There are times throughout our lives when we need to call on God for the courage and strength to face the challenges that test our body, mind and spirit. The following prayers touch upon many of these occasions, such as prayers for strength during serious illness, difficult times, divorce, caring for elderly parents and more. All of these prayers may be adapted to meet your specific needs.
Prayer for Strength of Faith During Difficult Times
Father, this world sometimes bewilders me and is beyond my understanding. I see poverty and disease, storms and earthquakes, war and killing. Many hearts are bound by ego and fear. Please strengthen my faith in your higher purpose and open my mind to the truth that everything is unfolding according to your divine plan. Let compassion and love for my brothers and sisters flow from me and may we all be uplifted by your glory. AMEN.
Prayer for Strength of Self Image
Lord, sometimes when I look in the mirror I’m not too happy with what I see. Please let me see me the way you made me, beautiful and perfect just as I am. Help me to hold this image in my mind and heart as I follow my life’s path. Allow others to witness your light shining through me as I walk with confidence, grace and a smile on my face. Amen.
Prayer for Strength During Serious Illness
Heavenly Father, as you know, I am facing a major health challenge in my life. I ask that you grant me the energy and determination to seek out and find the right physicians, treatments and programs; the courage and grace to follow them; and your peace and serenity to rest and restore my body, mind and spirit. Amen.
Prayer to Our Ultimate Source of Strength
I will lift up my eyes to the hills
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
Prayer for Strength During Divorce
Father, my spouse has chosen to break the vow made before you, our families and friends at our wedding. My heart is heavy and my soul aches. I pray that you give me the courage and strength to go through this divorce with dignity, self respect and the knowledge that you are always with me. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Ending a Toxic Relationship
Dear God, I have loved well but not too wisely. I’ve given my heart to someone who has not honored that gift and I realize this relationship does not serve either of us. Please give me the courage and strength to end this relationship gracefully. Help me to forgive, heal and move on with my life so that I may open the door to new happiness. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Caring for Elderly Parents
Lord, when we are infants, you partner with our parents in loving and caring for us. My parent(s) is (are) now elderly and infirmed and I ask that you partner with me in giving (her, him, them) the same tender loving care. Give me the strength to be fully present for my (mother, father, parents) and lovingly tend to (her, his, their) needs and the wisdom to take time out to tend to my physical, emotional and spiritual needs as I care for (her, him, them). Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Maintaining a Budget
Dear God, please give me the wisdom and willpower to create and stick to a budget. Help me to know the difference between my desires and my true needs so that I can pay my bills on time, take care of my family, save what I can and have some left over to enjoy! May my budget and all aspects of my life be in balance. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Dieting
Lord, I need your help! You have set a bounteous table in front of me which I have enjoyed time and time again and for which I am grateful! But it seems I may have enjoyed this a little too much and my body is reflecting the bounty! Please help me to choose healthy foods, to know that I will be fully satisfied with smaller portions and give me the strength to resist overeating. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Stressful Work Environment
Lord, I am grateful to have a job while others are struggling to find work. The added work load, fear of layoffs and tense work relationships has made our office stressful and oppressive. I pray that you give me the strength to continue to do my best, to overlook the short tempers and fear of others and to be a supportive and harmonious friend to my coworkers. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Raising My Children
Heavenly Father, I am grateful for the children you have given me. There are times that raising them is challenging and stressful. Please give me the right words for both correcting and encouraging them, the strength and composure to be firm yet loving, and the wisdom to guide them in every situation. Amen.
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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 a friend, 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.
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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by Elie (Phils)
I pray for my dad who is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
May he surpass this challenge you gave and have mercy on him.
Lord, give him the strength to carry his cross and please heal him.
I also pray for myself,Lord God give me enough strength and courage
to get through this hard time of my life. strengthen my relationship
with my partner. may we overcome all the challenges that come
our way and please give him enough courage to stand up for me to his
family. Bless our relationship that we may go on the right path and
find peace and happiness. And may our love for each other
remain in our hearts forever. Lord, im also seeking for financial aid. pls
help me get through.it. And give me wisdom to manage my
finances well. Thank you for everything Lord God. Amen.
Return to Prayers for Strength and Guidance
Times of sickness are unavoidable in this fallen world.
Some illnesses are fairly minor. Viruses and infections, colds and flu, chicken pox and pink eye.
Others are much more serious, threatening our well-being and in the worst cases, our very lives.
I’m writing this post with great care, because I’ve been there, and in many ways I’m still there, walking with loved ones through various illnesses.
My husband had a brush with cancer. I have loved ones with chronic illnesses like Lyme’s and lupus and others with mystery illnesses that are yet undiagnosed.
But I’ve never been in your shoes.
So I don’t want to offer you empty clichés. I don’t want to take your pain lightly. I don’t want to write as though I completely understand what you’re going through, because I don’t. I’ve walked the path of pain, but I haven’t walked your path.
