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Prayer for Peace of Mind and Sleep

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I jolt awake for some strange unknown reason, listening carefully.  My three-year-old is breathing softly beside me, his arm wrapped around his teddy bear.  My mind picks up where it had left off as I drifted to sleep four hours previously, only in the darkness my thoughts are distorted.

I am in need of prayer for peace of mind and sleep.  

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Does this ever happen to you?  Your mind becomes active and awake when it should be asleep?  Do you struggle to go to sleep or stay asleep?  

You are not alone!  Studies show that one in four adults have periods of insomnia and guess what the biggest cause is?

Stress and anxiety.

This is why we need a good prayer (or several) for peace of mind and sleep.  

But if we are going to be honest with ourselves, let’s admit that a good night’s sleep has everything to do with what goes on in our day.  If we are filled with worry and stress then our nights are going to be interrupted with that same worry and stress.

I don’t know if this is just me, but I find that whatever I’m working on during the day stays with me into the night, only in the quiet of the house, my fears become magnified and my doubts grow in the darkness.

How do we prevent those swirling thoughts?

prayer for peace of mind

How Can I Sleep with Peace of Mind

Let’s address how to sleep with peace of mind in two steps. 

First, let’s discuss how to pray for anxiety and compile a list of verses to help with stress.  If we learn to combat anxiety during the day then it will carry over into our nights.

Second, let’s find a few verses that we can use as a prayer for peace of mind and sleep.  Verses to pray when we can’t turn our minds off or need to combat Satan’s tactics in the middle of the night.

Bible Verses about Stress and Worry

I am a firm believer in praying the Bible.  Those words are holy and inspired and when we profess them with our mouths, they become powerful.  These Bible verses about stress and worry can be written down, memorized, or simply prayed throughout the day.  I use Bible verses as my cell phone wallpaper so that each time I check my phone, the verse is there.

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV)

I know the last verse in this selection is the most well-known, but I like to begin with verse 28 because “everlasting God” and “creator of the ends of the earth” are such powerful descriptions of who God is.  He does not grow weary. 

He is not like us, with physical and emotional limitations.  Understanding who God is and how He is capable of taking care of us is one step toward our prayer for peace of mind and sleep.  For more on these verses check out “What Does it Mean to Mount Up With Wings Like Eagles?”

 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:38-39) 

Another verse about God being with us.  Nothing can separate us from the love of God.  This does not mean that nothing terrible will happen.  We know that pain and suffering is a result of the fallen world and no one escapes, but we have the confidence that God is beside us, providing strength and peace when we need it most.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.  (Isaiah 43:2)

After I lost my beautiful 8 year old daughter in an accident, this verse brought me great comfort.  I was drowning in grief and doubt.  I thought I had died alongside my Rebekah and I questioned God like I never had before.  I found that God did not remove me from the hurt, but He remained by my side through the darkest days.  Each time I felt as if I was drowning, He faithfully reached out and pulled me to safety.

We can sleep with peace of mind because God is always there to rescue us when life is too hard.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Joshua 1:9 is one of my favorite verses.  I tend to be fearful.  Having the confidence that no matter what I have to face, God is with me, brings great comfort.  We do not have to be brave on our own, neither do we have to face the worries and stresses of life on our own.  For more on courage, check out “Bible Stories about Courage”.

How Do You Pray for Peace of Mind

So then, how do you pray for peace of mind?

Confess it and stand on God’s promises!

I want you to understand that your feelings are real.  You have real reason to feel stress and worry, hurt, fear, anger, rejection, and all the other negative feelings that keep you awake at night.  Don’t pretend that they are not there.  You are not less of a Christian or have weak faith because you are struggling with negative feelings.

Confess whatever it is that is stealing your peace of mind.  Write it down or pray it out loud, whichever works best for you.  Just get it out of your head.  As 1 Peter 5:7 says “cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you”.

Next, find a verse that brings you comfort and believe it!

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Scriptures for Peaceful Sleep

 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 

And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?

