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5 Comforting Scripture Prayers that WILL Bring You Peace

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We know that the Word of God is powerful.  The Bible teaches, convicts, and directs.  It is where we learn about almighty God and receive wisdom from above.  There is more knowledge contained in the Bible than any book ever written.  But to the anxious heart, the most powerful aspect of the Scriptures is their ability to bring comfort and peace.  In the same way that Jesus told the rough seas to be calm and they became like glass, when we read His Word, that same power calms our fears.

When we pray or when we have been prayed over, our focus shifts from the waves of our worries, to the stability and constancy of our Heavenly Father.  The angst we were once feeling, begins to disappear, as we trust the character and faithfulness of God.

In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.  And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” 
Then she went her way and ate something,
 and her face was no longer downcast.
1 Samuel 1:10-11;17-18

Hannah's prayer, coupled with the prayer of peace prayed over her by Eli, elicit's a response of an appetite restored and a face that was no longer downcast.  This is a beautiful example of how prayer blesses the Believer with peace.

How much more when we pray God's Word right back to Him!

The following five comforting Scripture prayers WILL bring you peace.

Comforting Scripture Prayer for Sleep

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, 
O Lord make me to dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

The Bible Study Tools commentary for the Treasury of David shares a beautiful exposition of this prayer of David...

"Sweet Evening Hymn! I shall not sit up to watch through fear, but I will lie down; and then I will not lie awake listening to every rustling sound, but I will lie down in peace and sleep, for I have nought to fear. He that hath the wings of God above him needs no other curtain. Better than bolts or bars is the protection of the Lord. Armed men kept the bed of Solomon, but we do not believe that he slept more soundly than his father, whose bed was the hard ground, and who was haunted by blood thirsty foes. Note the word only, which means that God alone was his keeper, and that though alone, without man's help, he was even then in good keeping, for he was "alone with God." A quiet conscience is a good bedfellow. How many of our sleepless hours might be traced to our untrusting and disordered minds. They slumber sweetly whom faith rocks to sleep. No pillow so soft as a promise; no coverlet so warm as an assured interest in Christ.

O Lord, give us this calm repose on thee, that like David we may lie down in peace, and sleep each night while we live; and joyfully may we lie down in the appointed season, to sleep in death, to rest in God!"

David had many foes and many reasons to fear, but here we see an incredible testimony of sleeping in total peace trusting that the Lord would keep him safe. 

The next time you have a sleepless night, pray these comforting words of David, believing them to be true, declaring them over yourself and you WILL experience a peaceful night's sleep.

Comforting Scripture Prayer for Deliverance

You are my hiding place, you preserve me from trouble, 
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
Psalm 32:7

"Thou art my hiding place. Terse, short sentences make up this verse, but they contain a world of meaning. Personal claims upon our God are the joy of spiritual life. To lay our hand upon the Lord with the clasp of a personal "my" is delight at its full... The gospel of substitution makes him to be our refuge who otherwise would have been our judge. Thou shalt preserve me from trouble. Trouble shall do me no real harm when the Lord is with me, rather it shall bring me much benefit, like the file which clears away the rust, but does not destroy the metal. Observe the three tenses, we have noticed the sorrowful past, the last sentence was a joyful present, this is a cheerful future. Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. What a golden sentence! The man is encircled in song, surrounded by dancing mercies, all of them proclaiming the triumphs of grace. There is no breach in the circle, it completely rings him round; on all sides he hears music. Before him hope sounds the cymbals, and behind him gratitude beats the timbrel. Right and left, above and beneath, the air resounds with joy, and all this for the very man who, a few weeks ago, was roaring all the day long. How great a change! What wonders grace has done and still can do! Selah. There was a need of a pause, for love so amazing needs to be pondered, and joy so great demands quiet contemplation, since language fails to express it."
Bible Study Tools The Treasury of David

King David certainly encountered a lot of trouble in his life which makes him an authority, if you will, on God's faithfulness and ability to deliver.  For indeed there are many accounts in the Bible of God's protection and preservation of David.  

Even though this is David's prayer, we can claim it just as much for our own.  The same God of David is our God.  We enjoy the same protection as David did.

As the author of the Treasury of David states, personal claims upon our God are the joy of spiritual life, and I would go on to say a great comfort which brings about peace.

Comforting Scripture Prayer for When we are Afraid

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
Psalm 56:3

It is not given to many men to add new words to the vocabulary of religious emotion. But so far as an examination of the Old Testament avails, I find that David was the first that ever employed the word that is here translated, I will trust, with a religious meaning. It is found occasionally in earlier books of the Bible in different connections, never in regard to man’s relations to God, 
until the Poet-Psalmist laid his hand upon it, and consecrated it for all generations
 to express one of the deepest relations of man to his Father in heaven. And it is a
 favourite word of his. I find it occurs constantly in his psalms; twice as often, or nearly so, in the psalms attributed to David as in all the rest of the Psalter put together;
MacLaren's Exposition

This prayer of David was written when he was being persecuted by Saul, at the lowest point of David's fortune.  David was constantly on the run and hiding while Saul was pursuing him.  He was basically always fearing for his life.  Yet here, as MacLaren points out, David is confidently stating that he will put his trust in God.

