The Bible is filled with all sorts of prayers. Prayers for strength are very common. When I need strength, I find it helpful to look and see how other great men and women of God prayed for strength.
You may think that there is no hope for you and that God will not give you the strength to get through the situation you are dealing with. Nothing is farther from the truth.
Many of these prayers I have picked are from men that had the same failures and struggles that we all have. If God answered their prayers for strength, then He will answer yours.
7 Prayers For Strength In The BibleSamson’s Prayer For Physical Strength
In this prayer for strength, you will see Samson pray after returning to God after he broke his promise to God while in a relationship with an ungodly woman.
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson put his hands on the two center pillars that held up the temple. Pushing against them with both hands, 30 he prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.
David Prayer For Strength During Difficult Times
David was no stranger to failure. On more than one occasion he did things that were not right. However, by the end of his life, he learned how to pray for strength to overcome.
He ended up being called “a man after God’s own heart.” This prayer for strength is one example of how David learned to receive his strength from God.
A prayer of David.
1 Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God.3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly.4 Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you.5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.6 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry.7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.8 No pagan god is like you, O Lord.None can do what you do!9 All the nations you madewill come and bow before you, Lord;they will praise your holy name.10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.You alone are God.11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,that I may live according to your truth!Grant me purity of heart,so that I may honor you.12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.I will give glory to your name forever,13 for your love for me is very great.You have rescued me from the depths of death.
14 O God, insolent people rise up against me; a violent gang is trying to kill me. You mean nothing to them.15 But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy,slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.16 Look down and have mercy on me. Give your strength to your servant; save me, the son of your servant.17 Send me a sign of your favor. Then those who hate me will be put to shame, for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.
Jeremiah’s Prayer Confession Of God’s Strength And Power
The prophet Jeremiah also called the weeping prophet had the hard task of prophesying the future captivity of the people of God. He needed strength to be able to tell people something that they didn’t want to hear.
In this Bible passage, we see that he focused on God to receive his strength for the task ahead of him.
Jeremiah’s Prayer of Confidence
19 Lord, you are my strength and fortress, my refuge in the day of trouble!Nations from around the world will come to you and say,“Our ancestors left us a foolish heritage, for they worshiped worthless idols.20 Can people make their own gods? These are not real gods at all!”21 The Lord says,“Now I will show them my power;now I will show them my might.At last they will know and understandthat I am the Lord.
Praying For Strength With Music
Not all prayer is done by bowing your head and folding your hands as we see in this prayer for strength from the prophet Habakkuk. Praise, worship, and singing are all forms of prayer as well.
17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines;even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren;even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.(For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)
Prayers For Strength And Faith
The Apostle Paul was no stranger to trials and tribulations. He was beaten, abandoned, stoned, left for dead, shipwrecked and falsely accused yet he still found it within him to pray for the strength of others.
In these prayers for faith and hope, you can find the inner strength to endure and be patient until you have joy.
Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
Jesus’ Prayer For Strength For A Friend
Jesus tells Simon Peter that he is going to fail and deny Him. Jesus didn’t leave it at that.
He also told Peter in this verse that He had pleaded in prayer for Peter. He said to him that his faith would not fail. Then he told Peter to give what He had received and to strengthen his brothers and sisters in the Lord.
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
Daily Strength For Daily Needs
Prayer is simply communicating with God. He is not nearly as concerned with the exact words you say or if you use the right formula. He is more concerned with you being honest and transparent with Him and sharing your hearts concern.
That is true no matter if you are saying prayers for strength, prayers for guidance, or a prayer for comfort. It doesn’t even matter how long your prayer is. Short prayers for strength work too!
God is just waiting for you to ask with a sincere heart for Him to be the center in all aspects of life.
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We hope that these prayers for strength have been a blessing to you. To find more daily strength for your daily walk with Christ, we suggest you check out our list of Bible verses about strength along with all the other great articles we have about finding strength in God.
