Prayers Against Bad Thoughts

An intrusive thought is an unwelcome, involuntary thought, image, or unpleasant idea that may become an obsession, is upsetting or distressing, and can feel difficult to manage or eliminate. We have collected some of the best prayers against bad thoughts to use in request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith.

See also: Prayers for Mental Illness, Prayers For Depression, and Prayers For Loneliness

“Our thoughts have power and can easily begin to run our lives, controlling our words and actions, feelings and emotions — even our peace and happiness. When disappointment crushes our dreams, when people hurt or anger us, or when problems seem overwhelming, it’s easy to get caught in the rip-current of negative thoughts. And when we think negative thoughts, we feel negative feelings, leading to believing life is negative overall.” — Tracie Miles

Prayer Against Bad Thoughts #1

Dear loving God,
Sometimes I have terrible thoughts that run through my head.
Do you see me, dear Lord? Do you see my struggle?
You are mighty. You are strong, and you love me.

Set me free Lord!
Remove the bad thoughts that torment me.
Cast the enemy out of my mind and my life. Let no attack, deceit or contamination affect me any more.
For I have been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb.
Your mighty Spirit protects me always.

All victory is yours alone.

Dear loving Lord, clear my mind, bring rest to my heart with the sweet caress of your loving grace.
In Jesus’ holy name,

Prayer Against Bad Thoughts #2

O Lord my God, be not far from me. O my God, hasten to help me, for varied thoughts and great fears have risen up within me, afflicting my soul. How shall I escape them unharmed? How shall I dispel them?

“I will go before you,” says the Lord, “and will humble the great ones of earth. I will open the doors of the prison, and will reveal to you hidden secrets.”

Do as You say, Lord, and let all evil thoughts fly from Your face. This is my hope and my only comfort — to fly to You in all tribulation, to confide in You, and to call on You from the depths of my heart and to await patiently for Your consolation. Amen

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Prayer Against Bad Thoughts #3

Dear God,

I pray that you alleviate this burden I’m carrying. I pray that you clear out my mind, body and soul of these horrible thoughts I’ve had regarding my safety.

I pray that you lead me closer to you and not astray. I pray that you are listening when I talk to you. I pray that you are watching me closely on my journeys throughout the day and blanketing me with your security and endless love. I pray that you give me direction in the career path that you have already chosen for me.

Though, most of all, I pray that you never leave me because these thoughts are truly scaring me. Amen!

— by Jarine

Prayer Against Bad Thoughts #4

Dear Father!I am not worthy to stand by Your throne of Grace! Yet Lord trusting in Your abundant mercy I have come to You.The Scripture says that You are able to aid those who are tempted. Lord! I am in an age where I can easily become a pry to satanic snares. I am just not able to resist the unwanted thoughts that haunt my mind quite often. Somehow filthy thoughts creep into my mind and hamper my day-to-day life as well as my walk with You. I crave Your forgiveness for all my sinful thoughts.Lord! Grant me Your Holy Spirit who alone can burn the roots of sin in my heart. Help me to meditate Your words more and more so that I can guard my heart and mind and walk safely in Your way. I am just of the flesh O Lord! Whom do I have beside You to help me overcome this sinful nature in me! You never forsake those who come to You! Show mercy on me so that I can flee the lusts of the flesh. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and make my body the temple of the Holy Spirit. Take full control of my thoughts and let Your power rule over me.I thank You for helping me and strengthening me to lead a victorious life. In Jesus’ name – I pray. Amen.

A Prayer for Mental Purity

Precious Holy Spirit, our inclination toward sin does not start in the world, but our inmost being. Adultery begins with our lust. Murder begins with our desire to kill. Theft begins with our covetousness. All of these begin in our hearts and are contemplated by our minds. Therefore, I pray that You purify my inmost being. Eradicate all sinful thoughts and desires and fill me with a loving concern for my neighbor and a desire to see him/her prosper. Fill me with Your Spirit that I may keep Your commands. Amen.

