The world is filled with chaos. Every news station is reporting on stories about death, natural disasters, or worldwide pandemics. Yet, in the midst of the chaos, we can find peace from the Lord.
God longs for His children to have peace. He does not want us to be filled with fear when we look around at the world. No matter what happens in the days to come, we can find peace in the Lord. We can trust Him. We do not need to fear what the future holds. Our security is found in Jesus and knowing Him.
15 Prayers from Scripture about Peace
To help you find peace in God, here are Scriptures you can pray for peace. You can read these Scriptures out loud then pray the prayer below them. From there, pray whatever else the Lord has put on your heart. These prayers are simply a place to start.
1. John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Lord, I trust that you have given me peace. Your peace is different from peace within the world. I trust in you. I will not fear for you are with me. Help me to trust in you and not find peace in the world. Your peace is what I desire. Amen.
2. Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Jesus, thank you for giving me peace. Your peace passes all understanding. Please guard my heart and mind. Help me to bring my needs before you. I trust you will give me peace. Amen.
3. Psalm 4:8
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Lord, thank you for keeping me safe. I trust that no matter what the future holds you will be with me. You alone give me peace. You alone keep me safe. Amen.
4. Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Jesus, I praise you. You alone are the Prince of peace. You calm the raging sea. You are light in the darkness. Thank you for gifting me with peace from you. I am grateful for the peace you give me. You are worthy of all my praise and adoration. Amen.
5. Psalm 23:1-4
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Jesus, you are my shepherd. You give me all I need. I can rest peacefully because you are with me. You strengthen me. I am weak without you. You show me how to live. I long to bring you honor. Even when I go through trials, you are always with me. You never leave me. I have peace because you are with me. You comfort me in the midst of pain and suffering. Thank you for being with me. Amen.
6. Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Lord, you have a plan for me. You desire peace for me. Thank you for being a loving God. Help me to seek the plan you have for my life. May I desire peace from you. Amen.
7. Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dear God, your word says you want to fill me with joy and peace. I trust in you. I open my heart to receive the peace you have for me. I praise you today. Amen.
8. 2 Thessolians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you
Lord of peace, I worship you today. I ask you to grant me peace no matter what I am going through. I believe you are with me all the time. Amen.
9. Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Jesus, I want your peace to rule in my heart. Today, I give you my burdens and worries. I allow your peace to fill me. Amen.
10. Hebrews 12:14
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Lord, help me to walk in peace with those around me. Show me how I can walk in peace. Reveal to me what walking in peace looks like. Amen.
11. Psalms 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Dear Lord, help me to turn away from evil and to seek peace. Thank you for giving your children the gift of peace. Amen.
12. Psalm 85:8
I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly.
God, you promise peace to your people. I ask you to please grant me peace today. May I continue to seek you each and every day. Amen.
13. Isaiah 54:10
‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Lord, I praise you because your covenant of peace cannot be shaken. You are a strong and mighty God. Thank you for giving your people peace. Amen.
14. Psalm 116:7
Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.
Lord, please help me rest. May I find peace in you. Help me to turn away from things that do not bring peace. Amen.
15. Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Lord, I know you think about me. You care for me. I am overwhelmed by how much you love me. You think peaceful thoughts about me. May my thoughts be peaceful too. You alone give me hope. I trust you. Please guide my future and give me peace in the days to come. Amen.
After you pray a few of these prayers, you could open up your Bible and explore Scripture. Maybe read through the Psalms and highlight every time you find the word, “peace.”
16 Prayers to Recite about Peace
Sometimes we don’t know what to say in our prayers. These 16 pre-written prayers are a good place to start when asking the Lord for peace.
1. Prayer from Saint John of the Cross
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.
2. Prayer from Dick Woodward
God, teach us what it means to have faith in silence. When we face trials that are beyond our understanding, help us to find peace. Help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. You set all things in accordance to your time. Remind us to wait patiently, and find peace in your plan.
3. Prayer from an Unknown Author
Loving God, 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.
4. Prayer From St. Francesca Xavier Cabrini
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.
5. Prayer From an Unknown Author
Dear God I ask for peace of mind. I pray that I am calm, collected and tranquil at all times today. I rest and relax in your presence. I let go of all anxious thoughts. I stop rushing and start praying. I let go and I let God. In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.
6. Prayer From Mary Southerland
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.
7. Prayer From an Unknown Author
Lord, help me to really know Your love for me, that any fear I may have will disappear. Thank You for Your peace which surpasses comprehension. Amen.
8. Prayer From Reinhold Niebuhr
O God, 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 a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
9. Prayer From St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me show love, Where there is injury, pardon, Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope, Where there is darkness, light, Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console. Not so much to be understood as to understand. Not so much to be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, It is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
10. Prayer From Orin L. Crain
Slow me down, Lord! Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my harried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me, amidst the confusions of my day, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tensions of my nerves with the soothing music of the singing streams that live in my memory.
Help me to know the magical power of sleep, teach me the art of taking minute vacations; of slowing down to look at a flower; to chat with an old friend or make a new one; to pet a dog; to watch a spider build a web; to smile at a child; or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day that the race is not always won by the swift; that there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord, and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life’s enduring values. That I may grow toward the stars of our greater destiny.