What are some of your favorite prayers for strength? Please leave them in the comment section below. Your prayer might be the one that blesses somebody else.
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What better place to find examples of individuals praying for strength than the Bible itself? Instead of writing a prayer for you I wanted to share three of the most famous people in the Bible who prayed for strength. All three were devoted to following Christ with their life, and it shows that even Christians will face times of weakness. However, in all three examples, God granted these individuals strength and faithfully answered their prayers.
Table of contents
- 1 Samson Prays for Strength
- 2 Paul Told the Philippians About Strength
- 3 Jesus Receives Strength While Praying on the Mount of Olives
- 4 Biblical Examples of Strength
- 5 We work together with God’s power when we exercise our authority in prayer.
- 6 The power of prayer is waiting for you to ask and receive.
- 7 The body of Christ also has a task.
- 8 When we pray with authority, things happen in the spirit realm.
- 9 The prayers you pray influence God.
- 10 Fear weakens us and gives us an unsound mind – the power of prayer gives us strength & wisdom.
- 11 We need God’s revelation of our spiritual authority.
- 12 Scripture About Strength
- 13 What do these Bible verses for strength teach us?
Samson Prays for Strength
Most people who think of “strength” with the Bible think of Samson. He is in fact the poster child of physical strength anywhere in Bible.
His story is every bit as spectacular as what you would expect in a super hero story. If you’re not familiar, here is a synopsis of Samson and his prayer for strength.
Samson was a Nazirite at birth, meaning his life was dedicated to God. His people were ruled over by the Philistines, and he would be God’s anointed to confront them. Among other things, God gave Samson strength, and he was the figurehead of the Israelites.
Samson had many great feats of strength, including killing a lion with his bare hands, slaying a thousand men with the jawbone of an animal, and escaping several times after being bound and outnumbered. Samson’s final moments include one of the most desperate prayers for strength recorded in the Bible.
“O Lord God, please remember me and STRENGTHEN me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.” – Judges 16:28
After betrayal by his wife, the Philistines bound Samson, shackled him, and gouged out his eyes. While standing near the central pillars of the temple, he prayed this prayer and pushed as hard as he could. He knocked the temple and killed everyone in it with his final act of strength.
Paul Told the Philippians About Strength
In his letter to the people at Philippi, now known as the book of Philippians, Paul encouraged them to press on toward the goal as he had. In his effort to reach the heavenly goal of Christ Jesus, he had many roadblocks on the way. In one of the most quoted verses of the Bible, Paul showed that he had in fact prayed for strength.
In Philippians 4:13 Paul is thanking the Philippians for their concern, but ensuring them that he found a way to be content no matter his circumstances. He says in that verse:
“I can do all things through Christ, who gives me STRENGTH.” – Philippians 4:13
Paul had prayed for strength time and again, and found that God in fact answers these prayers, and gives him the strength to do all things through him. Paul suffered prison, persecution, and ridicule based on his faith, but found strength in Christ.
Jesus Receives Strength While Praying on the Mount of Olives
Just before Jesus was arrested, he went to the Mount of Olives with his disciples. He left them to pray alone, knowing that his time on Earth would soon be complete. Asking for God’s will to be done, God sent an angel to strengthen him. Jesus was praying so earnestly that his sweat was like blood falling to the ground.
“An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” – Luke 22:43
Jesus was in agony, because he knew his final acts of obedience in fulfilling the scriptures would be the most daunting task the world would ever know. In spite of this, he didn’t demand to be delivered, but asked that God’s will be done. God granted him the strength to continue.
Biblical Examples of Strength
We all face tough times, challenges, insults, and injuries. However, there are many examples of God being faithful when his followers need strength. I encourage you to read more about these three stories, as you will find that the circumstances were dire, yet Christians turn to God in times of great need.
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May God grant you Strength.
