Stress can be unnerving, even crippling.
Because of the pace and demands of modernity, stress is a unfortunately a normal occurrence for many people.
Stress happens when the output of our lives exceeds our capabilities.
There are two practical solutions to reducing stress: either 1) reduce our output (always a great idea) or 2) increase our capabilities.
The advantageous of being a follower of God is that He is a God who offers strength to those who ask.
With that in mind, it is wise to have bible verses on stress that help us enter into a place where God can minister to us in the place of stress.
Why these verses?
Anyone can give you a list of bible verses on stress. What is actually helpful for you is to understand why these verses are so effective against stress and what to say.
As you will see, they are are focused not on the size of your stress. Rather, it is focused on the size of our God.
Stress is caused because the problems and issues that are plaguing us seem so large. They are so large that it triggers our survival mechanisms–our heart races, we sweat.
By meditating on these verses, we are reminded of truth that God is bigger than anything causing our stress.
Without further adieu, here are 8 powerful bible verses on stress along with a meditation prayer that you can pray right now.
Bible Verses On Stress
- Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
This is a promise that no matter how high the waters around us in life are, God will be with you and he will keep them from overcoming you.
Thank you Father that you are with me and that because you are with me, the waters will not overcome me.
- Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
This is a matter of practical spirituality. When our minds are stayed on God, we are fixated on an object that is larger than anything stressing us out.
Thank you Father that when I keep my mind on you, you offer me peace. Your presence in my mind grants me the peace I am looking for.
- Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
A promise by Jesus is that when we come to him in prayer, he will grant us rest. The good news is that he is looking for people who are weary and burdened, an apt descriptor of those undergoing stress.
Jesus thank you that you offer rest for those who are weary and burdened. I come to you now, seeking that rest and peace because you are near to those who are broken-hearted.
- 1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
We are instructed literally to pour out our anxieties on him. We are greeted by one who cares for the well-being of our minds and souls.
Jesus, I cast the stresses of [name your stressors] on you now. I surrender them before you because you have asked for them and they are not mine to hold alone.
- Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
This is a meditation of recognizing that if we have God in our lives, he will grant us timely strength.
Father, thank you that you offer me strength for the tasks of life. I pray you would fill me now with the strength of the Lord.
- Nehemiah 8:10
for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
When we are filled with God’s joy, the stresses of life diminish. Joy is a strength.
Father, fill me with the joy of the Lord. Remind me of the things that are joyful. Let the Spirit of God fill me with joy uncontainable.
- Psalm 18:1
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Stress is sometimes a spiritual attack. This is a passage reflecting on how God serves as our fortess and rock when we are bombarded by the stressors of life.
Father, thank you that amidst the chaos that I live in, you are a rock on which I can stand. Thank you that you are steady ground I can stand on in this stressful time.
- Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
When we see God’s greatness, not much is required of us. This verse instructs us to be still. In stillness, we offer God the opportunity to move. In stillness, we are drawn and reminded of the size of God. It is his size which diminishes the size of our stressors.
Father, thank you that you are exalted among the nations. Thank you that you are greater than all my stressors. I will be still before you and be at peace because you are so much larger than my greatest problems.
That concludes our 8 Bible verses on stress!
Knowing these bible verses on stress, you can see that my strategy for combating stress is actually the ability to come into the presence of the Lord.
One of my favorite resources for learning on how to come to the presence of the Lord is Bill Johnson’s Strength Yourself in the Lord.
He describes the time in David’s life when he was undergoing a tremendous amount of stress and how being able to go into the presence of the Lord was the skill that enabled him to come out on the other side
If stress is something you constantly struggle with, I highly recommend that resource to you.
My joy and the aim of this site is to help readers go deeper in their Christian faith.
In the spirit of going deeper, see my writings on Growing the Faith.
How about you? What do you think about these bible verses for stress? What verses help you in that time of need?