Bad Thoughts and Temptations from The Devil

“I begin with the name of God and rely on Him. Oh God by giving me faith Thou hast obliged me unto Thou. Thou hast made responsible for the Holy Book and presented me with the fasts of the Holy Month. Make me now the centre of all Thy Kindness, charity, good Benefactor! Oh the doer of Kindness, charity, good will, rewards and obligations and Oh the great art pure and purified and I seek Thy refuge from my downfall after showering me with these gifts and respect and pray you to alleviate those doubts superstitions and griefs which are crowding on me and send innumerable durood on the Messenger and his offsprings.

I begin by relying on the name and reality of God and his Messenger the Prophet of God. Except God no one possesses power might. Oh God alleviate the pain I am suffering from.”

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Prayer Against Negativity

Heavenly Father, I praise Your Holy name. Give me strength today dear Lord, to withstand the works of the devil, as he tries to seep into my mind. I rebuke his negativity out, in Jesus’ mighty name!

Cover me under the precious blood of the Lamb, Oh Lord. Infiltrate my mind, my body and my soul.

Guard me with Your divinity, so that the negative thoughts that arises would be blocked by my unbreakable faith.

By Cheryce Rampersad

Prayer To Stop Negative Thoughts

I say/think of unreal/negative events/thoughts/images/dialogue&unwanted wishes for the future for myself and others in my mind. It even affects my prayer life. These things I say to myself either aren’t real or are not going to happen. Pray that my negative thoughts would stop. Also pray that the negative/bad things I say in my head or to people won’t happen to these people/or myself ever. Thanks.

Change my thinking

Father, shield me so that the enemy has no way to enter in. I request the Holy Spirit’s presence be thrusted upon my life, as He guides my thoughts in the direction of positivity.

Change my thought patterns, Oh Lord my God, to be focused on You and Your promises. Lead me in a plain path and restore my soul.

A Prayer against Suicidal Thoughts

Lord Jesus, You have commanded us that we shall not murder. Yet, I sometimes have thoughts to murder myself through suicide. These thoughts take advantage of the misfortune in my life. They promise me an easy way out and relief from my anguish. Lord, protect me from these lies of demons. Expose their malicious plans and shed light on their schemes. For they come only to destroy. Their promises are empty. Lord, help my unbelief and give me a true and active faith so that I can keep myself from harm. Amen.

When Negative Thoughts Are Running Your Life

Lord, at times I feel as if I’m sinking — in my attitude and thought patterns, even in my faith. Forgive me for letting negativity have power over how I feel, think and live. Fill me with a fresh breath of optimism today, and help me learn to transform my thoughts, heart and life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Image depicting the third and fourth ventricle–Herophilus thought as these were the seat of the soul.

Image depicting the third and fourth ventricle–Herophilus thought as these were the seat of the soul.

My Prayer for Taking Thoughts Captive

Lord, I pray that You would help me take every thought captive and think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). I want to have a positive mind and life, honoring You in my thoughts. Help me to discipline my thought life with all my heart. Help me to believe Your truth on a daily basis. I want Your truth to be my final authority. I give You permission to show me the strongholds in my life. I need Your Spirit’s help and ask You to break these destructive strongholds by Your divine power (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). I cannot do it myself, and I acknowledge my dependence on You. I need You to show me the lies I believe. You can break the power of the lies in my life.

Your Word is truth (John 17:17). It has power, and it judges my thoughts and attitudes (Hebrews 4:12). Expose the lies and show me where my thinking is not lining up with Your divine truth. [If there is a specific lie you have believed that you are aware of, confess it by name to the Lord: i.e. “Lord, forgive me for believing that I am a failure. Forgive me for believing You don’t love me or care about me.”] I repent of ways of seeing my life that are contrary to Your Word. Help me to be disciplined like the Apostle Paul who lived in such a way as not to be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). He went into strict training for You because he wanted to win. Help me to learn to say, “No” to the attacks and fiery darts of the enemy and say, “Yes” to Your way of victory, peace, and joy.


p style=”padding-left: 40px;”>“I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold… Praise be to the LORD, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me… Part your heavens, LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke. Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies; shoot your arrows and rout them. Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me 
from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you, to the One who gives victory to kings… Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 18:1-2, 144:1-2, 5-10, 15). In Jesus’ name, amen.

