Catholic prayer for fear

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Prayer for anxiety worry, and fear as well as Catholic prayer for fear for your family.

But what if there was a way to conquer that fear? What if we could find peace in the midst of all the uncertainty?

Well, there is! And it’s called prayer. Praying for peace is one of the most powerful things you can do to help yourself overcome fear and anxiety. It allows you to connect with God and his love, which can help you feel more grounded and confident in your life.

Fear is a common feeling that many people experience. It can come in many different forms, and it can be triggered by numerous things. There are times when fear can be a good thing, helping us to protect ourselves against danger or harm. But there are also times when fear is not useful or helpful, and when it causes more harm than good. You can find topics like: short prayer to overcome fear, prayer for anxiety worry and fear and prayer for fear and uncertainty on our site.

This blog will explore some of the ways we can overcome our fears and learn to live without them.

Catholic prayer for fear

Dear Lord,

I am afraid of many things. I fear that someone will break into my home while I am asleep and harm me or my family. I fear that my health will fail me and that I will be unable to take care of myself. Most of all, Lord, I fear death.

You alone know the true nature of our existence and the purpose for which we were created. Please help me to have the courage to live in the light of your truth and to trust in your goodness no matter what happens in this world. Help me to accept whatever comes my way with peace, grace, and gratitude.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

We all feel anxiety at times for different kinds of reasons. At Hallow, we believe prayer is a component of supporting and strengthening mental health, but we also know it isn’t a standalone solution. If you are experiencing severe depression, severe anxiety, or simply need support, we urge you to reach out to a mental health professional in your area.

This being said, we hope these prayers for anxiety might help provide solace, consistency or lead you out of moments of pain, suffering, or discomfort. Most importantly, we hope these prayers remind us that we are never alone in this world — we always have God and an army of Saints behind us.

Anxiety doesn’t go away with a prayer like magic, but it might help us find support and love in our faith — to ultimately lighten our burdens.

short prayer to overcome fear

May the Lord be with you. May your spirit be renewed as you seek His guidance and protection in all things. May this day bring you peace, courage, and a sense of purpose. And may it be a reminder that no matter how dark things may seem, the light has always been there—and it will continue to shine through.

Dear God,

I know that you are the source of all strength. I ask you to grant me the courage and wisdom to face my fears with confidence. Help me to face my fears without fear, knowing that you will be there with me every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, amen

Dear God,

I ask that you help me overcome my fears. I know that you are with me, and I trust in your guidance. Help me to feel your love and strength in this situation. Thank you for everything you do for me. Amen

prayer for anxiety worry and fear

Dear Lord,

I pray that you find me worthy of your love.

I pray that you protect me from my own fear, and help me to conquer the fear that I have been taught to feel by those who do not recognize your great love for us.

I pray that you help me to be more like you, and that you help me recognize when I am not acting like you would want me to act.

I pray that you give me strength during this time of anxiety and worry, so that I may be able to overcome these challenges without succumbing to them.

Help me see the world as it truly is: a place where there are many opportunities for growth and self-development, but also a place where there are many challenges which must be overcome in order for us to become stronger people.

Dear God,

I come to you with all of my worries, fears and anxieties. I am so full of worry that sometimes it feels like I will burst. I feel like there’s not enough room in my heart for me to worry about all the things I need to be worrying about. Lord, please help me find peace in your presence as I seek your counsel on how to be more at ease with life and less concerned about what may or may not happen tomorrow.

I ask that you help me see things from a different perspective today. Please give me the ability to see the world through your eyes instead of through mine. Let me feel your love for me and let me know that no matter what happens in this life, you will always be there for me. If you would please help relieve some of my anxiety and fear today by taking away some of the stressors in my life, then I would be eternally grateful and thankful!

Dear God,

I come to you today with a prayer of worry and fear. I feel like my life is out of control and I don’t know what to do. I feel like my anxiety is getting the best of me, and I hope that you can help me through this time. Please let me know if there’s anything that I can do to help myself in this situation. Thank you for all that you do, especially for your infinite love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen

prayer for fear and uncertainty

Dear God,

I have felt a great deal of fear and uncertainty in my life. I pray that you would give me the strength to face it, because I know that you have a plan for me.

I have felt insecure about my future, and I know that you have given me a purpose in this world. Please help me to see the good in myself and the people around me.

I have worried about what others think of me, but your love is infinite. Please increase my faith and help me to trust in you completely.

I have been afraid of failure, but failure is not an option for those who are blessed by your presence every day. Please give me patience and courage so that I can overcome any challenge with grace and humility.

Dear God,

I just want to say thank you for everything. I’m so grateful for all the blessings in my life, and I’m trying to be a good person. But sometimes, I feel like I’m not doing enough. And then it scares me.

I know that you love us unconditionally, but even though we know that, it’s still hard to let go of fear and uncertainty. So please help me to trust in your plan for me—no matter what happens next. Help me to see how this trial will make me stronger in the end.

