October 23, 2014

A Prayer for Panic Attacks and Anxiety

A Prayer for Panic Attacks and Anxiety | BibleWhen I was trapped in this cycle of fear, panic attacks and confusion, I had prayers printed out that I would often read through and listen to. With my mind racing, it was difficult to focus and really press in; so, having a simple way to pray and refocus my mind was very helpful.

This week, I wanted to simply provide a prayer and supporting scriptures that you can print out and use.

Prayer

Father, who lives and rules in Heaven, let your Kingdom come to earth and be established through me (Matthew 6:10). There is no fear, no anxiety, and no panic in Heaven. Establish your Kingdom in my heart, that I may walk in peace, in confidence and in strength. Open the eyes of my heart (Luke 24:31) to see all that you have for me. Show me how I have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). Help me to receive all that you have for me.

Angels are all around me, ministering to me (Hebrews 1:14). They will guard me according to your word and your command (Psalms 103:20-21). You will not let my foot stumble (Proverbs 3:23).I trust in you, Father, and in you alone. I am your child, and you are my Father (Matthew 23:9). I am seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). I am at rest in your arms.

Father, I look to you as my Source of hope and of peace. You cover me with your wings (Psalm 91:4) and you are constantly fighting for me (2 Chronicles 20:17). Show me that I need not fight, but that I can just rest in you and rest in the promises of your protection (Exodus 14:13). There is no need for me to stress or worry. You will provide everything I need for life, for peace and for protection (Matthew 6:33).

Today, I will not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6), but I will pray to you about everything, casting my cares upon you because you care for me (1 Peter 5:7). You will guide me along the best pathway for me life. You will advise me and counsel me (Psalm 32:8). You will never leave me alone (Hebrews 13:5). You are always with me. Always. Sin cannot separate us (Romans 8:38-39), because in Christ, you remember our sins no more (Romans 10:17).

Thank you, Father, that you have begun a good work in me and that you’ll be faithful to complete it (Philippians 1:6). I will listen with my heart for you are constantly speaking peace over me (Psalm 85:8). You have the word of life! Father, live in me and through me. I put all my trust in you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We’d love to hear from you. Did this prayer encourage you and give you hope? If you have a chance, please share with us on Facebook or sharing your story below.

About Russ Pond

For most of my life, I battled crippling anxiety and panic attacks. For the longest time, I had no hope. My world was closing in all around me. Today, I am free and living a life full of peace and abundance. Freedom is real. You can be totally set free for the bondage of fear.

  • Kathy

    This prayer is a great guide but then there is the Spirit within that can minister far better by connecting with the human spirit and bring instant contact with our living Lord.  I do not have panic attacks per se but do have concerns and anxieties that often bring a lethargic state of being.  Anytime these feelings of either anxiety, fear, panic or depression come into our lives, Satan is actively attacking us where we are most vunerable.  Prayer and using the Word of God as depicted in the article you wrote are most effective when combined with our contact with the life-giving Spirit.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Amen, amen, amen! So true. The Holy Spirit is far better at ministering to the soul than just repeating prayers.

      My experience (both personal and relational) has been that people trapped in the confusion, racing thoughts and terror panic have a very difficult time stilling their minds to hear God whisper to their hearts. The purpose of this prayer is to help remind people that God is with them and desires to speak to them. But, it should not be a replacement for relating with God, but rather a springboard to create those intimate times with God.

      • Korizzono

        Russ I have been suffering from panic attacks for years too.   I have a panic disorder,  I would love to share with you one on one.   Is this possible?

        • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

          Feel free to contact me through the contact page: http://season.org/about/contact-us/

          And, include your email address.

  • Ht

    Thanks. Have been sitting during a break at my workplace and needed something desperately.

  • Thesummerbeforecollege

    Thank you so much. I am going to college and this prayer just made me cry. I was self diagnosed with anxiety and it was a living nightmare. I cried every night in my sleep hoping God would kill me. Because dying was better than living in fear and depression, but  God stepped in. I am getting over the remnants of anxiety I have when I think about the nightmare I had to live through. This prayer is amazing. I feel like it was really customized for me! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I am using this prayer every single night. 