— Debbie Przybylski

A Prayer for When You’re Dealing with Negative People

Father God in the name of Jesus, I come before you right now to lift up [name the negative person]. Lord I know you see all things and I ask that you come and see about this unfortunate situation. It’s wearing me down to be in the same space with constant negativity. This person speaks against my dreams, doubts my desires and it is very difficult to handle. Now God, can you step into an out-of-control challenge? Work through whatever issue is in them, and then God, if it’s me, move me out of my own way. I thank you for your grace, mercy and favor. I thank you for working out my flaws and making me into the woman that you have called me to be. Help me to stay positive. Help me to become more optimistic. Thank you for showing me who I don’t want to be. Thank you for clarifying who I need to be and how I can be a better encourager of others. Lord, send me light in the way of good people who see the best in me and want the best for me. Send me positive, like-minded people. Help me to resolve this issue between the pessimist in my house, circle, or family. Begin the pruning process right now. Get rid of every dead thing that means me no good. Your word says, “Bad company corrupts good character.” So Lord, I ask that you remove all of those who are against me. Release into my life right now a seasoned mentor\rolemodel\coach\sponsor\covering that would genuinely build me up and support me. Then, show me how to pay it forward. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Verses From The Bible About Negative Thoughts

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. Matthew 10: 30–31 

When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19 

Always be joyful. Never stop praying.Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8  

A Prayer against Trusting Evil Thoughts

Loving God, through the cross of Your Son, Jesus, You have given all men a new heart, mind, and soul. I am indeed a new creation but still wrestle with the flesh in thought, word, and deed. Lord, it is written that it is foolish for a man to trust his thoughts. Yet through You, we obtain wisdom to discern between good and evil. Thus, I pray that You would give me this spirit of wisdom and discernment. Help me to know what thoughts are from the pit, that I might take them captive and make them obedient to You through Christ, my Lord. Amen.

Prayer Against Evil Thoughts #1

Almighty and merciful God, look favorably upon my prayer and free my heart from temptation to evil thoughts, that I may deserve to be accounted a worthy dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Shed upon my heart the brightness of Thy grace, that I may ever think thoughts worthy of Thy Divine Majesty and that are pleasing to Thee, and ever sincerely love Thee, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Against Evil Thoughts #2

O Master, Lord my God, in Whose hands are my lots, help me according to Thy mercy and do not allow me to be destroyed with my iniquities; nor permit me by my will to follow the desires of my flesh against my spirit.

I was fashioned by Thee. Do not forsake the works of Thy hands. Turn not Thy face, have pity, do not despise me, neither forsake me, O Lord, for I am weak; and it is to Thee, my protecting God, that I have come for refuge.

Heal my soul, I have sinned against Thee. Save me for the sake of Thy mercy, for upon Thee have I cast myself from my very youth. May those who war against me be put to shame, and may those who seek to separate me from Thee through immodest acts, unseemly thoughts, and unprofitable recollections be turned back.

Chase far from me every filthiness that is the superabundance of evil. For Thou alone art holy; Thou alone art mighty; Thou alone art immortal — having unfathomable power against all things. And it is through Thee that every power is given against the Devil and his forces.

Unto Thee is due all glory, honor, and worship, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.


A Prayer to Turn Bad Thoughts into Good Thoughts

Father, many wicked things are expressed in my mind. Although I do not verbally make them known to the world, they have their way in my mind. Yet, You are a God of redemption. What we mean for evil, You have the power to use for good. Take captive the negativity that pours forth from my heart and into my mind. Turn them on their head Lord, so that they serve You rather than evil. Use them for the good of Your kingdom. Amen.

A Prayer against Negativity

Faithful God, a negative person is like a loud, clanging cymbal. Nobody wants to be around him/her and he/she grates upon everyone. I fear that I am becoming this person, as all my thoughts lead to despair. I am unable to see the good in anything. All my conversations turn for the worst as I see all things cynically and hopeless. Lord, I do not want to be one who lives as if there is no hope. Therefore, take this negative heart and fix it. Help me to see the good in this world that comes about from Your grace and mercy. Graciously heal my mind so that I am not consumed by negativity. Amen.

Break the chain of negative thoughts

Oh Prince of Peace, embrace me with your tranquility and love so that my mind can be at ease.

Break every chain of negative thoughts as I speak prosperity and positivity into my life, for life and death are in the power of the tongue.

Therefore, I declare and decree that every  stronghold in my life, produced by negative thought patterns, is broken in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!

By Cheryce Rampersad

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