When times get tough and fear threatens to pull us under, we turn to God to ask for His heavenly power to reach out over our situation. Here are 25 powerful prayers for strength and courage in difficult times.
Prayer for Strength and Courage in Difficult Times
God of Heaven’s Armies, my Father, You are near to me. Even in the valley overshadowed with the threatening specter of death, You are beside me giving me my every breath. In this season of strife and shadow, I need Your power. Father, strengthen me by Your Spirit. Grant me the fortitude to withstand the slings of the enemy. I ask this in the name of Your Son, who, when He was facing the cross, did not falter in His resolve. Amen.
Prayer for Comfort When a Loved One Passes Away
Sovereign Lord, I am worn out with sadness. With no energy for anything except tears, I cry to You. You promise comfort – comfort me. I thank You that I know that You are with me even in a time like this. Help me to understand and help me to grieve this loss. Your Word says that death is not the end, so I will hold on to this truth. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Strength When Feeling Abandoned
God, my Fortress, what a joy it is to have a friend in Jesus. Even when I am overcome by feelings of abandonment, You are there with me. I know that I am never truly alone. Fill me with Your love and direct me in the way I am to love others. Change my priorities away from needing approval from other people to instead having comfort in knowing that I am accepted by You. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Prayer to Be Strengthened by the Love of God
Loving Heavenly Father, You have loved me with immeasurable love. You are love. I pray that I will be strengthened in my inner being – in my soul – with the love that is wider than I can understand, deeper than I am able to imagine, and greater than I could ever know. As You encourage and embolden me, may I more fully know the mystery of the Gospel as revealed in my life. In the love of Christ, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Guidance to Do the Right Thing
Father in Heaven, You have purchased me with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. I am Yours. I am faced with a complicated situation that seems beyond me. I have no clue how to act. Lord, help me to take one step at a time and seek to make the right choices. While I may not get everything right, help me to have a clear conscience in each decision that I make. Guide me in Your wisdom in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Courage in a New Life Direction
Sovereign God, You have ordered my steps and opened this door in my life. With this new path comes a new uncertainty that tempts me to fear. Make me strong, Mighty God! Make me courageous, God of Heaven! In the face of new challenges, I will trust You. For from You comes Your Spirit which empowers me to be Your witness in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer for Emotional Strength
Lord of Power, You are my comfort, You are my shield, and You are my hope. In light of these events which have drained me and left me distraught – I cling to You. Lord, I need You and You alone to give me strength. Let me not drown in my emotions but to hold on to the hope You give me in Jesus. Whatever comes my way, it pales in comparison to the coming glory of Christ, and in that, I hope. Thank You that true strength is found in Your name. Amen.
Prayer of Trust That the Current Trial Is Temporary
Heavenly Father, You know the beginning from the end. You ordain all things to work out for our good. Even in this trial I am going through, Father, I take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. Help me to draw strength from You and endure until I get to be with You in glory. There is a time for everything, a time for joy and a time for weeping. I know that only Your kingdom will last forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer of Trust in God for Strength
O God, my Strength, You are faithful. You abound in steadfast love to me. And I know, that Your love endures forever. Help me to trust You. Help me to rely on You as my source of strength. Lord, it is so easy for me to falter in my faith and let other things weaken my dependence on You. Enable me to resist those thoughts and know that You are the one who gives me true strength. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
Prayer of Thanks for the Strength and Courage that God Gives
My Father, You are the author and sustainer of my soul. Lord, I thank You for the strength that You give. You embolden me with courage and cause me to stand upright. I am so grateful for Your presence in my life. In all of life, may I turn to You for an increase in these qualities. Keep me from looking within myself or to sources other than You. I thank You in the name of the Son. Amen.
Prayer of Thanks for Strength
Jesus, my Savior, You are my firm foundation and my rock. You will never leave nor will You forsake me. I always seek shelter in You and I find my strength in the shadow of Your wings. You are all-powerful and mighty. I will praise You all of my days. Because of Your Spirit within me and Your promises to be with me, again and again, I find new strength. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Prayer for the Strength to Speak
Lord God my Father, I need You. Lord, I feel held back by my timidity and fear of what others think of me. In times when I should speak up, I remain silent. And because of this, I feel like I let You down. Help me to have confidence in You and to be bold in saying what needs to be said. I ask that I have the courage to not let others talk over me. Please ease my fear that others will dislike me because of my words. Give me the wisdom to speak truthfully and sensitively. You are my source of boldness and strength. Amen.
