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10 Bible Verses and Short Prayers for Anxiety

Anxiety is a powerful beast that feeds worry, fear, depression, and stress. Anxiety can easily overtake our rational thinking and dominate our lives.

Instead of staying stuck with all that worry, stress, and fear, turn to Bible verses and short prayers for anxiety.

Use my short prayers to get you started in your communication with God about your anxiety. Trust me, He already knows all about you and how stressed you’ve been feeling!

Once you’re comfortable reading my prayers for worry, speak to God about your anxiety with words that come from your own heart.

10 Short Prayers and Bible Verses for Anxiety

What does God say about anxiety?

What does the Bible say about anxiety? There are many Bible verses about anxiety, where God acknowledges anxiety as part of our human condition, but He doesn’t want us to get stuck there.

Following are ten bible verses about anxiety that are all accompanied by short prayers.

Can praying help anxiety?

Anxiety can feel impossible to overcome. But don’t underestimate the amazing power of God. The Bible gives a very clear answer to the question, “Can praying help anxiety?” It says:

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Give God your worries

Whether you’re a seasoned or struggling Christian, or not a Christian at all, God loves you and is waiting for you to bring your struggles to Him. The power of prayer comes when we seek Jesus in earnest. That is, when we allow Him into our heart, when we imagine Him with us and loving us, and when we pour out our soul.


You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

God is ready and waiting for you to bring your struggle to Him.

Does it guarantee an instant fix? No.

But these ten short prayers for anxiety will help get you started down your path to peace. Trust Him.

Bible verses about anxiety. Short prayers for anxiety and worry.

Psalm 94:19

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

Dear Heavenly Father, the anxiety within me is consuming me. I feel powerless to stop it. The despair makes me feel helpless, trapped, and so alone. I know You’re with me, but I can’t feel it over my anxiousness. Please show me You’re here. Give me a sign. Quiet my anxious heart. The consolation of knowing You’re near will bring me great joy. I pray this in the name of your son, Jesus. Amen.

Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Dear Lord, my heart is heavy with anxiety. It’s a weight that drags me down and paralyzes me. It’s hard to find You or enjoyment in my life when my mind is so consumed with worry. I know You didn’t intend me to life my life this way. Give me the strength to find kind words to say to others around me, to be able to extend kindness to others even during my dark days. Help me see and hear the kindness of others and allow it to help wash away this darkness. I ask this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Ecclesiastes 11:10

So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.

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.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Lord, I’ve tried so many times to stop letting anxiety take hold of my heart and mind, but it’s a powerful beast that I can’t overcome on my own. I now turn it all over to You – all the obsessiveness, despair, worry, and fretting that push my family and friends away. I know You always remain near me, because You care for me and want me to come to You with my needs. So I’m bringing this to you now. I lay my anxiety at Your feet, Lord. You can handle it and I can’t. Each time I feel it start rising, I will hand it over to You and I know You will take it from me. I love you. Thank you for helping me. Amen.

Psalm 139:23

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Dear Lord, You know my every thought. Nothing is hidden from You. When You search me, I hope You feel all the love in my heart for You. When I’m tested with the challenges of life, You know my anxious thoughts and how they consume me. Please help me trust you. Help me overcome the anxiety that controls me. Help me see it’s the devil who feeds my mind the thoughts that keep me from enjoying life to the fullest and from embracing You as I should. I’m turning to You now, Lord. With You, all things are possible and I know there’s nothing that can happen to me that I can’t handle with You by my side. Thank you for being my Lord and my God. I need you. Amen.

Ecclesiastes 2:22

What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun?

Dear Heavenly Father, You’ve given me the precious gift of life and I’m wasting it on anxiety, rather than seeking You and living my life for Your glory. Open my eyes to the things that really matter. Help me focus on loving others the way I should instead of being self-consumed. Help me shine Your light for those around me and to live as an example of Your amazing grace and love. Amen.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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 Savior. Amen.

Matthew 6:25

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Dear Lord, You sent your Apostles into the world without food, clothing, or shelter, and they trusted You. Their paths were filled with challenges and they were probably fearful, but they still trusted. I pray to have that same trust. Help me stop worrying about having enough. I know You will always provide. Help me stop idolizing possessions of this world and realize that earthly possessions only distract me from following You. Lord, You will not forsake me and You will always provide. Help me trust in Your goodness so I can focus my remaining days on following Your will and never waste another minute in worry about not having what I need. I ask this as Your loving servant. Amen.

Matthew 6:28

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

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 Savior. Amen.

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Dear God, Thank You for the amazing gift of life. Help me learn to appreciate it more and not squander it on anxiety and worry. Help me live in each moment and trust that You will never forsake me, so I have no reason to fret over the future. Remind me to recognize the beauty around me and the gifts I already have. Help me discern Your will for my life. Teach me to live my life for You so nothing else matters. I’m ready to trust You and lay my worry at Your feet. I love You. Amen.

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Worry Stones

Sometimes when the anxiety starts building, a little reminder (like a worry stone) might help you remember to call upon God and lay the anxiety at His feet. These are examples of worry stones you can carry in your pocket.

Christian worry stones to help calm anxiety

Devotionals for Anxiety

Devotionals for Anxiety might offer you additional support to conquer your anxiety. The additional Bible verses, devotional encouragement and inspiration, and journaling, and reflection might be a great tool to help you look deeper into your heart and draw closer to God.

Here are some examples.

Christian devotionals and books for anxiety

My Prayer for You:

Dear Heavenly Father, Please hear the cry of your child praying these prayers. Let them feel the peace that the Holy Spirit provides. Let them feel your love surround them. Give them hope and ease the anxiety that is gripping their mind. Give them the strength to leave the anxiety at Your feet so they are able to live their life according to Your Holy will. I ask this in the name of Your son, my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

So tell me…

Do you struggle with anxiety? How do you turn it over to God? Has He answered you? What did you think of these short prayers for anxiety? Let me know in the comments.

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