Lent Prayers for Strength and Endurance
Compiled by Kimberly Winston
During Lent, Christians focus on prayer and meditation. Here are set of prayers on the theme of strength and patience that can be used as stand alone prayers during Lent and beyond. For those who are interested, they can also be used with the Anglican or Protestant rosary—a set of prayer beads with 33 beads, one for each year of Jesus’ earthly life—they can also be used as stand-alone prayers in your quiet time.
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Omnipotent, Omnipresent Loving Lord, I humbly lay my life before You, for You alone deserve all the praise, honor and glory. Open my eyes, Lord.
Allow me to see all the wonderful things You have done for me. Open my heart to accept You and Your Word daily. Open my mind and allow me to understand Your teachings.
Romans 12:12 – Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer
Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Open my eyes, Lord. Allow me to see all the wonderful things You have done for me. Click To Tweet
Grant me patience Lord, as I await Your answers to my call. Teach me to be still in the midst of the storms.
Lord, Your timing is always perfect, never too early and never too late. Knowing that You hold the future, it is definitely worth the wait!
James 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Hebrews 6:12 – That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Teach me to be still in the midst of the storms for Your timing is always perfect. Click To Tweet
Guide me accordingly, help me to make the right decisions that will only lead me to You. Search me, Oh Lord, for You alone know my heart.
I desire Your Holy presence as I await You patiently, Oh Lord. Bless me with all that I deserve, in Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen!
Luke 8:15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
James 5:8 – Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
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A Prayer for Patience & Peace
By Dick Woodward
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12
Throughout the history of the church, patience has always been considered a great virtue by spiritual heavyweights like Augustine, Thomas a Kempis and Francis of Assisi. Why is patience such an important virtue? For starters, patience is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
In our relationship with God, we might call patience “faith-waiting.” In the Bible we are exhorted to “wait on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). It takes more faith to wait than most of the real life situations that challenge our walk with God. There are few spiritual disciplines that will focus our faith like those times when all we can do is wait on the Lord. When we are praying for something and receiving no answer, God may be teaching us that there are times when faith waits.
We all eventually find ourselves facing circumstances which are beyond our control. Imagine Paul chained in that awful prison in Rome. Would he find and maintain the peace of God if his formula for peace was to rattle his chains and ‘force it?’ Patience is the supernatural fruit of the Holy Spirit that gives us the grace to accept the things we cannot control.
God, teach us what it means to have faith in silence. When we face trials that are beyond our understanding, help us to find peace. Help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. You set all things in accordance to your time. Remind us to wait patiently, and find peace in your plan.
*Editor’s Note: The following is an abridged version Patience & Peace by Dick Woodward. To read the full devotional, follow this link!
Some say patience is a virtue and they are right, but more importantly we can learn about patience from a much higher power than human intuition. We know a God personally and His patience far exceeds our own. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) There are things in your life right now that are trying your patience. Please, tell God about it and let Him take your hand as He walks with you. Here are 7 prayers for different situations that require your patience.