“God’s purpose may be thwarted or it may be accomplished depending, to one degree or another, on the obedience of His people and their willingness to use the weapons of spiritual warfare that He has provided. God is powerful enough to win any battle, but He has designed things so that the release of His power at a given moment of time often is contingent upon the decisions and the actions of His people. A principle weapon of spiritual warfare is prayer. Not just routine or mediocre prayer, but prayer powerful enough to move God’s hand in order to determine the destiny of a whole nation.” C. Peter Wagner
Do we realize the power we have available to us when we take our authority in prayer? Most of us don’t realize our authority because if we did, we would be praying far more. We would be sacrificing everything else in order to pray. Instead of worrying about the increase in evil in our land, we would be on our faces before God crying out for His intervention. Unfortunately in many churches prayer is the weakest link. It should be the strongest one because it is the key to God’s blessing in the spirit realm.
Authoritative intercession and heartfelt repentance is key to breakthrough in America. By exercising our authority in prayer and standing strong in God’s truth, we are working together with Him to determine the future of our nation. We have authority in prayer to actually see our personal lives and the lives of others change. We can pray authoritative prayers for our neighborhoods and cities. Certain things in history will happen through our intercession if we pray the way God wants us to pray. We can change nations through prayer if we choose to use this mighty weapon.
The power of prayer is waiting for you to ask and receive.
Imagine being at a dinner buffet where there are many tables loaded with different foods. The foods are the best. They are mouth-watering and absolutely delicious. Guests help themselves to the different kinds of food, as they desire. The host walks around among his friends to see if everyone has enough to eat, while the servers keep loading the table with fresh food. You can take as many trips as you like to the tables as long as you have enough to eat. The host doesn’t care as long as you are full.
In a similar way, God has provided everything for us if we pray. We can have all we need. Most of us have not realized the power there is in prayer. We are not asking. All we have to do is reach out by faith and ask Him to touch our lives, our cities, and our nations. When we tap into his resources by faith and pray, miracles happen. When we exercise our authority in prayer, God answers in a powerful way. There is a strength and power in prayer that the Church has not yet known or realized.
My husband is a very practical man. He can fix almost anything. In our garage he has all kinds of tools. Once he decided to remodel our bathroom and tile the floor. To do an excellent job, he needed a good tile cutter. Whenever he fixes something in our home, he needs the right tools. Lately he has been working on our car. He needed a jack to lift the car up in order to work underneath. He couldn’t fix a problem underneath the car without that tool. It would be impossible.
The body of Christ also has a task.
We want to change the world for Christ. It’s a huge task for all of us, but we do it one life at a time. Some are reaching people in their workplace or in another country. Some are reaching people in the hospitals or in the schools. We are all in this together. We want to see people’s lives changed all over the world before Jesus’ return to earth but the task is huge, and we need the right tools to do it. The most essential tool is prayer. Only through prayer can we get the job done. There is strength and power in prayer that can change the world.
God remembers every prayer we pray, and every one of them prayed through the power of the Holy Spirit has effect on earth. Not one prayer is forgotten. When I was in a particular city in the country of Turkey, I remembered a prayer I had prayed in that very same city several years before. It was as if at that moment God showed me that He had remembered my prayers from several years before, and that it was extremely important and would have a powerful effect in that city one day. My prayer influenced God. When we realize the authority we have in prayer, mighty things will happen all over the earth that brings victory to the powerful name of Jesus. Well-known prayer author and intercessor, E. M. Bounds, wrote about the power of prayer:
“Prayer is power and strength, a power and strength that influences God, and is most salutary, widespread, and marvelous in its gracious benefits to man. Prayer influences God. The ability of God to do for man is the measure of the possibility of prayer.”
The prayers you pray influence God.
He remembers every single one of them. You may be thinking, “You don’t know me – My prayers seem so feeble and weak – God doesn’t seem to answer me.” Do not ever think that God hasn’t heard you or that your prayers do not matter. The enemy is trying very hard to discourage people in prayer in these days because he is afraid of prayer. He knows it’s strength and potential, and he is trying to keep this hidden from the Church.
