Day 5

A Prayer When Battling Anxiety

from the Psalms for Prayer reading plan


Psalm 27:1-14

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Psalm 27:1-14

Perhaps you’ve heard it said that in a storm, any harbor will do. When the tidal waves of life threaten to capsize our little ships, we will look anywhere for respite, often seeking shelter in places that cannot ultimately protect us. Age has alerted me to an alarming truth: the waters of life are almost always choppy. Smooth-sailing days are rare in a world as broken as ours.

Here in Psalm 27, we see David sending out the distress signal. He is looking for a lighthouse to point him toward shore. He starts with a pep talk, saying, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (v. 1). But the answer to his question must have made his knees wobble. I can imagine him now, penning words of praise with one hand, while anxiously chewing his fingernails on the other.

Through the storm of his own anxiety, he saw an army positioned to take him out. In David’s case, this army may have been literal, but we all know how it feels to be surrounded, hard pressed on every side (2 Corinthians 4:8). We see serious threats against our hearts and homes every day. But we can’t fight our fears by convincing ourselves there’s nothing to be afraid of. There is! The list of rational fears is so significant, there’s not a bucket of sand big enough for us to bury our heads and fully hide from the threat.

Recently, in my own life, physical, relational, and emotional forces collided to create the perfect storm. Many of my worst fears were realized, and my anxiety that there was more to come left me frantically searching for safe harbor. As all other life rafts sunk around me, I finally clung to God’s Word. As His truth anchored me, I found myself locking eyes with the disciples when they faced the storm.

“And they woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’” (Mark 4:38-41 ESV, emphasis mine).

Any hope that we can calm the storms of life on our own is misplaced. We cannot. But we will find ourselves buoyed when we look for the One no storm can stand against. Ultimately, the disciples clung to the same truths that David did—the same truths that you and I can cling to:

God is faithful.
His care is relentless.
His promises are true.
His presence is the only place where our fears truly subside.

Our hope is not that the day of trouble will not come, because it will. But our God will see us through. No calamity can untether us from God and His Word. Never. When anxiety twists our stomach in knots, when we look around and see an army of threats, not just any harbor will do. But this one will:

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him (Nahum 1:7).

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Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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91 thoughts on "A Prayer When Battling Anxiety"

  1. Jami Nelson says:

    When life’s storms arise I am constantly trying to lean on my love ones and In doing so I’m always disappointed!!! It is a then I’m reminded only the Lord is my safe harbor.

    1. Lindsey Tanner says:

      I do the same thing! Leaning on the Lord by being in his word daily and meditating on Proverbs 3:5-6 has really helped me!

  2. Nicole Tardif says:

    Anxiety is such a terrible thing. Battling some of it right now because of some current health issues I’m dealing with. Those two together are oil and water. Teaching myself to lean on God in these times. Take a moment sit, pray, meditate. Know that Gods hand is comforting me in peace and mercy and is working in my situation. He did not give me a spirit of fear. Though I have a hard time really truly feeling that completely. I’m not perfect and I will continue to trust God in all issues of life. Because “he will see me through” ❤️

  3. Rose B says:

    In line one, “ whom should I fear” does the fear also refer to Genesis 31:42? I am reading “ Proverbs- the way of wisdom” and just did the work pages on fearing the Lord, and how fear means to revere and pay attention to scripture.

    This was very timely today, incredibly relevant, especially line ten about parental abandonment.

  4. Nicole Holbert Smith says:

    Really needed this word today. I’ve been battling anxiety lately. Trying to fight my fear with the word and I opened up my app to this study today. Thankful for a God who is so much greater than my fear and worry and who will always be my place of refuge ♥️

  5. Laura Troutman says:

    I praise God because I don’t have to go through the storm alone, I don’t have to worry for my God is with me and will guide me along. I often become anxious when I put all this pressure on myself but when I give it to God I feel free.

  6. Wendy Styer says:

    Be active! Seek the face of god. Ask God . Be certain of God’s promise. Be strong and courageous. Wait for the lord. He will hear. He will answer. He will work on your behalf. He will bring you the ultimate victory!

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