6 Scriptures to Pray When You Need Peace
I am so tired by the time the clock tells me that it is time for bed. I have worked hard at my job all day, I have run errands after work, cooked dinner, spent time writing, and now it is finally that glorious moment when I can crawl under the covers and drift off into a deep peaceful sleep.
Except....that doesn't happen.
As tired as I am, I find myself lying there wide awake; my body tired, my mind racing. I never used to be this way. When I was younger, I could sleep anywhere at anytime. Something has changed as I have gotten older. I find that I over-think and over-worry about things more than I ever have.
I have trouble finding peace.
There is something about the darkness that makes it all seem so much worse. Maybe it is because the devil lives and thrives in the darkness. Sometimes I think he just waits until the lights go out so he can start the battle inside my mind.
When I find myself in this cycle of worry and no sleep, I must ask myself why? Why am I worried? Why do I fear? Why do I stress about the little things? This is when I must do a real heart check. Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:6, "Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything." Could Paul be suggesting that we have the ability to never worry? Is that even possible?
Worry is an unfortunate part of our flawed human nature, and when we allow our human nature to take control of our mind, we are choosing the role of being our own savior. When we worry and have fear, we are operating without faith. We are essentially telling God that we don't trust Him to handle every situation in our lives; and that we can handle it on our own.
Fear says I'm in control...Faith says God is in control.
What choice are we going to make?
I want to be so strong in my faith that I can confidently say that I don't worry about anything, but I pray about everything. I am a work in progress. If never worrying is the summit of Mt. Everest, I'm still at base camp sitting in my tent. But, I want to be stronger, and so I ask myself how can I be stronger in my faith?
I believe the key is found in Romans 10:17, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." If I don't make time to be in God's word, how can I expect to be living a life trusting instead of worrying? If I am not spending time in prayer and communication with Him, how can I expect to turn my panic into praise?
When I meditate on His Word, panic does turn into praise, and praise turns into peace, and peace brings me to the place where I can finally close my eyes and my body and mind are at rest. "Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds all understanding." Philippians 4:7.
One of the most powerful weapons we have over the enemy is the power of the Word of God. When you are in a place of worry or fear, pray these scriptures over yourself and over your situations.
Psalm 29:11—"The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace."
Psalm 85:8—"I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants."
Isaiah 26:3—"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you."
John 14:27—"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
John 16:33—I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Philippians 4:6-7—"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
The next time that the enemy comes to battle with your mind and steal your peace, read these scriptures out loud and declare with a voice of triumph that you have put your faith in God and you trust that He is working all things together for your good. And in all things...pray and find the peace that passes all understanding.
All scripture references are from the English Standard Version
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Susie O'Neal is the founder of Between the Gardens Ministry, LLC. Her heart is dedicated to encouraging believers with the truth of God's holy Word.
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