November 23, 2014

How to Pray against Anxiety Attacks, Panic and Fear

How to pray against anxiety, panic and fearful thoughts

Photo by Leland

When anxious and fearful thoughts come flooding in, it can be very difficult to quiet your mind and connect with God in prayer. In the middle of a panic attack, the last thing on your mind is getting alone with God. But, prayer can be very helpful in stopping those confusing and terrifying thoughts.

Learning how to pray can calm an anxious mind and fill your heart with peace:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7).

When anxious thoughts, fear, panic or worry come against you, present your requests to God. Pray and petition him, and as you do, his peace which goes beyond all understanding will guide your hearts and mind in Christ. This is more than just a recommendation—it’s a truth that can transform a fearful mind into a mind of peace.

Here are some steps that have helped me connect with God:

1.  Believe

Faith is essential. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). We must believe that God will respond to our prayers. If we doubt, we are like a wave tossed about by the sea, unsettled in all our ways (James 1:5). Here’s how Jesus explains it:

Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it” (Mark 11:22-24).

2. God hears you

I think we’ve all wondered, “God, do you really hear me?” We pray and pray and it seems like nothing changes. We beg for freedom, we cry out for a respite of peace, but it seems so elusive. We hear a thought in our head, God does not hear my prayers and we think it’s our thought. Quietly, we agree with this subtle attack of the devil. The enemy constantly accuses us and lies to us. He is the father of lies (John 10:10) and he spews his lies and confusion all over of us to thwart God’s beautiful plans for our lives.  We cannot give into this voice that says God does not hear our prayers. God listens.

Another subtle lie from the enemy is that we are not worthy enough for God to hear our prayers. It’s just not true! When you receive Christ, you are instantly made worthy. He took our sins and we took his righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says it this way, “God made [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Now that you are righteous in Christ, you can boldly come to the throne of grace in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

3. Know who you are in Christ

Too often, we approach God in prayer with a sinner mentality. “Lord, I’m a wretched sinner. Woe is me! I’m not worthy to come before you.” This way of thinking is wrong. Once you receive Christ, you are no longer a slave—you are a child of God!

“You are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you” (Galatians 4:7).

In Christ, you are a child of the Most High God. You are special! You are cherished, loved, protected and pursued by God. You are his child!

4. Words carry power

We must be very careful about the words we speak. Words carry incredible spiritual power. Death and life are in the power of our words (Proverbs 18:21). Salvation comes when we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts (Romans 10:9). Whether good or evil, people speak what’s in their hearts. Jesus said it this way, “Whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart” (Matthew 12:34, 35).

If you want to experience peace, don’t speak evil, doubting words. If you feel an anxious thought coming on, don’t say, “I’m probably going to have another panic attack.” No! Don’t speak those words. Rather, pray something like this, “Father, my body feels anxious right now, but you said that you will give me perfect peace when my mind is focused upon you. Right now, Lord, I fix my thoughts upon you. I trust in you!”

5.  Build your prayer muscle

Prayer is a lot like a muscle. You need to work on it, strengthen it and build it up. Don’t wait till you need it to start strengthening it.

A professional athlete doesn’t start working out the day before a big race. It takes months and months, even years, to develop the ability to race well. In the same way, we should pray daily, flexing and strengthening our prayer-time muscle.

“Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next” (1 Timothy 4:8).

Prayer: Father, this week, teach me to pray effectively. Show me how to build and strengthen my prayer muscle so that when anxiety, panic or fear hits, I can rest in the confidence that you are with me.

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.

  • megan grimes

    Thank you so much. Have been suffering with anxiety and panic attacks for awhile now. I am at my breaking point. I really needed this to help me connect with the Lord

    • T

      Hi Megan,

      My heart went out to you when I read your comment on this website. I am praying for you. I suffered with panic attacks for several years but God was faithful and really did a work in me through the experience.
      They will come to an end, trust him, keep praying, look for the root of the fear, guard your thought life and know that he is there even when you don’t feel His presence. You may not have the solution, but He does.

      Hang in there!
      T

  • amber aukland

    I believe in you god! I know you are the one to stop my panic attacks..In jesus name, Amen!

  • MGW-X

    I am weening off of benzos for counseling as well as healthier, natural solutions to my life long battle with anxiety and panic attacks. i am learning coping skills i never knew i had. It is one of the hardest things i have ever had to do in my life. i still have 6 more weeks of this, but it causes bad rebound anxiety with each cut. the last day has been particularly hard for me again, making me doubt in the dark what God told me in the light, that i can do this through faith in Him and faith action. the devil has been on my back at every turn to place fear and doubt in me, so coming across this site has literally been a Godsend. thank you Jesus… i am praying for all of you now.

  • Crystal

    I too suffer with anxiety and fear daily. Ive visited physicians who really pushed medication.I refused to take it becuase I know that God is bigger than medication and those doctors. It of course is very hard and scary, but God is in control and i truly trust and believe in Him and His word. Thank you for the encouraging words above and I also thank each of you for sharing your stories. Although we are each in different points of uncomfortable transition in our lives, its comforting to know that we are not alone. May God continue to bless and strengthen each one of us!

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thanks for sharing Crystal!

    • james

      I am an EMT in my local town and I came here to help me as I am having a stressful month at work. I do suffer from hyperanxiety disorder. Although my faith in God has helped me maintain my composure, I did actually need my medicine to help. I take my pills every morning. I thank Him for giving me the abiltiy to come fro ma family where I can have modern medicine to help me with my condition. I thank him for my life and my family, and this meditation seems to help my anxiety as well. Also, when I pray at night, I find my anxiety comes down so that I can sleep as well.

      Im not telling you that what you are doing is wrong, I am just giving you some insight.

      Cheers!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charmaine-Smith/1667947266 Charmaine Smith

      My friend told me that taking medication is a demon…the word pharmacology derived from the word demon…that why meds doesn;t do anything for us but makes the matter worst….

      • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

        I don’t think taking medication is a demon. There are numerous references to medicines. But even more important, Jesus defeated the powers of darkness. So, even if medication was a demon, it’s spiritually powerless in the life of a believer.

        • Goeff Face

          I mde when the FACT for u, up n sSAFTER than JESUS

      • mariam

        There’s nothing wrong in seeing a doctor or taking medication. After all, we trust that God has given the doctor the gift of intelligence and wisdom to help others.

        • mariam

          I would also like to add… pray before going to a doctor, or before taking any kind of medication. However, don’t rely heavily on the meds either.

    • Steve Darcey

      God gives us the power to overtake fear. I too struggle daily with fear yet only when I center myself in him am I calm. I pray you peace.

    • Baskerville

      You reminded me of a story. A city once flooded. A man climbed up to the roof of his house, and asked God to save him. A short while later a boat came by, asking if he needed help. He said no and told them he’d ask God to save him. The boat moved on. Shortly a bigger boat came by. Once again, the man sent the boat away. He prayed, knowing in his heart God would save him. A day later a helicopter came by. He refused them as well, stating God would save him. The man died. When he reached Heaven, he asked God why he did not save him. And God replied “I sent you two boats and a helicopter!”

      Point of the story-perhaps the reason your physicians are pushing meds is because God wants you to take them. God works with doctors and medications, not against. Taking meds is not rejecting God, but accepting a gift he gave us. Sure not all meds are right for the right person and it may take you a little bit, but know God will guide you to the right ones.

    • Godly Convinced

      NO one asked to be put on earth. God has some reason(s)for us to be here. We are born with a particular DNA,a set of Environmental life experiences. if 2 different people have the SAME traumatic experience,say both are involved in a Bus accident or are in the same military combat unit etc,one person can walk away with a smile,the other,Anxiety that can be life lasting. This is attributed to ones DNA,Gods plan and ones Life experience.There’s NOTHING wrong with Medication,God has led us TO it FOR a reason. Moments before I found this Page,I was going through my usual ANXIETY attack,reading the Prayers and others comments,I do NOT feel the need to reach into my Medication bottle.

  • Godspower

    That’s captivating words!

    • Dgmoore1234

      please pray, I have suffer panic attacks for over twenty years now.. I want to be free.. 

  • Aleasagibson

    Im struggling with depression and anxiety. I went to a psychiatrist and begged for meds. They worked but gave me a side effect. It was then i realized only Gods gonna bring me out this. So im on this website learning how to pray to him cause he can turn any situation around!!

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Yes, he can! I know he can help you through this difficult time. I also used meds for awhile, but today I am medication free. A lot of what I do now is based on diet and exercise

      http://season.org/foods-and-drinks-that-can-trigger-panic-and-anxiety-attacks/

    • Danielleoconnor

      Hi i also sufferd panic attacks more then 5 days a day its an awful thing…. But thanks 2 god and having faith in him i got through mine never though i would be i did… Dont get me wrong 1 could come bk on me once in a blue moon but i know how 2 control it and u will 2… Just keep prayin have faith and try not 2 think i anxiety… I wish u all the best may god bless u and yours :)

      • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

        Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you are doing well and getting better! Hang in there. God loves you and is ready to help you.

  • justin

    this is very helpful and rewarding

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thanks Justin!

  • Eoinmiceal

    I get so overwhelmed at times. I experience deep dispair and often cry out to God to take me. Ashamedly, I have thought of suicide. I feel so totally wretched and abandoned. I believe in God, but I suppose my faith is weak. I am often consumed with shame and guilt of by past sins. I long for true light and peace, for joy and wholesomeness, and for the touch of Jesus’ healing hand.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      I’m sorry to hear about your struggles. Be encouraged that in Christ, all shame and guilt is gone. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. God has removed your sins as far as the east is from the west. You are free. You may not feel free, but the truth is you are free, completely and totally free. You need to renew your mind to believe this truth!

      • fridaylovesgod

        Hi, I’m really young, and recently I have been a little stressed due to hormones, nothing really has been stressful in my life. I had hormonally stress and my heartbeat was heavy through my chest. The doctor said it was hormones and it would pass. It did when I stopped thinking about it, however I got really stressed about it again and I started over thinking, I think I was creating stress, I think I was making the stress that wasn’t there in the first place. Now my veins are showing and I am tanned and they have never shown. My fingers and hands are trembling, it is all because I over think the stress situation and created more. I know this but I can’t get over the shaky hands and veins and I am just generally stressed over this. I know I am making it worse and I should leave it and take my mind off it because I feel like I have a mild case of anxiety. I create it! I desperately need to get back to normal! What is really driving my crazy is that I am not a stressed person, but I over think and now the veins and tremors and all the signs of stress. I am going to pray to God. I don’t know what religion I am yet as I am too young to decide, I appraise everyone’s religion but I know there is a God. I pray to him. I am going to pray about my stress. Will you give me any inspirational words or anything you would like to say to wish my better. I just want to get back you my normal health, I would love it i could have some comforting words or suggestions, anything that would help me.

        Thank you
        From Friday

        • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

          Thanks for sharing. I’m sorry to hear about your experience with stress. I know how frustrating and confusing it can be. It’s so easy for our minds to lock in on something and then it’s hard not to think about it. It does sound like there’s a lot of adrenaline in your system. I just posted a new article about how to not fight the fear (http://season.org/how-to-not-fight-fear/). You might want to read it and hopefully it’ll give you some ideas on how to respond.

          I also don’t think it’s too early to start thinking about what you believe in. It can set a great foundation for the rest of your life. My experience is that the longer you wait, the more jaded you become with circumstances and situations. But, if you can set your heart to a grounded direction early on, then life is so much easier. And, there is so much peace!

          I would love to answer any questions you may have about Christ and what a relationship with God would look like. You can contact me online here: http://season.org/about/contact-us/

          Russ

        • mariam

          Ask anything in Jesus’ name and you shall receive. You need to truly believe it. You’re never too young to decide what you believe in.

