Many people make praying the Word a regular part of their devotions. Imagine you were afraid. Could any words bring so much comfort as these?
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
In God I will praise his word,
in God I have put my trust;
I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
Psalm 56:3-4 (KJV)
I’ve compiled several passages of Scripture you can pray when you’re distressed. These verses only scratch the surface of prayable Scripture! I encourage you to search the book of Psalms for more.
“Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”
— Psalm 4:1
“Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.”
— Psalm 5:1-3
Praise be to the Lord,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
— Psalm 28:6-7
“We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.”
— Psalm 33:20-22
“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.”
— Psalm 46:1-3
“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.
I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who vindicates me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.”
— Psalm 57:1-3
All quotations from the NIV unless otherwise noted.