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Prayers for Peace in Chaos – 5 Powerful Scriptures to Pray

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We live in a crazy, chaotic world! We have busy families, careers, ministries and many of us struggle with anxiety and stress! And this year has had no shortage of chaos in and of itself! Ensuring we take the time out to really focus on God and allowing Him to calm the storm of our chaotic lives is so vital. There are some amazing scriptures you can use as prayers for peace in chaos while you are in the midst of all of life’s stress!

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In the Midst of Chaos

As I was first writing this post, I was surrounded by boxes and a mess that I didn’t even want to acknowledge.

We were moving in 1 week to our new house and trying to get through “normal” daily responsibilities while packing and having people come in and out of your home to buy the furniture you’ve ‘oh so wisely’ decided to sell is proving to be weighty indeed!

Add to that the flu and chaos was the only word I can use to describe life right now.

And here I sit today as I update this post for you and I still feel chaos.

We are in the midst of a pandemic, a very volatile climate in our country, division, a Presidential election that is polarized to say the least! In our new home we have been dealing with leaking roofs, falling trees, mice making their way into our old 1880’s foundation (yay that is being taken care of this week!!), a kid starting college, one starting high school, and me beginning to attend a Messianic Theology school in October on, what I hope after a year will be, a path to a Masters in Rabbinical Studies which will mean FAR more studies!

I cannot even see straight, let alone try to think straight! It is times like this when going to the Word to find verses that you can use as prayers for peace in chaos and will that help give you peace and give you the words to pray when you cannot find any is so incredibly needed!

Prayers for Peace in Chaos When You Don’t Know What to Pray

Praying the Word is so powerful! It is also a great way to connect your prayers to God’s promises. It allows you to get into agreement with God and what He says about you and your situation.

I know when life tosses me its trials, I sometimes don’t have the words to speak. I feel as though even prayer is too daunting for me. It is during those times that I allow the Holy Spirit to intercede for me by telling Him I don’t have the words!

Romans 8:26-27 says:

“Similarly, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we don’t know how to pray the way we should. But the Spirit himself pleads on our behalf with groanings too deep for words; and the one who searches hearts knows exactly what the Spirit is thinking, because his pleadings for God’s people accord with God’s will.”

CJB

I can offer up prayers for peace in chaos in life and for God’s ever present help in the times of my troubles and allow those to sink into MY spirit to replace the numerous thoughts that chaos can cause to fly through our minds, seemingly all at once!

5 Scriptures to Use as Prayers for Peace in Chaos

1 Peter 5:6-7:

“Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that at the right time he may lift you up. Throw all your anxieties upon him, because he cares about you.”

CJB

It is no coincidence that humbling ourselves is mentioned first in these verses and THEN casting our cares on God.

When we think we can handle everything ourselves, it not only adds to our stress but it creates pride! That pride prevents us from going to God. We think we have it all together and admitting we don’t makes us feel weak.

We need to acknowledge our NEED for God, allowing Him to take all our worries and cares! He needs to be the one to lift us up! We cannot be about positioning ourselves by trying to shoulder it all on our own!

Allow God to cradle you in His loving arms and don’t worry so much about being the master of your own destiny! The world tells us we have to have it all together but God tells us to rest in the knowledge that HE is in control! THAT should be at the heart of your prayer in the midst of chaos in life…HE is in control and we are not!

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Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything—but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.”

TLV

The word anxious in this verse, according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is the Greek word is “merimnaō” and it means “to be troubled with cares”.

It is not the anxiousness that comes with HAVING anxiety as a medical condition. This is an anxiety that comes from being troubled and worried about problems and cares!

Ironically, it also means to “seek to promote one’s interests”.

Isn’t that so true? We become worried about things in life when we seek our own interests instead of what God wants!

When we are seeking God’s will and His wants in a situation, we don’t have to worry!! Prayers in the midst of chaos should be for HIS will.

According to these verses, we should be seeking God in prayer! We should let Him know our request BUT with Thanksgiving. Our sense of gratitude for what God has given us and what He is working in our lives can be lost when we seek our own interests!

We need to always make sure that what we “want” in life lines up with God’s will and His Word. Then we can go to Him with our needs and experience the peace of knowing God will always work His perfect will in our lives. THAT is where peace comes from!

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Isaiah 40:31

but they who wait for Adonai

    will renew their strength.

They will soar up with wings as eagles.

They will run, and not grow weary.

They will walk, and not be faint.

TLV

Dear Lord, that You would renew our strength! Help us to gain strength in your Word, in your mercy and in your grace! Help us to always run into your arms to be renewed and refreshed when life gets chaotic! May we never rely on our own strength, which fails, but on your strength which never fails! Help us to always go to You in prayer in chaos in our lives and in our world and not rely on man! In Jesus’ Name!

Praying for the Lord to strengthen us and to give us what we need to get through life’s difficult moments is a prayer He WILL answer! We need to draw our strength from Him and not the world!

