If you or someone you care for is struggling with anxiety or depression, you’re not alone. While you may feel like you’re the only one in this deep, dark valley, God reminds us to give our anxieties to him. He’s right there—walking next to us—no matter how scary our path is. While anxiety disorders and severe depression require the help of a trained mental-health counselor, and sometimes medication, we at Abide also know that biblical meditation can help ease anxious minds.
When you’re overwhelmed with anxious thoughts or simply can’t spend another second in this darkness alone, use these healing prayers for anxiety and depression to help you find your strength again. Choose a prayer below or click play on one of the guided prayer meditations, and let’s pray together for healing and peace.
Prayers and Meditations for Anxiety and Depression
A Prayer to Redeem Your Pain
Lord, I long to have a new self. I long to put away my old self that is full of doubt, fear, and disillusionment. To put on the fruit of your Spirit, which is full of love, joy, and peace. I know I can’t do this by sheer will power. I need the power of your Holy Spirit to guide, direct, and transform me. I long for that and pray for it confidently. In Jesus’s name, amen.
Now listen to the 2-minute version of this meditation with Abide narrator James Seawood about the beauty in brokenness from Psalm 103 .
A Prayer for Renewed Strength
Lord Jesus, please renew my mind, that I may think the holy and good thoughts of a redeemed child. Please secure the helmet of salvation upon me so I am never without protection. I now put on the breastplate of righteousness. Holy Spirit, come and fill me now. Give me strength for the battle and endurance to seek your will. Graciously release your gifts of faith, hope and love, discernment and praise. Help me to pick up the sword of the Spirit to cut down and clear away all that is not of you. Keep me rooted in your living Word that is sharper than a two-edged sword against my enemy. In Jesus, the Messiah’s name, I pray. Amen.
Now listen to the 2-minute version of this meditation with Abide narrator Bonnie Curry on Isaiah 40:31.
A Prayer for Uncertainty
Heavenly Father, when I look at all the threats around me, all the uncertainties and things I can’t control, I feel afraid and overwhelmed. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to teach me how to walk by faith even when the waves are choppy and the winds are high. Help me to keep my gaze focused on Him. It’s in Jesus’s name that I pray: amen.
Now listen to the 2-minute version of this meditation with Abide narrator Chloë Elmore based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
A Prayer for a Renewed Mind
Dear Heavenly Father, sometimes my thoughts spin out of control, to anxiety or comparison or anger, instead of turning to you. I want you to rule in my heart and my mind. I want my thoughts to be led by your truth. As I pray today, renew my mind and break down any strongholds that try to control me. In the name of Jesus I pray: amen.
Now listen to the 2-minute version of this meditation with Leslie Nease on Romans 12:2.
A Prayer to Calm Your Mind
God, my mind is not always a peaceful place. I’m distracted and busy with so many things. Sometimes I act as if I can save myself, if I just work hard enough and remember all the right things. Help me instead to trust in you for my salvation, and to replace my worries with your peace. And help me to bring your peace to others as I trust in you. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.
Now listen to the 2-minute version of this meditation with Tyler based on Isaiah 26:3.
A Prayer for Faith Amidst Fear
Mighty God, I’m bringing my body, my emotions, my will, and my mind before you now. You know the battles I’m fighting. You know the fears that I fall into so easily. Please give me strength to take the next steps of faith you’re calling me to. Purify my mind. I’m asking this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Now listen to the 2-minute version of this meditation with Tyler on 2 Timothy 1:7.
If you’re struggling with anxiety and depression, please take the necessary step of talking to a professional mental health counselor. And then every day, take time to pause what you’re doing and take some time for biblical meditation. Check out all the features and 5-star reviews in the App Store or Google Play, then use this link to received 25% off a premium subscription. Your premium subscription will gain you access to our entire library of more than 1500 full-length biblical meditations and 350+ bedtime stories designed comfort you and help you fall asleep faster. Join the thousands of other users who are stressing less and living better with Abide.