Prayer For Anxiety: 17 POWERFUL Prayers For Peace

As one who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of my adult life, I know just how important prayer for anxiety is.

And in addition to struggling with a disorder, I also regularly find myself in the midst of circumstances that tempt me to feel worried.

Whether it’s the stress of upcoming bills or the health of my children or the pressure of being self-employed, I find myself constantly tempted to be fearful and stressed.

I need prayers for anxiety, fear, worry and stress.

But here’s the thing…

When I’m being squeezed by the vice grip of fear and anxiety, it’s really hard for me to pray. My brain is going in 10,000 different directions and I often don’t even know what to pray.

Can you relate?

Here’s the good news though. God always hears our prayers even when we’re overwhelmed and anxious. Panic attacks can’t stop our prayers from getting to God.

He longs to help us when we’re experiencing fear and anxiety. He wants to meet us right where we are and give us the peace that passes understanding.

As Paul said in Philippians 4:6, “…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

So what sorts of prayers for anxiety should we pray when we’re feeling overwhelmed?

Does Prayer Help Anxiety?

Yes, prayer absolutely helps anxiety. But maybe not quite in the way you think. It’s not like the moment you pray, all your panic attacks and anxiety and worry and fear will go away.

God isn’t a drug that suddenly makes you feel an overwhelming feeling of peace and calm.

Rather, prayer connects you to the God of peace. You can bring all your anxious thoughts and worries and fears and stress to God, knowing that He cares for you.

When you do that consistently, you get new perspective on the fears that have been weighing on your heart and mind. You realize that God is bigger than all those things, and that you can trust Him to take care of your in every aspect of life.

Prayer For Anxiety: Trusting God’s Good Character

Heavenly Father,

I don’t understand why you’re allowing me to go through these challenging circumstances. I don’t know why you’ve allowed me to be pressed on every side and overwhelmed by the waves of life.

But what I do know is that you are good and loving and faithful. I know that nothing can get to me without first going through you. And I know that you are working all things together for my good and your glory.

As it says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

prayer for anxiety and depression

So even though I may not understand why I’m experiencing these difficult trials, I know that you are walking with me every step of the way. So I lift this prayer for worry to you. I trust in you to sustain me even when I can’t sustain myself. You are faithful even when I am faithless.

In Jesus name, amen.

Prayer For Fear And Anxiety: Trusting Jesus’ Good Promises

Dear God,

Even though I may not be able to see how any good can come out of these circumstances, you have promised to never stop doing good to me.

As you say in Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

In Psalm 84:11 you say, “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

As I lift this prayer for fear, I believe this promise. I believe that you will not withhold a single good thing from me. If something is good for me, you’ll give it to me. If it’s not, you’ll withhold it.

I believe that right now your goodness and mercy are pursuing me. Even though I may feel anxious, I can’t escape your goodness and mercy. You are pouring out blessings on me right now, and nothing can stop your good promises from being fulfilled.

Even though I’m currently feeling anxious, I’m choosing to put my trust in your word over my feelings. I’m choosing to believe your promises rather than what my eyes can see.

In Jesus name, amen.

Prayer For Peace: Trusting Your Father’s Good Provision

Dear God,

In Philippians 4:19 you say, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

I thank you that you are going to meet my every need. I may not be able to see how you’re going to meet my every need, but I’m choosing to believe your promise.

I thank you that you are going to supply my needs out of your bounteous riches in Christ. I don’t have to twist your arm in order to get you to meet my needs. Just as I love to provide for my children, you absolutely love to provide abundantly for your children.

You give us blessing upon blessing, kindness upon kindness.

So I’m asking you to provide for me, confident that you will. Confident that you will do great things in response to my prayers.

As I lift this prayer, I remember the words of Charles Spurgeon, who said:

It does not matter how heavy troubles are if you can cast them on the Lord. The heavier they are, so much the better, for the more you have gotten rid of, and the more there is laid on the rock.

Father, I’m casting all my cares on you because I know you care for me.

In Jesus name, amen.

Praying For Worry: Trusting God’s Fatherly Care

Dear Lord,

Your word tells me that you care for me as a Father cares for his children. I am your child and I thank you that you love me with a deep, overwhelming, never ceasing, overpowering love.