Prayer takes time. We have to learn to wait and believe. One day you will see that your prayers have had a mighty effect in the spiritual realm. Do not give up or ever think it is not important to pray today. If ever there was a need for intercession for America, it is now. We are in a key (kairos) time in all of history. The Greek word “kairos” in the New Testament means the appointed or opportune time that God has set for something to occur. During a kairos time, we must respond in prayer and press through in intercession in order to see God’s plan fulfilled. We are in a time of urgency, and we must seize it in prayer. This is the appointed season for change and for intercession to increase.
We must not fear the future or believe the lies of the enemy, but we must stand strong in authoritative prayer.
Fear weakens us and gives us an unsound mind – the power of prayer gives us strength & wisdom.
Instead, we must know our authority in prayer to see mighty changes on earth, in our own personal lives, and in our nation. We can pray God’s future plan into being through our intercession. If we pray strategic, authoritative, and prophetic prayers then we will be praying the future into being. Authority is the key to strength and power. We have awesome responsibility.
We rarely grasp the full potential of the strength and power of prayer that is available to us. We often go about our daily activities and forget that we are united with Christ. We are connected with Him as our head, and we are His Church designed to express the fullness of His power on earth. Carefully meditate on the Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:18-23 to get the full picture. God has incomparably great power, Christ is seated at God’s right hand, Jesus defeated Satan at the cross, and we are called to enforce Jesus authority on earth through prayer.
I remember when I was on my way to a prayer meeting in a nearby church on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I was not very familiar with that church even though it was not far from my house. Therefore I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going. Having thought I passed it, I turned around and drove into the parking lot of a building. Going up to the door and finding it was locked, I knocked and asked a gentleman if this was the church. The man turned to me and said with a tiny laugh, “No, this is the fire department.” I realized suddenly what an incredible mistake I had made. I was at the fire department!
God spoke to my heart through that experience. We are in an emergency situation. The house is on fire! Cities are on fire! There is an emergency in the nations. Right now we are in a battle for America. The harvest is ripe, and Satan knows that his time is short. He is doing everything he can to steal, kill and destroy. We must pray – We must encourage everyone around us to pray – We must shake awake those who are asleep – We must become radical and passionate in prayer. The cities and nation are on fire! Prayer is the answer. When we pray, we are empowered to reach the lost. Then we take action with the power of God. God rules through His body, the praying Church!
“Of what infinite importance is the place the intercessor holds in the Kingdom of God! Is it not indeed a matter of wonder that God should give men such power? Yet there are so few who know what it is to take hold of His strength and pray down His blessing on the world.” E. M. Bounds
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Whenever you feel like you don’t have the strength to endure or carry on, or if you’re uncertain if you can complete the tasks God has placed before you, you can find Bible verses for strength that will assure you that God is there to provide you with the strength you need.
If you’re looking for scripture for strength to encourage yourself or someone else, you will find some excellent bible quotes below. We have diligently searched the Scriptures to find the best 20 verses we could find on the subject of strength. Read them all and let them be rooted in your heart.
Find strength in Gods word, and let him walk with you.
Scripture About Strength
“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.”
“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”
“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
“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.”
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for 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 is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”
“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.”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”
“Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”
“Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.”
“whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies–in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
“And not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.”
“Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any; he is mighty in strength of understanding.”
“For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.”
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What do these Bible verses for strength teach us?
One thing that we really find clearly conveyed in the Bible verses for strength that we have selected is that the source of a Christian’s strength is from God and in God. When he is with us and behind us on any task to which he has sent us, God will equip us with his strength–a strength that the Bible describes as greater than any other in the entire universe.
There is not any person or any spiritual power that can stand up to the God who created the universe.
There are times when we may feel like we do not have the strength needed to carry on. And Jesus can probably relate to us on this since he struggled in the garden before the crucifixion, praying in turmoil to his Father. Yet, God gave him the strength to carry on. He will do the same for us.