Your Future Mate
Father in Heaven
You know my heart. I am ready to give my life to someone in marriage. I only want someone that You deem worthy, Lord. I will not settle for anything less! However, my strength is failing and I need You now more than ever. Help me to be patient as I wait for who You already have planned for me. When I am anxious I jump into bad decisions. I need Your hand in this, Father. So, take my hand as I walk as a single person for now. Lead me to the one You have planned for me. I pray that whomever it is that they are doing well today and that You bless them! I love You, Abba! Amen
Help me to remember that every trial that comes my way has already been known to You in advance. I know that You are with me. I memorize Your Word. I know that I am to be “patient in affliction” (Romans 12:12 NIV). I am grateful for all You have provided me and I need to always remember that You are in control. Lord, I am learning more every day to be content with life in the moment because You are showing me Your grace and mercy daily. I will persevere through these trials, Lord, because You are with me! Thank you for being patient with me as I am learning to be patient through my own afflictions. I love you, Father! Amen
9 Long Months
I am so blessed by You! You have put a precious little baby in my wife’s tummy! I am excited for the day when I see that little one’s face for the first time. Help me to be patient as my wife goes through the ups and downs of pregnancy. I need to be strong for her when she is weak. When she needs ice cream and pickles at 3 in the morning, give me a humble and patient attitude as I drive to the store to get them. When she is lying in bed because the false labor pains come and go, give me a joy that shows her I am here for whatever she needs. I want to be as patient as possible, Lord. Give me Your strength, Father. Amen
I am blessed to have a job and I pray for the promotion coming up. I know the plans that I am making, but Your plans far exceed my own. Father, I want this promotion so bad! I could pay off debts quicker. I could get a more reliable vehicle. I could take my spouse on a really nice weekend get away! I pray that Your will be done in this, Father. If You don’t allow me this opportunity I will still praise Your Name for You are sovereign over all things. Thank you for the blessings I have right now, Lord. I will be patient as I wait to see how this all turns out. Amen
Uncertainties of Health
The doctor found a lump that could potentially be cancerous on me. I am overwhelmed with anxiety right now. You are the Healer and I need to trust in You and You alone. Help me to be patient through this process. If the results are negative I will praise You. If the results are positive I will still praise You. Father, if I do have cancer please lavish Your love on me in a tangible way. I need to feel Your presence right now. I need you, Lord. Help me to be patient through this trial, Father. I love You! Amen
All of a Sudden
The pain is unbearable right now! I can’t even process this all yet. Just yesterday I was playing with my son’s best friend. Now he is gone, taken by a selfish drunken driver. How do I tell my son? How can I walk with those who loved him? How can I grieve so deeply and still go to work? Give me patience to not seek revenge on the person who took my son’s friend from this earth so soon. Being honest, forgiveness is not even a thought right now, but I know I must do this. Please help me through this, Lord. I want to be able to forgive. Give me patience to withstand the overwhelming chaos that is around me. I need to keep focused on You, Lord. Draw me to Yourself, Father! I need you now more than ever! I love You! Amen
You have made us sexual beings and sex is a wonderful thing in the bonds of marriage. Right now, I still feel all of the urges that married men and women do, but I need Your strength to not act on them. I pray that You will help me to be a patient man/woman through my time being single. I don’t want to stain such a wonderful thing before I say “I do” in front of my future spouse. Give me strength and patience as I endure life by abstaining from sex until marriage. I want to honor my future spouse and You by doing so. I love You, Lord. Amen
I hope and pray that you find your strength in God as you strive for patience through all of the circumstances around you. Seek God and His strength. He will walk with you even when you can’t feel His presence. He is sovereign over all things. God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!
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What does the Bible say about patience
Resources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Prayer For Knowledge and Strength
Give me, O Lord, I pray Thee
firm faith, unwavering hope,
Pour into my heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and spiritual strength,
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness,
and the Spirit of Thy holy fear.
Light eternal, shine in my heart.
Power eternal, deliver me from evil.
Wisdom eternal, scatter the darkness of my ignorance.
Might eternal, pity me.
Grant that I may ever seek Thy face
with all my heart and soul and strength;
and, in thine infinite mercy,
bring me at last to Thy holy presence
where I shall behold Thy glory
and possess Thy promised joys. St. Alcuin of York (735-804)
Prayer for Strength and Ability
Lord God, help me to know my ability, that I may not attempt with weakness that which requires strength to undertake; and make me stable that I may not relax vigilance even though victory seems assured. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Bravery
Almighty God, I thank thee for the courage that comes with a great life. Help me to be brave, even if it is only that others may be blest. May I lay a careful foundation and plan to build the best that I can afford. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Calm
Loving Father, help me to guard my inclinations. May I be able to appreciate that though I may be restless from ambition, I also may be restless through discontent. Correct my life, that my desires may meet the true demands of my soul. Strengthen me with the power of calmness, that “I may go softly all my years,” even though I walk through the bitterness of sorrow. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Compassion
Lord God, I pray that I may not neglect the help and happiness that I may give with compassion and love. Make me strong in all the senses that answer to the call of humanity. Help me to guide and protect little children, and to care for the comforts of the old. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Contentment
Gracious Father, help me to understand that while I may be content to rest with what I have gathered, I cannot preserve the strength of my soul unless I share my possessions. Give me a passion for humanity that will advance gifts through love, and offer service without the need of an appeal. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Encouragement
Lord God, if I am discouraged this morning, may I pause for thine encouragement. Grant that the fear of the night may make no decline in my morn, but that “into the future I may fuse the past,” and use what is clearest for to-day. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Endurance
Almighty God, I would learn that while thou art a forgiving Lord, nature has no mercy on them that break her laws. Forgive me for all my neglect, and help me to see the way in which thou hast through mercy led me. Give me the power to endure and the strength to resist temptation. May I seek to understand thy laws, that I may not fail through ignorance. Amen.
