7 Effective Prayers for Anger and Resentment

Prayers for anger are necessary if we want to control or overcome our anger and its dangers.

We have all been there. We have all been angry and have struggled with anger. Probably we have lashed out and held our hands in tight fists. Some might have even used them. Anger is one of the most common things in a person’s life.

Even Bible characters, prophets, kings, and many others struggled with anger. Even Jesus was known to experience righteous anger Himself. But as Christians, we are taught that anger is bad and sinful. So, how are we supposed to deal with anger that is in line with what God wants?

Prayers for Anger

What are Prayers for Anger?

Christians want to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, and we want to be more like Him. We read the Bible, pray, ask for the help of fellow believers, and do everything we can to obey God. Whenever anger rises, we say prayers for anger so our mighty God will help guide us so that even if we get angry, we can avoid sinning.

What Does the Bible Say About Anger?

God, in His infinite wisdom, knows us and knows that we struggle with anger a lot, and it reflects the fact that the Bible is full of passages about anger. The Bible teaches us that anger is not always sinful as Ephesians 4:26 says, ‘And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”’

Feeling angry is okay as long as we do not sin, meaning we control our thoughts and our tongue. We have to be very careful that we do not hurt anyone, including ourselves, in our anger. We can read in James 1:20 that “Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” So, what should our approach to anger be?

What is Righteous Anger?

We can learn about righteous anger from the best and greatest example: Jesus Christ. Is it hypocritical of Jesus to have gotten angry at people when He has always preached peace and forgiveness? There are three known instances where Jesus got angry: when He cleansed the temple (Mark 11:15-17) when He healed on the Sabbath (Mark 3:5), and when the disciples stopped the children from coming to Jesus (Mark 10:14).

Jesus’ anger does not go against His teachings because His anger is not a defense mechanism, and it did not exist with the sole intention of harming people. The wrath of God is different from our anger because God’s anger is directed more toward the consequences of our actions rather than the person.

He was angry at how the people treated the temple. He felt angry at how people refused to give grace to someone who was suffering because of his sickness. Also, He was angry at how the disciples prevented the children from coming to Him when He has made it very clear to everyone that no one is unwelcome or unwanted in the presence of the Savior.

The anger that God shows and feel is not destructive, instead, it paves the way toward building something better and more important. God is focused on protecting the sanctity of the temple, healing and giving grace to someone who desperately needs it, and teaching people, even children, that everyone is welcome, accepted, and included. This is what God’s anger is all about, and this is righteous anger.

Powerful Prayers to Help Control Anger

Prayer for anger control

Dear Lord,

With all my heart, I believe that you are in control of everything. I do not aspire to have all that power, Lord. I just want to be more in control of my life, especially my anger. Dear Lord, I admit that I am not always strong enough to control my anger and actions. I do not always have the correct response, and I do not always feel calm. At times, my initial reaction is to lash out.

I know that does not please you because you love justice and peace. So, Father, I pray that you help me control my anger as you control the rising and setting of the sun. As you control the movements of the planets and the stars, help me control my bitterness and resentment. All this I pray with complete trust in you, Amen.

Prayer to release anger

Lord Jesus,

I am down on my knees not just because I am praying but because the things that are happening in my life right now are too much to bear. I find my heart wanting to get up and tear everything and everyone down. I’ve constantly felt I’m surrounded by unmet expectations, disappointments, pain, and frustration. My heart can barely take it, Lord.

My daily life is unbearable, and I feel trapped in all this anger and resentment. Lord, I want to be set free from my anger. Please help me overcome the anger and evil in my soul and the world around me. Let your love replace my anger and let it overflow so that I can share it with others as well. I pray in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer for anger and frustration

Lord God,

I know full well that nobody is perfect because I, myself, am not. Still, I find it hard to not feel angry or frustrated with things and the people around me. I feel overwhelmed by so many things that even the most minor grievance triggers the most unpleasant emotions.

Jesus taught us to be patient and to forgive, but the truth is that it is not always easy to do. I know I am supposed to thank you, Lord, for everything that happens. I want to do this, Father, and I pray that you help me overcome my anger and frustration and focus more on the good that happens to and around me. This I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayers for Anger

Prayer for overcoming anger

Loving Lord,

The Bible teaches us to not let the sun go down on our anger and not let anger fester in our hearts. I want to hold on to my faith tightly, to sing your praise and glory, but all I can think about is my anger. It consumes me and blinds me to your word.

I want to call myself a victor over my anger, and I know that I need you to be able to do this. Please give me wisdom, patience, and clarity of mind. Deliver me from my anger and its dangers, Father. I pray and trust in your name, Amen.

Prayer for a calm mind

All powerful Father,

I am not proud of all the times I have lost control. Father, I am not proud that anger in more than one form has crept up into my life and wreaked havoc in it. I have experienced being consumed by anger, and I cannot think of anything else.

I try my hardest to have a clear mind, but I could not. So here I am, Father, praying harder than ever for you to grant me a clear mind, to see the purpose in everything rather than the flaws. Please teach me to focus more on you and appreciate things around me. I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer for deliverance from anger

Heavenly Father,

It feels like all my anger wants to burst out of me and consume everything in its path. I know my anger, Lord and I know that it will destroy many things before it is satisfied. It will ruin relationships, opportunities, and peace. I am trying to stay focused on you, Lord, on Bible verses, and self-control but I still feel angry.

My anger terrifies me and makes me feel ashamed because I know that it is against your will. So, I am begging you for help, Father, and I am asking that you take this away from me, that you remove this from my heart. I want to be like you more and more. Please take this from me and bring peace into my heart and my life. In the name of Christ Jesus, we pray, Amen.

Prayer for righteous anger

Merciful God,

There are so many things going wrong in the world right now, and I know that these should spark righteous anger in my heart, but instead, my heart is full of meaningless, destructive anger, and I am so tired of it. Dear God, I pray that my anger always is righteous.

Each time I get angry, let it be because I want to make changes in the world. May my anger be meaningful, God. May my anger make meaningful changes in the world and your children. I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Why is Prayer Important When You are Angry?

Anger might not always be a sin, but it sure is very dangerous. When left unchecked, it can keep us from having a humble spirit, calm head, peaceful mind, and perfect peace. It can easily replace joy with anger, resentment, bitterness, and rage. If we let anger fester, it could turn into a bitter poison that would keep us away from God and those we love.

We pray when we are angry because we trust that God can and will help. Praying when we are angry is a way of acknowledging that we are not strong enough to face this alone but that we do not want to be defeated by it. We come to God in prayer because we know the dangers of anger, and we need the help of the one who mastered it: Jesus Christ.

It is important to pray when we are angry not to suppress the emotion but to truly subdue it, to triumph over it. When we pray, we call on the Holy Spirit to guide and help us overcome anger and be more like our Lord and Savior.

Prayers for Anger

In Summary

Anger can be dangerous for many people in many situations. We should always be wary of it and careful with it. But, the truth is, that is not always easy to do and it does not always come naturally. This is where prayers for anger come in. We can always turn to God to help us handle our anger and help us turn it into something productive and constructive.

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Alex Shute
Alex Shute, MBA
Alex is a family man and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. His passion is to serve the global Church and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to learn & grow.

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