Prayer for coping with stress

Calmness Prayers


  • On This Day ...
  • Let Go
  • Slow Me Down
  • Lightening the Load
  • Your Peace
  • I Want To Be Available
  • Push My Buttons
  • A Prayer for Inner Peace
  • A Christian Prayer for Peace of Mind
  • A Prayer to Heal Stress
  • Prayer for Peace and Calm
  • Within Our Reach: Joy
  • A Prayer for Calmness

See Also

  • Coronavirus Prayers
  • Peace Prayers
  • Discernment Prayers
  • Humility Prayers
  • Strength Prayers

On This Day....

Mend a quarrel
Search out a forgotten friend
Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust
Write a love letter
Share some treasures
Give a soft answer
Encourage youth

Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed
Keep a promise
Find the time
Forego a grudge
Forgive an enemy
Apologize if you were wrong

Try to understand
Flout envy
Examine your demands on others
Think first of someone else
Appreciate, be kind, be gentle
Laugh a little more.
Deserve confidence

Take up arms against malice
Decry complacency
Express your gratitude
Worship your God
Gladden the heart of a child
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth

Speak your love
Speak it again
Speak it still again
Speak it still once again....

 ~Author Unknown

Let Go  

Dear God,

It’s difficult to fully let go of our anxiety, or the world around us when we can’t see evidence of all that you’re doing – when we can’t understand or see your purpose or plan. Today, we pause and remind ourselves of our dependency on you, for we know in our hearts that our circumstances and futures are touched by your hands.

Isaiah 55:8 reminds us that our thoughts are not your thoughts – and that our ways are not your ways. When we are struggling to see clearly and make decisions, we are not alone and that inner peace is something only you can supply.

So today Lord, we purposefully, even urgently, say again that we choose to believe in you. We know that it’s often in the most challenging times that you are most at work. Thank you for being the one who gives us the strength to help each other and to see distinctly the choices we face. As we scan our personal horizons, we know that we also must look to you alone for the power and possibility that is our future.

We ask for your guidance so that we might walk fully in your path – a path that you have blessed. We also ask for your face to shine on us – individually, and as a team of colleagues and partners.

Please bring to fulfillment all that you have given us to do in the weeks ahead. Give us a heart of wisdom to hear your voice; and then make our footsteps firm. Please make us strong through your favor and grace.


- Offered by Greg Christopher

Slow Me Down 

Slow me down, Lord!                                                      
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my harried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.

Give me,
Amidst the confusions of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music 
Of the singing streams
That live in my memory.

Help me to know
The magical power of sleep,
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations 
Of slowing down
To look at a flower;
To chat with an old friend 
Or make a new one;
To pet a dog;
To watch a spider build a web;
To smile at a child;
Or to read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me each day
That the race is not always won by the swift;
That there is more to life 
Than increasing its speed.

Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.

Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life's enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of our greater destiny.

- Offered by Dave Johnson and Kyra Shahid; Written by Orin L. Crain

Lightening the Load

The first thing we have to do
is to notice
that we’ve loaded down this camel
with so much baggage
we’ll never get through the desert alive.
Something has to go.

Then we can begin to dump
the thousand things
we’ve brought along
until even the camel has to go
and we’re walking barefoot
on the desert sand.

There’s no telling what will happen then.
But I’ve heard that someone,
walking in this way,
has seen a burning bush.

- Francis Dorff, O. Praem

Your Peace

God, who is more than we can ever comprehend,
help us to seek you,
and you alone.
Help us to stand before all that we could do
and seek what you would do,
and do that.
Lift from us our need to achieve all that we can be
and instead,
surrender to what you can be in us.
Give us ways to refrain from the busyness
that will put us on edge and off center,
give us today your peace.

- Author Unknown

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I Want To Be Available

Holy and perfect God,
you know I want to be available.
Help that desire sink deeply enough into my being
for me to actually change
and to say "no" to a least one worthy, but not urgent, task today.
Give me the ability to be open to the life I am leading;
not the one I am planning to lead.

- Author Unknown

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Push My Buttons Prayer

Lord, it's likely that sometime today
someone will push my buttons
challenge my good will
misread my intentions
tick me off
try my patience
rattle my cage
judge me in haste
test my kindness
or do all of the above...

