Prayers for Anxious Times

A Prayer for Anxious Times

Engaging Your Body in Prayer

When we are anxious and distracted, we often have trouble focusing on our prayers. Many people find that engaging the body in prayer along with the mind and voice can be helpful. Try praying this prayer using spoken words and body motions (noted in italics). After praying with voice and motion two or three times, close your prayer time by using the body motions as you pray silently the words of the prayer.

God be in my head and in my understanding  (place hands on head)

God be in my eyes and in my seeing  (place hands over eyes)

God be in my ears and in my hearing  (place hands over ears)

God be in my mouth and in my speaking  (place hands over mouth)


God be in my arms and in my reaching  (hands hug arms)

God be in my hands and in my working  (hands reach forward in offering)

God be in my legs and in my going  (hands touch legs)

God be in my feet and in my grounding  (hands touch feet)


God be in my lungs and in my breathing  (place hands over lungs)

God be in my heart and in my loving  (place hands over heart)

God be in my life and in my living  (arms overhead and reaching to sky)