A Prayer for Overcoming Anxiety and Fear

A Prayer for Overcoming Anxiety and Fear

Joshua J. Masters

Is your life ruled by anxiety? For many years, I struggled with the daily fear of an uncertain future. A tremor of angst filled my chest and migrated to my stomach every time my head lifted from my pillow.

The inability to control my circumstances overwhelmed me, but God has given us great promises to overcome those fears. Many of us know that intellectually, but struggle to experience peace in our souls.

The prayer below is rooted in the promises of Scripture. If you're struggling with anxiety or fear today, God wants to set you free from your shackles. Read the prayer several times. Ask God to show you how to release your anxiety as you focus on His promises.


Lord God,

I know you see me and my anxiety.1

You told your disciples, "...I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear."2

I know Your promises of provision and protection3 are true, but I don't feel it today.
I feel anxious about the future.
I feel anxious about the outcome of my trials.
I can feel the worry in my chest.
I feel out of control.

Help me find peace in my lack of control,
Surrendering to the sovereignty of Yours.

Help me take the focus off my circumstances,
Turning it toward the One who makes my path straight.4

You drive out fear with perfect love.5
You deliver me from my fear.6
You renew my strength.7
You provide all that I need.8
Your Word will never fail.9

Let me sing with the psalmist, "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy."10


[1] Genesis 16:13
[2] Luke 12:22
[3] Matthew 6:25-34
[4] Proverbs 3:5-6
[5] 1 John 4:18
[6] Psalm 34:4
[7] Isaiah 40:31
[8] Luke 12:22-32; Psalm 23
[9] Luke 1:37
[10] Psalm 94:19

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