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thanks for sharing. He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/denise.wiechec Denise Wiechec

      you are amazing, i am 59 and believe me have prayed the same take me home prayer. I pray you are regaining strength through him. it is an amazing prayer, and I pray we both will find peace with him. God bless and pls take good care of you.. my prayers are with you.. I go by Anna

    • Gina Marotta

      xo

  • Shelley5716

    I too am goin “thru” this … been 13 yrs … it is a very dark place, to be tormented day in and day with this … I always pray for God to guard my thoughts, this is a battle, but one I know I will win thru Christ.  Thank u for sharing this prayer.

  • Dora Graham

    This prayer is a beautiful prayer and i use it everday.i have had panic and anxiety for many years. Thank you for posting it.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thank you!

  • Tine1050

    Amazing!! Thank you!

  • Lransberg

    Thank you I could feel the pace of God coming on me. I have tormented with this from time to time for 15 years. Thank you.

    • weave

      I just found this site today and i suffer from anxiety and panic attacks it’s been really hard on me but i have faith in the lord so i know i will be ok. I just love how people are so positive on here it has really made me feel good:). I love the poem i will be saying this every night before i turn.It makes me feel good to see i’am not the only one out here. May God bless you all and stay strong .

    • weave

      I just found this site today and i suffer from anxiety and panic attacks it’s been really hard on me but i have faith in the lord so i know i will be ok. I just love how people are so positive on here it has really made me feel good:). I love the poem i will be saying this every night before i turn.It makes me feel good to see i’am not the only one out here. May God bless you all and stay strong .

      • constance moonde

        Thank you for posting this prayer it has really comforted me. I had an attack tonight I really had a terrible dream. But after reading this prayer all is well I feel relieved. Thank you Jesus for saving me from my enemies.

  • W&O

    A true blessing:)

  • Alwinhill

    this really helped me…I love God and trust in him everyday…my healing is near…thank you very much.

  • Grazina

    Beautiful prayer. Thank you for sharing it .. very touching to us who are going thru’ anxiety and fear. God bless

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.medina.7 Stephen Medina

    Thank you for this, I just found this website and It is helping me alot!

  • thinkerbelle

    Hi, this has been the hardest weeks for me so far. A few days ago, I went to the hospital, convinced that I was about to faint. I went to the doctor’s office, I thought, just in time. It turned out, and thankfully too, that I only had vitamin deficiency. My doctor gave me anti-anxiety meds that I haven’t taken. Now that the fear of fainting is gone, this time it is the fear of going crazy or losing control. Sometimes I feel like I am walking on thin ice and I feel the urgency to do something asap quickly or else I would feel it and it is a terrible feeling. So I sleep with the laptop and the internet on, and log in to chat websites until I fall asleep :( It hasn’t done any good. Escaping has made it worse. I am quite active in church and lead Bible study groups which is ironic. I could give good advices and seem that everything is okay. But they don’t know the struggles I go through. When I read this prayer, I couldn’t help but cry. It speaks to me. It is not about escaping, it is about surrendering. No more fighting, because He is fighting for me. Thank you so much for this prayer.

  • thinkerbelle

    Hi, this has been the hardest weeks for me so far. A few days ago, I went to the hospital, convinced that I was about to faint. I went to the doctor’s office, I thought, just in time. It turned out, and thankfully too, that I only had vitamin deficiency. My doctor gave me anti-anxiety meds that I haven’t taken. Now that the fear of fainting is gone, this time it is the fear of going crazy or losing control. Sometimes I feel like I am walking on thin ice and I feel the urgency to do something asap quickly or else I would feel it and it is a terrible feeling. So I sleep with the laptop and the internet on, and log in to chat websites until I fall asleep :( It hasn’t done any good. Escaping has made it worse. I am quite active in church and lead Bible study groups which is ironic. I could give good advices and seem that everything is okay. But they don’t know the struggles I go through. When I read this prayer, I couldn’t help but cry. It speaks to me. It is not about escaping, it is about surrendering. No more fighting, because He is fighting for me. Thank you so much for this prayer.