    • Christianangie78

      Don’t be ashamed…I have had the same thoughts…You feel like this will never go away, but thankfully God has helped me greatly. I tried going to get help anywhere I could find. Nothing helped until I went to God and gave it to God. I feel that God is using this to bring me closer to him. Trust me it will get better just look to God for all your concerns. I will be praying

    • PeterBGood

      Don’t fear..be calm. I at thisornong type in the same anxious time yeti father had guided me here to find you. I feel your anxiousness and say this is but the test, the end of that is to come , our immortality of in heaven. I am typing in the bed of the woman I love. So precious is she to me that I have caused myself anxiety from me being so loving. She was abused by a narrcasist and divorced for some time but stil lives in the shadow of fear. She spoke the words ” perhaps living with someone like that for so long hassle me numb” I have shown her great emotion and safety of emotion but she says the most important thing is financial stability. Can you imagine? Being so loved by me that it became to over stimatiing but being financially not set has made her feel unsafe. I left a marriage to a bipolar woman 4 years ago and I suffered much. We remained friends. No children. I still financially helped her through and that was so appreciated. I met my current love and when she found out I was still paying and how much she became irate and this be feeling of not feeling safe with me. Her feelings merited but this was in place before her. I ask God to show us the way. The way out of fear and into love. God bless us all. You will be ok:-)
      Pete

  • Bobsanders

    This is the most helpful thing i’ve read in 3 years.  Better than anything a doctor has told me.   I’ve suffered from really bad insomnia for the past 4 years, and it’s kinda made me turn to science(psychology/shrinks) instead of God.  Every night when i go to bed (when i end up feeling like i’m about to have panic attacks), i let the devil inside of me take over and tell me that i can’t do anything about my condition.  I’ve always been a christian, but my faith has been so low that it is almost non-existent.   After reading this, i feel like i just walked down a path with Christ.  I know it’s just a start, but i feel very encouraged

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you found this message encouraging. I wrote it from my heart, knowing what has helped me the post with overcoming panic attacks and fear. Be encouraged that God is with you and he is fighting for you!

  • mario

    i  work at this job and i was hospitalized for schizophrenia end up being job less than after a couple of months i was at a new job and got rehired back at my old job. when i return back to the old job everybody was questioning what happen to me in their own way and i didn’t wont tell them. but for somereason i think my information was released but i have no proof. peopl would pass by make coments saying the word crazy around me and i would feel down. lately im experiencing aniexty and panic attack from that and the co-workers notice that so they would make loud outburst that makes me jump unexpexcted. i went to hr and told them what was going on but it seems like nothing change. i speak to my pysch doctor and therapist they prescribe me medication. i feel like everywhere i go people know about me and i start having aniexty and panic attack at the say time. i took a month of from work to see if that would help me out so far im still feeling the same way. i need help can someone pray for me or show me which prayer that i can say for these feelings… 

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Sorry to hear that, Mario. I would encourage you to not focus so much on what to pray. What is most important is the Person you are praying to. Prayer is all about a relationship with God. Through Christ, we can “boldly come to the throne of grace in our time of need”. Because your sins are forgiven, you are free to come as you are. I would encourage you to get to know God better. Take to time to pray and listen. He will guide you along the best pathway for your life (Ps 32:8).

    • hellllo :)

      You are not crazt you are so wonderful in the eyes of God don’t let satan steal yy. Even if they are saying it. Where’s it coming from ? You and Jesus got this! Release and. Accept your healing! Praise God for your healing! Meds will help that stuff but healing of love and acceptance come from him. Trust him to heal you :)

    • Liz

      Mario, the best is to pour out your anxiety or problem to God. Talk to Jesus at a quiet time as if you are seeing him and pouring your story to him. Cry out to him and you will be relieved. Believe in him for he is a God of miracles and great love for us. Be blessed.

  • beth

    this does help and it just needs to become a habit for me.  I have tried medication and talk therapy, and although they help, prayer helps more.  Please help me to strengthen my faith, Lord!

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Yes, amen! He desires to help you and give you strength.

  • Tiffyb25

    Every day at work I have down time. To fill my time I look for diffrent things to read on my phone. To day I found this and it was exactly what I needed to hear. I have recently met someone and i’m starting to fall in love with them and it scares me because I haven’t been in love in so long. I have praying about it everyday. I truly want what is best for me and what God has planned for my life. I have giving up on love before but I’m really trying to let go and let God do his work and not my own. Please prey for me that I stay on track with him to be strong and patient. Thank you.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Praying for you! I know it can be difficult to enter into relationships. You have to open up your heart quite a bit to have any real relationship. 

      I would also encourage you to ask God and take some time to listen with your heart. He will help. “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalms 32:8).

  • madalyn h

    Hello I’m 19 years old I suffer, “from panic attacks I think I’m dying a lot my mind over prowers me a lot the devil knows my weakness I’m healthy never sick don’t smoke or drink ear very healthy I always think I’m having a heart attack keep me in prayer please I think I’ve gave myself high BP!

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      I’m sorry to hear about your experience with panic attacks, Madalyn. I know it can be very difficult. I want to encourage you that you can be free. I know you can. You can overcome these feelings and experience. God has given you a spirit of love, power and a sound mind! Here are a series of messages I wrote on how I was abel to experience freedom. 

      http://season.org/freedom-from-fear-summary/

      I think you’ll find them very helpful.

    • Angela

      Honey, you don’t need to suffer.  Talk to your pastor or priest.  Make an appointment to see a doctor.  Panic attacks rarely go away on their own. Your brain can make you believe all types of things when the chemicals are out of whack.  Don’t suffer dear. 

  • Anon

    Help me!!!!!

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Praying for you this morning.

    • Christianangie78

      I to have panic attacks and anxiety. I know how scary it is. will be praying for you.

