Jessica Van Roekel | Crosswalk.com, Contributing Writer
The power of praying for calm does more than change our circumstances—it changes us. We find we experience a shift in perspective. It provides a place of stillness for our souls so that we can settle the racing thoughts. It allows an anxious heart to settle into a rhythm that beats in time to the drum of God’s faithfulness.
Stress fills this life. Any change in our lives, good or bad, brings a form of stress. There’s good stress and bad stress. We experience anxiety, hardship, fear, strain, and worry that threatens our sense of calm—but God is with us.
God with us is one of the central messages in the Bible. If God is with us, then we can rest in the assurance that we are not alone when stress comes banging at our heart’s door. And when it inevitably does, here are 7 prayers for calm:
Prayer for Calm in the Middle of Stressful Storms
Lord, sometimes I forget that following you means trusting you to guide me safely to shore. The disciples in Luke 8:22-25 got in the boat because they trusted you and knew your heart for them. They didn’t expect danger and I didn’t either when I set out on this journey. I’m taken by surprise when a storm blows through the very path you’ve directed me to take. Somehow, I’ve lulled myself into thinking that if you’ve directed it then my way will be storm-free.
I realize that’s not the case, so I appeal to you to calm my storm the way you did for the disciples. Lord, speak to the wind and waves and say, “Peace.” I fear I won’t make it through to the other side if you don’t intervene. Speak peace and let there be calm. Grow my faith as I trust in you. Amen.
“The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.”
Prayer for Calm in a Stressful Desert
Lord, I find myself stuck in the desert place. My way seems littered with sharp rocks and every step I take fills me with pain. I’m searching for peace and refreshment and I can’t seem to find my way. My heart races—wondering if you’ve left me stranded here and if I will ever reach a spacious place of beauty and rest.
I pray that you would calm my heart’s frantic search for you. Let your peace overtake me as I remember that you lead me out of deserts to green pastures. Help me see how you turn my desert into a place of lush meadows. Calm my heart as I follow you.
“As they pass through the valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength till each appears before God in Zion.”
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”
Prayer for Calm When Facing a Stressful Enemy
Lord, I’m surrounded by my enemies and I don’t see an escape route. Do I give up or stand and fight? I’m not sure I can make my way through, but I know you can. I close my eyes and still my soul because you are my hiding place. You are my refuge and you make a way. Sometimes the way is through, and other times it’s retreat. But there’s another option.
In the presence of my enemies, you set a table filled with abundant goodness, joy, power, and peace. You invite me to feast without fear that my enemies will overcome me. You meet me here, in the midst of this stressful experience, and you provide enough of what I need.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” CrossWalk