Again, we take David as an authority on trusting God as he had many occasions to fortify that trust in God's faithfulness.

When we declare our trust in God through prayer, we too are expressing our deepest relations to our Father in Heaven.  We are being vulnerable before God with our fears, and He will answer with His comfort and faithfulness.  

What a comforting prayer of peace when we are afraid.

A Comforting Scripture Prayer for the Cares of the Day

When the cares of my heart are many, 
your consolations cheer my soul
Psalm 94:19

It seems that cares are multiplying these days at an overwhelming pace.  Nobody seems to be immune from having a load of care.

As we get older, it seems the cares multiply by default.,.  Cares for our children, cares for our aging parents, cares for our retirement, cares for our own health and that of our spouses, and cares for inevitable heartache as the circle of life marches on.

But there is a place we can go to forget our cares - to thoughts of the Lord, His attributes and benefits...

In the multitude of my thoughts within me. When I am tossed to and fro with various reasonings, distractions, questions, and forebodings, I will fly to my true rest, for thy comforts delight my soul. From my sinful thoughts, my vain thoughts, my sorrowful thoughts, my griefs, my cares, my conflicts, I will hasten to the Lord; he has divine comforts, and these will not only console but actually delight me. How sweet are the comforts of the Spirit! Who can muse upon eternal love, immutable purposes, covenant promises, finished redemption, the risen Saviour, his union with his people, the coming glory, and such like themes, without feeling his heart leaping with joy? The little world within is, like the great world without full of confusion and strife; but when Jesus enters it, and whispers "Peace be unto you," there is a calm, yea, a rapture of bliss. Let us turn away from the mournful contemplation of the oppression of man and the present predominance of the wicked, to that sanctuary of pure rest which is found in the God of all comfort. Good will to us, and to give us some evidence and assurance of his love and favour towards us; these are his comforts.
Bible Study Tools - The Treasury of David

Console your heart with the above comforting Scripture prayer of David and you will find peace.

Comforting Scripture Prayer for Joy


How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.
Psalm 84:1-2

Charles Spurgeon called Psalm 84 the most sweet of the Psalms, the "Psalm of Peace".  Indeed, thoughts of Paradise conjure up peace.   One day we will dwell with God in Heaven, but even now God dwells with us...

The ordinances of God are the believer's solace in this evil world; in them he enjoys the presence of the living God: this causes him to regret his absence from them. They are to his soul as the nest to the bird. Yet they are only an earnest of the happiness of heaven; but how can men desire to enter that holy habitation, who complain of Divine ordinances as wearisome? Those are truly happy, who go forth, and go on in the exercise of religion, in the strength of the grace of Jesus Christ, from whom all our sufficiency is. The pilgrims to the heavenly city may have to pass through many a valley of weeping, and many a thirsty desert; but wells of salvation shall be opened for them, and consolations sent for their support. Those that press forward in their Christian course, shall find God adds grace to their graces. And those who grow in grace, shall be perfect in glory.
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary


When we pray this comforting prayer of  David, we will experience the already not yet peace of Heaven.

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I think that too often we feel that a prayer must be either a praise, a confession or a petition, but here we learn from King David that a prayer can also be a declaration of who God is and what He has done.

When peace is eluding you, pray these five comforting Scripture prayers and you WILL experience the same peace that David did.  And we know that's saying something because David found His peace even in the midst of turmoil.
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Comments

  1. LOVE these precious Scriptures, dear friend. Thank you so much for another beautifully edifying, encouraging post. It is so needed in these troubled times. Sending love and hugs your way today!

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    1. Hi Cheryl! You are very welcome sweet friend! Praising God for the comfort found in His timeless Word.

      Sending love and hugs right back to you! :-)

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  2. Thank you for those today, :-D
    You're most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer,
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer, You are very welcome!

      Thanks for the invite. :-)

      Blessings,

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  3. We all need an extra dose of peace and comfort these days. Thank you for bringing us these encouraging words! Hannah's Prayer is one scripture I go to when my heart is troubled.

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    1. Hi Linda, Indeed!

      You are very welcome!

      Thank you so much for sharing that. Her prayer is certainly a beautiful example for us.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

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  4. Thank you for your encouraging words and yes that reminder that our prayers can be declarations of who God is and what He has done.

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    1. Hello, You are very welcome!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

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  5. Some favorites included on this list! Today I found Psalm 94:19 particularly comforting.

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    1. Hi Kym, Praise God!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! :-)

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