Prayer for Strength When Separated from Family
All-Powerful Father, You are my eternal Father and You have adopted me as Your child through Jesus Christ. I know my status as Your child will never be taken from me. In this time when I am separated from my earthly family, I turn to You for comfort and strength. Give me the courage to live without the support structures to which I am accustomed. Help me to not despair but to cling to You, my Heavenly Father. Amen.
Prayer for Family Strength
Heavenly Father, I thank You for my family and the incredible blessing they are to me. I ask for all of us that we may be strengthened by Your love to unite together through whatever circumstance. Give us the courage to be putting each other before ourselves and not to fracture over conflict. We need You in every aspect of our family life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for a Renewal of Strength
Almighty and Everlasting God, thank You that Your Spirit is within me. Lord, fill me anew with Your Holy Spirit. Grant me the fortitude to live by the Spirit and to mark my life by a dependence on You. Even though these times deplete my energy and drain my resolve, You restore my soul by the indwelling of Your Spirit. Thank You that You have sent Your Spirit and that this is a reason for me to joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer for Strength When Betrayed
My Father God, I am hurt. I groan because of the injustice done to me. Your Spirit needs to come and refresh me. I have given away my trust to a person only to have it mangled and thrown back at me. Lord, my trust in You is unshaken. Thank You for Your Spirit which will never leave me. By Your Spirit, I can see the fruit of joy and peace in my life. In the grace of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Physical Strength
Creator God, I am Your creation. You have knit me together in my mother’s womb. Give me discipline and health to train my body. Since all things in my life are for You, I dedicate this time of strength-building to You. In the same way, may You grant me spiritual strength even more than my physical strength. In everything I do, I want to honor the body You have given me. Thank You for Your wonderful gift of life. Amen.
Prayer for Strength When Depressed
Gracious and Kind God, I know that You are with me. Father, it feels like You are so far away, but I know that You are with me. My feelings are numb and all I see is gray, but I know that You are with me. In Your Word, it says that You will draw near to those who draw near to You. I need Your help to draw near. Pull me in! Give me strength! I thank You that You love is faithful and steadfast. Amen.
Prayer for Strength When Struggling with Mental Health
My Father, You are the God who created me and has brought me into Your kingdom through Jesus. You have accepted me and You love me fully. Although I struggle and although I long for a restoration of my mind, I will praise You for the hope and strength I have in You. Give me the same courage that the faithful saints of old had in their tribulations. Let me rest in the fact that ultimately You will bring me into healing on that day when I see You face to face. Thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer of Faith When Losing a Home
Sovereign God, You are a true shelter for my soul. In You, I trust even when circumstances are unfortunate. I have lost my home, and suddenly things I thought were certain are crumbling around me. Give me faith and the courage to face tomorrow. Provide for me a new place to rest and give me each day my daily bread. I place my faith in You, for I know You will give me strength. Amen.
Prayer of Strength When Fired
Mighty God, You give strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless. Even though my job and source of income are taken away from me, by faith I will look to You for the strength needed to find a new one. Lord, I thank You for the way You work in my life even though, at the moment, it’s hard to see Your plan in this. Give me faith and trust in Your plans. By the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for the Strength to Overcome
My Lord God, I look to You in times of need. You are strong and mighty, Father. In this challenging time, give me the strength to overcome. I am more than a conqueror in Christ of the trials and tribulations of this world. In You, I hold on to my eternal hope. May You enliven these bones and keep me from fear. In the name of Jesus, who overcame death itself. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Times of Loneliness
Father God, You are my constant companion and my source of hope. Even though I feel utterly alone, You are with me. Infuse me with Your will to persist in hoping in You. Father, one day You will bring me into Your kingdom with Your people. Moreover, as Your Word states, I have eternal life in knowing You the one true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I am so grateful for the hope that I have in You. Amen.
Prayer for When All Hope Seems Lost
My God in Heaven, everything has crumbled around me. Everything has collapsed beneath me. Everything has burned above me. Yet You remain! I call out to You to save me. Lord, You have never failed those who hope in Your name. In Jesus, You have demonstrated Your great love for me. Regardless of this illusion of hopelessness, give me the strength to be hopeful for I know of the coming days of glory. In the hope of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Prayer of Strength When Facing Persecution
Lord, my Father, You reign over all and You hear my cry. Enemies are coming with evil intent. If they get their way, harm will come to me. Father, shield me and be my protection. Rooted in Christ, I will look to You to be my defense. Even if I should suffer, help me to hold on to the promise of the victor’s crown You have waiting for me. In the name of Jesus, who guarantees escape from the second death, I pray this prayer of strength. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.