This post is part of a prayer challenge, 21 Days of Prayers For Your Friends. If you would like more information about the full challenge with daily email prayer guides, I invite you to find it here.
Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and found yourself utterly depleted? Feeling battle-worn, weary, and unsure of whether you’ll be able to wake up and do it all over again tomorrow?
And it’s no wonder, really. Because Christians face dozens of foes each day.
While our primary enemy is Satan (the one who made an enemy of our God), he makes use of many tools, like culture, relationships, and trials, just to name a few. These things can cause discouragement, overwhelm, and exhaustion that become paralyzing and even downright crippling.
Thankfully, there is hope.
Our great God extends His loving hand, inviting His children to receive from Him both the strength and courage we need to overcome these threats against us.
Let’s spend some time together praying for your friend to have strength and courage, equipped for every battle and encouraged for every calling.
Prayers For Your Friend to Have Strength and Courage
Take a few moments to praise God, the Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth who does not become weary or tired and whose understanding is beyond comprehension. Thank Him for being One who gives strength to the weary, and power to those who lack might. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength. Pray that your friend would wait on Him, mounting up with wings like eagles, running and not getting tired, and walking without growing weary. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Thank God for His grace that is always enough, and for His power that is made perfect in weakness. Ask God to remind your friend of His sufficient grace and power in her life. Pray that she wouldn’t boast in her abilities and scorn her weaknesses, but would rather view her weaknesses as an opportunity for Christ’s power to rest on her. Implore the Lord to help your friend have an attitude of contentment with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when she weak, then God is strong on her behalf. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Pray that no fear or doubt would prevent your friend from taking action to fulfill God’s calling in her life. Pray that she would be strong and courageous and do whatever God tells her to do, full of confidence and courage, for the LORD God is with her. Thank Him for His promise to never leave her nor forsake her. Share with Him that you’re trusting Him to sustain your friend all the days of her life, until His calling for her has been completed. (I Chronicles 28:20)
Pray that your friend wouldn’t be afraid, but would instead be always aware of God’s presence with her. Ask the Lord to keep her from discouragement, for God is with her and is on her side, strengthening her, helping her, and holding her in His righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
Ask God to give your friend a heart that echoes the psalmist’s:
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.
For He will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek My face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.
Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Beg God for your friend to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might, and not her own. Pray that she would daily put on the whole armor of God, that she may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ask for her to have an awareness that she doesn’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Pray that she would take up the whole armor of God, that she may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Implore Him to help her stand strong, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for her feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. Pray that in all circumstances she would take up the shield of faith, with which she can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and that she would also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Thank God for offering His children strength and courage. Pray that your friend would walk boldly in this strength and courage today, confident in her identity as a child of the Most High. Ask that she wouldn’t fear those who come against her, for it is the LORD God who goes with her, never leaving or forsaking her. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Dear Heavenly Father, how I thank You for being our unfailing Source of strength and courage. I lift up my friend to you now, asking that you would strengthen her in the face of every trial; equip her for every battle; alert her to every temptation; and gird her with Your strength and courage as she fulfills each calling and task you have ordained for her. May she not rely on her own strength, but instead run to You each day for Your promised provision. It’s in the Name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.
If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to sign up for the rest of the prayer challenge! It will be a source of blessing in your life (and your friend’s life) as you continue to pray the Scriptures over her.
We live in a world full of troubling times. We live in a world where hopes and aspirations are hardly realized. There are plenty of pressure and people facing various disappointments. As believers we also sometimes become disappointed because we are the same human, we live in the same world and we are also caught up in some of these challenges. At such times like these arises a need for prayer of encouragement and strength for myself or prayer for strength for a friend.