As you say in Matthew 7:11, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

Heavenly Father, even I know how to give good gifts to children, and I’m a sinful human. You are perfectly good and loving, and I thank you that you will give me good, sweet gifts.

I thank you that your heart beats with Fatherly affection for me. I thank you that nothing can separate me from your intense, Fatherly love.

As it says in Romans 8:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”

Because nothing can separate me from your love, I can trust you completely. I can throw all my weight on you. I can hope in you fully. I offer this prayer, knowing that you are my good, gracious, heavenly Father.

In Jesus name, amen.

Prayer For Anxiety: Trusting God To Carry Every Burden

Dear Lord,

In 1 Peter 5:6-7 you say, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Father, I humbly offer this prayer for fear up to you, casting all my anxieties upon you. The simple truth is that I am not able to carry all these burdens on my own. I don’t have the strength or the wisdom to successfully navigate these challenging circumstances.

And so I am casting every burden, big and small upon you. I am clinging to you in the midst of the storm, holding fast to you. Though I may not be able to carry all my burdens, you absolutely can.

In Jesus name, amen.

Quick Prayers For Anxiety

When you’re experiencing anxiety, prayer can feel overwhelming. The wonderful truth though is that God responds to even quick prayers for anxiety.

Here are some short, simple prayers you can lift to God:

  • Lord, help me with this anxiety!
  • Dear God, please let me feel peace.
  • Dear Father, I choose to trust you right now.
  • God, I feel like I can’t keep going. I need your peace!
  • Lord, please set me free from anxiety and worry.
  • God, help me give all my worry to you.
  • Lord, help me let go of all that’s weighing me down.
  • Father, I trust you and know you love me.
  • Lord, I’m struggling with anxiety and depression. Help.
  • Lord, thank you that you love me. Free me from fear.
  • Lord I trust you even though I don’t understand.
  • God, please calm my heart and give me rest.

Oh What Needless Pain We Bear

If you’re struggling with anxiety, run to God constantly in prayer. Don’t let worry dominate your life. Don’t let worry rule you. Take all your worries and fears and struggles to God and lay them at his feet.

I can’t help but be reminded of the hymn, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus“:

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!

Don’t forfeit your peace or bear needless pain. Lift up your prayer for stress and fear to God and let him bear your burdens.

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45 thoughts on “Prayer For Anxiety: 17 POWERFUL Prayers For Peace”

      • I’m facing a life challenge right now and reading theses prayers has helped ease some of my anxiety and depression. I’m currently seeking therapeutic intervention, but these scriptures are very comforting. Thank you kinda.. Stay Blessed

    • This writing is really helping me. I surfer from an anxiety disorder. I try to read your writing two times a day. Thank you so much.

    • These prayers were so helpful for me. I’m full of anxiety everyday and today was tough.You said it is hard for you to pray in times of anxiety. I agree. I also have a hard time picking up my Bible to read it, even though I know I need to. It’s just too much. I love all of the verses written here. Thank you.

    • I needed these prayers gave me strength to keep on moving and trying to get over this anxiety! I give all my cares to the Lord Jesus! Keep praying it always helps in your time of need.

    • I so desperate for help for my anxiety. It is almost crippling me. I pray constantly to lay it all at Jesus’s feet. What am I doing wrong?
      Thank you

  1. This is wonderful!!! Yes, I totally relate! Thank you so much again. I so appreciate the *practical* nature of your writing. I am going to be incorporating these into my prayers daily.

    • “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” has been a song we sang in church as a young kid. Now I really know the meaning and why that song is so important. I prayed for the how, how to get through the anxiety and this was a blessing. Thank you!

      • Like the word of God says: cast all your anxieties to the Lord. I already did. I told God take it Lord. It’s too heavy for me. But my heart keep racing fast and make me so tired. So I have to take meds to calm it down. But I already surrender my anxiety to God. Honestly I don’t wanna take the meds. Please pray for me. Thank you.

    • This is been very inspirational for me to read for anxieties I have shared it with my daughter who is experiencing anxiety & lives temporarily in Grenada, a friend who’s dealing with her daughter and the mother of three young children with multiple forms of cancer and my son who suffers from anxiety. Thank you for doing this for the people and the kingdom of God!

  2. thank you for this. I will lift up my anxiety in prayer to God! Im currently going through alot of challenges in my life. I thank God for you for sharing God ‘s word continiously…May God Bless you my brother.

