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44 Comforting and Calming Bible Verses for Anxiety, Worry, + Fear

No matter what you are worried about, praying over Bible Verses for anxiety can help quiet your fears. It’s important to root yourself in His word and trust that God will deliver you. When you believe that the Lord will bring you peace, you will begin to see your worries disappear.

Ever since I was a little girl, I can remember feeling fearful. After I accepted the Lord as my savior, I felt so much guilt for still struggling with anxiety. I heard miraculous stories of how God healed people from their constant worry, and truth be told, I thought I was doing something wrong.

How God Healed My Anxiety

After my second daughter was diagnosed with CHD (you can read her story here), I hit rock bottom. I honestly questioned God’s plan and wondered why He chose ME. Hellooo… I’m the one who struggles with anxiety…. I thought I couldn’t handle a medically complex child.

But to my surprise, this was the turning point in my battle with anxiety. There was so much healing that happened as I worked through the trauma of her diagnosis.

[Here is How I Healed My Anxiety Naturally]

Today, I have the tools I need to help me work through my fears and worries. The most helpful thing has been scripture.

At the end of this post, I’m going to share some of the ways I use the verses to help me find peace. I hope that these Bible Verses for anxiety will help you to find true joy and trust in the Lord.

Best Bible Verses for Anxiety, Worry, and Fear

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Before I get into some of the best verses about anxiety, I wanted to let you know that you are not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S.

When you are dealing with fear, you can feel like you are the only person on this earth struggling with it. I believe that this is the devil doing his work.

There is so much power in realizing that you are not alone. One study conducted by Kintsugi Hope, estimates that 43% of Christians (of various denominations) struggle with their mental health. I hope that these statistics bring you comfort.

Anyhow, let’s get into some of the best Bible Verses for anxiety, worry, and fear, so you can find the comfort and peace you need to lay down your burdens at the feet of Jesus.

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1. Joshua 1:9

Joshua 1:9 scripture for anxiety
" Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

2. Job 20:2

"My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed."

3. Psalm 4:1

"Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer."

4. Psalm 9:9

"The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble."

5. Psalm 10:17

"You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,"

6. Psalm 23:4

psalm 23:4 verse for worry
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

7. Psalm 30:10-11

"Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,"

8. Psalm 34:4-5

psalm 34:4-5 bible verses for fear
"I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."

9. Psalm 34:7

"The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them."

10. Psalm 43:5

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."

11. Psalm 55:22

"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken."

12. Psalm 56:3

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."

13. Psalm 62: 5-7

psalm 62:5-7 calming bible verses for anxiety
"Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken."

14. Psalm 91

I absolutely love this whole chapter and couldn’t pick just one verse. I will link the entire chapter here. It’s one of the most comforting passages.

15. Psalm 94:19

Psalm 94:19 finding joy in anxiety verse
"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy."

16. Psalm 139:23

"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts."

[Check out my 34 Favorite Psalms for Anxiety, Fear, and Worry!]

17. Proverbs 12:25

"Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up."

18. Isaiah 35:4

"say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come, he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

19. Isaiah 40:31

"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

20. Isaiah 41:13

"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."

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The best bible verses for anxiety, worry, and fear

21. Isaiah 43:1

"But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine."

22. Jeremiah 17:7-8

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

23. Matthew 6:34

Matthew 6:34 new testament bible verses for anxiety
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

24. Matthew 11:25

"At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children."

25. Luke 12:22

Luke 12:22 best bible verses for worry
"Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear."

26. John 14:1

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

27. John 14:2-3

"My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

28. John 14:27

John 14:27 finding peace after worry and fear
"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."

29. Romans 5:1-6

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly."

30. Romans 12:12

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

31. 1 Corinthians 7:32

"I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord."

32. Philippians 4:6-7

Philippians 4:6-7 popular bible verses for anxiety
"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."

33. Philippians 4:13

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

34. Colossians 3:1-4

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."

35. Colossians 3:15

Colossians 3:15 bible verses for a peaceful heart
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."

36. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you."

37. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."

38. Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:1 bible verses for hope in anxiety
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."

39. Hebrews 13: 5-6

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

40. James 1:2-4

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

41. 1 Peter 1:3-7

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

42. 1 Peter 3:14

"But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”"

43. 1 Peter 5:6-8

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."

44. 1 John 4:18

1 John 4:18 Bible verses about fear
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

How to Use Bible Verses to Heal Anxiety

Now that you have a list of verses to help you through your fears, worries, and anxiety, I wanted to give you a few practical ways to use these. I’ve found so much healing in surrounding myself in scripture. I hope these tips help you to overcome your anxious thoughts and lean into God’s truth.

1. Use Them During Prayer

Oftentimes, I would use these verses while I prayed. Sometimes it was helpful just to repeat the verse over and over again. Other times, I would use scripture to help guide me in what to pray for.

2. Write Them on Sticky Notes

My bathroom mirror has become my favorite place to put Bible Verses. During different seasons, different verses provide more comfort. I’m constantly switching these out.

3. Study Them

I love doing a deep dive on verses. Typically I read the entire chapter, to ensure I understand the context of the verse. Sometimes this gives me more insight on what the author was trying to say.

I also love looking at what scholars have to say about each verse. I use and find that everybody’s opinions on the text help me to decipher how it can apply to my situation.

My Thoughts..

Life brings so many ups and downs. Whether you struggle with an anxiety disorder or simply day-to-day stressors, having these Bible Verses for anxiety will help you to find peace. I hope that these verses along with my tips on how to use them will help you to find strength and comfort in the Lord.

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