6 Prayers for Safe Travels to Soothe Your Anxious Mind

Things are slowly starting to feel like normal again, which means travel is making its long-awaited comeback. We’re scrolling through flights, booking hotels, and packing our bags for the first time in a long time. We’re ready, and we couldn’t be more excited.

But with that excitement comes the nerves. Traveling should be fun, but it often comes with equal parts anxiety, stress, and emotions. Whether it’s a fear of flying, the chaos of planning, unexpected traffic jams, or grumpy family members, those relaxing vacations don’t always pan out as we had hoped.

Fortunately, even when we’re on vacation time, we’re still on God’s time. No matter what you planned for, He’s still calling all the shots. Before you head out on your next trip, hand your travel anxiety over to God with these soothing prayers for safe travel. Whether you’re headed to the mountains, the beach, or just going on an adventure, you can always find comfort in God’s promise.

Prayer for a Safe Flight

Dear God, help your beloved child to understand what they fear: That you will not protect them? That you don’t love them enough, so they can trust their life to you? That somehow an airplane has more power over life and death than you do? Is your child’s fear of flying simply a fear that you are not good and you do not have good intentions towards them? If so, reassure your beloved of your loving care. Let your goodness soak deep into their bones, permeating every part of them so that it drives fear away. Lord, we know accidents do happen to good people. Airplanes sometimes crash. But accidents happen in a thousand other ways too. In all of life, we need to trust you to be our protector, and we must believe that you are loving and good. Nothing you do is ever outside of that realm—your love and goodness. So we ask that you help your child to trust you. Just as they trust you when they cross a busy street or drive on the interstate. Fill them with trust as they board this airplane—knowing that you really do walk with them, hold their hand, and even sit beside them. We know you’ll never leave them alone in their fears. In your hands, amen.

Mountain Prayer

Lord, as we journey to the mountains this week, I ask that you would show us how much you love us and how very great you are. You formed the mountains and you set the streams in motion. Yet those same vast mountains tremble before you. The flowers bow their head in service to you. Bring peace and calm tonight before we start our journey. Help us to experience the joy that the fields feel in being in your presence. Give us a delight in your creation. Let peace cover us like the mist that comes upon the mountain. Amen.

Prayer for a Family Vacation

We kneel in our hearts before you, dear Father, you who made everything in heaven and on earth. I pray you will strengthen your children this week with the glorious, unlimited resources of your Spirit. I know you will make your home in this one’s heart, causing deep roots to grow into your love, keeping them strong, even in sleep. May this child of yours have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep your love is, as we head out on our adventure this week. May your child experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then this precious one will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from you. Now all glory to you, dear God, who is able, through your mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to you in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. 

Prayer for a Relaxing Retreat

Heavenly Father, you are the creator of heaven and earth. You bring rest to the weary. You calm hearts and minds, even when it has been a stressful day. I call out to you, as I set out on this journey through your creation. Take from my mind those thoughts that are not of You. Replace them with peaceful reflections of your love, your creation, your peace. Allow my body to relax from the stress of my day-to-daysoaking in the beauty and wonder of all that you have created. May your Holy Spirit calm my racing mind, quiet my emotions, and help me to fully appreciate your wonder this week. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for the Unexpected Road Block

Father God, it feels more difficult than ever to agree with the Psalmist and say, “I will not be shaken.” I am questioning the stability of so much today. I am trying to remember what is true about who You are. And although so much right now feels uncertain, I know that You are not. Thank you for being my rock and my salvation. I depend on you, God. Amen.

Prayer for a Safe Road Trip

Dear Heavenly Father,  bring this car, filled with your beloved children, peace, and safety as they set out on this adventure this week.  Keep them safe in your hands.  Help them feel loved at all times. Grant them your grace and mercy, and remind them to enjoy the beauty of your creation around them.  Lord God, you never sleep, so watch over your children this week during their travels.  Bring peace to each of them, smiles among them, and joy to their hearts, as they explore your great world this week. Help them see you in new ways. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Speaking of travel, don’t forget that Abide is going AWAY this week! If you’re not quite ready to travel, we’ve got just the thing for you—7 new stories, 7 continents, 7 days. Click here to view your full itinerary. It’s not too late to jump onboard. Don’t forget… If you listen to all 7 stories and share your experience with us on Instagram, you’ll be entered to win Abide premium for a whole year! Check out our next three adventures below.

Lost and Found in the Outback

Say your pre-flight prayers because we’re flying south to take a road trip around Australia’s outback. Jump in the Range Rover, buckle up, and get ready for a drive, a long drive! Hit play below to start your outback adventure. Breathe in the hot, dry air, and keep your eyes open for kangaroos…

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Expedition to Antarctica

Grab your coat, we’re taking an unforgettable cruise through the Antarctic Peninsula next. Check out the magnificent glaciers towering above you, as you sail through the world’s most famous ice shelves—experiencing the arctic tundra like never before in this travel story. Click play to start this chilly, but beautiful journey through God’s amazing creation!

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God’s beauty lies everywhere, and we are so excited to explore it with you this week. It’s the mental rest in Christ we all need right now, and it’s travel that we can all enjoy together.

So grab your passport, pack your bags, and join us on the Abide app for Abide AWAY! See you there.