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.
Also read: PRAYER FOR SUCCESS in Business, Job, Exams
Often, we as Christians seek out Bible verses for encouragement to give us strength and inspire us to do God’s will.
There are a lot of different Scriptures to encourage Christians in a large variety of circumstances and situations. We have compiled a list of Bible quotes about encouragement after searching diligently through the Scriptures.
Use this list of bible quotes to find that special verse you need.
Whether you’re feeling down and need an uplift or looking for strength to accomplish some difficult task for God, we hope you can find a bible verse to encourage you and give you strength.
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20 Scriptures for Encouragement
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
“But they 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.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him In love.”
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
“no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.”
“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.”
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
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What do we learn from these bible verses?
By examining these Bible verses about encouragement that we have listed above, we can see that God is there for us and that he will always protect us, strengthen us, and empower us to live our lives as Christians in this world.
He has not left us without hope. He has given us his word and filled us with his Holy Spirit who dwells within all of us as Christians.
He also has given us these Scriptures in his word to assist us when we are in need of encouragement. These are the words of our God, so they are powerful and true.
Whenever God has said or promised anything, we know that we can rely on him to always keep his word and fulfill any promises that he has made. Because of this, we should allow the Holy Spirit to encourage our souls and then go forward in peace with faith in our God.
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My first visit to a child development center was to accompany visitors from Korea. How could I forget that winter morning?
A girl leaning in the doorway of her small shack was eager to meet visitors who came to her house from so far away, visitors of a different nationality who did not speak her language. I cannot forget her little eyes filled with brightness and joy, eyes as beautiful as those drawings she made with a few crayons kept in a small box.
That morning I witnessed the most powerful prayers. They were prayers of encouragement and requests to God on behalf of that family in need, offered up by the Korean visitors.
These visitors didn’t know the family. They were meeting each other for the first time, in fact, but a supernatural love seized that place. The visitors were able to hear the family’s needs, and even though they did not speak the same language, we all felt that God made it as if they did.
That prayer of supplication for that family in need transformed the gray morning into a day of hope. I saw the faces of this family change after the prayer. At that moment, they hadn’t received anything material, but the prayer brightened their day and brought them hope that the Almighty had not forgotten them.
The little girl sent us off with a face full of joy and confidence. She said she was happy that we got to know her family. She felt important and valued, but above all, she was filled with the hope that God would bring new blessings to her home.
Then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. —1 Kings 8:45, NIV
Prayer: Lord, awaken in us a deep desire for prayer and supplication for those who suffer, who are in need, the destitute, and for those who are homeless. Spark within our hearts a fervent desire to defend the cause of the needy. Thank You for hearing our prayers for them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marlen Vilcamango works as the Country Director Assistant for Compassion Peru.
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5 Prayers of Encouragement from The Bible
1. The Prayer of Jabez 1 Chronicles 4:10, NIV Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
2. Prayer for God’s Intervention
Psalm 86:6-7, NIV Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.
3. Prayer for God’s Help
Psalm 121:1-4, ESV I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
4. Prayer for God’s Guidance & Wisdom
Psalm 86:11, NIV Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
See also: Show me your ways Lord; Bible Verses When You Need Guidance.
5. Powerful Prayers of Praise & Worship
Revelation 4:11, ESV Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.
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