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 incorporate into prayers for peace in chaos while you are in the midst of all of life’s stress! Read on to learn to have peace in a chaotic world!
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.
Post updated from 11/25/2019
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.
And here I sit today as I update this post for you and I still feel in the midst of chaos.
We are in the midst of a pandemic and also a very volatile climate in our country!
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 !!), a kid starting college with essentially a full time job, one starting high school and being at home online with VERY little motivation, and me beginning graduate work in Seminary, and what I pray will continue on 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. Finding scriptures on peace that will 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 know what to say.
Romans 8:26-27 says:
I can offer up prayers for peace 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!
Using Scripture as Prayers for Peace
So I am going to list out our 5 scriptures so you can find each one and then I will take them one at a time and we will take a deeper dive into them and see how you can use them as prayers for peace by incorporating them into your prayer time.
5 Scriptures to Incorporate in Prayers for Peace in Chaos
- 1 Peter 5:6-7
- Philippians 4:6-7
- Isaiah 40:31
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
- Deuteronomy 31:8
Now let’s have a look at each one:
1 Peter 5:6-7:
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!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! Click To Tweet
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
Our prayers for peace should be accompanied with our knowledge and faith in who He is and His faithfulness!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! Click To Tweet
Peace in Chaos Found in 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!
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