What is the role of prayer of encouragement and prayer for strength in these difficult times? We live in a world where hopes and aspirations are hard to fulfill. There is a lot of pressure, and people experience various disappointments.
As believers, we sometimes become disappointed because we are the same human, live in the same world, and are caught up in some of these challenges. At such times like these arises a need for the prayer of encouragement and strength for myself or prayer for strength for a friend.
Prayer for Strength
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
Lord, so often, in different situations, I stand and can’t make the first steps and decisions I should make. I have been stuck in such circumstances for a long time, so I ask for your encouragement and help. Lord, please encourage me through 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 the right decision. Let me always feel your love, grace, caring hand, and encouraging support. Lord, encourage and guide me in all actions I take in my life. I pray to you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Prayer of Encouragement to Start the Day
Lord, give me 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 this day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and a firm conviction that Your will is in all my words and deeds, guiding 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, belief, hope, tolerate, forgive and love. Lord, I need your encouragement in all I do. I pray to 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 from your Holy Spirit. I 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 a difficult situation. Let his/her faith in Christ not shake, show him/her that these trials are for a good purpose, and one day he/she will come out of the difficult situation, giving you all the glory and praise. I pray through Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.
Why do we need prayer of encouragement?
To encourage is to draw strength during crises. So this prayer asks for strength during emergencies or in difficult daily situations. So sometimes, we pray these prayers for ourselves and our friends and loved ones who are in a crisis or passing through 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 the 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 will strength be born in our hearts to hold on till victory comes.
Prayer brings Strength
When you go through times that appear as if the integrity of God’s word is 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. Instead, he comes with His presence, releasing peace into your heart. James 5:13 “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.”
Do you remember the hymn “What a friend we have in Jesus”? He is a friend both in the good and bad times. So 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