  3. Thank you and god bless each one off us and we pray to heal and we be ablecto getvthru the storm and this will all pass and that we heal slowly. And becausecof gods grace we will get thru this hang in there guys god loves us blessings

  4. Thanks for this!! So very timely – i’ve been traveling with my husband for the first time to a couple countries where I’ve never been and it’s SO good to be reminded of all the glorious and powerful promises from our LORD. You’re a gem!

    • Thanks so much for these prayers. I am going through a very difficult time in my last fe and my marriage… dealing with a toxic and manipulative partner. I worry above my 2 girls but I know God will see us through this all. We pray for his blessings and will pray for my partner so he can be healed from this anger and abusive tendencies… God is Good All the time…

    • I really needed to read this I been feeling so overwhelmed n my anxiety up the roof lately. I am a single mother I have two daughters I worry a lot about them my oldest is going thru very difficult times right now she is also a single mother of three beautiful children but she has an issue with making bad choices all the time n her life situation gets me very worry n just a few days ago I got bad news from my doctor I was given a positive diagnose n that got me very stressed out also I ask you to please pray for me n my family my two daughters I know there is not impossible for god!!! I as their mother have been making bad decisions lately n I just want to get right with god n live a happy productive life n healthy thank you for helping us with this please pray for me that god will bless me with a good job I have a job interview tomorrow n I need prayers that everything goes well n I get this job as I really need it !!!!

  5. Stephen – It’s Sunday night and I’m anxious about this upcoming work week. Reading your devotional is an Awesome reminder of God and who he His and how He is always faithful! Thank You!

  6. I am continuing to use these prayers and Scriptures in my morning time with the Lord. They have been so very helpful! Thank you, Stephen, for your willingness to share your struggle with anxiety — it has helped me and many others as well! God bless you and I hope you continue to share as the Lord teaches you!

  7. Very helpful. Am going through a lot of challenges at work &at home. Sometimes I feel quite overwhelmed. I pray a lot,though but this article had given me a fresh view & am encouraged.
    Thanks a lot for it. God bless u.

  8. asking for prayers struggling with worries,depression, anxiety, thank you lord jesus for hearing my prayers.

  9. My Mom is in the Hospital and I have read all 5 Prayers. Continue to help her relax and relieve her anxiety. She is a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ

  10. I have some fear and anxiety tonight. A few things going on. A possible change of job and also a court date to ask for more child support st the end of the week. I read all these prayers and also wrote them down in my journal and I feel so much better. Handing it over to God is so helpful.

  11. Thank you so much for these prayers and it’s very true how hard it is to pray when anxious . May God bless you abundantly .

  12. Iam going through a e very difficult time at time. Feel my life and that of my family members is insecure. These prayers came in handy. Iam so scared Lord, forgive me. Let me learn to trust your word that You will never leave me nor forsake me!

  13. I am going through alot of anxieties right now read your prayers they are beautiful feel like crying just knowing that God is really with me Thank you

  14. I am very anxious right now
    My marriage is in big trouble and most of it is my fault
    I couldnt sleep last night and my chest is tight

    I am trying to pray
    Lord help me

  15. Just found this….THANK YOU! I’ll be using these prayers constantly…have had anxiety disorder for years….sometimes it’s not so bad, but sometimes it’s overwhelming.

    • I am also a senior..alone for 10 yrs…only with my little dog…I know how you feel Patricia. Lonely and depressed…and anxiety… in a large apt. Building, but very few elders, and It is a cold place, where nobody wants to get involved, or come to visit…Being a Christian, helps me through the day, as I read scripture, and try to focus on Jesus who tells us’ He is with us always, and never leaves us” I find that helps me, or to sing hymns, it keeps the evil one away…..God says..I hope this helps you..I will say prayers for you…also Satan hates when we speak Jesus name purpose….the Bible says, Satan leaves us alone, cause he can’t stand to hear the name of our Lord and Savior……I do that sometimes many many times stay…and I feel joy. Bless you……

  16. Thank for this encouragement.
    Reminds me of what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:3. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God
    The Lord certain used it in my life.

  17. at last reality into the scriptures instead of a lot of church terminology which many cannot relate to, so thank you and bless you for sharing this God given wisdom with us in a way we can understand in the real world we live in today…


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