Give me the grace I'll need at such times
to respond with patience
to trust and accept
to listen carefully
to reach out in peace
to be fair and just
to anctipate goodness
in all my words and deeds. ..

I know this is a lot to ask, Lord,
but I need your help
to do for others
as I'd have them do for me...


- Rev. Austin Fleming

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A Prayer for Inner Peace

Lord, please put Your peace in my heart.
I'm worried and anxious.
My mind races and obsesses.
I can't help thinking about my problems.
And the more I think about them,
the more depressed I become.
I feel like I'm sinking down in quicksand
and can't get out.
Calm me, Lord.
Slow me down, put Your peace in my heart.

No matter what problem I have, Lord,
You are bigger,
You are more powerful than it is.
So I bring my problem to You.
I know what I want.
I know my will.
I do not know Yours.
I do not know how You will use this problem for my salvation.
I do not know what good You will workout from this evil.
But I trust You.
I trust Your goodness and Your wisdom.
So I place myself in Your hands.
Please fill my heart with peace.

- Author Unknown

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A Christian Prayer for Peace of Mind

Almighty God, We bless you for our lives, we give you praise for your abundant mercy and grace we receive. We thank you for your faithfulness even though we are not that faithful to you.
Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us all around peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit. We want you to heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives.
Please guide our path through life and make our enemies be at peace with us. Let your peace reign in our family, at our place of work, businesses and everything we lay our hands on.
Let your angels of peace go ahead of us when we go out and stay by our side when we return.
In Jesus' name,

- Author Unknown

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A Prayer to Heal Stress

Loving God, please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart. My soul is like a turbulent sea. I can't seem to find my balance so I stumble and worry constantly. Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you've laid out for me. I trust your Love God, and know that you will heal this stress. Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night. Please bring me clarity with the light of God.
In your name I pray,

- Author Unknown

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Prayer for Peace and Calm

Dear Lord and Father of humankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

- John Greenleaf Whittier

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Within Our Reach: Joy

There is nothing I can give you which you have not;
But there is much, very much, that while I cannot give,
You can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.
Take heaven!
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant.
Take peace!
The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our
Reach is joy.
Take joy!
There is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see,
And to see we have only to look.
I beseech you to look!
Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by the covering,
Cast them away as ugly, or heavy, or hard.
Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor,
Woven of love, by wisdom, with power.
Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand
That brings it to you.
Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty
Believe me, that angel's hand is there, the gift is there,
And the wonder of an overshadowing presence.
Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys.
They, too, conceal diviner gifts.
Life is so full of meaning and purpose,
So full of beauty beneath its covering-
That you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.
And so, at this time, I greet you.
Not quite as the world sends greetings,
But with profound esteem
And with the prayer that for you, now and forever,
The day breaks, and all the shadows flee away.

- Fra Giovanni, Christmas Eve, 1513 A.D.

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Prayer for Calmness

As he sat by the river,
the eyes of his understanding began to be opened;
not that he saw any vision,
but he understood and learnt many things,
both spiritual matters and matters of faith and of scholarship,
and this with so great an enlightenment
that everything seemed new to him.

- Ignatius of Loyola, The Autobiography

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21 Words for Coping with Stress

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Quick, simple prayers for coping when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Maybe your life is all sunshine and cotton candy. No shadows, no sadness, no stress.

Well, good for you. Feel free to move along, because the rest of us are dealing with stress—lots of it for some of us. And at times it feels like we’re about to buckle under.

But that’s why I’m so happy that I can turn to God in prayer, even though at times, when I’m super stressed, the words don’t come easily. When that happens, I call on just a few go-to prayers. Short ones. One word. Two. The longest is only six words. Sometimes I pray just one, over and over. Other times, I pray several, in order, more or less. See if any of these prayers for coping with stress help you:

A 1-word prayer: Breathe
Sometimes when I’m stressed, I hold my breath. I don’t even know I’m doing it. But when I realize it, I remind myself and turn it into a prayer of sorts: “Breathe.” My wife’s watch even reminds her to breathe! It’s a helpful practice. Stop. Slow down. Breathe. 

