A Prayer When Overwhelmed by Anger

Have you ever been so angry and enraged that you felt you would explode if you didn’t act on your emotions? Many people in the Bible did, too. In fact, the Bible talks a great deal about anger. The words “anger” or “angry” are found 453 times in the New Living Translation of the Bible.

Many times there are very valid reasons for becoming angry. Jesus felt anger when he chased the moneychangers out of the Temple. There is nothing wrong with the emotion of anger, but we must control our actions as a result of the emotion. Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”

Cain had a problem with anger. He allowed it to control him. The Bible tells us that one day Cain brought some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. His younger brother, Abel, also brought a present, but it was the best of his firstborn lambs. Genesis 4:5 tells us that God did not accept Cain or his gift. Cain became very angry and gave in to the temptation to sin. He murdered his brother.

Perhaps you have already committed a sin with great consequences just like Cain did. The good news is that God forgives. He sent His son, Jesus, to die for you and pay the eternal penalty for your sin. The bad news is that we must still face the earthly consequences for our actions.

If you are overwhelmed by anger now, but have not yet sinned, remember that, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Dear Father in Heaven,

I am overwhelmed with anger. Please show me the way out. I do not want to sin. Help me to have self-control in this situation. Vindicate me, and show me the path I should take in this situation.

Father, protect me from evil desires. Forgive me for the desire to do wrong. Keep me on Your path of life.

Comfort my heart with the knowledge that You are in complete control of this situation, and that You can and do work all things together for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose (Romans 8:28). Thank You, Father, that I am called according to Your purpose. Thank You that You have a plan and a purpose for my life, and that You can bring good out of this situation.

You are awesome and all-powerful, Father, and I praise You for delivering me from the temptation to sin again as a result of my anger.

I give You control over my mind, body, will and emotions, Father. Fill me with the fruit of Your Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

We ask all these things in Your precious, holy name.

AMEN.

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