I know that you’re bigger than any obstacle or challenge that comes my way, and I know that you have something better planned for me than anything my mind can imagine or my heart desire. And so today, I’m asking for your help in letting go of fear and embracing the opportunity for growth that is always present when we take risks in life. Please help me to see this situation as an opportunity rather than an obstacle; help me to see every step forward as another chance to grow into who You created me to be!

Dear God,

I come to you today with a heavy heart. I am struggling with fear and uncertainty. I don’t know what the future holds for me, or how I will get through this time.

Please help me to see that you are with me always. Please give me the courage and strength to face my fears and uncertainties head-on, trusting in your guidance and love for me.

Thank you for listening to my prayers, even if they are not perfect or eloquent. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, even when I fail to do the same.

Bible verses to ease your anxiety

We know praying with a verse might not make something you’re struggling with instantly go away. However, we hope these verses remind you that God is always with you — in good times and in bad. Consider choosing a verse each day, week, or month to memorize or reread multiple times. It might not take your anxiety away in full, but it might help relieve it at the moment.

1 Peter 5:6-7

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Romans 8:38-39

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:28

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Psalm 23:1-4

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
     he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.

 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff—
    they comfort me.”

Saint prayers for anxiety

Let us think only of spending the present day well. Then, when tomorrow shall have come, it will be called TODAY, and then, we will think about it. 

St. Francis de Sales

When you say these prayers for anxiety, remember that you are never alone. There are thousands of others praying them with you, as well as the Saints who wrote them in their own moments and seasons of struggling. All of these Saint prayers for anxiety can be found in the Saints Challenge on Hallow.

Pray with the Saints on Hallow

Let Nothing Disturb You (St. Teresa of Avila)

This prayer reminds us that this earthly life is temporary; everything in this life shall pass, but God is eternal.

Let nothing disturb you, 
Let nothing frighten you, 
All things are passing away: 
God never changes. 
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing; 
God alone suffices.

Surrender (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

This prayer reminds us that God gave us everything, and it is to Him that we can return it all.

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
My memory, my understanding,
And my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
That is enough for me.

Be at Peace (St. Francis de Sales)

In this prayer, St. Francis de Sales helps us remember that God is with us today, and He will be with us tomorrow, too. This is a prayer to help us grow our trust in God and give over our anxieties to Him.

Be at peace.

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
Rather look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things.

And when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
The same everlasting Father who cares for you today
Will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering,
Or give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
And put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

Stay With Me, Lord (St. Padre Pio)

This prayer from Pio is our call on God to simply be present with us. As we pray, we recognize that we were never, are never, and never will be alone — God is always with us.

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and to be in Your company always.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.

Holy Spirit, Come Into My Heart (St. Catherine of Siena)

When we are at a loss for words, we can always call on the Holy Spirit. This prayer for love and guidance is similar to a short prayer we say at Hallow often: “Come, Holy Spirit.”

Holy Spirit, come into my heart;
Draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God,
And grant me charity with filial fear.

Preserve me, O beautiful love, from every evil thought;
Warm me, inflame me with Thy dear love,
And every pain will seem light to me.
My Father, my sweet Lord, help me in all my actions.

Jesus, love. 
Jesus, love. 

Types of prayers for anxiety

These prayers, meditations, and methods might ease your anxiety or lead you to a clearer understanding of both mind and heart.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a meditative way of reading Scripture in which we focus on listening rather than speaking while we rest with God. In times of anxiety, praying Lectio Divina with relevant Scripture might help ease pain or discomfort. You can read more on drawing comfort from Scripture here and hear some suggestions that might speak to you. (Hint: the Psalms, the Gospels, and the Book of Job are all good places to start.)

Daily Examen

The Daily Examen is a reflective prayer that helps us notice where God moved throughout our day. For this reason, it’s usually prayed at night. However, depending on when a prayer for anxiety might work best for you, you can adapt it to fit your needs. For Mental Health Awareness month, Hallow recognized the Examen as a tool for strengthening mental health. Exchanging anxiety for gratitude isn’t easy, and we recognize that. However, we believe that this practice grows our capacity to slow down, reflect, and appreciate where God moves throughout our daily lives.

In Hallow, we offer several Examens in our various Praylists, praying for Calm, Hope, Humility, Gratitude, and more.

Pray the Daily Examen with Hallow

Before sleep

Do you ever struggle to get to sleep at night? Finding serenity before falling asleep is a daily battle for many of us, whether it be from worrying about tomorrow’s to-do list or dwelling on events from the day. The period of the day when most people experience anxiety is right before bedtime. When you lay your head on the pillow, we urge you to pray. Your anxiety might not be immediately relieved or prevented, but it might serve as a reminder that you are never alone. You can always recite a decade of the Rosary or just the Hail Mary till you nod off if you find comfort in praying with Mary.

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. 

We hope these methods and prayers for anxiety support you in truly resting with God. Remember, He always meets us where we are.

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