Fear can be crippling in all aspects of our life, but we can turn to God to give us a spirit of peace and courage. Here are 20 transcendent prayers for fear, including images you can print to use and share.
A Prayer for Light in a Fearful Time
Lord Jesus, a shadow of darkness has been cast over the land. Everywhere people are tormented by their fears and anxieties. This fear is crippling and pulls people down. It wrecks families and ruins lives. Fear has its grip upon everyone, and it will not let go. Therefore, Lord, illuminate every dark place here on earth. Expose those who plot and hide in darkness to kill, steal, and destroy. Bring light to them so that others may see their wickedness. Shine in the darkness that all might see You and rejoice in Your presence. Amen.
Illness Fears Prayer
Lord, I am mortified. I have received a very scary diagnosis and I am so afraid. So much is still unknown. What will become of my life, Father? Will I be in pain? Who will look after my family if I am gone? I am plagued by the questions and receive no answers. Lord, give me the courage to weather the coming storm. Give my family the strength and stamina to walk alongside me in this fight. Give my doctors wisdom and discernment along the way, that they will know how to best care for me. Lord, do not leave my side. Cast away all fear of pain and death. Uphold me with a willing spirit. Amen.
A Prayer Against Fear of Death
Holy Lord, the wages of sin is death, and alas, all have sinned. I have gone astray, and death awaits me. I come from the dust, and back to dust, I shall return. It is this death that I fear, Lord. Through this fear, the Devil manipulates me. Out of this fear of death comes envy, jealousy, greed, and pride. In this fear of death, the Devil kept me enslaved. Yet, You saw to it to liberate Your servant from this fear of death. By Your death on the cross, You have forgiven my sins, and by Your resurrection, You have killed death. To those enslaved You have liberated, to those in the graves, You have bestowed life. Therefore, remove all doubt and fear, and let me rejoice in the wonder of Your resurrection. Amen.
A Prayer When Overwhelmed
Dear Jesus, You beg all sinners to come unto You when we are heavy laden and You will give us rest for our souls. For I am overwhelmed today, Lord. Where I venture, misery always follows. Fears and anxiety keep me awake at night, and I cannot find any rest or escape. Lord, yoke Yourself unto me. Teach me to walk as You walk and speak as You speak. Fashion my heart after Yours, so that I am more like You. Do not let me live in fear and worry, but instead, let me abide in faith, hope, and love. For these things You grant to those who love You. Amen.
A Prayer for Courage
Lord God, You teach us in Your word to be bold as lions and wise as serpents. Yet, I am lowly and timid. The world has gone mad, and I am scared of what comes next. Lord, put steel into my spine and courage in my heart. Give me hope and endurance to face my fears with boldness, offering up my concerns to You, knowing You care for me. You are the author of life, Lord. Amen.
Fear of Condemnation Prayer
Almighty God, nobody can stand before Your holiness and live. Your law cannot be transgressed, and Your holiness cannot be defiled. For my sins are many, and I am laden with fear of Your name. Yet, You graciously sent Your only begotten son to bear the penalty of sin and save us. There is, therefore, no condemnation for all who believe and call upon the name of Your son, our Lord. Help us to grow in faith in Your unending mercy. Give us peace and reassurance that You remember our sins no longer, and renew our fearful heart. In Your name, we pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Financial Fear
Lord Jesus, following You, entails that we must seek first Your kingdom. When we do this, You have promised to provide for our needs. Yet, I am consumed with financial fears. I pinch every penny and obsess over spending and saving. I am enslaved by my meticulous attention to money and what it provides. I know that this is a grave idol in my life, and I want to be liberated from financial fear and worry. Lord, tear down these other would-be masters in my life. Shape my heart to place Your kingdom at the forefront, and meet all of my needs. Amen.
Fear of the Unknown Prayer
Heavenly Father, send Your Spirit to comfort me, for I am afraid. For life has demanded that I take a step into unfamiliar places, where I have no company and no experience. This troubles me, Lord, as I do not know what to expect or how this will turn out. But You have promised to be with me wherever I go, even through the valley of the shadow of death. Even down to the pit of Sheol, You will go along with me. Lord, make Your presence known to my soul, that I may walk upright and without fear of the unknown. Amen.
Fear of Evil Prayer
Lord, every waking moment is plagued by fear. I can feel the weight of evil upon my shoulders. It bears down on me so that I cannot bear the burden. I am under relentless spiritual attack. You alone have the power to cast away all fear and oppression. In Your name, Your people drive out demons and heal the sick and infirm. Lord, send Your mighty angels to defend Your servant and cast away the oppressive fears, that I might boldly serve as a witness to the truth of Your word. Amen.
