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Going through our day-to-day lives, it’s hard not to experience the feeling of anxiety, no matter whether you are a top executive, an entrepreneur or a low-level manager. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah TV show, Curtis Jackson, the entrepreneur and musician, sometimes known as 50 Cent, had this to say about anxiety: 

 

“You should either pray or worry, but not do both. When anxiety creeps up on you, say a prayer to release those feelings that you haven’t been able to shake off by worrying.” 

  

Although there are many different ways to overcome anxiety, the power of prayers can never be over emphasized.  Let’s take an example from the touching story of the blogging entrepreneur, Stephen Althea, the owner of The Blazing Center. In one of his posts tagged “Prayer for Anxiety”, he decided to share with us how prayer helped him get through his anxiety issues. He said, and I quote, 

“After so many failed attempts from many medical treatments, I later realized how much I misplaced my priorities. I should have gone to prayers rather than medications. So, one day, after discussing with my wife, and having realized my mistakes, I decided to switch sides on my treatment by facing my anxiety problems spiritually. And here I am today, sound and in control of my life once more.” 

Therefore, here’s my recommendation: 

– If you’re having anxiety as a result of a difficult period at work, pray. 

– Having anxiety over an uncertain future due to dismissal? Pray. 

– Are you seeking to find peace of mind for an upcoming presentation at work? Pray. 

– How about social anxiety? All you have to do is pray. 

 

The best and cheapest cure for anxiety, no matter the cause: prayer 

But, if you don’t know how to pray or what to say when you come in contact with any of your anxieties,  this guide is certainly for you. We have compiled prayers for different types of anxiety.  

There are also many different ways to pray. Religious prayers are only one way of praying over anxiety in an uncertain situation. In this article, we will give many other options, such as songs or mantras. 

So, get your notepads ready as we share with you, every single prayer you’ll ever need for any anxiety problems that may arise in your professional life. 

 

Part I – Prayers for Different Types of Anxiety  

 

Prayer for Anxiety in a Difficult Situation

Many of you face difficult work or family situations. Maybe you have to dismiss an employee or explain to your boss why your objectives were not reached. Maybe you had an extremely difficult negotiation with a tough customer. Or you are facing the divorce or a serious illness of one of your family members or do not know how to communicate to your spouse that you have just lost your job.  

Prayer:

Dear God, give me strength to focus beyond this difficult situation and make the most out of it. Reinforce my resolve to manage anxiety. 

You may replace “this difficult situation” with specific description of the situation you are facing as in the example below. 

Dear God, give me strength to focus beyond this difficult negotiation and make the most of it. Reinforce my resolve to manage anxiety. 

 

Prayer for Social Anxiety

It is very difficult to have a happy and successful life without social relationships. We are social creatures. Socializing is an important part of our work and family life. But some of you may suffer from so called social anxiety. It may unveil itself when you have to speak publicly or you simply enter into a room with many people present.  

Don’t confuse it with shyness. Shyness generates manageable stress, whereas people with social anxiety disorder experience a kind of stress that is difficult to cope with. 

As a matter of fact, social anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental disorders. The best way to overcome it is to gradually improve your social skills. 

But a prayer for anxiety can be also quite helpful. 

Prayer: 

Dear God, 

Please help me to control my emotions when I confront other people/speak publicly. I know that you will be with me when the fear comes, and you will help me perform well. 

   

Prayer for Anxiety to Achieve Peace of Mind

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.” (Is 25:3). 

These words written by the prophet Isaiah centuries ago ring true today as they did back then. Are you in and out of peace of mind frequently? Real peace of mind is worth more than gold. Why is peace of mind so important?  

It is simply one of the most powerful ways to fight anxiety. Having peace of mind helps you see things clearly at work and at home without fear and worry.  

You may even say that anxiety is the opposite of the peace of mind.  

There are many prayers for anxiety that help achieve peace of mind.  Let me propose one. 

Prayer:

Dear Almighty, 

Please calm my thoughts, calm my worries, calm my fears. Please help me to be happy with the current situation and the things I have, and to choose living in peace from now on. 

 

Part II – Prayers for Anxiety Using Different Inspirational Sources 

 

Prayer for Anxiety Using Religious Literature 

Different religious groups use literature as sources of reference. Christians have the Christian Bible. Muslims turn to the Quran, Jews to the Torah and Buddhists to the Dhammapada. 

Prayer changes things if you believe. Prayer for anxiety is communicating how you feel to the higher power. There are a lot of people who actually have gotten rid of their anxiety through their religious beliefs.

People like Kenneth Copeland, the renowned Christian preacher who lives in the United States, is one such person. In one of his preaching, he stated how anxious he was before starting up his ministry. But one day, after listening to a preaching on the radio on how God can heal us of our anxieties, Copeland decided to read the bible and pray over his anxiety problems. Today, Kenneth Copeland is one of the richest men of God in the United States. He is a good example that prayer for anxiety works. 

