name, I pray.
— Mary Southerland
Songs of Prayers for Peace
There’s a peace far beyond all understanding
May it ever set my heart at ease
Dare anxiety come, I’ll remember that peace is a promise You keep
Peace is a promise You keep
You will stay true
Even in the chaos
Your word remains truth
Even when my mind wreaks havoc
I will be still
For I’ve known all along
My Jehovah Shalom
— Peace, Hillsong Young and Free
You’re always there
And You hear my prayer
Your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror, there Your voice will roar
Come death or shadow, God I know Your light will meet me there
When fear comes knocking, there You’ll be my guard
When day breeds trouble, there You’ll hold my heart
Come storm or battle, God I know Your peace will meet me there
Again and again
Oh, be still my heart
I know that You are God
— Prince of Peace, Hillsong United
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
And in the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
— Eye of the Storm, Ryan Stevenson
Prayers for Uncertainty
We don’t know what the future holds and more often than not we worry about the things we don’t know. Assurance gives us a sense of tranquility. Thus, we lose our peace when there are things that challenge our certitude. If you worry about the future, then it is now the time to take your confidence and place it in God’s hands. He knows far beyond we can imagine. Consider these prayers for anxiety and uncertainty.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Dear God, I am not sure of what the future holds and it scares me. There are a lot of things going on in my mind right now and my heart is in trouble. I come before you to lift my needs. I know that you are the God who will supply all my needs. You will never lack and you are always more than enough. Therefore, I put my trust in you alone. All the days of my life I give unto you. In Jesus’ Name, I pray.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Heavenly Father, I entrust you with all my goals and dreams. I have faith that you are in control of whatever circumstance I come to face in the present and future. Even when I can’t understand your ways, I believe that you are sovereign. When things don’t go the way I planned for my life, I believe that you are the author of my life. Allow me, Lord, to trust you with all my heart despite the things that I see and can’t see. Thank you for I know that everything that is happening to me right now is preparing me for your greatest plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.”
Almighty God, You are Lord of all and creator of everything on earth and in heaven. I am sorry for the doubts I had when I am facing challenges in life. I surrender my life to You, having the confidence that you will never leave me though I walk through fire or sweep by the waters. Please hold me tighter when storms rage against me. Thank you for protecting me every day of my life.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Prayers for a Weary Soul
Whenever you feel restless and stressed about the things going on around you, there is one solution that will never be lost. You can always find rest and comfort in the Father’s arms. He has promised to give you rest whenever you come before Him. God knows your struggles. He sees through the pains and burdens of your heart and acknowledges it with love and compassion. Here are some prayers for the anxiety of a weary soul and a heavy heart.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Lord, I am very tired and exhausted from all the things happening right now. My heart is overwhelmed with a lot of worries. I feel restless and anxious. I need to rest. May you fill me with peace in the middle of these. May you find me within your arms that I may find rest. This I pray, In Jesus’ Name
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Almighty God, I praise you for your unending love and comfort. In the midst of my pains, you never leave me. Now, I know you can see that my heart is heavy and my body is tired. I appeal to you, that you may strengthen me and give me rest. Please renew my strength. I believe that you hold my life in the palm of your hands, firm and secure so I will not fall and I will not fear. In your Name, I pray.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Heavenly Father, you are the source of all strength so I come before Your name. You see how restless and tired I am. I can’t hide anything from you. Lord, I am so weary and heavy burdened. I give these weights to you in exchange for your strength. This soul is lost without you and in trouble apart from you. I need your peace. I need You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Lord, I thank you for your all-sufficient grace. In difficult times like this, I am putting my trust in you. Please let me completely have faith in you in my weaknesses and hardships. Take this anxious mind. Hold this heavy heart. Take this weary soul that Your name will be glorified. In Jesus’ Name, I pray.
Fighting our battles silently should be done when we surrender everything to God. Besides, it is only when we come before God through prayers that we can experience His peace. There are various prayers for anxiety to help you overcome its traps. Bring your pains and anxiety into the presence of God and watch it fade away as His words and His love continue to sustain you. Nevertheless, never forget to utter these prayers for anxiety with all your heart and mind.