2 Corinthians 12:9

“…but he told me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is brought to perfection in weakness.” Therefore, I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses, in order that the Messiah’s power will rest upon me.”

CJB

His grace is sufficient for us. In our weakness His power is made perfect.

Wow! When we allow ourselves to, like the previous verse, draw our strength from Him, His power is made perfect! We can pray these scriptures on peace in the midst of chaos to ask Him to give us that strength!

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God uses the broken, the weak, the “hot messes of the world”, because then there is no question it is God at work!

Allow God to use you to work out His power and trust that His grace is sufficient for you!

Deuteronomy 31:8

Adonai—He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be discouraged.”

TLV

The Lord goes before you! In other words, there is no place in life you will ever be that the Lord has not already prepared a way for you either to it or through it!

He will never leave you! He will never turn His back on you! People may fail you but the Lord will NEVER fail you! 

We do not need to fear! We have the Lord of Heaven and earth going ahead of us! The Ancient of Days guards behind us! We have Adonai Tzva’ot, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, alongside of us! Prayers for peace in chaos should be accompanied with out knowledge and faith in who He is and His faithfulness!

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Prayers for Peace in Chaos – His Word Alone

When you feel lost, overwhelmed, in chaos, remember that His Word alone is all you need for powerful prayers for peace in chaos!

It provides strength, encouragement, wisdom and song! It is your prayer when you don’t have the words! And it is your help in times of trouble!

The Lord will never leave you! There is nothing He cannot handle for you!

You are His child and He your loving Father! So trust in your Father’s Word and lean not on the world and its understanding! Pray His scriptures on peace and find rest!

CJB – Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net.

Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society.  Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.

Post updated from 11/25/2019

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33 Comments

  1. I love that verse about Paul, and the difference between him and most of us (especially me!) is that when God offered him grace, he took it! He didn’t keep looking for his thorn to be removed or any other thing . . . He took grace and then he spread it all over the place.

    1. Amen!! I often wonder why it’s so difficult at times for me to just accept the grace given but yet it’s so easy to take on a feeling of condemnation or allow people’s words to get into my spirit. I wonder if that’s innate or do we learn that over time as the enemy fires darts at us.

  2. Truth’s to set us free in the midst of chaos!! I know i have to depend on His strength and when I don’t, even the ordinary drains me. To be filled with His peace, His supernatural peace is amazing!

    1. Yes!! The ordinary can become draining when we try to depend on ourselves! I get amazed at how I can easily get overwhelmed by such simple things when I get out of sync with Him!

  3. This is the third time this week, the Lord has brought Phil. 4:6-7 across my path. I shared it with a friend facing heart surgery. The next day, rather than open heart surgery, she received 2 stints, and is going home the next day! Praise God!

    1. Amen!!! I love so much when God does that!! People who think God doesn’t speak to His people today just don’t know how much He truly does!!

    1. It does seem that way doesn’t it? Love that t-shirt!! I feel that way so often!! I am glad you liked the post Lauren!

  4. This is so great! There are so many things going on in my life right now. I’m so glad God led me to this post. Thank you!

  5. I love it when God lines up our posts. I had a guest, Landen writing about peace this week on my site. Your words went straight to my heart, “The Lord goes before you! In other words, there is no place in life you will ever be that the Lord has not already prepared a way for you either to it or through it!” I love concentrating on the fact GOD is with me. Maree

    1. Amen!! God certainly has a way of getting a certain message out to His children when He knows we need it!! I love when that happens!! Thank you so much Maree!!

  6. Powerful Scriptures and great post, Diane! Super blessed to link-up with you today! Thank you so much for sharing and thank you for hosting as well! God bless you! 🙂

  7. These are such good Scriptures to remember. It really helps to use the Word when praying esp. when we don’t know what to pray. God is so good. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #HeartEncouragement.

  8. I love this message Diane and am so passionate about sharing it. Peace beyond understanding really is possible! I appreciate how you pointed out our need to be humble. I believe God wants to bless us…we can feel it more fully when we open our hearts to him. Thank you for sharing this. I’m visiting today from the Grace and Truth link up. Have a great weekend!

  9. Thank you for the encouragement to pray scirpture. It isn’t something I do very often and you have given me a place to start. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth Link-Up.

  10. You share some powerful truths from God’s word, Diane. The one in Corinthians speaks to me on so many levels. I have felt my weakness even more so after the stroke-both mentally and physically. However, God is faithful. (Lam. 3) So, I wake every day excited to see how He will show Himself to me. I hope you all get settled in this Fall. Congrats on the move. Be well. Stay safe, and God bless you and yours.

    1. I totally understand that. Since my stroke I have felt that as well. I find myself falling into being self-critical as though I was somehow deficient because I can’t do things mentally as quickly as I once could, when it is really just finding new ways of making that happen. So I can relate to how you’re feeling there! Keeping you in prayer and thank you!!

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