A 2-word prayer: Hide me
David sang, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17:8, NIV). Oh, I pray that often, and I frequently condense it and simplify it into just two words: “Hide me.” While the storm rages. Until the storm passes. Until the stress evaporates like summer rain on a hot sidewalk.

A 3-word prayer: Peace be still
When His closest friends were stressed and scared by a storm at sea, Jesus rebuked the storm, saying, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39, KJV). And the squall surrendered. It’s a great prayer at any time, for any soul in stress: “Peace. Be still.”

A 4-word prayer: I come to You
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT). Remember these words in the midst of a stressful situation, and pray, “I come to You.” Let Him give rest to your soul.

A 5-word prayer: My help is in You
On one occasion, I was so stressed—panicked, even—that I spent a half hour on my face on the floor of my study, praying, “My help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (see Psalm 124:8). Over and over. Until my heart and mind began to agree with my lips and my voice. And calm and hope returned to my soul.

A 6-word prayer: I have calmed and quieted myself
One of the shortest psalms in the Bible, Psalm 131, is a lullaby. I love it and pray it often when I’m stressed—especially the second verse:

But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content (Psalm 131:2, NIV).

The picture is that of a child contentedly snuggling with its mother, not complaining or clamoring, but simply and completely content to be in its mother’s arms. Those six words—“I have calmed and quieted myself”—remind me that I am in the arms of a loving and protective God, a realization that relieves stress and revives my soul.

That’s it. Altogether, just 21 words. But they do often soothe me and save me from stress. I hope they do the same for you.

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Prayer addressed to oneself or a conspiracy against stress

Prayer is seen differently for everyone. For some, this is an obligatory, but unconscious ritual, someone speaks like this with their God, some are thus distracted from everyday hard work and meditate in unison with their soul. But few people think that prayer can help with stress and severe nervous strain. In this case, you do not need to look for any specific headings, but you just need to follow some rules and the words uttered for your own good will be heard.

Man needs tangible beacons if he wanders in the dark sea of ​​despair. And prayer is just a reliable helper, because when there are no means left, the search for peace can begin through those tools that millions of people resort to.

But a piece of paper that is not covered with letters can help - faith helps a person, it is not in vain that it is said that it is given by faith. And this is interpreted in such a way that it is the person who believes in success who will find deliverance. Prayer is akin to conversations with God, it gives a person the opportunity to speak out and reveal all his innermost secrets to that interlocutor who will never judge. Because, in fact, there is a confession to oneself, and many critical moments come out.

Prayer for stress helps, because it is an extremely intimate process, and there is an awareness of moments that were previously inaccessible.

For people who find their peace in such a ritual, this process becomes a safe haven in which to relax from everyday stress.

But in order for the procedure itself to serve as a relief from stress, it is necessary to draw some boundaries between everyday activities and the time when you can pronounce words directed to God.

It will be most effective if you indicate some moments that give a signal to the subconscious, for example:

  • a certain time of the day chosen for prayer;
  • clothes in which a person comes only to pray;
  • a place where there is everything you need to read the sacred texts.

And then the consciousness will quickly adapt and switch from mundane matters to matters that relate to the restoration of spiritual balance.

Under this common denominator, a large number of texts have been collected through which people communicate with God. Any religion interprets how to arrange a place, and what time to choose for reading a prayer. But in order to read prayers correctly, and they have benefited, it is not enough just to observe the appropriate environment.

First you need to find the root of the problem, namely, before pronouncing the cherished words, you should think about what is the root cause that caused such a storm of negative emotions that hang in clusters of a growing nervous breakdown.

You can start researching a problem by describing your condition on a piece of paper, and then, stepping back, you can think about what sacred text would be appropriate and reflect the situation. A correctly chosen prayer gives a better result, and even a poem can become a prayer in such a situation. But the reverse situation is also possible: if you do not put your soul into this moment, even the most powerful prayer will become just a text.

Even in moments of depression, when treatment is powerless, if a prayer is woven into the strings of a wounded soul, then a period of enlightenment may come, and the needy will emerge from the turbidity of his consciousness to see the light.

So, before asking for help, you should realize the reason for your condition and find those words that will reflect the true will of the person asking for help.

A prayer recited to protect oneself from fear, or a mantra recited to get rid of stress, is always addressed to some deity, personifying the path to salvation that a person is looking for.

