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Most adults have experienced anxiety at some point in their lives. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States, with about 19 percent of adults and 7 percent of children experiencing symptoms. In other words, anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of, and it’s something that can be treated through a variety of methods (therapy, medication, etc.). Sometimes anxiety can feel so normal that people accept the symptoms as part of their everyday experience, but life doesn’t have to be that way. Seeking relief from anxiety is something that should be not only encouraged, but celebrated as prioritizing one’s holistic health — not just physical, but mental, too.

If you are spiritual or religious, finding solace in daily prayer can be something that helps ease your anxiety, too. Finding prayers for peace can be a great way to calm an anxious mind or take a moment to be still after experiencing a hectic day or racing mind. When it comes to anxiety, in particular, sometimes lifting up your worries to God instead of carrying them on your own can be exactly what you need to finally take a deep breath and feel safe. Here are 18 examples of positive, uplifting prayers for anxiety that may just help you in your moment of need.

And if you happen to need some additional support, know that there are free resources available, including a Crisis Text Line and a number of emergency helplines for panic and anxiety you can access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A PRAYER FOR SOOTHING PANIC ATTACKS

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Dear God,

I come before You to lay my panic and anxiety at Your feet. When I’m crushed by my fears and worries, remind me of Your power and Your grace. Fill me with Your peace as I trust in You and You alone. I know I can’t beat this on my own, but I also know that I have You, Lord, and You have already paid the ultimate price to carry my burdens.

For this I thank you, Amen.

— Unknown

PRAYER FOR STRENGTH

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Dear Jesus,

You are the strength of my life;

You are my rock, my fortress and my protector; therefore, whom shall I be afraid?

You are my shield, my strong-tower and my stronghold.

I will call to You because You are worthy to be praised.

So, Father, I thank you for being my strength and My God in whom I trust, Amen.

— Psalm 27:1b

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A PRAYER FOR CONFRONTING FEAR

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Heavenly Father,

When I feel crushed by my own worries,

Lift my mind and help me to see the truth.

When fear grips me tight and I feel I cannot move,

Free my heart and help me to take things one step at a time.

When I can’t express the turmoil inside,

Calm me with Your quiet words of love.

I choose to trust in You, each day, each hour, each moment of my life.

I know deep down that I in Your grace, forgiven, restored by Your sacrifice, You have set me free.

Amen.

— Unknown

A PRAYER FOR FINDING INNER PEACE THROUGH GOD

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God, who is more than we can ever comprehend, help us to seek you, and you alone.

Help us to stand before all that we could do and seek what you would do, and do that.

Lift from us our need to achieve all that we can be and instead, surrender to what you can be in us.

Give us ways to refrain from the busyness that will put us on edge and off center, give us today your peace.

— Unknown

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A PRAYER FOR CALMING A TROUBLED HEART

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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.

A PRAYER FOR HOPE

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Dear Lord,

I am your humble servant and I kneel before You today, helpless and weak.

I need Your hope for love, kindness and for a better life, Lord.

I ask that You fill me from head to toe with Your everlasting light.

Bathe me in Your glory, Lord and show me that everything is according to Your plan.

Help me walk in Your glorious light and show me the path so that I may follow You in faith.

Amen.

A PRAYER FOR LETTING GO OF WORRIES

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Heavenly Father,

Lately I’ve been so worried about things that are out of my control. Help me to trust that you are working every little detail of my life out and that I have nothing to fear or worry about.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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)

To Feel God’s Love and Care

Dear God, help me know You love me. Help me feel Your caring arms around me today, even in the dark. Help me hear Your voice singing over me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen (Emily T. Wierenga)

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 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)

Quiet My Anxious Heart

Dear Lord, Would You please quiet my anxious heart? Give me courage to step out in faith, beyond what I can see or attempt to control. I bring You these burdens now: ______________.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Gwen Smith)
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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)

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)

To Be Anxious For Nothing

Heavenly Father, Thank You for never leaving us nor forsaking us. As your daughters walk through valleys and experience painful anxiety, heal us completely if that is Your will. If You have a different plan for our lives, give us Your strength, love and courage and walk with us each day. We love You dearly. … In Jesus’ Name, Amen (Lara Sadowski)

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)

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