  • Angela

    I am a firm believer in prayer and our Lord.  I have suffered from anxiety and depression in 2001 and again now.  I attend Bible study weekly, am involved in many activities at church.  I am a happily married woman, who is 34 and has 2 beautiful children.  I can’t tell people how to handle their anxiety, but I can tell you how I handled mine.  I couldn’t take it, the anxiety, depression, attacks.  I ended up going to a psychiatrist, which by the way I sat in my car for 30 minutes and cried before I even drove there.  I didn’t want to do it.  But I knew it had to be done.  I was put on a low dose of anti/anxiety meds, and was also to see a therapist once a week.  The meds took about 3 weeks to actually get into my system.  I don’t have any tramatic experiences, or a bad marriage, or financial issues.  I have a chemical imbalance.  I am not ashamed. I have spoken to my Pastor about this, and we are on the same page.  God created people who created medicines to help people.  I am on my 4th week of the meds. I am completely free from anxiety/panic attacks?  No.  But can I leave my house and play with my children?  Yes.  I am doing better, much better.  I am also praying every morning, afternoon and evening.  I believe this works as well.  I would never put anyone down for taking medication, or choosing not to.  That is entirely your choice.  But I do know, that I needed the medication.  I pray for all of you, and just remember that God is with you in all you do.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thanks for sharing, Angela. I appreciate hearing your story.

  • Dusktildawn00

    I suffer so with anxiety and panick after being so ill these last 8 months and I am so thankful to see others understand what I go through and there are prayers and scripctures to help me thank you so very very much! God Bless you!

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Don’t forget that God is with you, fighting for you and whispering his fear-breaking love into your hearts every day.

      • Curtisdurden

        My extremely painful medical condition causes me much anxiety, it is all I can do to make it through each day.

  • Baberutty

    I’m always afraid while praying especially in the dark. I feel like their are demonic forces around me so I find myself opening my eyes and looking around at every strange sound whilst prayer. This distracts me a lot and has affected my prayer life. I’ve prayed about it but I still cant help it…

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      I’m sure the enemy will want to scare you and create fear to distract your prayer life. But, he’s only a “roaring lion”. He has no power over you. “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

  • Hosanna

     I’m suffering from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to a horrible side effect from a medication. The attacks were so scary, I just wanted to die! The frustrating part was that I took that medication to get better and I ended up getting so much worse and turned my life up side down! I went to my doctor and 3 others and they all said I just had to wait till it was out of my system which could take up to 3 months. I felt so hopeless. What was I supposed to do with my anxiety, panic attacks, chest pains, and depression? My therapist suggested I go to a psychiatrist for antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds. But have I learned me lesson? Should I keep trusting doctors? At this point I don’t. I’m putting all my trust in my GOD and I declare I am healed. I can’t put more meds in my body and risk the side effects. God is able!

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      I’m sorry to hear about your experience. For many, many years I took anti-anxiety medication and I found in my experience that it was only a temporary solution. When the medication wore off, I was more anxious that before. With the help of my doctor, I eventually weaned myself off and today I no longer take medication for anxiety. And, I also no longer have panic attacks.

      I would encourage, Hosanna, to focus on eating healthy, drinking lots of water, avoiding caffeine, and exercising. This will help your body detox faster. Plus, it’s a great way to burn off the excessive adrenaline that can create those anxious feelings. I now bike and run everyday. It’s a great way to stay healthy body and soul.

      • Hosanna

         Thank you so much for your advice! I realize I have to do a healthy lifestyle change to beat this. I been going to church every day, therapy, acupuncture, healthy eating, natural herbs and yoga! Due to my heart palpitations I can’t quite exercise much. But it’s just a side effect of my body going through withdraw of the medication. Your website has helped me so much! I keep it open on my computer daily! God bless!

      • Dan

        I am going to try the healthy approach to my anxiety attacks as well. More water, getting of caffeine, eating more healthy, and more exercise.

    • Kleverkev1

       It had been 30 years since I had a single panic attack. Yes the last
      panic attack I had was when I was 20 and now I am 50.  I recently had a
      series of panic attacks and my mind was FRETTING  and  DISPAIRING.  I
      could feel physical damage was being done in my Liver and my heart. 
      These lasted 6 months with maybe about 1 per week.

      This is how I put a stop to all of it :   First, I cried out to the Lord
      my God and He delivered me from all my fears. The way he did this is He
      told me 4 words. Yes, he gave me 4 words and that was all I needed.  I
      spoke the words into the air and they landed on my ears and my spiritual
      ears as well.  When my own spiritman inside me heard these words it was
      like instant relief.  HERE are the 4 words : ‘ Only Good Awaits Me ‘.

      The peace that came was immediate, profoundly powerful, and so very peaceful.

      Next, to heal from the physical damage I was told that a merry heart
      with gladness works just like a medicine. So the entire weekend I made
      sure I was smiling and made sure to have a happy heart full of
      gratefulness and gladness. I sang all the songs in church and all
      through the day.  I could feel the healing going on inside of me. Also, I
      had gotten together with a dear friend and we prayed for my total
      healing. YOU need to know that a major help to all this is being well
      rested…..as in getting plenty of sleep by going to be on time !!!  or
      even 1 hr earlier than usual.  Not getting enough sleep is sure enough
      cause of the FEARSOME  TRIGGER by itself.   Later that month as I was
      talking with God……he told me that what had happened is I had fallen
      into the proverbial ” Pit Of Despair “.  That is the actual name of it. 
      Sometimes our mind gets all balled up like a ball of wire….and
      wrapped around the axle……and you MUST KNOW THE DRILL  –  Here’s the
      DRILL  :   ” This man cried out to the Lord and He delivered me out of
      all my fears”    You cry out to God and He delivers you. You cry out to
      God and He delivers you. You cry out to God and He delivers you. You cry
      out to God and He delivers you.  He is Faithful.  Sometimes…..you
      just need God.  I have not had any more panic or anxiety attacks at all.

      • CP

        Hello – This helped me today, I am very similar and had anxiety in my 20’s and have been great and now am 45 and all of a sudden am suffering again and no idea why. I am praying and asking God for help. Thank you.

      • unicorn

        Hi can you tell me how long you had this? I’m going through this.

