6 Favorite Prayers for Depression and Anxiety

I have many favorite prayers, but I have been reciting these six lately. I thought I’d share them with you.

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.
Amen.

Prayer by Thomas Merton

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this
you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

The Third Step Prayer

God, I offer myself to Thee …
to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self,
that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties,
that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help
of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.
May I do Thy will always!

St. Teresa of Avila’s “Bookmark”

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing.
God alone is changeless
He who has patience wants for nothing
He who has God has all things.
God alone suffices.

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek?to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

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12 thoughts on “6 Favorite Prayers for Depression and Anxiety

  1. Oh Miss Borchard’ what a nice way of therapy through these specifically chosen prayers’
    Specially today I truly needed these calming’ encouraging ‘ uplifting’ hopeful words ‘
    As a recent widow’ going through my grieving and emotional upheavals’ some days are more bearable than others’ Somehow today there were so many triggers and reminders of the forever absence of my one and only love’ my devoted’ supportive husband’ the tears just kept flowing’
    So grateful for your guidance from far far away reaching me in my little corner ‘

    Laura

  2. Thank you so much for sending these, Therese. I wanted you to know how much they meant to me and that you have helped someone out here in the world that you don’t even know………
    and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
    Blessings to you……..

  3. Like others, I have read your articles on depression for several years now and I am finally having the courage to let you know you have saved my life many times, over and over. Your writing connects instantly with my soul and it seems like that is true for many, many others searching for that same connection. Thank you. I stay here another day partly because of you.

  4. Thanks for this post on prayer. Greatful to have found your article on suicide with reference to Robin Williams. Your insight is so valuable, thanks very much!! Plan to get your book, know they will be valuable. God bless

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