  • thinkerbelle

    Hi, this has been the hardest weeks for me so far. A few days ago, I went to the hospital, convinced that I was about to faint. I went to the doctor’s office, I thought, just in time. It turned out, and thankfully too, that I only had vitamin deficiency. My doctor gave me anti-anxiety meds that I haven’t taken. Now that the fear of fainting is gone, this time it is the fear of going crazy or losing control. Sometimes I feel like I am walking on thin ice and I feel the urgency to do something asap quickly or else I would feel it and it is a terrible feeling. So I sleep with the laptop and the internet on, and log in to chat websites until I fall asleep :( It hasn’t done any good. Escaping has made it worse. I am quite active in church and lead Bible study groups which is ironic. I could give good advices and seem that everything is okay. But they don’t know the struggles I go through. When I read this prayer, I couldn’t help but cry. It speaks to me. It is not about escaping, it is about surrendering. No more fighting, because He is fighting for me. Thank you so much for this prayer.

  • thinkerbelle

    Hi, this has been the hardest weeks for me so far. A few days ago, I went to the hospital, convinced that I was about to faint. I went to the doctor’s office, I thought, just in time. It turned out, and thankfully too, that I only had vitamin deficiency. My doctor gave me anti-anxiety meds that I haven’t taken. Now that the fear of fainting is gone, this time it is the fear of going crazy or losing control. Sometimes I feel like I am walking on thin ice and I feel the urgency to do something asap quickly or else I would feel it and it is a terrible feeling. So I sleep with the laptop and the internet on, and log in to chat websites until I fall asleep :( It hasn’t done any good. Escaping has made it worse. I am quite active in church and lead Bible study groups which is ironic. I could give good advices and seem that everything is okay. But they don’t know the struggles I go through. When I read this prayer, I couldn’t help but cry. It speaks to me. It is not about escaping, it is about surrendering. No more fighting, because He is fighting for me. Thank you so much for this prayer.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      I’m glad it was encouraging for you!

  • thinkerbelle

    sorry about the repeated posts. i didn’t know my comment has been posted

  • Kathleen

    I, too, have had panic attacks since I was 19. I am now 59 and generally have them “under control”……but, not this past week. These prayers are so helpful! I say a rosary when I do my daily two mile walk……these prayers will also be a part of my daily “talk” with God.

    • http://www.facebook.com/denise.wiechec Denise Wiechec

      I too have panic attacks, and lately at 59 they are overwhelming. I thank you Kathleen for sharing, I will continue to pray this prayer daily. May God continue to give you peace as we both trust in him. Fear of abandonment is mine with my husband of only 10 years. but God does promise he will never leave us, and thats my hope.

  • Mariana

    I say this prayer every night and its so amazing how it relaxes me right away.

    Thank you God bless

  • tracy

    Just prayed Thank u

  • Powellb

    I have suffered with depression , anxiety, and panic attacks since I was 16. I am now 28 married to a wonderful man, have a good job, and blessed to be the mother of a truly God given blessing little boy. As long as I can remember since everything started I have had good and bad times but for about the past month I have been really really having a difficult time letting go of my worries. Literally 10 minutes ago I was sitting in the shower praying for help praying for a sign and then I just searched “let go and let God” and found this blessed website. This is one of the best if not the best prayer I have ever heard for those of us who suffer the anxiety. I plan on printing out this praying and placing it around so I can always have it when I need it. Thank you for being the answer to my prayer tonight.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thank you for sharing! I’m glad to know that God has used this website to speak hope and encouragement to you.

  • crystal

    I have been suffering with severe panic attacks off and on for years. Last night was the worse. I need to talk to someone about this. About how I feel. Someone please help me. I’m a single mother of 3 kids. I turn to my Bible for comfort and I just need someone to speak to more about this. Someone please email me. Please :’(
    [email protected]
    Thank you all. And may God continue to.help guide and.protect you all during your struggles with anxiety as well

  • Wendy Fox

    Just wanted to share that there is a song on the radio called, “Need You Now (How Many Times”) sung by Plumb. The song was written by a woman who, as a young girl, had panic attacks regularly. She shares in her personal testimony that she used to hide in a bathroom stall at school, waiting for the attack to pass, trying to breathe, and she would recite Isaiah 41:10 over and over again. The Lord has brought freedom to her. You can find the song on YouTube. You will intimately identify with her cry to God and with the message of this song. I hope it ministers to you as it has to me. God bless you all.