  • tracy

    love this site perfect timing

  • tracy

    i felt a attack coming on in my head it was a odd feeling but the devil is trying to scare me and i wil not be shaken ive been healed from attacks ,

    • Terence

      Amen! Put your Trust in the Lord our saviour. He will take care.

  • Freddystone20

    some times i shoot lasers from my eyes i think i made a deal with satan help!!!!!!

  • A faithful believer

    Medication and the medical profession is also a gift from God.  He works through us and for us.  Listen with your heart and do not turn away because the miracle looks earthly.

  • Irenetanch

    Thanks for sharing. I am going through similar situation. I believe only God can heal me. Took muscle relaxer for my chest pain. Could not stand the side effect. It’s a relief to know that I am not the only one suffering like this. With God, we all are overcomers.

  • Binabunny22

    For the past month me and my fiance have been going thru a very tough times. We practically argue every day and night. The clash of our schedules doesn’t give us much time to work it out between us..and arguing until 4 in the morning is not healthy at all. I’ve been praying to the Lord to heal my heart from all the hurtful things he has told me. I’ve developed a fear and anxiety about life, which I never had. All I do is pray over our hearts to give us peace and have faith the He will answer those prayers in time. My fiance has stopped reading the word, praying and going to church since. He has changed into a different person due to ungodly advice and influence. I fear that it will pull him away from me into the wrong path.

    • Irenetanch

      Ask Jesus to take over! To be Lord over your life and circumstances! Prayers can move mountain! I have been down at the valley! Cling to Jesus! He will walk you through your situation! Hugs!

  • tam

    Thank you all for your comments.  I was up all night, having one horrible nightmare after another.  They all contained one bad experience from my past intertwined with evil fiction.  All the people in the nightmares are people who have crossed my path at one time or another.  My son was in one of them.  The details are too disguising to even speak about and so needless to say, I have had a major headache all day, keep crying on and off and feel like I’m in an alternate world.  My fiance sent me this website and I appreciate it.  I too have struggled with years of depression, on and off medication…God really is the true cure.  I tried praying numerous times last night but evil kept slipping in.  Now that my mind is clearer I am going to pray for total peace inside and out.  Thank you for your inspiration.

  • Curtisdurden

    Pray for me and my wife and sons. I have Parkinsons and severe arthritis. My life is very hard and we are poor, but I love God and I pray he will look out for my family when I am gone. Pray for my soul and that God will be merciful and forgive me of my sins.

    • Jose35

      Lord, I pray for Curtis and his family. That You may continue to give Curtis the will and strength to keep fighting. I also pray for his wife and sons. I know Father that you will look out for them and protect them. Lord Father, I put this family in your hands, In Jesus name, AMEN.

    • Helen

      I came to this site trying to find answers to my fears but reading all these posts from all of you wonderful people has helped me tremendously. I pray for you Curtis and family that may God continue to be with you and your family, bless you and guide you. Our Dear Lord is merciful. Lets pray for each other. Amen

    • Terence

      Amen! God will surely bless you……

  • Hopeful

    I’ve suffered with a severe anxiety disorder since I was little, It’s all tied in with childhood trauma, and up until 3 months ago I hadn’t had a major panic attack in years (I had managed to get my thoughts under control) but I moved in feb and am now at a real crisis point. I am experiencing panic attacks daily and have lost a stone through stress. I do believe God can get me through this and I have always refused to take medication as I feel it would make my problem worse. I hope and pray for strength and courage at this time.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      I’m sorry to hear about your experience with the panic attacks. It can be such a vicious cycle.

      Your body is incredible sensitized right now which is why they are probably hitting you everyday. I would encourage you to take a few steps to break that cycle.

      1. Stop any caffeine and excessive amounts of sugar. These can spike your adrenaline levels causing anxiety levels to spike which could trigger the panic attacks.

      2. Try to burn off the excessive adrenaline through exercise. Run, walk, bike, anything to get your heart rate up in a healthy way so that the adrenaline can finish its work in your body. I have found this to be incredibly helpful.

      3. Find someone to talk to, maybe a counselor, a friend, a family member. It helps to talk through your fears and anxieties.

      4. And, never forget that God is with you. Always. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Through Christ, he is in you right now, fighting for you, speaking words of peace and comfort to your mind and soul!

    • Steve Darcey

      Even in the darkest nights, He can see us. He is the light!

  • Curtis

    I am 17 years old and I’ve been really struggling with panic attacks and just general anxiety for a few years now and recently it has gotten pretty bad, to the point where I’d rather just die so that i dont have to feel any of these terrible feelings anymore. thankfully I’m the kind of person who knows that that’s never the way to deal with something. anyway, I was prescribed some medication for it but refuse to take it because of the side effects that it comes with. so I’m looking for another way to get over this. I’ve found every story on here to be very helpful. it’s a good feeling to know that people can get over this with God’s help. I just thought I would share my story with everyone. I wish everyone good luck! God Bless

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thanks for sharing, Curtis. I hope you find the information on this site encouraging and helpful!

  • Myla

    I’m suffering from anxiety/panic attacks….I am 21 yrs old & I’m not going to lie it’s a horrible feeling. I dont like telling other I suffer from anxiety because I feel like they will judge me or make fun of me. I just started to get this almost two yrs now. I am on medication, saw a cardiologist & all that & everything was fine thank god…just not sure I get like that at times. Glad to read some of the post that other people write & not feel alone.

    • Steve Darcey

      Only God can judge you, let know man judge you. I pray you peace!

  • John

    Many thanks for your spiritual advice. It really helps. God bless you.