Prayer for Enduring Strength
Lord God, I beseech thee to give me the strength which endures. Grant that I may have the ceaseless content which is secured by choosing and continuing in the right way. From the wealth of each day renew my hope, and quiet my soul with the calm of thy peace. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Faith
Lord God, I do earnestly pray that thou wilt give me strength to break away, if I may be trying to free myself from habits that mar my character. May I not lose courage and fall back in the old ways, but by faith be led where I should go. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Guidance
Eternal God, who hath weighed the mountains and measured the seas, I pray that I may not be satisfied to wait in idleness, and let thy wisdom pass away from me as the days. Steady me in my weakness, and reveal to me my strength as I draw near and ask of thee. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Inspiration
Almighty God, make me conscious of my weaknesses, and make me ashamed of my indulgences. Give me a victory over self; and may I consider more what I put in my life. May I be eager for that which will inspire me for greater aspirations. Amen.
Prayer for Lost Strength
My Lord, my life makes me conscious of weakness, and my memory brings regret; forgive me for the lost strength I neglected to develop. In thy compassion encourage me to be more watchful of my power, that I may usefully increase it, and not willfully deplete it. May I learn the need of constancy in well-doing. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Love
Loving Father, I bless thee for thy goodness and tender mercy which is over all. May I trust thy provision and love through all circumstances, and as I trust myself to thee may I have faith to believe that thou wilt give me strength for what I may have to endure, and believe that thou wilt care for me, as thou dost care for all. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Mercy
Lord God, thou knowest what I am and where I belong. Have mercy upon me and strengthen me, that I may not through weakness stay in the darkness. Lead me out into the light; and may I find my way and be contented with it. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Motivation
Almighty God, help me in these fleeting days that I may not use my time to consider and hesitate, but be positive in my desires and pursue them. Grant that I may have the strength to hold each day precious, and live it more than consistently. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Patience
My Father, I pray that I may have patience to live through the difficulties of life. May I correct my faults, that they may not destroy my peace and take from me my strength; help me to center my life in brightness and hope. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Principles
Gracious Father, I pray that I may be willing to profit by the experience of great teachers, and appreciate the value of strong principles. May I too live for the higher ideals of life, and through a sympathetic response add power and virtue to other lives, while gaining strength for my own. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Self-control
Gracious Father, try me again by the courage I have to-day, if thou art judging me by the fear I held yesterday. Help me to see that wavering is misleading and temperament is deceptive. May I learn self-control. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Tranquillity
Gracious Father, keep within me that cheer and courage which never has a place for weary murmurings; and with peace make the hours of solitude profitable as they pass. Help me to seek those who are in need of sympathy and encouragement, that I may help them to have a tranquil life. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Despair
My Father, may I never be content to pass by thy beautiful offerings and keep on in wretched despair. Save me if I may be inclining toward misery. Give me the spirit of repose, and help me to confide in thee as I daily seek the strength of thy love. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Struggle
Lord God, I pray that if I have struggled for the wrong, and have worked with weak hands, thou wilt forgive me for my lost strength. Give me more light to shine upon my work, upon thy promises, and upon my duties; and with thy wisdom may I search for the truth that is behind every wrong, and for the purpose that is beyond all journeyings. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Times of Fear
Lord Jesus, help me to learn how to be strong and brave, that I may not remain in fear and weakness. Help me to conquer unworthiness, and to overcome discouragements, that I may be spared the needless battles that are brought on through impatience and selfishness. Keep my soul in repose, that I may add to my conquering strength. Amen.
Prayer for Strength over Disappointments
My Father, I thank thee for life and its faculties. May I not be deceived by gratification and miss the permanent satisfactions. Make me brave that I may be courageous in affliction, and not be dismayed over humiliations and disappointments. May I be kept in harmony with thy will. Amen.