“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.  For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.  (Luke 12:22-31)

I like these verses because they address our physical needs.  Often times financial worries cause our stress.  Jesus also provides a way out of that stress when he instructs us to seek the kingdom of God.  When our focus is on Him, our situation does not seem quite so worrisome.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the Lord forever, For in Yah, the Lordis everlasting strength.  (Isaiah 26:3-4)

How is that for a prayer for peace of mind and sleep?  You can rephrase it for exactly what we are talking about.  “Thank you Lord for bringing me peace as I focus on you.  I trust you because of your everlasting strength!”

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Isn’t it wonderful to have God and savior who loves us so much that He sent His son to take away our burdens?

I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.  (Psalm 3:5)

David had quite a bit to fear in the middle of the night, but as was his habit, he put his trust in God.

One Last Prayer for Peace of Mind and Sleep

What verses can you pray for peace of mind and sleep?

Courage verses are my favorite, but I recite these verses from Psalm 46 when my worries become overwhelming in the night.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.  (Psalm 46 verses 1-2)

Be still, and know that I am God; (Psalm 46:10)

God is our refuge, He is our protector.  Our peace does not come from what we can control, but from Him.

So, my friend, the next time you are awake in the middle of the night.  Call upon the name of the Lord and He will bring you peace.

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30 Comments

  1. This is so helpful and will benefit the members of my group of moms with children struggling with addiction. They are often filled with anxiety and fear. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. This is so encouraging Heather! I am so glad God remains with us in our darkest days. Even when we feel like we are sinking or drawing. I know that His peace draws us to rest in His arms. So grateful for prayer, to know that l can call on God and He hears me.

  3. Heather, this is so timely for me as my hubby has been struggling to stay asleep. He falls asleep very easily but keeps waking up with a million things on his mind. I will pray these scriptures for him and over him from now on … ❤

  4. Hi! Thank you so for sharing verses from God’s Word on how to sleep peacefully and soundly. Your writing is encouraging and helpful! I am thankful that God is a God of Peace.

  5. Great Scriptures. Heather, for praying when sleep keeps you awake. My favorite Scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6 always reminds me to just trust in my Lord, don’t try to figure things out. Follow Him and He will guide me. Using those awake times has brought me some of the best prayer times with the Lord.

  6. Peace is priceless! Thank you for sharing prayer for peace of mind. Sleep is so crucial for good health. I recall having Psalm 3:5 written down and by my bedside during a stressful time in my life. God bless you for sharing a very uplifting post during a stressful time in America.

    1. Thank you for reading! I love that you had scripture written down beside your bed. So often we need verses right next to us to get us through. God is gracious to provide us with such hope.

  7. Thank you for sharing these verses with us to help us sleep better. And thank you for sharing your story. The testimony of your own loss helped me put my own difficulties in perspective.

      1. Thanks for these sweet verses to help encourage us to sleep better! You have an awesome explanation of how to pray so that we can have peace of mind! My favourite Psalm to pray over to settle down my heart is definitely Psalm 23. There is something so sweet and special about it!

  8. This is such a beautiful read. I have problems sleeping still some nights but it has gotten much better. When I can’t sleep, I often talk to the Lord and give Him my burdens as you said. There have been times, however, when my anxiety was still so strong that I couldn’t sleep all night. Hopefully, that never happens again but if it does, I will have to remember your scriptures! Blessings, Joni

  9. My husband has struggled with sleeping for the past 10 years. Thank you so much for sharing these verses. I’ll be using many of these to pray over him.

  10. Luke 12:30-31 just hit me right between the eyes right now. Needed to read that so much. I’ve been so anxious about the selling of our house and acquiring another. We found one we absolutely love, but the process hasn’t been easy. These words are what I need to keep at the forefront of my mind: “…nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.” Thank you for being used of God to bring me this truth!

  11. Thanks for this practical advice on using prayer for peace of mind and sleep! So true that our day dictates our sleep, so it’s important to include God in all we do. And I always love reminders of how Jesus often met a physical need and then ministered spiritually. Our creator knows our needs and does not withhold them from us. ❤️

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