Anxiety. An overwhelming feeling that takes over your thoughts in a blink of an eye. All a sudden your chest feels heavy, you can’t move, and the whole world dissipates but leaves your worries behind.
Sometimes, we can feel lost in the midst of anxiety. It can be hard to know what to pray, so I created this list of prayers surrounding the topic of anxiety.
If you are feeling defeated by your anxiety, take a look at this list to see how you can combat it by bringing it to the Lord.
1) To Feel His Presence
Prayer: Dear God,
Right now I feel (cry out to him and be honest about how you feel), and like I’m all alone. I know you are always with me, but I don’t feel you right now. Please fill this room with your presence and allow me to feel you, Lord.
Help me to feel your comfort and give me peace at this moment. Lord help me to feel as though you’re holding me at this moment so that I can my focus is on you, and not my worries.
2) You Are, When I Am Not
You are good when the world is not. You are with me when I feel alone. You are peace when all I feel is uncertainty. You are sovereign when everything feels out of control. You are immutable when the world is ever-changing.
You are strong when I feel weak. Above all else God you are I am. Thank you, Lord, for who you are, and for choosing me.
3) Isaiah 40:31
Pray through the following Scripture:
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.Isaiah 40:31
4) In The Midst Of A Panic Attack
I need you so much at this moment. Help me to find my breathe when I feel incapable. Help still my body and be with me when I feel far from you. Though I feel hopeless right now and panic within me you are my hope.
Help me be so overwhelmed by your presence that I can’t deny that you are with me. I lay this moment at your feet knowing that you are my peace. Be my strength when I feel none.
Thank you for being faithful in every situation and coming to me in my time of need.
5) I Choose To Trust You
Pray through the following Scripture:
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.Psalm 56:3
Right now I am afraid of (list out all your fears), and I don’t know what to do. What I do know Lord is that you are my safety and I choose to put my trust in you.
I will trust you in every situation with the knowledge that you are actively working on something beautiful. I put these fears in your hands Lord and trust you.
6) Peace Prayer
Pray through this prayer about 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.David Adam
I’m struggling with control right now. I want to be able to fix this mess and all of these problems cease to exist. I gripping onto all of my problems with a closed first, but I need your help God.
Help me to release all of my anxieties to you by opening my palms and surrendering them to you. I place (list out all of your struggles individually) into your hands giving you full control over everything in my life.
I want what you want Lord, and to find peace in your sovereignty. I give these to you daily and want to allow you to fix every situation I encounter in the way you choose.
Thank you for being my all-knowing God who has a plan for everything.
Amen (So be it).
8) Be Still
Help me to be still in this moment when my body feels restless. Still my thoughts, arms, hands, legs, and self. Help me to breathe you in and feel peace. Right now I choose to focus on you and the peace you bring. Help this quiet to not feel like a jail cell, but instead to bring me comfort in it. Help me to feel your presence and just be.
Help me to go to my quiet place, and to block out all of the worries that are filling my mind. Right now my focus is on you and your beauty.
Thank you for helping me to be still, and to just delight in your presence my Lord.
9) You Bring Me Joy
Pray through the following verse:
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.Psalm 94:19
Prayer: Lord though all I feel right now is anxiousness, in you alone I can find joy. Right now I choose to find joy in you alone heavenly father and to allow that to be enough for me.
I will not allow myself to drown in these feelings of anxiety, but instead to stay afloat by focusing on your comforting presence.
I feel so overwhelmed by my feelings of anxiety. Everything feels like it’s falling apart, and I need your help. Though I feel overwhelmed, overwhelm me with your peace and presence. Though I feel out of control remind me that you are in control.
You are the one thing that is constant when everything else is ever-changing. Point me back to you Lord. Help me to let go of these feelings that overwhelm me, and to be in this moment with you.
11) I Will Believe
Pray through the following scripture:
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.John 14:1
Prayer: God I choose to believe in you and who you are in this situation. I choose to believe in the divine trinity: the father, son, and holy spirit. I believe that you love me and are present in this situation, and that you will lead me out of my current situation.
With thanksgiving in my heart, I give this situation over to you and choose thankfulness. I am thankful for (list out all the current things that are good). Thank you for being a father whose love for me is endless.
Thank you for being in control of this situation and surrounding me with your love. Though everything may not feel okay currently, I’m thankful to still be alive and have your spirit dwelling within me.
Help this song of thanksgiving to be a praise to you and all that you do. I choose to realign my focus on you at this present moment and to dwell in your presence. Thank you.
13) Help Others Who Are Anxious
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.Dr. Michelle Bengston
14) Releasing Your Worries
O Lord my God,
I am filled with so much worry. I worry about my relationships, my family, my friends, my job, my plans, and my daily life God. Help me to feel your presence surround me, Lord.
I give these worries to you so that I can be at peace with them being in your hands. You are my all-mighty God who is working right here right now. I choose to walk in the freedom you have given me.
I choose to live a life of freedom instead of worry, and God I choose you over everything. Guide me through each situation and help me delight in you.
15) Romans 8:38-39
Pray through the following Scripture:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
Though we may know this, continue to say this verse to God until you actively believe it. Nothing can defeat you when our God is with you.
16) Be My Strength When I Feel Weak
I feel weak. All of life’s struggles, worries, problems, and my anxieties are wearing me down. I feel like I can’t keep pushing forward because of how heavy my heart is in this situation. Lord be my strength when I have none.
Your spirit is strong in me Lord, help me to remember that. Though I will fail, you are incapable of failing. You are my rock and I will find my strength in you.
Solidify my faith in you alone and not these worldly things that are currently plaguing me. Though I feel drained you are restoring me, because you are my portion.
17) Psalm 27
The Lord is my light and my salvation
whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.Psalm 27:1-6
18) Give Me Hope
During this moment when I feel overpowered by my anxiety, I ask you to give me hope Lord. Be my hope and calm my anxiety. I pray a prayer of anxiety that you will help me to overcome my anxiety.
You are the God who was, is, and is to come. I am hopeful that you will help me to see the beauty in this situation.
I place my trust in you knowing that you are all I need in this life and that you will not fail me. Though I feel surrounded by darkness, you are my guiding light through this situation.
Show me your way and help me to continue to trust you during this journey.
19) 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.Jennifer Heeren
20) Faith The Size Of A Mustard Seed
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”Mathew 17:20
Give me faith even as small as a mustard seed. Help my faith to spread to others, and inspire them by how strongly you are moving in me. Help me to believe in you so deeply that my faith moves mountains.
21) Prayer To Overcome
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.
22) Mathew 6:25-27
Pray through the following Scripture:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?Mathew 6:25-27
Remember that our God is greater than our anxiety, and He will help us overcome this.
If you’re really struggling with your mental health and feel like you have no one to turn to or please contact this crisis hotline by texting: Text CONNECT to 741741. This hotline will connect you with a therapist.
If you are having any suicidal thoughts please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can reach out at any time for free and confidential support.