But, sometimes, the search for the right image, with which you can agree, so that peace comes in life, nullifies the desired result. This is how a new stressful concept is introduced - by all means, you need to find the force that will help you cope with stress and put everything in its place. But it's not. The strength of a person is within himself, and in order to avoid nervous overload, you do not need to look for protection and a solution to the problem on the side, you first need to understand the cause within yourself.

A meditative walk through the labyrinth, in which a person with stress is locked up alone, sometimes gives the most unexpected answers, and the way out is found by itself.

And it also happens with prayers to God or other powers. It is necessary to understand with what specific issue the search for contact is being made. Having read the book, but without delving into the context, one cannot say: “I read this book”, rather flipped through, but thoughts and feelings at that time were in a completely different place.

It is the same with appeals dressed in the form of a prayer - whoever the short message is intended for, it is necessary to delve into the meaning. And then the transmitted text will settle in the subconscious, and it will already work at the right time.

When a person listens to prayers or reads them, in most cases, he expects an enlightened state or inspiration to descend on him. And when this does not happen, it seems that this method of dealing with stress does not work, because there is no expected effect.

But if you look closely at your inner feelings and the response of your physical body, you can clearly see how the inner world responds to reading prayers.

Sometimes when reading the sacred texts of a person covers:

  • drowsiness:
  • headache begins;
  • there is a feeling of heaviness;
  • stomachache.

And this is a good sign, no matter how illogical this behavior of the body may seem. This is how negative energy comes out.

After all, a person is not surprised when on the physical plane, before a wound is healed, it is treated and healed for a long time - so the inner sphere must first be cleansed, and only then filled with light.

And the shortest way for the Divine or Cosmic energy to find a quick way when reading prayers by a person is a conscious cleansing before turning to God.

When leaving home, a person dresses according to the following parameters:

  • weather conditions;
  • time of day;
  • the event that prompted this action.

That is, there are certain actions that prepare for the upcoming event for a certain period of time. And in order to change clothes and bring yourself into the appropriate form, there is always time.

It should be the same with prayer. It is necessary to clear your mind of all vain moments, put aside all business and conversations and get in touch with yourself.

Cleansing technique before prayer.

  1. Sit quietly for a few minutes.
  2. Now you need to focus on the flow of thoughts. They need to be sorted out.
  3. Regular breathing will help you concentrate.
  4. It is worth considering the question to which you want to receive an answer, and for which a prayer is said.

Of course, this is the easiest way to achieve the necessary state for reading a prayer, but for someone who is just starting on this path, this technique will be a good help.

Turning to prayer scriptures is not a panacea! Simply mumbling without meaning and understanding the process will only waste time. But if you set aside a little time in your busy schedule, then gradually focusing on prayers will give a good result and gently push stress to the farthest plane.

The most powerful prayer (The best way to deal with stress)

Do you ever get stressed?
Probably, there are.
Everyone has them.

The best way to deal with stress is prayer.

The topic of prayer is limitless.

Consider here only a small episode - prayer under great stress.

Those methods and practices that I will tell you about are methods that I have thought over and tested for not even a year or two, but more than a dozen years.

And all possible and accessible literature on this subject has been re-read.

But nowhere have I come across just a brief description of extremely specific, proven methods.
So we will formulate at the end of this article such a description of the method of strong prayer, short, practical, in a few lines.

Somehow a friend who now lives in America told me that crime there is much higher than in our country.

I guessed:
- This is probably because you have a cult of money, and you have to get money in any way?

And he:
- No, the reason is that there is much more stress in America. And from them - more crime.

So he thinks.
He knows better, he lived in Russia, and now - in a small town in America.
And even in a small town high crime and high stress.

Everyone has stress.
We talked about this several times (interesting links are given below).

But every time you come to the conclusion:
- The best way to deal with stress is prayer.

Pray - and you will overcome stress.
And if you don't win?

Pray twice as much.
And if you still don't win?

Pray. And we'll tell you how.

Do you ever have such all-consuming stresses that sweep away everything in their path?

In this case, there is a method of gradual prayer - How to purify the soul if the flow of passions is overwhelming?

What to do if you pray all day long, but there is no point - too much stress?

Are there any powerful methods?