In the Christian Bible, we find the following prayer for anxiety: 

Philippians 4:6, 

 “…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” 

 In the Quran:

“Oh Allah, there is no ease except in that which you have made easy, and you make the difficulty, if you wish, easy.”   

In Judaism: 

In the Jewish Bible in many places we read “Fear Not” and in Psalms you will find the following prayer for anxiety: 

“….Out of my straits I called upon the Lord; He answered me with great enlargement, the Lord is for me; I will not fear what can man do unto me the Lord is for me as my helper….” 

Here is the link to the full psalm 

In Buddhism, the Dhammapada book vs. 199 states: 

“We the unfrenzied live happily midst the frenzied, among the frenzied humans from frenzy dwell we free.” 

 

Prayer for Anxiety Using Quotes

Prayer for anxiety is not limited to the religious literature discussed above. You want release from anxiety. Use a quote from an authority figure to call upon the higher power for deliverance from the grip of anxiety. 

The following prayer for anxiety combines quotes of Mandy Hale, Dan Millman and Thich Nhat Hanh. They are slightly modified from the originals so that you can pray in the first person. 

Prayer:

It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means I am about to do something really, really brave.  I don’t have to control my thoughts. I will just stop letting them control me. (I will) smile, breathe, and go slowly. 
 

Prayer for Anxiety Through Songs

Music is the universal language of the soul. Many times, you are transported back in time by a song you attach to a past difficult situation. Why not do opposite and use the song as a prayer and source of comfort and inspiration to connect you with a higher power. 

“Let it be,” by the Beatles is a typical song voicing concerns over anxiety with a Christian undertone.  

Christian Prayer for anxiety based on “Let it be”:  

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, “let it be”
And in my hour of darkness, she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, “let it be 
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be, whisper words of wisdom, let it be 
 
And when the brokenhearted people living in the world agree 
There will be an answer, let it be 
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be 

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be, there will be an answer, let it be 

For everyone (not only Christians) we recommend another “prayer” song:  

Non-religious prayer for anxiety based on “OK (Anxiety Anthem)” by Mabel: 

 
Cause it’s okay not to be okay
 
It’s okay if you feel the pain 
Don’t gotta wipe your tears away 
Tomorrow’s another day 
It’s okay not to be okay 
It’s fine, you’re allowed to break (Oh-oh) 
As long as you know, as long as you know 
Everything’s gonna be okay (Everything’s gonna be okay) 
Okay 

 

The two songs above and many other similar compositions ease tension, relax muscles and pacify anxiety. Importantly, not only can music relax your mind and spirit, but it is also an antidote to any anxiety disorder.  

There are a great number of professionals today who had their anxiety worries quenched through music, and one is the amazing music icon, Celine Dion who we all know today. Born into a poor Roman Catholic family, she never had the experience of singing in front of a crowd. Thus, it was only natural that Celine became overanxious at the time of her first Debut English Album in 1990.  

As she stated in an interview on Larry King Live, she was so anxious that she had to pause for a moment and leave the studio. According to Celine, the music director at the time suggested she listen to her favorite music, saying that she would feel better afterwards. And as you might expect, the method worked. Today, she has won numerous awards and will always go down in history as one of the finest female artists in the world. 

 

Prayer for Anxiety Using Mantra 

A mantra, often associated with yoga, are the words we speak in our minds without anyone hearing us. They are often meant to condition the brain into believing something; and you can use them whenever you’re feeling anxious, perhaps when trying to close an important but difficult deal or signing a contract with a challenging partner. 

However, the golden rule in using a mantra is that you must be consistent and persistent. You have to keep saying the words in your mind until they stick. For instance, if you’re convincing a prospective shareholder, and are feeling anxious, say over and over  

“I can do this.”  

Repeat it consistently and be persistent until it sticks in your brain. Once you meditate, instantly, you’ll feel a rush of confidence flowing through your body.  

A lot of professionals do use this technique in achieving their dreams.  The most notable is Ronaldinho, the famous Brazilian player, who in an interview with the Spanish press while playing for Barcelona revealed that he often used this local mantra prayer for anxiety:  

“Deus placere manere mecum, ego scire possum hoc facere”  

which means:  

“God please stay with me; I know I can do this.”

Learn Other Mantras to Fight Anxiety Here

 

Conclusion 

In a nutshell, the way you can actually face and get rid of your anxiety disorder is through prayer. If it worked for successful people such as Curtis Jackson, Stephen Althea, Ronaldinho, Kenneth Copeland and a host of others, then you should try it for anxiety too! 

Please let us know if you have found this post helpful. We would like also to hear which prayers for anxiety you used in your difficult moments of life. 

Interested in other prayers? Have a look at these proposals:

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