  • Leeanne

    Hi all, I have always led a stressful life. I just did not realize how bad things were until I went for surgery that ended up changing my life. I was born a hindu and my family converted to Christianity. I never really knew Jesus the way I know Him now. Somehow life caught up with me, being the rock for my family, a wife, mother and a successful career woman… somehow anxiety, panic attacks and fear took over my life after the surgery. I have health issues which doctors cannot explain. After seeing doctors, cardiologists and many pastors… not one has been able to tell me that what I have been going through everyday for over a year now is anxiety and panic attacks. They are so bad that I cannot drive, the thought of it gives me anxiety and fear takes over. I had to leave my job, cannot finish my studies, cannot engage in sport and worst… cannot leave my house. It has crippled quality of life iwth my son and husband. I have been praying for breakthrough. I was told to see psychologists etc. but I decided not to because I dont want to take meds, its too risky. I believe God’s word where Jesus healed all that came to Him and I go to him everyday in prayer asking him to take the fear and all of it away. It is not easy, my husband travels and we have such problems with getting my son to school and getting things done because I cannot. I want my life back, a better life, an abundant life that Jesus promised! I pray everyday that the Lord answers my prayer..

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      I’m so sorry to hear about your experience with fear and panic attacks. I know how frustrating and debilitating it can be. I also know what it’s like to experience freedom. I want to encourage you that you can be free as well. Jesus can give you the strength you need. I would encourage you to check out a couple of books from this page — http://season.org/resources/bookstore/. “Think Differently, Live Differently” is great and “Seeing is Believing” is also very good. I also have a series of posts about walking out freedom — http://season.org/freedom-from-fear-summary. I think you’ll find the articles helpful.

    • Steve Darcey

      God will hear you, He always hears His children!

  • saved

    Thank you so much. And I love the prayer muscle analogy:)

  • Shonna

    You couldn’t have said it better in any other way ….I loved it it has strength in it and ‘&%$#thank you

  • Amanda

    Before I became a Christian I suffered long periods of depression and anxiety. The depression would be pretty much constant accompanied by anxiety. I do not experience this kind of depression anymore but I still become very anxious in certain situations. I am often afraid of failure. Failing to perform well in school, failure to perform tasks well. I especially get anxious when something when something unexpected happens. My life might be perfectly ideal at the moment when suddenly something not so ideal happens. I never know how to think on my feet when this happens. I know I am supposed to pray about things that cause me to feel anxious and I do. But while I pray about things that make me anxious I focus too much on my worries and not enough on God. I have even tried telling anxious thoughts to be silent in Jesus’ name. Still anxiety consumes me.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      So sorry, Amanda. I know how frustrating and confusing the anxiousness can be. I would encourage you to find someone to talk to about it. There is something in your thought process that is triggering the anxiety. Maybe someone can help you work through what that may be. When I started to talk to someone, he was able to help walk me through many of the lies I believed that was causing me anxiety.

    • Steve Darcey

      Amanda, my life has too been filled with the same things and daily I deal with these, yet tonight God lead me here… I pray you peace!

  • Maria

    Thank you Jesus gor puttig this site/page in my hands. I suffer from panic disorder daily, the prayers above have helped me regain my composure.there are times when I feel I can’t go on living like this, this disease has taken too much away from me and my family. This helps me and gives me strength and courage. I hope it helps many more like me.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Maria, thanks for sharing. I know how frustrating and crippling this condition can be, but I also know firsthand that freedom is possible. You can be free from this panic disorder! “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)

    • Steve Darcey

      I too found this page… And may peace be with us all in His name!

  • raquel

    Here is a message from TD jakes that is titled “trading in your peace for his” Please take a look. It’ll bless you so much. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux5M6Sk-ufk&list=PLhBlj3SBjnZO3ECaaRxDJOmAB4BSweklQ

  • Bill

    I am tryinmg to learn to pray. I believe in God, but suffer such terrible anxiety it cripples me. I know that Jesus loves me and that he is the son of God. I won’t give in but will learn to trust God’s love for me.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Bill, I would encourage you to read through the Freedom for Fear Articles that are posted on the top right side of this page. The information in these articles have been very pivotal in my life and in my walk to freedom.

  • Bill

    My name is Bill. I am having bad panic attacks. I’m trying
    to find the courage to drive to church today. Will others who suffer this
    affliction and understand the horror of it pray to give me courage.

    I ask this in Jesus’ name

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Praying for strength!

    • Steve Darcey

      I pray you peace and strength!

  • Lisa

    Hello I’m Lisa I’m 20teard old I suffering from anxitry depression n fear of dying , I read the bible very night and I pray but sometimes I feel hopeless and Lonley like of nobody can help me get though it and I’m thinking I’m really die but I know I have my lord and web I pray The Lord helps me clam down :)

    • Steve Darcey

      Lisa,
      I pray you find peace!

  • Patty

    I pray and pray for this anxiety to go away!

    • Steve Darcey

      Patty,
      I pray for His hand to touch you and peace be with you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jophet.sean.amorte Jophet Sean Amorte

    i try my best to be good but the world isnt nice to be.i try my best to my faith,trust and confident its so hard…i my best to love a girl but now this day is change….it hurts me alot i dont know why this is happening to me…

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Sorry to hear about your struggles. I pray that the Lord will give you peace as you grow to know him more.

    • Steve Darcey

      I pray you peace!

  • Alijody

    What if i wake up at 2 am with a massive panic attack.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      I had a friend who would get out of bed and immediately do 50 push ups. I thought it was weird at first, but then I realize that it’s an effective way of getting the excess adrenaline out of your system. For me, I had to immediately get my breathing under control. That helped a lot.

    • Steve Darcey

      Ask Him for peace. I too have issues such as you, I pray myself to sleep.

  • Felicia

    I received this in my heart and soul in the name of Jesus!

    • Steve Darcey

      Amen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/juan.kuilan Juan Kuilan

    I firmly agree with Charmaine. I was on several different types of medication and they just made my symptoms worst. The side affects were so extreme, that I was at the point of suicide. GOD has brought me a long way in a short period of time. Thank you LORD for not leaving or forsaking me!

    • Steve Darcey

      We are redeemed!

  • Lindsey Houck

    Thank you for this. I came to this page as I was searching for prayers for anxiety attacks on google. Literally after I read this my stomach issues- where i literally make mself sick( which is what I get when I’m anxious) went away! Truly the Word of God is powerful and sharper than any sword! Thank you for your prayerful, powerful and God fearing post! May The Lord bless you! I will memorize these specific scriptures! And come back often to this valuable site. God bless you!

