Psalm 91 -
A Prayer For Peace Of Mind

..Continues from Explanation of Psalm 91

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For a non-biblical prayer for peace of mind, see Prayers for Relaxation and Rest




“You cover me with your feathers, and under your wings I trust”

On the previous page we looked at how to pray Psalm 91 as a prayer for protection.

Psalm 91 can also be used as a psalm for peace of mind.

Do you have problems you need to deal with whilst at the same time experiencing a peace that comes from trust in God?

“You cover me with your feathers, and under your wings I trust”

Apparently the female eagle carries her young under her wings.
Those young eagles may be flying with a huge drop beneath them. Yet they are safe and protected.

We can see these bible verses in Psalm 91 as a powerful image of God in as a loving and protecting mother. (See also, Deuteronomy 32:11)

“You cover me with your feathers, and under your wings I trust”

The meaning of Psalm 91 is that whatever dangers seem present in our world, the more we let God carry us, the more we fly through them and above them in safety. We associate more and more with the part of us that remains in God and rises above the difficulties of this world.


"Surely you deliver me from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence"

”The snare of the fowler” for me is what is often called the Inner Critic – the voice in your head, not necessarily audible! – that tells you you have got it all wrong.

Or it could be the Inner Judge - the voice in your head, that keeps telling you all the ways in which someone else has got it all wrong.

The Inner Judge may seem preferable to the Inner Critic. But stop and think about it...
Both voices make for unpleasant thoughts!

"Surely you deliver me from the snare of the fowler"

You might know the time when you need this prayer for peace of mind:
You are in a place of saying:
"I feel upset about something.
On and on go my racing thoughts.
They feel like bad thoughts, negative thoughts.
I want to just dismiss them, but I don't seem to have the power to replace my thoughts with the thoughts that God would have me think."

Great. If you see you don't have the power to change your thoughts this is a wonderful first step.
Now you can say a prayer for peace of mind. Invite God to decide for you.

Dear Holy Spirit, please decide for me.
Thank you.
Amen

Wonderful. You are making a space in your mind in which God can work.

"Surely you deliver me from the snare of the fowler"

At the level of health I was at, I often had to lie still for 50 minutes of every hour.
Believe me, it was very important to find some way to discipline my thoughts and direct them towards inner peace.
A good way to do this was to say psalm 91 as a prayer for peace of mind.

I am repeating the bible verse to give you an idea of the persistence with which you need to repeat words that ask for what you want and replace the words in your head that ask for what you do not want.



“The noisome pestilence” is interpreted differently in different versions of the Bible.
Again I used this line as a prayer for peace of mind – peace from the unpleasant racing thoughts.

I also had depression and I used both lines as a prayer for release from depression.

“Surely you deliver me from the snare of the fowler and the noisome pestilence”

So what do you do if it seems you don't have the power to quieten your racing thoughts?

You remember you don't have to find peace on your own.
You say a prayer for peace of mind to invite God to give you peace.
When we pray Psalm 91 we do just that. We invite the Holy Spirit to enter our mind and bring us peace.

A short prayer for peace of mind, inspired by Psalm 91:

Dear God,

The thoughts in my mind are not the ones I want.
I don’t seem to be doing a great job of changing them.

I am willing to think what you would have me think.
I am willing to be at peace.

I claim the confidence of the psalmist in Psalm 91:

You deliver me my God from the snare of the fowler.
You deliver me my God from the noisome pestilence.

I now affirm:
The thoughts in my mind are the ones I want.
I am thinking what you would think.
I am at peace.

Thank you so much.

Amen.

To continue looking a this explanation of Psalm 91, please go to the next page – Psalm 91 - A Prayer For Strength

Other Articles Relevant To A Prayer For Peace of Mind

10 Ways To Finding Inner Peace

Prayers For Relaxation and Peace of Mind

Positive Self Talk

Or move to the site of a colleage for inspiring Strength Quotes (www.dreamthisday.com)

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