Dealing with anxiety is tough because of the excessive and often intrusive worrying that disrupts daily living. To worry over our needs, relationships and other important responsibilities is normal. But what is not healthy is when these thoughts overpower us so that we become paralysed in the face of our concerns. It is best to lay down these matters before God and trust that He cares for us deeply and sincerely. We can always choose to trade our anxious thoughts for the peace that surpasses all understanding. As we pray, we experience the power of wilfully surrender to a God who is able.

Finding Calm to Quiet Your Soul

Dear Lord, thank You for the calm and quiet you promise is accessible to me even in the middle of the chaos. God, it often feels impossible to find when life is spinning out of control. Help me to remember that when I feel overwhelmed by what I can’t predict or plan, that You already know what will play out and are with me through the process. Help me, Lord, to trust You as I steady my mind and heart on Your promises. Help me to care for my body in the way it needs so that my mind can embrace Your Truth more easily. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Elisa Pulliam

A Prayer for Peace and Relief from Anxiety

Lord, Today I pray that You would help me exchange my attempts at escape and relief for Your perfect peace. I pray that You would give me wisdom in my decisions, and use them to bring a harvest of righteousness in my life. Today Lord, I choose to trust You and Your peace as my guard. Teach me to cast all my anxiety on You, because I know You care for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Grace Mills

A Prayer to Calm Your Anxiety

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

Dear God

Help me to stand when I feel I’m about to fall;

Help me to carry on when I feel I can’t take another step.

Lead me gently in the direction that I should go;

Lead me into a place of peace and security.

Even while the world around me is full of turmoil,

Bring me closer to you. Amen.

Lighten the Load, Jesus

Lord Jesus, I have carried this burden far too long. My present sin is disabling my heart. My past guilt has paralysed my future obedience. Anxiety over things I can’t control has taken siege over my soul. I am worn out. I cannot continue on my own. Right now, I come to You. I am taking You at Your word. I am seeking to partner with You and have You take my load. I am ready for my burden to be lightened and my heart to find rest. In Your name. Amen. – Ron Moore

A Prayer to Overcome Panic Attacks

Lord, I come to you and I thank you for drawing near to me when I draw near to you. To think that you are mindful of me — it overwhelms my soul. But Lord, today my spirit is heavy and my body is weak. I cannot bear the weight of this anxiety and panic any longer. I recognise I can’t get through this alone, and I pray against the very active enemy who is trying to shake my faith and tear us apart. Help me stand strong in you. Fortify these weary bones and remind me of the truth that this pain and panic will not last forever. It will pass.

Fill me with your joy, peace and perseverance, Father. Restore my soul and break the chains of anxiety and panic that bind me. I trust you with my panic and I know that you have the power to take it all away. But even if you don’t, I know I don’t have to be a slave to my fear. I can rest in the shadow of your wings and I will rise and overcome by your unwavering strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lauren Gaskill

A Prayer to Overcome Anxiety

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. – Esther Fleece Allen

A Prayer to Banish Anxiety

God, I feel hopeless. Give me the strength to banish anxiety from my heart. Help me find a place where my mind can rest easy and appreciate and enjoy today without fretting. With you all things are possible. I can’t banish the stranglehold of anxiety on my own, but I know and trust You will help me overcome. Help me free my heart and mind and turn my focus to You instead. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ for your mercy. Amen.

Praying With Thanksgiving 

Lord, I don’t thank You enough for the many blessings I have in my life and for Your constant love. You are my Lord and the One True God, worthy of eternal praise. I know I can count on You to be by my side through these anxious times. I turn over my anxiety to You and know You will help me through anything that comes my way. I’m bringing my current struggle to You today, Lord. It is…. [present your request to God]. I ask this in the Holy Name of Jesus, my Saviour. Amen.

A Prayer for Anxiety and Fear

It seems as if my life is in constant turmoil. I often feel stress, anxiety, and fear of what tomorrow may bring. I need to be reminded that you are greater than all my fears and anxiety, and that you hold everything within your hands. Embrace me and surround me with your love and peace. Thank you for always hearing me and being there when I need you. I know that you will continue to guide me and provide all that I need. Amen.