    • Steve Darcey

      I pray you peace

  • Darcey

    I too deal with fear… God is good. He helps me daily…

  • Darcey

    Pray for each other… This blog community is a vessel for God. He who created all created this medium so His name can be glorified, so His word can be read by people who need His love, peace and to know others are praying for them. I pray that every person who needs peace receives peace from our Lord and Saviour
    Jesus Christ! I will pray for you and hopefully you pray for me! God Bless!

  • Steve Darcey

    Section 4 hit the hardest for me… I have read this over and over…

  • edy

    shalom sister and brother of GOD,please help me pray, i am blind man,i leave in a small island , i can not do anything, no road for me anymore, i am really have difficult, i wish GOD give me miracle have a nice people give me money to live,i have many problem ,i can not write all this in here, i really need money, please help me pray it, thank you
    edy( [email protected])

  • Mona

    As I read some of the posts here I could not help but feel compelled to say this. God is the only way. Whether He it is through prayer or through medication, He will heal you. He has mysterious ways of working within us and through others to help us. Medication certainly is not an evil we should be weary of, some people really do need it. It can take up to 6 months for anxiety meds or antidepressants to do its job. Don’t lose faith and keep on praying. One way or another He will bring a stillness and calm to your heart and soul.

  • Ladonnia Denham

    Asking for prayers my name is Ladonnia. I have never had panic attacks or fear take a hold of my life and mind since I moved 900 miles from my home of 41 years. I have been here for a month and struggling. I relocated for a job and have been suffering ever since. I want to return home but no I can not, as my grandma has always told me. You’ve made your bed now lay in it and make the best of it.

  • Maria Deloera

    Thanks very helpful

  • Ann

    Since, I was young I had suffered from panic attacks. Usually they’d come up from me thinking I was going to die and what not. I am now 20 years old and am so fearful. I am always fearing the worst, I always feel as if I have some strange illness or I am going to die. Before you know it I start gasping for air and my heart races and now the physical symptoms of anxiety seems to be getting worse. I have seen the joy and peace that God can bring people. I know many family members that are believers and have a sense of peace that I wish I could have. I now know I can only have this peace that only God can give me through having faith in Him. I think I need to pray for God to be able to help me put my faith in Him more and more everyday. I want to be able to look to Him for anything.I need to look to Him for help instead of turning to man for help. I know this doesn’t come overnight, but anxiety is extremely debilitating. My life is somewhat miserable because I am always anxious and can never truly live because I am always afraid. I know God directed to me this article today to show me what I have been missing.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Thanks for sharing, Ann. I’m sorry to hear about your experience with panic and anxiety. I know how fearful and confusing those thoughts and physical symptoms can be. My experience was very, very similar. For years, I had those thoughts and fears. It was so scary. But, today, I’m free from that. I no longer struggle with the thoughts or even the panic attacks. I believe you can be free too. I really do.

      If you get a chance, read through the “Freedom from Fear Articles” in the right sidebar above. They are foundational and chronicles my journey to freedom. Or, if you want a bigger picture, my recent books “Season of Grace” takes you even deeper into my walk of freedom. Blessings!

  • Andrea Farrell

    Hello I just arrived at this site, and oh my God I was empowered by the words above, and the words below.
    My anxiety reached a new and crazy high today and at first I dreaded to go to sleep because my anxiety monster was clawing at my inner being.
    then I read above and listened to God. I saw beautiful images, and great sense of calm has fallen over me.
    I am very tired its time to go to bed and know that Gods going to snuggle up with me. I was 47 yesterday, hormonal and taking citalopram, today I felt as if my life was coming to an abrupt and horrible end as the anxiety built up in me. Now I don’t feel like that.
    My Mum is 80 this year and I fear ridiculously that its not going to happen. Its anxiety, foolish stupid fear that she may pass before that day. But we are both in Gods hands and who knows I could pass before her. After all she is incredibly healthy but her allergic cough is troublesome and waiting for it to pass is so frightening.
    Well now I have God by my side, to help me through come what may. Do not be afraid he said, for I will be with you, I have called you by your name you are mine.
    Thanks for the great advice above xxx Andrea

  • Dana

    Please please tell me how to believe God, believe Jesus without wavering once and for all. I am suffering so much. I have scary physical symptoms DAILY (burning throughout body, heart fluttering, dizziness, headaches, sharp pains in arm and chest, pressure in head…list goes on). I want so desperately to believe and I have accepted Jesus as my savior. I will say scriptures when the devil lies to me, but it is so constant that I am exhausted. I am so burdened. I beg God to please please take this from me and I it is hard to believe I am going to be okay. I am afraid of death and yet I am a Christian. I read scriptures ALL The time, I pray, I confess my sins, I call on others to pray for me. I have been prayed over, anointed with oil, prayed in the spirit, fasted. I am tormented by fear and cry daily. I have such a hard time grasping God’s love for me. :(

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Faith and doubt go hand in hand. Without any doubt, you would need faith. Believing in God takes a renewing of the mind. We’re programmed by culture and upbringing and family to not believe. So, we start small with hope, and then pray and ask God to reveal himself to us. And, he is faithful. He always will.

      You can be free from the fear, I know you can. You can know God’s peace and his love, and know that he is with you always. Nothing can separate you from him and his love. Nothing.

      Take some time to read through the “Freedom from Fear Articles” in the right side of this webpage. They are the foundational truths that set me free from fear.

      • Dana

        Thank-you so much for taking the time to respond back. So often this battle seems so lonely, but the fact that you are free from this gives me hope in my situation. God bless you for writing so others may be free too.