I have always thought and I think now that the power of prayer is enormous, but if it is not enough, then it is stronger - only the prayer that you have been praying every day for the last 10 years until today.

That is, if you decide to pray for the first time today, your prayer is weak.

But if you prayed 10 years before and did it well, then your prayer today is a thousand times stronger.

Here we take the average case.

We do not take the case of God's grace, when a person received his sight in one day and became a saint.
It's good for him - to whom the grace of God.

But none of us is holy, all are sinners.

To receive God's grace is like receiving a rich inheritance.
But who does not have a guaranteed inheritance - he needs to work and work.

I travel a lot by car.
My favorite phrase about cars:
The only sure way to arrive early is to leave early.

And there is only one way to pray well today - you need to pray the whole year before this, and preferably all 10 years before that.

So the secret of prayer is both simple and complex at the same time.

Simple - because it sounds simple,
but complicated - because try to pray for 10 years.

That's all right.

But maybe there are methods to somehow pray especially strongly if the stress is very strong?

We understand that we should have thought earlier, that we should have prayed 10 years before.

But what is - that is.
You can't change the past, but you need to overcome stress or a whole brigade of devils today, right now.

What to do?

In this case, there are such methods of strengthening prayer:

1. The rosary helps a lot to focus on prayer.
For me - wooden rosaries for 100 peas are the best.

2. If the prayer is going hard and you can't get rid of obsessive thoughts - the most powerful way:
record your favorite prayer on a recorder.

I usually use the voice recorder on my smartphone. It's pretty loud and has a pretty good microphone.
You can burn a prayer to a disc.
I recorded a disc of prayers for myself in order to listen in the car on the road or in a traffic jam.
You can use either the prayer of the Optina elders or the 50th psalm, everyone chooses to their liking.

When praying, be sure to keep your eyes open, even better - look at the icon.
Through experience, I found that if you close your eyes, it is much more difficult to keep your thoughts on prayer.
I love the Old Novgorod icon of the Savior. But this is very individual for everyone, everyone chooses his own.

And in parallel with the prayer from the recorder, one must also pray another prayer (short and easy to pronounce, so as not to stray, the best of all is the Jesus Prayer).
And you need to pray with the rosary.

Our head is arranged in such a way that when we think one thing (or pray), that is, the second level of our consciousness, where other thoughts wander, there is also a third level, but it is already weaker.
On one level we are praying, but on another level our thoughts wander:
- Did I turn off the iron?
- Doesn't the neighbor in the garden steal cucumbers from us?

And if we occupy the first level with a short prayer, and at the second level we have a prayer from a voice recorder, then it will be much more difficult for all sorts of rubbish thoughts and all sorts of distractions to penetrate and survive in our consciousness.

This is the most powerful way to use at home.

It is clear that even stronger is to go to pray on Mount Athos or on Valaam.

But prayer is needed more often than we get a chance to get there.


A short way of strong prayer:

1. Icon (I usually take the icon of the Old Novgorod Savior, but each has his own)
2. Prayer of the Optina Elders on the recorder (each has his own prayer).
3. We read the Jesus Prayer aloud ourselves.
4. Rosary for 100 peas. 1 prayer - 1 pea.

We pray for at least 15 minutes, normally - an hour.
If it's still hard, repeat again in the evening.

UPD 06.06.15

I would add two more important points:

1. It is especially important - the more you practice, the more it helps, the more effective prayer is.
I wrote this post in 2012. And now I'm reading - everything is very relevant.
But now I have a little more experience. And prayer is much more effective.
It somehow imperceptibly affects, but it is very well felt.

2. Now, in case of severe stress, I would also use a technique that is not explicitly mentioned here - the "pilot chute" technique.
That is, in the most difficult situation, one must first pray for about 5 minutes.
But it will be - "pilot chute".
It will start acting on its own.
After 5 minutes of prayer, which will go badly and will not give a noticeable effect, you need to wait a while, going about your business. 10-20-40 minutes.
And then he will pray again, a little longer.
The condition will be much better.
If it's still hard and the prayer doesn't go, then take a break again. Then again and again.
By the third or fourth time, we will feel that we are coping with the situation.

Links - How to purify the soul if the flow of passions overwhelms? - About the power of influence


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