A Prayer when you are Burdened with Needs

Dear Lord, You have given us such beautiful examples in nature of the way You provide for Your creation. I worry about my current problems and the future, but help me learn by the examples You’ve put in front of me. The magnificent wildflowers are given all the nourishment they need to bloom, through no act of their own. You provide for them. When I let anxiety take hold of me, remind me that You provide for the tiniest wildflower. How could I ever doubt that You will provide for me? Help me to live my life for You instead of being consumed in my worry. I trust that You will never forsake me. I ask for Your help in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Let Go

Dear God, it’s difficult to fully let go of our anxiety, or the world around us when we can’t see evidence of all that you’re doing – when we can’t understand or see your purpose or plan. Today, we pause and remind ourselves of our dependency on you, for we know in our hearts that our circumstances and futures are touched by your hands.

Isaiah 55:8 reminds us that our thoughts are not your thoughts – and that our ways are not your ways. When we are struggling to see clearly and make decisions, we are not alone and that inner peace is something only you can supply.

So today Lord, we purposefully, even urgently, say again that we choose to believe in you. We know that it’s often in the most challenging times that you are most at work. Thank you for being the one who gives us the strength to help each other and to see distinctly the choices we face. As we scan our personal horizons, we know that we also must look to you alone for the power and possibility that is our future.

We ask for your guidance so that we might walk fully in your path – a path that you have blessed. We also ask for your face to shine on us – individually, and as a team of colleagues and partners.

Please bring to fulfilment all that you have given us to do in the weeks ahead. Give us a heart of wisdom to hear your voice; and then make our footsteps firm. Please make us strong through your favour and grace. Greg Christopher

A Prayer for Anxiety and Stress

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. In your name I pray, amen.

Dear Lord

The stress of everyday life has become overwhelming.

My life is confusing and sometimes even fearful.

Forgive me where I have doubted and given in to fear.

Fill me with your Holy Spirit and provide me with incredible peace.

I thank you for who you are and all that you have done.

In Jesus name, amen.

Prayer to Soothe an Anxious Heart

Dear Lord, 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

Hope that Comes from God’s Promise

O Father in heaven, look upon all your people who struggle with anger, anxiety, doubt, frustration, guilt, hopelessness, loss, memories, lack of patience, pain, regret, sadness, selfishness, temptation and weakness.

Your holy Word tells us “All things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” And that means that you make all these things work for your good purpose in our lives, even when we do not understand.

Remind us of your invitation, “Cast all your cares upon me,” and of your assurance that goes with it, “because I care for you.” …through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Paul C. Stratman

A Prayer to Focus on God, Not the Anxious Thoughts

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

Lord, Help My Anxious Heart

Gracious Father, You are trustworthy, and yet I forget that. Too often I try to work out every situation in my own thoughts without once acknowledging You. Give me the right words to help my child. Give me a heart of love and patience. Use me to remind them that You are with them, You will be their God, You will strengthen them. Remind me You will uphold them, You will be their help. Please be my help today. Be my strength today. Remind me that You have promised to love me and my children eternally — and that You will never leave us. Please let me rest and trust in You, and help me teach my kids the same. In Jesus’ name, amen. – Jessica Thompson

To Be a Warrior not a Worrier

Father, thank You for being good and kind to us. You are loving and faithful beyond all reason. Thank You for the gift of faith. Thank You for reminding us that You are our provider and it is Your delight to do so. You call us beloved. You shower peace in our hearts and rest to our souls. May we seek You above all the cares of this world. May we tune every other voice out in order to hear Your whisper. We thank You for the work You’re doing even when we don’t understand or can’t see it. May our lives trust You at all times, in every way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Karina Allen

Trade Worry, Anxiety, Pain for Peace

Father God, I thank You that You are compassionate, merciful and faithful in Your love for me. I thank you that You know every thread of every thought I have. You care deeply when I hurt and You care deeply when I am joyful. Help me to come to you in prayer with all my worries, pain and anxiety and trade them for Your peace that passes all understanding. Help me to come to You with all of my joyful moments and rejoice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Ramona Davis