  • apeksha

    Help me! I am suffering from a serious bone disease in leg and that has made my life very difficult. I had a fracture 3 months back, was operated and was on bed rest. Due to the disease, its taking longer to recover. I have started walking but still with support, not independently. I had been working in a reputed financial services company and this is my first job. I had to be on leaves for a long time due to this illness, and took work from home about a month back. I desperately want to go back to work and start a normal life. Doctor has advised me to take utmost care of my leg and visit a hospital in another city for any possible further treatment and avoid any such future occurrences. All this may delay my joining office back and my really scared of my career fate and job security now. I am not aware how much more time the treatment will take. I am really scared to face the world in this situation. My self confidence has gone completely down and I am broken from within. I do not like to talk to people, do not like to eat, my illness has overpowered me.
    Also, I do not want any kind of pity from the people around me. I want to be an inspiration for the people. I really want to be strong. I want my life to be free of uncertainties. I want it to be healthy and happy. I want to make my parents proud of me. I want to work harder.
    I have faith in the immense in unconditional love of the Lord for me. Please pray for me that I be healed soon completely, without any kind of surgery, resume my work back and make the people around me happy.

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Sorry to hear about your struggles. I’ll pray for you this morning.

      • apeksha

        Thank you so much! The words of inspiration on your website are of great help…

  • Dane

    I stumbled across this sight while searching for words to share with a friend who is having breast surgery for cancer and is really anxious/nervous. I have had panic attacks and an anxiety disorder most of my life. I believe in God and I pray daily… as I was reading looking for something to share with her I began to feel an inner peace inside of me! It is funny how God works sometimes ya know? I am really glad this sight found me and helped me to feel I am not alone. Thanks.

  • Jonathan

    Hi My Name Is Jonathan and I’m I remember my first anxiety attack i was paranoid , sacred and felt like I was dying . Over the time I prayed about it took meds and talk to Counselors it’s gotta better but I’m still dealing with it today but my through my experiences it’s brought me closer to god and his son Jesus Christ and I’m understanding a lot of things so please pray for me and my walk with god

  • Monique

    Hello everyone, I came here because I have been suffering from anxiety attacks for a few months now and can’t sleep. From the age of 13 – 20 I was in a terrible cycle of sexual and emotional abuse by my older step-brother. During that time I was going to church and felt like the only way I survived through it on my own was because of my connection with God through prayer. I was controlled by fear and moved away from home at 21 years old. For exactly 1 year I acted like God didn’t exist because I always prayed for God to save me from the abuse and never did. I was angry because I had to move away from my family to save myself instead of God saving me. After a year I realized I should have just told my friends or family what was going on but I was controlled by fear instead of trusting God to stand behind me when I told my family what was happening. Today I am living with my 1st boyfriend and we are not married. I have told my friends and family the truth so I am now free of that fear and never have to worry about the sexual abuse anymore but now I live with fear of hell because I have left the church and I am living in sin. But I don’t know how to go back to church or let go of my boyfriend. He knows God because he was raised in church but has been out of church for years. I don’t want to let go of the happiness with my boyfriend but I don’t want to continue to live in sin and have anxiety attacks or fear of hell.

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  • frank guerra

    Im 31 dealin with new anxiety attack s and panic .makes it hatd to breath.im scared..please lord help me rid this an heal me!

  • frank guerra

    Dear lord i have been having anxiety attacks panic as well i am freightend as it gets hard to breath..please heal my body lord and give me strength to beat it

  • edward

    I to suffer from anxiety and fear my fear is I am not going to take a deep breath.i am learning how to pray for peace maybe i am not praying rightwhen this comes up.

  • A

    When God created the world, he created a perfectly balanced world. People’s body was working perfectly. God also told them / us what to eat, how to live, to have daily and weekly rest, how to work (exercise), etc..

    Than men decided to make a bad choice. And off we live not like God wanted us to live. We don’t eat that God gave us to eat, we don’t have our rests properly, we don’t exercise enough. And there are consequences. When my dad said that every bad thing is there because of sin, I didn’t like it. But now I understand that this can be true even in small things – God gave us the sun at it has a reason. If we close ourselves inside, we don’t get enough sun, and it has consequences.

    God gave us lovely fruits to eat – instead of this we eat so called food with not enough vitamins and minerals, a very unbalanced diet and it has serious consequences.

    It just makes me think if there is something I could do for myself.

    Do I really do everything I can?

    Did I make my own research about it? Thinking outside the box?

    Is something missing from my body and my poor body is suffering?

    Pills can be very important, take if you need to, but make your own research – is there another option?

  • Paulina

    I was feeling really nervous, I started drowning in my negative thoughts and when I tried to pray I just couldn’t find the right words. I felt shame for feeling like it was the end of the world and that no one could understand me, when Jesus knows and always knew exactly how I felt, and felt it much worse. Thankyou! Reading this has really changed me, it calmed my anxiety and now I know what to say every time those panic attacks start coming. May God bless you.

  • Jen

    I have hot flashers and cold sweats and fear over comes me….God really helped me……I get it now and then….

  • Jen

    I am filled with the Holy Spirit when I pray, but when I feel anxious it’s difficult…..but I really fight it by telling Peter 2 verse 24 to 25 50 times….or more till I am better….

  • Artyop

    Hey there I have a very powerful demon, and when I pray I would see purple aura color then as soon as I see purple aura I would get an anxiety attack. I couldn’t keep praying because it so severely that my chest would hurt all day long. I just recently got this and I am working really hard on getting rid of this, but they keep winning by suppressing me with anxiety attack to stop me from praying. God is really good to me, and he deliver me and he still does, but as soon as I am in the middle of deliverance the demon would attack me, and stop me from further to get deliverance. The attack really take a toll on me, and I am glad I read this website so I will let God know what the demon are doing so that way he will be aware of what is going on. I believe I have some sex spirit, or kundalini spirit I am not sure, but it feel like electricity, and it tries to have sex with you sometimes, but luckily it never molest me it just makes me arousal, and you can hear the beeping sound, and I’ve had them talking to me one time while I was praying so it is some kind of high ranking demon and I hope to get deliverance from it sometime soon.

  • Rose

    Hi just read your testimony, like to talk to you some more

    • http://russpond.com Russ Pond

      Hey Rose, my name is Russ. I’m the one who created this site.

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