Have you ever needed supernatural strength to face a situation head-on, but not known what to pray? God is waiting and wants to offer us strength in time of need. Do not be afraid to pray and ask God for His strength to fall upon you! When you are weak, weary or unready to stand, and unsure of what to ask, pray along with these words!
A Prayer for Strength
Lord, I’m weary. My energy is sagging, and my motivation is lagging. And I am so in need of you. I need your strength and your fresh touch to get back on track again. Your Word says the joy of the Lord is my strength. If that’s true, then I need your joy to replace all the bone-tired parts of my mind, body, and soul.
The pressures of life sometimes push me into a corner, rendering me helpless to move forward. A hundred voices call my name, and I feel paralyzed at times to answer, not knowing where to turn. Lord, help me not to quit, to keep running the race faithfully, and to find strength in that safe, secret place of yours, under the shadow of the Almighty.
I need your strength to say no when I’m tempted to surrender to harmful things, or when selfishness clings to my clothes and won’t let go. I need your strength to say yes, when cowardice and fear nudge me to deny the convictions of my heart. I need your strength to reach out in love to those both close to me and all around me. When don’t I need your strength, God?
You are my rock, and I run to you today, believing that you will lift up my heavy arms, that you will fuel me for the tasks you’ve given me, and that your joy will completely consume the weakness of my life and make me strong again. I don’t want to stay grounded, crippled by limitations and failed attempts. I’m tired of feeble efforts. Lord, I want to mount up with wings like an eagle and not just fly. I want to soar.
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Renew my strength, Lord. Fill me with your supernatural power to overcome each obstacle in my path. With my eyes on you, Lord, with you walking beside me, working through me, I can make it. Thank you, Lord!
In Jesus’s name, Amen
A Prayer for Strength and Encouragement
Lord, like David, I need your encouragement in a time of trial and anguish. Thank you that you are always on the throne, always my God, ready to save. Thank you for being the same God to me that you were to David. Thank you for always being near and always rescuing me from my fears and hurts. Lord, help me remember that daybreak might be just ahead, that this trial will not last forever. Fill me with hope that daybreak is coming and that your love will always prevail! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
~ A Good Thing Devotional
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A Prayer for Strength to Endure
Lord, I am weary and don’t know when this “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this trial. Help me to stop trying to outrun my pain but rather run with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials in my life. I know that nothing in this world can separate me from your steadfast love. Please give me a measure of your love today; give me the strength to endure this trial. Thank you for your love for me that never ends! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom!
~ Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding
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Additional Prayer Resources
Here is a collection of some of our favorite Bible verses about the promises of God’s strength. May these give you hope and encouragement to persevere with a bold confidence! Find the complete list at BibleStudyTools.com’s Scripture page.
- “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” ~ Isaiah 40:29
- “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31
- “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
- “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” ~ Psalm 46:1
- “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” ~ Psalm 28:7-8
Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart. She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
Publication date: August 4, 2015, Updated: January 22,2018
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A Prayer for Strength and Encouragement
By Baptist Bible Hour
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. – Proverbs 18:10
David and his men arrived home to discover the army of Amalek had burned the city and had taken their wives and children captive. They wept until they could weep no more. The loss was overwhelming.
In their grief and frustration the men blamed David and spoke of stoning him… but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. Under God’s direction, David then led a victorious march against the Amalekites and recovered their wives and children without a single loss; but we want to give attention to David’s method of encouragement.
You may have waited for someone to come and encourage you in your night of trouble, but no one has come. So you may ask, “How can I encourage myself?” First, consider that God is still on the throne and He is your God.
There was no friend at hand to encourage David; his own men had turned against him. But when it appeared everything was lost, he turned to God for his help. He saw God as his God. He did not consider God to be at such a distance that He would not come to his rescue.
Second, remember that daybreak may be just ahead. David and his men experienced the anguish of believing their families probably had been killed, but they were all recovered safely. The old adage goes, “The darkest time of the night is just before dawn,” and dawn may soon be breaking for you.
Further, you can encourage yourself by remembering that our trials are for a good purpose. The trials themselves are burdensome and distasteful but the end is good as God teaches you more of your weakness and more of His strength.