Let’s pray these prayers, particularly if you are presently going through any difficult time or perhaps your friend or loved one is:
- Prayer of encouragement
- Prayer of encouragement to start the day
- Prayer of encouragement and strength for myself
- Prayer for strength for a friend
Prayer of encouragement
God, so often in different situations I stand and can’t make first steps and decisions I should make. I stuck in such circumstances for a long time, so I ask your encouragement and help. Lord, please encourage me through all my life journey. Please make that I never felt fear or uncertainty. Let all my decisions will be according to your will. Don’t let me give up in any situation I face, but teach me to find the right way and right decision. Let I always feel your love and grace, your caring hand and encouraging support. Lord, encourage and guide me in all actions I take in my life. I pray you in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Prayer of encouragement to start the day
Lord, give me a peace of mind to meet all that the next day will bring to me. Let me fully surrender to your will. God, please come and support me at any time of the day. Whatever news I receive during this day, teach me to accept them with a calm soul and firm conviction that for all your will is. In all my words and deeds, guide my thoughts and feelings. In all unforeseen circumstances, do not let me forget that everything is sent by you, my Lord. Teach me to act directly and reasonably with each member of my family, not disturbing and not upsetting anyone. Lord, give me the power to relieve the weariness of the coming day and all the events during the day. Lead my will and teach me to pray, believe, hope, tolerate, forgive and love. Lord, I need your encouragement in all I do. I pray you in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Prayer of encouragement and strength for myself
Father of all comfort and Grace, you are the divine source of encouragement and courage, I come to you today in absolute confidence and trust in your word, I ask for strength and courage to stand in this trying time and to come out victorious.
I draw strength and comfort in my inner man by your Holy Spirit. I decree and declare that I am strengthened spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally. My faith shall not grow cold, I shall finish strong, and I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. I am not of them that quit and lose out, I will trust you all, for I know that my victory is assured in Christ. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Prayer for strength for a friend
Father, I pray for a friend going through trying times. Lord, please strengthen and encourage his/her heart. God, show him/her that is always near and caring for him/her, not allowing to stay alone in the difficult situation. Let’s his/her faith in Christ don’t shake, show him/her that these trials are for a good purpose and one day he/she come out of difficult situation giving you all the glory and praise. I pray through Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.
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Why we need prayer of encouragement?
To encourage is to draw strength during crises. This prayer we say asking for strength during crises or just in difficult daily situations. Sometimes we pray these prayers not only for ourselves but also for our friends and loved ones who are in the crisis or passing difficult times.
John 16:33 says, “These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulations; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. Peace does not suggest absence of war or crisis, it means finding strength and stability in the midst of them.
Psalm 61:1-2 also says, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I”. Bible made it clear that we won’t go through life without challenges. As believers, we should pray a prayer of encouragement and strength in such times. Only in trusting God and praying strength will be born in our hearts to hold on till victory will come.
When you go through times that appears as if the integrity of God’s word challenged, loved ones leave and relationships threaten to break down, the Savior is a prayer away. When we pray a prayer of encouragement and strength, He does not come with explanations. He comes with His very presence, releasing peace into your heart. James 5:13 “is any afflicted among you, let him pray.”
Do you remember hymn “What a friend we have in Jesus”? He is a friend both in the good and bad times. Don’t lose your peace, refuse to bear needless pains, call on Him in prayers, and He will encourage and strengthen you and your friend’s heart. Peace will come.
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Messiah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, you know what’s hidden in my heart. You know my thoughts and my motives. You know when I am weak and feel discouraged.
I submit my prayers to you, Oh God, on this beautiful day. Give me courage, strength and confidence to face the trials and temptations that may lay ahead.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Give me strength
I give my life to you today, Oh Father, just take control and guide me along the way. There are times I may think that I do not have the strength to defeat the enemy as he attacks me in my daily life. Restore my courage and faith in you, Oh King of Heaven.
Help us to be confident both in ourselves as well as in You, for we know we will mount up on wings like eagles and sore high with You on the throne.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who wait upon the shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
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Praying for confidence
And even as I ask for confidence Dear Lord, help me to remain humble in all that I do. Give me the courage to face my fears, to stand up for myself, to fight for what I believe in, to bless others and to minister your Word.
Let the fire that burns within mes touch the lives of others and manifest your love and grace to all.
In Jesus’ Holy Name, AMEN!!!
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Psalms 3:6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.
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