    • Tony

      Thanks so much for this. It’s a beautiful message and one that really spoke to me. It made me cry but gave me hope in the knowledge that others have come through this nightmare.

    • Lynn7

      What a gift that song is! She sang out my exact thoughts. Thank you for sharing!

  • Dan

    I have suffered from Depression from 2001 and anxiety attacks from 2008. I was put on Kolonopin for my anxiety attacks and has worked fine. I have been having mini panic attacks starting about 2 months ago. Seems like the Kolonopin is loosing its effectivness. I was out to dinner with friends last night and had to leave because of my anxiety. Being in church and enclosed places can sometimes bring them on. I also read the Caffiene and dehydration can bring them on as well as foods high in sodium. I am willing to give this a try. I printed off the prayer and will starting praying it tonight. I know God loves me and I am trusting in him!

  • Bren

    Thank you for the prayer. I have been having anxiety or panic attacks a lot lately. Tonight it hit because my heart started quivering and didnt think it would start beating normal again! I am so scared! I will keep reading the prayer. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Praying for you, Bren.

  • http://twitter.com/bongz1 Bongani Möller

    God bless you for this. I’m going to say this prayer everynight. When i read it it immediately brought God’s peace in an unimaginable way. xx

  • healed

    It is 1:58 pacifoic time i just woke up 20min ago. Due to a panic attack coming on i gotband prayed the blood of jesus and he calmed me down i came across this site and when i saw this post i was in aww.

    I thought i was the only one going through ..ibdont know what could be so stressed out about i myself was prescribed xanax which i do jot tale..God is my healer amd my medicine.

    Thank u for this

  • Emma

    This has really helped me today I feel so lost and this has given me hope, i have suffered from panic attacks since the loss of my dad and my brother :( thank you for the help xx

  • t

    I also been suffering with panic attacks for about six months I was prescribed xanax unfortunately I do have to take it this prayer does help me without it I can not start my day it does help me control my thoughts I have days where I feel better than others but the past few days I felt the worst I wake with panic attacks making it hard for me to work I’ve motfied my life I exercise about five hours a weekly I’m trying to change my eating habits bit some times I loose hope this prayer is what keeps me going. Thanks

  • Noel Gusa

    I have a rather recent new type of anxiety that I believe is related to sleep apnoea, a dreadful feeling of not getting enough air, being too warm and stuffy being a trigger sometimes. I then have thoughts of horrible situations where I can’t roll down the window, or get to someplace cooler, and want them scraped from my mind. I have had anxiety in the past, where it was just a feeling of something horrible is on the horizon, but nothing specific, and this is worse, it is too specific. Just reading the prayer now, it works, knowing God listens and I can take control of my thoughts through Him! Now to build up my prayer repertoire, I know that if I can feel peace right now, I can always claim it in His name! Thank you for this article, it is a blessing!

  • angela

    prayer for peace of mind asks god to relieve Stress and anxiety , and grant a clarity of mind to feel at ease in one’s life.

  • C

    Seems like if we could all get together once a week, we could all give the enemy what for!

  • Gina Marotta

    Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou

  • Lawrence Velo

    Wow instant relaxation this worked really well! Needed it for the moment.

  • Hope Garrison Copeland

    Ive been suffering with severe anxiety, panic attacks and now, I think, depression. Tonight was so bad. I didnt think it would ever stop. Got dressed to drive myself to the ER, even though I knew they’d tell me it was just anxiety. I cant exercise because I’m afraid that I’ll get palpatations which will cause a panic attack. Cant go anywhere new or it might trigger 1. I am this close to not getting out of bed. I pray but not often enough. I don’t know how to “let go” and give it to God. Ive tried. I’m a Christian who KNOWS that god can help but i seriously dont know how to turn it over to Him. I pray for Him to take my everything, that its all him but i never feel free, from anything. It’s so heavy. This prayer did help. And reading all your comments helped. It’s wonderful to see I’m not alone but sad that anyone else has this illness. I wish none of you did.