11. Prayer From an Unknown Author
Lord, I come before you ready to pour out my worries, anxieties, and fears at Your feet. I am claiming and declaring Your promises for blessings of peace and strength over my life. Bring a peace into my soul that passes all worldly understanding and make me a light for others to see Your strength.
12. Prayer From Lysa Terkeurst
Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed, overwhelm me with Your peace. Lead me to You, my rock. Guide me to Your word which gives me strength and refuge. Help me not to run to lesser things. Draw me to run to You first. Help me get into the habit of taking my “overwhelmed” and placing it under your will. Thank You, Lord.
13. Prayer From Debbie McDaniel
Dear God, our world is hurting and broken. We pray for those who have lost loved ones this week, please comfort them in their grief and loss, cover them with your peace and presence, as only your Spirit can do. We know that in whatever we face, you are our peace and refuge, a very present help in times of trouble.
Thank you that you remind us throughout your word, we do not face the storms alone, but you are always with us. Whispering calm. Speaking peace. Bringing rest to our souls.
We confess our need for you. We ask you to forgive us for trying to figure everything out on our own, for not trusting that you are more than able and powerful to work on our behalf. Forgive us for picking back up what we already determined to lay down at your feet. Give us the ability to trust you more, give us a heart that finds rest in your presence, give us the wisdom to seek peace and pursue it, remembering it’s only to be found in you alone.
Thank you that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Thank you that you care for us. Thank you that the peace of your loving and strong presence guards and protects our hearts and minds in you. Thank you that we do not have to walk in fear or live in overwhelmed cycles of worry and stress. Thank you for your voice that breaks through the greatest wind and storm swirling around us, and whispers ‘Peace, be still.’ Thank you that you sent your One and Only Son to set us free.
14. Prayer From Saint Teresa of Avila
May I be at peace. May my heart remain open. May I be aware of my true nature.May I be healed. May I be a source of healing to others. May I dwell in the Breath of God.
15. Prayer From an Unknown Author
Father, please grant me peace of mind, and calm my troubled heart. My soul is so uneasy. 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, and know that you will heal this stress that I just can’t seem to shake. Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night, please bring me clarity with the light of the Holy Father.
16. Prayer From Dawn Wilson
Dear Lord, Help me remember you are indeed Lord of my life. You have the right to rule all that I think, believe and do. When I allow my mind to run to places that destroy my peace, remind me these are unauthorized thoughts. You do not want me to dwell on thoughts and emotions that contribute to unreasonable fears.
4 Short Prayers for Peace
Below are 4 short prayers I wrote surrounding the topic of peace. I hope these prayers will be a starting place as you pray for peace. God is with you. He wants you to be filled with peace, regardless of what your circumstances are.
1. Prayer for Trust
“Lord, I trust that you have given me peace. Your peace is different from peace within the world. I trust in you. I will not fear for you are with you. Help me to trust in you and to not find peace in the world. Your peace is what I desire. Amen.”
2. Prayer Against Worry
Jesus, please calm my heart. I give you my worries and fears. I ask you to replace them with peace. You alone can give me true peace. Amen.
3. Prayer for Peaceful Sleep
Lord, thank you for today. Please help me to sleep peacefully. I love you. You alone are King. Amen.
4. Prayer for Peace During Work
God, thank you for being with me all the time. I ask for your presence to be with me during work today. Help me to walk in peace while at work and throughout the rest of my day. Amen.
6 Prayer For Peace From the 11th Century
Here are 6 prayers from the 11th century you can recite.
1. Prayer From Roman Breviary
Dear God, at the start of each day, help us to recognize you above all else. Enlighten the eyes of our heart that we might see you, and notice how you’re at work through our lives.
Give us wisdom to make the best choices, fill us with a desire to seek after you more than anything else in this world. Let your Spirit and power breathe in us, through us, again, fresh and new.
Thank you that you are greater than anything we may face in our day. Thank you that your presence goes with us, and that your joy is never dependent on our circumstances, but it is our true and lasting strength, no matter what we’re up against.
We ask that your peace lead us, that it would guard our hearts and minds in you. We ask for your grace to cover our lives this day. We love you Lord…we need you.
2. Prayer From Sarum Rite
O Lord, look mercifully on us, and grant that we may choose the way of peace. Rescue us from the captivity of the sins which have oppressed us, that we may attain the dwellings of the heavenly Jerusalem; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
3. Prayer From Augustine of Hippo
O Lord God, grant your peace to us, for you have supplied us with all things: the peace of rest, the peace of the Sabbath which has no evening; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
4. Prayer From Sarum Rite
Hear us, O Lord, and in our troubles, pity us. Give us spiritual gladness, and give us eternal peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
5. Prayer From Roman Breviary
O Lord, be our Sanctifier and the Shepherd. Strengthen and help us, that in our daily life walk with you, we serve you in all quietness of spirit; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
6. Prayer From Roman Breviary
O God, the comfort of all who are sorrowful, and the salvation of those who put their trust in you, in this dying life, give us that peace for which we humbly pray, and finally receive us into eternal joy in your presence; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
We can pray to God at any time for peace. Remember, Jesus wants to speak to you as you pray. Prayer is a conversation. Leave time for Him to speak to your heart.
May God give you peace today.
He is always with you.