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Prayer for Anger

Gathered together on this page are a number of resources to help with managing anger and temper issues. There is a prayer of confession and request for God's presence to come when anger rises, and also the famous "Serenity Prayer", commonly used by the organisation "Alcoholics Anonymous" to help clients in their journey in overcoming addiction. There is also a traditional Episcopal prayer of self-dedication to God, and an inspiring verse from the bible on receiving God's strength and equipping:-

A prayer for overcoming anger

(A confession to God and request for help to control and manage anger better)

O Lord,
I'm sorry that anger rises so often in my heart.
I feel such pressure at work and home.
Sometimes I can feel as though I'm balancing on a knife's edge, I'm about to fall.
Sometimes I don't have the resources to meet each demand.
Sometimes I resent colleagues, family and friends
My temper cracks and I fall into wrath.
Sometimes I feel disappointed in myself,
I feel so cross when I get things wrong or fail.

I know you understand.
You see all I am, the good and the bad.
Your love can flood these angry moments.
Help me to pray, to look to you,
To take a step back and calm down.
Help me to breathe out, to re-fuel,
And to rest.

Often a gentle hug, a kind word, or even a drink or snack is all I need to reset.
Please step in when I feel anger surging again,
And remind me of these things.
I trust in you.


(a prayer to help with anger mamagement from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

The Serenity Prayer

The serenity prayer is a popular prayer for receiving God's peace, wisdom and guidance. The following is a short meditation you can follow now in your heart:-

Here are the first four lines to this prayer:-

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

(prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)

Read the full version of this beautiful prayer by clicking here.

Bible verse for meditation

Take a moment to receive God's strength and equipping as you seek to learn how to manage anger:-

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Don't get so angry that you sin. Don't go to bed angry and don't give the devil a chance.

Ephesians 4:26-27, (CEV)

A Prayer of Self-Dedication

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

(source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.)

You may also want to ask God for his strength in helping you manage your anger. This page has several prayers that you may find useful.