If you find yourself in need of strength and encouragement, here is a prayer you can pray:
Lord, like David, I need your encouragement in a time of trial and anguish. Thank you that you are always on the throne, always my God, ready to save. Thank you for being the same God to me that you were to David. Thank you for always being near and always rescuing me from my fears and hurts. Lord, help me remember that daybreak might be just ahead, that this trial will not last forever. Fill me with hope that daybreak is coming and that your love will always prevail!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Editor’s Note: The following is an abridged version of Strength and Encouragement from A Good Thing devotional. To read the full article follow this link.
What is true love? It’s easy to think about love. We see it in movies, we read about it, we see it between others, we feel it for someone, and we long for them to feel it back. Most people can think of several things that they love. Maybe it’s ice cream, vacation, the taste of a good meal, the peace of being outdoors, or something else. Perhaps you even love an object, like a child loves a toy or an adult loves a house, vehicle, or trinket.
But typically there is a whole new level of love. Most of the time that love is not the ‘what’, it’s the ‘who’. You may love a trinket, but you love it mostly because it’s a memory token given to you by a loved one who has passed. You may love a gift, but the significance is mostly because the giver loved you enough to give it to you. You may love children, but you know that you would give anything for your own child.
Many times when the word ‘love’ is mentioned, it’s assumed we are talking about a romantic love. Often times this love can be so intoxicating that we forego our schedules, disrupt our friendships, and even change our whole priority list based on love. When we feel that kind of love for another, often times we throw caution to the wind. This type of love is regarded so highly that we can justify even the silliest of decisions. But that love feels so good. It makes us feel warm and safe. Sometimes it makes us feel complete.
There is an even higher form of love than these. Even the strongest form of romantic love isn’t the highest. The unconditional love of a parent sacrificing themselves to protect their child isn’t the highest. Believe it or not, no matter how loving you are, you are the recipient of the highest form of love.
When our Creator God formed this universe, it was out of love. He crafted our entire universe as a model of his splendor and glory. Every single thing about the world we sit in today reflects God’s love for us. No matter how much love we have, it is only a fraction of the love God has. Imagine every created thing, every circumstance, and every good thing was a gift from him. He loves us so much that he wants us to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
God’s love goes even farther. He took a part of himself, his son Jesus, and sent him to earth. The purpose was this: He loved you so much that he sent his son to Earth to pay for your sins. He knew that Jesus would be killed for this. He knowingly sacrificed his own son for you and for me. Jesus came and lived a sinless life. He didn’t deserve to die. But because you and I do deserve eternal death in hell, Jesus sacrificed himself for us.
That’s love. God sacrificed a perfect son. Jesus lived a sinless life, despite being tempted just like you and I are. All this was done so that hopefully, possibly, we could spend eternity in heaven. He made the sacrifice, we just have to confess and believe. He just wants us to love him back.
Not just any kind of love. Not the ‘love of a friend’ love, not the ‘puppy love’ of a new relationship, not even the love of a child. Even in some of the earliest books of the Bible God tells us what kind of love we should strive for. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 says: …The Lord our God. The Lord is the one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
He gave it all, now he wants us to.
All of our heart means a committed love. All our soul means even when we are weary or beaten down, keep loving. All our might means every bit of toughness, effort, and energy needs to be used to love Him.
If you want to love Him more, here are two prayers to help.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your gift of Jesus. Thank you for loving me so much that you sent him to die for sins I committed. I believe in you Lord, and I want to return that love. I love you with all my heart, soul, and might. When I’m tempted, I’ll love you. When I’m weary, I’ll love you. When I’m sad, I’ll love you. When I’m lonely, I’ll love you. When I work, I’ll love you. When I play, I’ll love you.
Fill me up with your love, so that my cup runs over. Let my mouth, heart, actions, and attitude all pour out love to you. Blessed be Your name, amen.
You are Love. Thank you for all the blessings you so freely pour out all around me. I love you Lord and I lift my voice to worship you.
Help my words, my actions, my intentions, and my attitude be so obvious to others that they know I’m full of your love. I commit to loving you with all that I am. I will love you and praise you in good times and bad. I will share your love with others. I will be an example of you.
I believe in your son Jesus, and thank you for sending him to save my soul. May your name be always on my lips. I will love you even until my last breath. Thank you Father, amen.