Praying Scriptures to ease Anxiety and Fear

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I recently received a least expected call for a job interview. The call came in at 4pm, and they requested me to come in for an interview the next day at 11am. I was hesitant in saying yes, but I accepted and said “see you tomorrow.” From the moment I hung up the phone, my heart began to race.

I never struggled with anxiety or fear in my life, until now. Yes, maybe a week or two before my pharmacy board exams I did, but that was it.

Yet this evening was extremely difficult for me.

A million and one thoughts jumbled in my head.

I knew it was a sort of panic attack.

I should of been happy that God opened a door for me, but rather I started stressing over the future.

Who will babysit the kids if I go to work?

Will I stop my blogging ministry?

Who will drop off the kids and pick them up from school?

When will I have time to cook dinner?

Am I even capable of being a pharmacist?

Do I even remember the drugs and it’s doses I’ve learned over the years?

Do I have enough experience to even go for this interview?

The list goes on.

I over thought the situation and did not handle it well.

My mind went completely blank thinking about verses to recite out loud!

I’m a Christian blogger- I should know these verse off the top of my head right?

Anxiety:

A topic my community talks very less of.

Fear:

Another topic my community talks very little about.

Over the past year, since I was able to write for my blog and speak at several conferences, many women approached me saying these are topics no one “preaches” about. We keep it hush hush in our churches and community, feeling ashamed to speak out loud of our feelings of anxiousness and fear.

I am grateful to you sisters who have approached me and felt comfortable to speak to me about what you are going through.

We all deal with forms of anxiety and fear even if we are born again believers or so called Christians.

My evening of despair taught me that I needed to be more well watered with God’s word.

As a clinical pharmacist I do believe if you experience frequent panic attacks, or anxious thoughts it may require further evaluation from a medical professional. Please do not hesitate or be ashamed in seeking help from your doctor.

After my interview was over the next day, I sat in my car thinking about why I panicked.

What was wrong with me? Maybe the busyness of life got the best of me and I haven’t been spending enough time in God’s word recently. I did not fully hand over my situation to the Lord.

I know if I had scripture on hand I could of recited it and been more at peace. I wrote out a scripture prayer, thinking of all the verses I knew about worrying, and fear.

The following infographic is for your reference. The scripture verses are in parenthesis  after my own words. You can use it as a guide to make up your own prayer while going through an anxious day.

Take time to open your bible and read through these verses out loud. Meditate on them during your periods of doubt, and fear, and restlessness. Ask the Lord to quiet your mind.

I am sure these jumbled thoughts could of been better managed if I took my own advice.

I truly felt the Lord speaking to me after the interview by saying “next time, lean on me a little more. Take more initiative in reading My words, there you will find peace.” He also told me to share this prayer with you!

Just click here for a PDF version of this prayer.

What are you some of your favorite verses or scriptures to meditate on while experiencing anxiety or fear? Leave a comment below to encourage others!

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8 Comments

  • Dani November 3, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    What a beautiful prayer and collection of God’s Word! I need to have these verses on hand and in mind as well. Thank you for talking about this and providing a practical way to handle anxiety.

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  • Rhonda November 5, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Beautiful and well written post. It’s a good reminder to us all that we have insecurities that we all face but God has never intended for us to face them alone or at all. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Sue November 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Rhonda! Thank you sis! Yes He doesn’t want us to face it alone… (you are one who I go to personally on these days)! Thanks for visiting!

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  • Aryn the Libraryan November 6, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Thank you for your transparency. Lessons learned from mistakes tend to stick better. Your prayer is beautiful, weaving scriptures together that way!

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  • Gretchen Fleming November 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you Sue for sharing your story with us. I know many, if not most, can relate. I totally agree about going first to the Lord with it. Getting into the Word calms my heart down and restrains my racing mind. Love your beautiful prayer packed with Scripture. Thank you for benefiting us from your challenge my friend. Happy to share on Facebook

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  • anne - onedeterminedlife November 8, 2017 at 11:24 am

    When I was pregnant with my son I struggled with anxiety. There were so many things I was worried about. But, knowing who God was and being able to pray and meditate on His wor was a blessing and a help to me

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  • Lori Schumaker November 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Beautiful post, Sue! Praying for you in this new season of life! ♥

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    • Sue November 12, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you Lori! It’s become a prayer to constantly look back at.

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