Praying Scripture for Anxiety and Stress Relief

The tail end of the year always sneaks up on me. One minute it’s notebooks and school starting and the next it’s turkeys and wrapping paper. As they waltz up to our doorsteps, the holidays bring fun and family, but stress and anxiety often tag along too. Cramming even more activities, details, and responsibilities into an already full-to-overflowing life can overwhelm our ability to deal with life. We don’t have the margin to cope with all the “extra” we find in the last few months of the year. So, how do you handle the stress? If you’re wise, you’ll be extra careful to eat right, get lots of sleep, and consistent exercise. I won’t ask you how wise you are! In addition to those things, turn to God’s Word. Praying scripture for anxiety and stress relief can help during the holidays or any time of the year.

25 Verses for Praying Scripture for Anxiety and Stress Relief

1. Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)

Father, this is building my endurance and for that I am grateful. If I’m struggling with gratitude, help me, turn my heart to thankfulness. Remind my soul that we don’t go through struggles for nothing. Help me access joy, help me feel joy about my personal and spiritual growth when things get rough. I want to be mature and complete. I want to be spiritually lacking nothing—help me desire that as much as you do and so consider the things I’m dealing with helpful rather than harmful. Amen.

2. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Father, this world encourages worry and obsess. It says that I need to rely on myself. It says my worth is wrapped up in what I can accomplish, how busy I am, and how my life looks on the outside. These are lies and I choose right now not to believe them. I choose to bathe my heart in your word and be clothed in the righteousness of Christ. I don’t have to do anything, be anything, or achieve anything for you to love me. And your love is what really matters. Help me understand your will in this situation, I need your wisdom. Then help me act accordingly. Amen.

3. “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.” (John 14:27)

Jesus, you have given me peace. I have it. It’s not going to disappear, I don’t have to worry about losing it, I don’t have to worry if I’ll run out. You give generously and your peace is permanent. Help me sense that peace right now. I give you my troubles, anxieties, and stress (list them specifically). Hold them for me and deal with them, please. I choose instead to relax into your peace, knowing you know all, have your hand on my life, and can fight any battle for me. Amen.

4. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

I have so much to do. So many plans. So much to squeeze into the life you’ve given me. I know this is a proverb and not a promise. So that means it’s a general truth. But, even though it may not apply to every situation, I do need to commit my way to you right now. I give you all these things I’m doing and ask for you to guide me in accomplishing them. What do you want me to do and not do? How can I bring you glory through these things? Guide me to the steps you want me to take. Help me live each moment committed to you. Amen.

5. You will be hated by everyone because of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. By your endurance, gain your lives. (Luke 21:17-19)

Father, I love you. Maybe I’m not dealing with intense persecution right now, but I need the reminder that you have my back. You promise that not a hair of my head will be lost. Help me to see my stress in light of eternity. Remind me that you are for me, that the things of earth will pass away, and that my actions for you will never be in vain. Let me choose wisely and endure. Amen.

6. I called to the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and put me in a spacious place. The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me? (Psalm 118:5-6)

Lord, I need your help, Stress qualifies as distress! I’m turning to you. I’m calling on your help. I need you. I can’t do this by myself. I know you’re for me, you always will be for me. So, I won’t be afraid. Whatever might be causing fear, it is nothing compared to you. Hear me, Jesus, and put me in a spacious place. Help me cope with what I need to do, know what I don’t need to do, and rely on you through it all. Teach me to rely on you. Amen.

7. Now the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

Lord, it’s so easy to respond to my circumstances, my schedule, my family, co-workers, friends, and my own desires in the mind-set of my flesh, of my sinful human nature. Help me recognize when and how I’m doing that. Help me see another way. Help me respond from your mindset, through the Spirit at work within me. Help me bring your life and peace to these situations. Help me be your light, your life in my circumstances. Amen.

8. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Father, I’m doing as you say. I come to you right now and ask for rest. I’m tired, I’m burdened and I need your help and your peace. I’m coming to you with that need because the way I typically handle the stress isn’t effective, it’s not going to work like giving it to you will. Shape me into someone lowly and humble in heart. Help me see how you would handle my situations. Help me enter into your rest. Amen.

Praying scripture for anxiety and stress relief9. Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:3-4)

Lord, you say you’ll give me my heart’s desires. I know that’s not the material things I want and it may not be the relational or emotional things either. As I trust in you, do what’s good, and take delight in you, mold my heart into wanting what you want. Align all of my desires with yours. As we take that journey together, I know my stress and anxiety will melt away and I will not fear. So, help me know what one step to take next. Amen.

10. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. (Psalm 37:5-6)

Father, righteousness, and justice may not do anything to curb my anxiety, but nevertheless, I need to commit my way to you. I need to trust you. If I do those two things, my stress and anxiety will fade away also. So, help me do that one step at a time. I choose to commit what I do right now to you. I choose to trust in you. So I ask you also to act on my behalf. You know exactly what I need at this moment, you know what’s best for me. Please do those things. Amen.

11. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

Father, when I think about who you are and what you’ve done for me, my anxiety lessens, my stress is calmed. You’re the Creator of all I know. You love me more than I can imagine. And you’ve made the way through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection for me to be here today talking with you. I celebrate that right now. You’ve made a way for me to be in relationship with you—holy God that you are. I can speak with you any time I want, share with you all that’s bothering me. And you’re listening, you care. My stresses and concerns aren’t a burden for you, something you have to listen to. You actually want to hear what I think and feel. I’m so grateful for that privilege. You’re the God of all I see, all I know and I celebrate your power, authority, creativity, kindness, love, provision, and protection today. Amen.

12. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Father, you say flat out in this verse not to worry. Don’t worry about anything, you say…and I try. I’m trying. But, I struggle. Today, I’ll practice: I’m coming to you and choosing thankfulness. Help me find gratitude in each situation that stresses me out and let me bring each thing to you with both my requests and thankfulness. Let your peace guard my heart. Amen.

13. Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

Father, when I get stressed and anxious, it’s easy to dwell on the things that are bothering me and on the things I’m afraid will happen. It’s easy to be negative. But, instead, help me find honorable, lovely, pure, praiseworthy things to think about. Let me fill my mind with these things so that the worry and anxiety have no room. Bring things to my mind that are good and healthy to think about when I start feeling stressed. Help me to do the things I know are righteous. Help me desire to act as you want me to. And to do it even when I don’t want to. Setting my mind on healthy things and setting my behavior on healthy actions will allow you, the God of peace to be experienced in a powerful way in my life. And, I need that, I need you. Amen.

14. “Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life or that day will come on you unexpectedly (Luke 21:34)

Father, in this verse, I’m really focusing on the worries of life today. You say to be on my guard because they will dull my mind. You talk about it alongside drunkenness and carousing. Not something I usually compare worry to. But, you do. If you say it will dull my mind, help me be on my guard. Help protect me from worry and teach me to trust. Amen.

15. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Lord, this verse has been a comfort to people since it was written. The reminder that you’re in charge, that you have all of life under control, that you are working for my good even when I don’t understand it, gives me peace. I know the things in my life causing anxious thoughts are not beyond your power. I can trust you with them. And know that you will eventually work all situations for the best in your kingdom. So, let that comfort settle into my soul and you go about handling it all. Amen.

16. Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

Father, you will hold the righteous securely and if I am a believer, if I am in Christ, you see his righteousness when you look at me. I’m righteous in your sight. And you’ll never allow me to be shaken. Today I’m giving you these burdens, I don’t need to be carrying them and you can easily handle it. (list them specifically). Lord, sustain me and hold me tightly. I need you. Amen.

17. The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— whom should I dread? (Psalm 27:1)

Lord God, no matter what’s bothering me, no matter what’s stressing me out, I shouldn’t be afraid. You are my light and my salvation, the stronghold of my life. You are far more powerful than anything I’m afraid of and far more important. You are my safe place, my fortress, my defense. Let me rest in that knowledge and abandon my fear, worry, stress, and anxiety. You are on my side, nothing else matters. Amen.

18. Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Father, I won’t fear because you are with me. You’re here now in the midst of my situation and you care about me and how I feel. I will not be afraid, because you are my God. Strengthen me, help me, and hold onto me. Keep me close and safe, I love you. Amen.

5 Steps to a Stress Free Christmas19. The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-3)

Lord, you are my shepherd, the one that cares for me, provides for me, protects me, and gives me all I need. You know exactly what’s best for me, exactly how to grow me, care for me, and keep me healthy. You renew my life and lead me in the way I should go so that you will be glorified in my life. Help me follow you closely, listen to you intently, and obey you instantly. Help me trust in your leadership and find joy in your presence. Amen.

20. But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” (Psalm 31:14)

Lord, I trust in you. Sometimes I struggle, because my senses, my life seems so much more immediate, but I want to choose trust. Show me how to do that in big things and small things. Make it so true of my life that others see unfailing trust. Because you are my God. Amen.

21. Lord, you are my lamp; the Lord illuminates my darkness. With you I can attack a barricade, and with my God I can leap over a wall. God—his way is perfect; (2 Samuel 22:29-31)

Lord, you are the light of my world. Your light shows me the way I should go, it shines around me in all that I do, it guides me in your ways. With you, I can deal with any obstacle. The stresses and worries I’m feeling are nothing you can’t handle. I can deal with it too, with you by my side. Your way is perfect and I ask for you to guide me in how I should deal with all the situations in my life. Help me approach them with humility, but also the confidence in knowing you’re with me. Amen.

22. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God. God is my strong refuge; he makes my way perfect. (Psalm 22:32-33)

Father, there is only one God, and you are it. I’m not. Neither are any of the things I’m worried about. You alone are the solid rock., my strong refuge. You alone have the power to keep me safe and secure. Help me put my trust and dependence more completely on you. Remind me that you’re the only permanent foundation. Help me act on that understanding in all circumstances in my life. And you will make my way perfect. Help me know how you want me to act in the situations causing me stress, give me your wisdom. Increase my courage and trust to do the things you want me to. I know you are with me and I commit my heart and my actions to you. Amen.

23. He counts the number of the stars; he gives names to all of them. Our Lord is great, vast in power; his understanding is infinite. (Psalm 147:4-5)

Lord, when I am in the midst of worry and stress, it’s such a help to remind myself exactly who is on my side. You are the Creator of the universe. The one who knows me intimately because you formed me exactly how you wanted me. And the one who knows every star in every corner of the galaxy. You are great, so vast in power and your understanding is infinite. This is who is on my side! I rejoice in you and choose trust instead of worry today. Amen.

24. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Father, this is a simple prayer and as Paul prayed it for others, I claim it as my own. You are the God of hope. Please fill me with all joy and peace as I believe you are who you say you are and Christ is exactly who he claimed to be. Spirit, let me overflow with hope by your power. Amen.

25. Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20)

Father, to you, you who can do more than I can ask or imagine, to you be all glory forever. Work in the situations in my life and in my heart to bring glory to your name. Spirit, do what you need to do in me for that to be true of my life. Amen.

I hope you find that praying these scriptures for anxiety and stress relief helps you. It’s not a magic formula, certainly, but speaking scripture into your life, learning to remind yourself of who God is in the midst of your struggles, and constantly turning to God in prayer will shape your soul in ways that eliminate fear and expand trust.

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