A Prayer of Deliverance
Most Merciful God, You created a good and beautiful word. Yet through sin, the world continues to spin out of control. Brother rises against brother. Nation against nation. Mother against daughter. Fear is the currency of all people. There is nobody who trusts, and nobody worthy of trust. I fear my fate and the fate of my family and nation. Yet, within the walls of Your house, there is deliverance and protection from the schemes of the world. You are a mighty fortress, a present help in our time of trouble. Lord, cast away all fear and fill me with Your spirit and strength. Amen.
A Prayer for Clarity Amid Fears
God of Love, it is often our fears that keep us from knowing Your healing. Fear is opposed to intimacy. Like our first parents, it beckons us to run and hide from You. But perfect love casts away all fear and anxiety. Lord, cast out all fear through Your loving spirit. Build me up and uplift me on the wings of a dove. Heal my soul that I might face the day without sin, and bring glory to my Father, who is in heaven. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Victory Over Fear
Almighty Father, when I am too afraid to speak, I pray that You give me the words to cry out to You. I am being crushed under fear. I have neglected all things out of this fear, even my health and well-being. All this, Lord, You do not want for Your people. You came to give life, and for us to live abundantly. Fear is no way to live. Therefore, lift my eyes to You. Allow me to live in the reality of Your victory over sin, death, and the Devil. You have overcome every tribulation in the world. For Yours is the eternal kingdom now and forevermore. Amen.
A Prayer Against the Lies of Fear
Father, Your word is truth. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Although I know Your word to be true, I am overwhelmed by a spirit of deceit. This spirit feeds off of my fears. It knows what I worry about. It understands what makes me restless and uneasy. Lord, through the blood of Your Son Jesus, rebuke this spirit of lies that would have me afraid of You and Your promises. Evict these dark entities from my heart and soul so that I might not live in fear. Amen.
A Prayer for a First Step
Lord Jesus, I am scared and I don’t know quite how to proceed. I can see You ahead. I can hear Your voice. I know what Your word has told me to do, which is to take a step toward You. But I am afraid to take this step toward You. Lord, guide my feet and take control of my life. Give me the strength to step toward You that I might not walk but run into Your arms. Even if my heart resists, Lord, break down all barriers. In Your merciful name, I pray. Amen.
Lord, I am in a battle. A giant stands before me and seeks my destruction. I am as David before Goliath. I tremble in fear. I cannot see how I could ever overcome this on my own. Therefore Lord, come alongside me in this fight. Help me to slay this Goliath in my life. Remove the fear and help me to recognize Your power over even the most formidable of obstacles. Grant this, O Lord. Amen.
Save Me Again Prayer
Almighty Father, You have never failed me. In the darkest of times, You have always come just as the sun rises over the horizon. Yet I am once again in a time of darkness. I have seen Your hand in my life before, but I fear You have forsaken me this time. I fear I have tested Your patience one time too many, and You no longer will deliver me. Lord, forgive me of my sins. Remember not if I have tempted You or took advantage of Your grace. Deliver Your servant again from the clutches of fear. Fill me with the assurance of Your love for me and rescue me from the pit. Amen.
Fear of Persecution Prayer
Lord Jesus, You told us that we would meet tribulation if we were to follow You. You promised us that we would meet resistance. We would be called names and slandered for Your sake. Some may even seek to silence or even kill us. Lord, as this society becomes ever more hostile to Your Church, keep us in the safety of Your hand. Shepherd us through these tumultuous times that we might live without fear. Help us to embrace our calling as members of Your body. You are good and love all. Amen.
Keep Me Steadfast Prayer
Everlasting God, it is so easy for fear to creep into my heart when I have neglected Your kingdom. For Your word keeps me high in Your towers and away from all danger. Yet, when I am far from Your word I am under attack. I am gripped with the fear of this world and am scared of the thoughts and judgments of others. I am haunted by demons and unclean spirits who seek to scare me into hell. Thus, keep me steadfast in Your word and kept safe from all fear and worry. Become a mighty fortress and place of refuge for the protection of my soul. Amen.
A Prayer for Protection in Hostility
Father God, a soldier would never enter into battle without armor. You even give the beasts of the field the means to defend themselves against predators. So it is also that You provide us a shield to take out into the world. Although there is much to be afraid of out in the world, You give us the strength to endure. Your word is like a sword and Your spirit a shield. Though my enemies gang up against me, You keep me safe. You are a God who stands beside me. You do not allow me to be afraid alone. Amen.
God is Greater Than Fear Prayer
Lord, fear is like being a blind man in a pit. Left on my own, I would perish in my despair. But You, Lord, are greater than any human could ever imagine. In the depths of the pit of fear, You give me sight. You make haste to rescue me. You descend to me and uplift me. You set me back on solid ground. In Your merciful presence, no fear may stand. For this, I give You praise. You truly are a God of faithfulness, Lord Jesus. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.