I’m convinced that the very best thing I can do for you is to commit you to the One who knows all things, and to remind you of His complete and utter goodness.
Even if it doesn’t always look the way we expect it to. And even if it doesn’t look the way we want it to. And especially when it doesn’t look the way we think it should.
Today I want to encourage you, my fellow believer, to pray for healing, even as I remind you with great gentleness that the healing of your soul has already been accomplished, and the complete healing of your body will only ever come in heaven.
I urge you to ask for your sickness to be removed even as I whisper assurances in your ear that times of trial bring growth and refinement and strength and the sweetness of His presence like you’ve never experienced it before.
To that end, it’s my earnest desire that praying the Scriptures below would be an encouragement to your heart as you press on.
Prayers for Strength in Times of Sickness
Give the LORD praise for being the God of all flesh, and the One who asks, “Is anything too difficult for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27) Agree with Him that the answer is a resounding NO! Nothing is too difficult for Him, and even the things that are humanly impossible are possible with Him (Mark 10:27).
Thank God for knowing you intimately, for seeing you in your mother’s womb and for knowing every facet of your body and your life (Psalm 139:13-16). Praise Him that no aspect of your body or your health is a secret to Him, and that nothing takes Him by surprise.
Claim God’s promise that because the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal body through His Spirit who dwells in you (Romans 8:11).
Acknowledge to God that decay is part of this sin-inflicted world. Ask God to help you not lose heart as your body is decaying, because your spirit is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). Thank God for this continual restoration of your spirit.
Revel in these precious promises from your God: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Claim each promise for your every own.
Remind God of His promised grace that is sufficient, and of His power that is made perfect in weakness. Ask that He would enable you to embrace your weaknesses, knowing that they open the door for the power of God to rest upon you (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Praise your Savior for His invitation that all who labor and are heavy laden should come to Him. Claim His promised rest (Matthew 11:28).
Ask God to grant you spiritual eyes that see the blessing that accompanies suffering. Pray that He would help you rejoice in your sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put you to shame, because God’s love has been poured into your heart through the Holy Spirit who has been given to you (Romans 5:3-5).
Pray that God would give you power when you are faint, and strength when you are weak. Remind God of His promise that those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:29-31). Ask Him to help you wait on Him.
Rejoice that one day, the Lord will will wipe away every tear from your eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:3-4). Ask that God would keep this hope fresh in your heart.
Take some time in stillness before the Lord, casting all your anxieties on Him, resting in the truth that He cares for you (I Peter 5:7).
Thank your Savior for being wounded for your transgressions and crushed for your iniquities; ponder the wonder of your peace with God being secured through the punishment He endured, and that your healing was made possible by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5). Share with Him all your pain; He understands.
Dear Heavenly Father, You are the LORD, the God of all flesh, and nothing is too difficult for You. Sometimes You show Your goodness through healing, and other times You show Your goodness by strengthening us to endure suffering. I pray that You would increase our faith and open our eyes to see Your purpose for our lives. In closing, my heart echoes the psalmist’s:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever
Prayer for Healing and Strength
Father, thank you that you sent your Son to bring me life
Life in the fullness
Life for eternity
Thank you that I share in Christ’s resurrection life
That Christ is alive in me
And His Spirit dwells deeply in my being
Right now I receive your healing
I receive the same power that raised Christ from the grave
I receive Your life
I receive Your strength
Thank you that all things are possible for those who believe
Thank you that you are moving in me right now
May I continue to receive from you
This hour and every hour.
Prayer for Strength When Grieving
Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel.
My heart is broken and my spirit mourns.
All I know is that Your grace is sufficient.
This day, this hour
Moment by moment
I choose to lean on You,
For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest.
I pour out my grief to You
And praise You that on one glorious day
When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered
We shall walk together again.
A Prayer for Strength to Cope with Physical Illness
Lord, you know me inside and out.
You know about my pain and distress,
you understand the fears of my heart.
At the cross you endured unabating agony.
You have gone before me into the darkness
And emerged in power and glory.
At this time I lean on You
I draw my strength from Your endless love
And live in Your limitless grace
Trusting in You.
Prayer for Strength and Guidance
Lord, I reach out to you for your guidance.
Please show me which way to turn.
Calm my anxious thoughts, come speak into my mind.
Strengthen me as I falter and feel weary.
May I feel strength rising up within my heart.
Bring clarity into my visions and dreams.
I trust that you are with me, no matter where I go,
Or what I decide to do.
You journey with me always.
Prayer for Strength During Difficult Times
Father, this world sometimes bewilders me and is beyond my understanding.
I see poverty and disease, storms and earthquakes, war and killing.
Many hearts are bound by ego and fear.
Please strengthen my faith in your higher purpose and open my mind to the truth that everything is unfolding according to your divine plan.
Let compassion and love for my brothers and sisters flow from me and may we all be uplifted by your glory. AMEN.
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