Living in the Word – Prayer Devotional for Peace


Peace, Prayer Devotional, Faith

The definition of peace is freedom from disturbance. Synonyms are tranquility, restfulness, calm, and quietness.

Doesn’t that sound wonderful? We often seek peace but it can feel elusive.

There is constantly something going on or needs attending to. Work schedules, school schedules, extra-curricular schedules.

I wake up at 5:05 Monday-Friday and 5:20 on Saturday and Sunday. (I know weird times. Really it’s just a mind game for myself to believe that I’m not getting up right at 5:00 and that I get to sleep-in on the weekends!) But I get up this early because the house is peaceful. The rest of the family is still sleeping. My husband’s alarm goes off at 6:30 and my two children’s alarms go off at 7:30.

This time alone has become something I look forward to! I get up and read my bible and pray. I then work on the blog. (Prior to the blog, this was when I worked out. I’m still trying to figure out how to add that back in too!)

I realized I needed this time every morning. I love being a wife, mom, and a therapist but without my designated time with God every morning I was getting too depleted.

We also have the ability to find peace in the midst of chaos. Leaning into God and focusing on Him allows us peace no matter the circumstance!

There are so many times each day that I seek God when I am meeting with my therapy clients. Whether they believe in God or not, I want to provide them a place of peace and comfort that is beyond me. In the midst of couples arguing with each other, teenagers scowling at me, or children opening up their broken hearts, I need Him!

While my job means people specifically come to me with there distress that doesn’t mean you don’t deal with the distress of other on a daily basis, too! Children bickering, squabbles with the spouse, office politics, the news…it’s all around us. Chaos.

But we can have peace through our Heavenly Father who wants us to come to Him so he can give us our moments of tranquility and calm.

Take the time to read the below bible scriptures and truly focus on what they are saying to you. Some passages may touch you differently than others. Writing down the verses in your own hand is helpful for some individuals. Possibly looking up the verses in your own bible may be beneficial. I use a NIV bible translation. Or reading them over and over to commit to memory. Whatever method works best for you to experience God’s words and feel closer to Him.

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Romans 5:1

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Psalm 4:8

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 85:8

I will listen to what God the Lord will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints-but let them not return to folly.

Romans 8:6

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.

Isaiah 26:3-4

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 57:18-20

I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him, creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Israel. “Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the Lord. “And I will heal them.” But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.

I sincerely pray that these scriptures meet you where you are today and you experience the peace of our Heavenly Father.

Please check out some of my other devotionals by topics: anxiety, depression, humility, hope, joy, perseverance, self-control, anger, comfort, and gossip.

God Bless!


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About Melissa

Melissa is a Christian mental health therapist, wife and mommy of two. She works with children, teens, adults, and couples to better manage their distress and hopefully become closer to God in the process.

16 comments on “Living in the Word – Prayer Devotional for Peace

  1. I’ve had to force myself to be a morning person, but the hour or so I get of peace in the morning before the hubby and kiddos wake up is well worth it. Just me, my coffee, my bible, and my Daddy. Glorious!

    • It is such an amazing time and it really just helps me set the tone for the rest of my day! Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless!

  2. I used to be much better at getting up and spending that time with God, but life has changed, so now, when I have days off, and I end up going to a coffee shop to write or staying home to do chores, I try to also spend time with Him. Often I will journal and read the Bible, or I will put on some of my favorite music and dance around lifting my hands in praise to Him. Obviously, I don’t have children living at home any more and my husband is off at work, so I am able to find these times and be a bit more uninhibited. I love all of those verses and have memorized the Matthew 11 one and the Philippians 4 one, as well as working on a few of the others. Thanks for sharing your insights and the scriptures. – Amy

    • I put worship music on and dance around with my children and husband present! I’m glad that you take time to spend with our Heavenly Father! It truly is a time of peace and joy! Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless!

  3. John 14:27! Peace that passes all understanding! Only heavenly peace can calm our spirits! All of these scriptures are so appropriate for recent events! It’s hard to not become weary and heavy through tragedy, but the Lord is in control of all. Only He can ease our minds, hearts and souls! Thank you for sharing these!

    • It’s easy to see tragedy when it has been large scale events like hurricane Harvey and Irma and obviously most recently the shooting in Las Vegas. But it’s also important to acknowledge that we need peace to settle our hearts with everyday issues and distress as well! Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless!

  4. I am not a “natural” morning person, but I LOVE my morning quiet time with God. I know that if I get my Scripture reading done first thing in the morning then I have set a foundation of Faith for my day.

    • So true! Without my morning time in the word I feel like I’m drifting throughout the day. Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless!

  5. First I find your waking up hours fascinating because of the specifity and I envy that. Thank you for this; there are so many chaos currently in my life and this will help me find peace.

  6. Great collection of verses on peace! I am not a morning person, but as soon as the kids leave for school and the house is quiet, that’s my time with God.

    • Truthfully I’m not much of a morning person either but I have made myself become one because that is the only time in the day that I would get peaceful time with God! Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless!

  7. After working myself sick and depleting my devotional time, I appreciate the encouragement to rest and the verses that remind me that time away to be with God is not wasted; it refreshes me. Thank you!

    • I hope that you are feeling better and taking time to find peace and rest for yourself and with God. Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless!

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