    • Cary E. Orizondo

      Hope, I know exactly, what you are talking about, It’s like you are repeating the same kind of words that I have spoken. I believe you have come to the right place. God is using Brother Russ in such a amazing way. I believe God has raised up Brother Russ’s ministry for people/Christians with fear & anxiety disorders. I know we are in this battle together. God has greatly used Brother Russ to minister to me. I believe we have to remember that the Greater one is within us. And all the these thoughts are attacks from the enemy. Actually, it means we are doing something right. Satan dose not pick on those who sitting on the side lines. I will definitely pray for you!

      • Hope Garrison Copeland

        He is an inspiration and I bought the ebook last night. Hoping to get it read here in the next few days. TY for any and all Prayers. Im very grateful for each and every one. As I read everyone’s comments, I fely as if I was reading my life history. I do repeat to myself that God never allows us to be tested beyond our abilities to overcome but that doesn’t always help. Thanks for yoyr comments

  • Donna

    This prayer relaxed me instantly from the first line. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thanks for sharing, Donna. May God continue to guide you into deeper levels of peace as you trust in him.

  • Keith

    I have panic attacks. I’m 55 and they completely overwhelm me. Thanks for this prayer.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Keith, there’s hope. You can be free from these attacks. I know you can!

  • Chris

    Today was the first day I found your site. After all of my panic/anxiety google searches over the past 7 months – today was the first day I found this. I have already been encouraged. It is like God provided a lighthouse today. Thank you for this prayer. I read it – it encouraged me. I printed it out too. Thank you for creating this site.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thanks Chris. I’m glad you were encouraged.

  • Lilet

    Thanks so much for this wonderful prayer it help me now..just a few minutes ago i feel severe panic fear attack of something i really dont know..i rush to the comfort room for me to blow…i feel like im dying i cant breath normally its hard to concentrate in praying,i feel i wanna rush to the hospital,thinking that im having a heart attack or stroke or i will die coz i dont breath normally..coz i cannot breath deeply..its so hard i feel i will die and also i feel shaking my hands my feet..and i blow a lot..i pray hard…try ro concentrate…it change a bit,,slowly..slowly i breat a bit normal but not that much..then i grab this ipad and search for a prayer for anxiety and panic attack! and this prayer came in!! holy god holy mighty one! this really stop my anxiousness and okay by now..thank you so much for this i will print it rommorow and i will use and pray this always…thank u so much lets focus on god he really loves us and he hears us i feel that…i feel that he is looking at me..saying come on..its just your mind,,focus on me..i will treat you..then thats it i feel fine..god thank u so much for your kindness to all mankind! in jesus name i pray!!

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thank you for the kind words.

      • Lilet

        More than words i thank to you russ! your a big help for us,who suffrering from this evil feelings…i hate that feeling russ,,its really hard and something to read like this site its relieved me a lot you know what i mean…by the way im lilet im 38 years old suffering from this disorder im a lady dearest russ…the picture appears to be my brother. thank you so much for your time.

  • Amy

    Thank you for your prayer and your book. I pray the prayer every morning and before bed. I also re- read each chapter in the book to really focus on the content. Very reassuring and meaningful. Thank you for taking the time to help others with panic disorder……..it is so much appreciated!

  • Angie

    I just wrote down this prayer and i felt hope spring up within me, for 6 months i have been battling with Panic attacks and anxiety attacks. i felt so alone as if i am in a dark hole and there is no way out. Mental torture day and night. Sometimes its bearable and other days not. I wish i can run away from my own mind, from my own thoughts i cry this often. All i have to hold on to is the Word of God His promises are my lifeline at the moment. I came across your webpage after numerous attempts of searching for answers going to prayer lines with no success. your own personal story has given me hope again thank you so much!!!!

  • korizzono

    Thank you so much Brother Russ for sharing that wonderful prayer along with the ministry God has given you for ministering to people with panic attacks/panic disorders. Keep up the good work!

  • Lindy

    I am at camp and I struggle with anxiety and this just took me to a whole new world

  • Willard Fitzroy Holder

    Thank GOD and thank you…Amen

  • Brittany

    I love this prayer.

  • Donna

    This has given me such peace as I sit in the doctor’s waiting room. Thank you