Today, I want to share with you three prayers for anxiety. Our prayer life is more than perfect Bible words. It’s communion and communication with God. It’s a relationship. 

We don’t have to approach our time with God with a systematic equation, hoping He hears our prayers for anxiety. 

We can be confident, knowing, He hears and answers our prayers. 

Anxiety can be a crippling experience that affects our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It can leave us feeling overwhelmed and helpless, but there is hope. Many people have found relief from anxiety through prayer

The Power of Prayer for Managing Anxiety

Firstly, it’s important to understand that prayer can be a powerful tool in managing anxiety. Prayer can help you feel more connected to a higher power, giving you a sense of peace and comfort. It can also provide a sense of perspective, reminding you that you are not alone in your struggles and that there is always hope for a better tomorrow.

If you’re new to prayer or prayers for anxiety, it can be difficult to know where to start. One of the simplest ways to begin is to set aside a specific time each day for prayer. This could be in the morning before you start your day, in the evening before bed, or during your lunch break. The important thing is to find a time that works for you and make it a consistent part of your routine.

Another helpful tip is to find a quiet and comfortable place to pray. This could be a specific room in your house, a quiet park, or even your car. Wherever you choose, make sure it’s a place where you feel calm and relaxed.

When you begin to pray, try to focus on your breathing and let go of any thoughts or distractions. You may find it helpful to start with a simple prayer, such as the Serenity Prayer or the Lord’s Prayer. As you become more comfortable with prayer, you can begin to expand your repertoire and incorporate more personal prayers into your routine.

In addition to prayer and prayers for anxiety, there are other things you can do to manage anxiety. Regular exercise, meditation, and mindfulness practices can all be effective in reducing anxiety and promoting overall well-being. It’s also important to prioritize self-care and take time for yourself each day.

First Prayer for Anxiety: Befriending Your Body 

Father, I thank You for the body You blessed me with. It is a good body because You only create good things. It may not feel good right now, but it is still good. Show me the areas in my body where I am storing up stress that is not producing good fruit. In Jesus’ name, amen!

I tried to force my body into submission by restricting my food. I was determined for it to obey my actions to give me the outcome I desired. 

It was me (emotional and spiritual) waging war against my body (physical).

One thing Jesus was clear about when talking to the scribes is that a house against itself will not stand. One passage says, “It lays waste.”

We can not change our hearts by fixing our bodies

We can not change our bodies by hating our bodies. 

We simply can not change what we hate or continue to speak evil of. 

Our prayer for anxiety goes beyond anxiety being taken away. It’s asking why it’s there in the first place.

To be kind and speak kindly of our bodies is not self-glorifying. Its reliance on the One who created our bodies and called them good. 

We know how easy it is for us to let hate words roll off our tongues. Yet, the Word says to clothe ourselves, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

Verse 14 says, “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”

This is not just towards others but towards ourselves too. We do not separate the two. It is both/and. So when we have prayers for anxiety we can remember this.

Second Prayer for Anxiety: Speaking Life in the Wilderness

Father, guide my words today. Show me in Your word how to speak kind, be patient, and learn how to let go of my burdens and take Your yoke upon me. It’s not about me trying to do better. It’s about You consuming more of my heart. Let the words that leave my lips match the love You have for me. No matter the season, may my heart stay upon You. In Jesus’ name, amen!

I’ve been thinking about how we waiver in the wilderness, asking, “How long, Lord?”

The wildness is when things appear dead and dry, much like the winter months.

Yet, in the winter, when things appear dead, we can remember they are only sleeping for a short time until spring wakes everything up again.

In the winter (wilderness), we can see further, more clearly, because what was once there is no longer.

I can see trees laced together and the outline of the creek that runs behind our house.

I can see further, more clearly, at the houses, I never saw before because the fullness of the trees hid them.

I can see the cardinal finding its spot to rest on the fence before taking another flight.

The beauty is still there, but the filter is gone.

We see it with fresh eyes. Our prayers for anxiety start to look a little different.

I don’t know the extent of your waiting or your prayer for anxiety and anxiousness you feel, but what I do know is God is faithful in the wilderness to lead us on the path to truth, to restore our broken hearts, and redeem what felt stolen.

Like the winter, if we choose to, we can see beyond what was there to the goodness that has always been there.

We don’t have to fear what feels dried up.

We can rejoice in what is being awakened in us.

Remember, through it all, Immanuel is His name; He is with you.

Our prayer for anxiety goes beyond anxiety being taken away. It's asking why it's there in the first place.

Third Prayer for Anxiety: Healing Your Heart

Father, I know You care for me more than anyone. I know You love and know me better than anyone. Yet, my heart still hurts, and anxiousness finds me. Today, remind me, in the moments I forget, that healing isn’t dependent on whether someone recognizes my pain or not. It’s dependent on my dependence on You. That You heal the brokenhearted and bind up my wounds. In Jesus’ name, amen!

I used to believe that the only way I could experience healing was if the other person involved created closure for me.

“If they admitted their wrong, I could move on from this.”

So my hurt turned into bitterness, resentment, and anger as I waited for that person to one day recognize the hurt I was experiencing.

Then God revealed to me that healing and forgiveness were between Him and me.

Your prayers for anxiety are heard by God.

It wasn’t dependent on another person but my personal choice to relieve someone of their debt and place justice in God’s hand, not mine. (God revealing to me all He has done for me through His Son with forgiveness.)

I don’t know what you have been through, but I can say, without a doubt, healing is found through Jesus. Your prayer for anxiety doesn’t go unheard. 

A healing that isn’t about you becoming better but Him becoming better in you.

Remember, your healing journey from anxiety isn’t about praying away your emotions. Your body is communicating specific needs and it’s okay to check in with them. 

Resources where you can begin to find healing and prayers for anxiety:

  1. Get my book Face Off with Your Feelings
  2. Join me in my Spiritual Growth Framework course. 

Rooting for you, 

jessica hottle

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