Panic attacks can feel like you are not in control. It’s feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated at the same time – an intense, sometimes unpredictable emotional state that can come with heart palpitations, trembling hands, and a stream of negative thoughts all at once.
We all experience some form of anxiety in life, often at times when we are nervous, afraid, and feel like nothing is going right or in our control.
In these times, it is important that we turn to God for comfort and guidance. Receiving His comfort and support is as simple as opening ourselves up to Him, which is made easier when we turn to and remember verses of the Bible.
Below, find 14 bible verses to get you through a panic attack – complete with a short word on each verse. When you feel like you are not in control, remember these powerful verses as your source of comfort and strength.
1. Isaiah 41:10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”
Speaking through Isaiah, God tells us that there is no reason to be afraid or anxious as He is with us always. By acknowledging His presence, we are simultaneously finding strength in Him and within ourselves – strength that can help us to overcome and get through anything.
2. Philippians 4:13
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
This simple yet powerful verse from Philippians reminds us that there is nothing we cannot do when we seek God for strength. During a panic attack or any moment of weakness, we must remember that God cares for us and, because of that, will lend us His strength.
3. Psalm 18:31
“For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?”
The Lord our God is a Rock: a fortress of stability and strength that protects and supports us at all times. It is important that we recognize God as the one who keeps us safe and grounded, as when we feel safe there is nothing that we should have to worry about.
4. Isaiah 40:29
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Panic attacks can make you feel weak and insignificant, as though there is nothing you can do to fix the situation at hand and make it through to the other side. In these moments of weakness, Isaiah 40:29 reminds us that it is the weak and weary whom God gives power to.
5. Psalm 34:17
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”
There is nothing wrong with turning to God and crying out to Him when we are troubled. It might feel like weakness to cry or seek help, but the act of opening ourselves up to Him and asking for strength is the opposite of weakness as it makes us strong.
6. 1 Chronicles 16:11
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
1 Chronicles 16:11 is a simple verse that reminds us to always seek the Lord our God when we need to find strength. In fact, it is possible to seek God whenever we need help, support, or guidance in general. He welcomes us and will never turn us away.
7. Psalm 138:3
“When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.”
Psalm 138:3 is a testament to how God will always answer our calls. Following on from 1 Chronicles 16:11, we must remember that God answers those who seek Him. During panic attacks or any moment of weakness, we can call out to Him and He will embolden us.
8. Exodus 15:2
“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
The Lord is not only our strength, as mentioned in the above verses, but our defense. We can imagine God as a fortified castle, with a strong defense that shelters us and protects us from negative thoughts and feelings. His defense is what sets us free from these.
9. Psalm 28:7
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.”
Like Exodus 15:2, Psalm 28:7 likens our God to a form of defense. This is another way we can imagine God’s love and care – a shield that is always by our side and ready to wield when we need to protect ourselves from hardship and difficulties.
10. 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.”
In the Gospel of John, God tells us that, unlike the world and whatever it may throw in our path, He will give us peace. As long as we open our hearts to Him, we should never be troubled or afraid, including in times of panic attacks, anxiety, and distress.
11. Psalm 73:26
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
No matter what may happen to us physically or emotionally, God is a source of strength that always lies in our hearts. We simply have to open our hearts to access His strength, which we can harness to overcome any difficult situation or moment of weakness.
12. 2 Corinthians 12:10
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
This powerful verse from Corinthians has one message: that in weakness we are strong thanks to Him. If we recognize this, there is no reason to be afraid of weakness, insults, or hardship, because God is the strength that enables us to get through anything.
13. Psalm 34:4
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalm 34:4 is another verse that reminds us that the Lord our God answers every prayer, question, and cry for help. Again, this is important because we should never hesitate to seek Him. As long as we do so, He will deliver us from our fears, doubts, and worries.
14. 1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Last but not least, 1 Peter 5:7 is one of the most powerful Bible verses that we can draw strength from when we experience panic attacks, anxiety, and distress. God welcomes us to cast all our troubles on Him; He will carry the burden for us because He cares.
Panic attacks are among the worst moments of distress and weakness that we can experience in life. It feels like everything is spiraling out of control with nothing we can do to get out or fix the situation at hand.
The solution is to turn to God always. And we can do this by remembering His word in the Bible that tells us to not fear anything when we acknowledge Him. Whether we realize it or not, God stays by our side at all times. And we can find additional strength by simply seeking Him and calling out.