PRAYERS FOR STRENGTH in Difficult Situations

prayers for strength

Prayers for Strength in Difficult Situations. Life can present many challenges which are often outside of our control. In fact, the burdens of life can cause paralysis, resulting in a person feeling bound and helpless – financial difficulties or debt situations, sickness, times of loneliness and lack of love. Despair then begins to set in leading to a feeling of loss. It is during these challenging and difficult experiences that we need the help of God and support and encouragement from those people around us. In such situations we need prayers for strength.

This article seeks to highlight the situations in which we feel lost and the need to seek the help and guidance of God and others.

  • Prayers for Strength in Financial Difficulties or Debt Situations
  • Prayers for Strength in Times of Sickness
  • Prayers for Strength in Times of Loneliness and Lack of Love

necessary to seek the strength, support and guidance from our heavenly Father who cares for us

We need to say prayers for strength because our personal lives can bring about heart rendering situations where it becomes impossible to rely on ourselves. It then becomes necessary to seek the strength, support and guidance from our heavenly Father who cares for us. For “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

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Prayers for Strength in Financial Difficulties or Debt Situations

In situations such as financial difficulties or debt we may experience despondency because not being able to pay back money owed to creditors, can lead to both physical and mental health problems. Such effects can include anxiety, stress, stealing and/or lying to cover up the real situation as well as bankruptcy. The fact is, everyone is exposed to debt and if not recognised and dealt with professionally, then a person could also face eviction from their home due to their inability to pay their monthly mortgage or rent. God’s Word reminds us that Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.  Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:7-8).

Let us say prayers for strength for those in debt

Heavenly Father, we pray for those who are imprisoned by an increasing burden of debts and cannot see a way out. Holy Spirit, You are an enabler and therefore, with You it is possible for those who are bound by their debts to be set free in Jesus Name. Father, give every person hope and strength to tackle challenging situations and faith the size of a mustard seed. As they cry out to You, in their distress, will you hear their petition and give strength, as they put their hope and confidence in You, Amen.

Prayers for Strength in Times of Sickness

It is the prayers for strength that helps those who are experiencing sickness whether short term or long-term. God said in James 5:14-16, Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”.

In times of sickness, it is important to be encouraged and strengthened by the Word of God as well as family members and others around you. This is because disease can cause a person to feel anxious, depressed, angry, worried, sad or even frightened due to losing control of their body. But we should not be anxious for anything. In prayer and supplication we should make our requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6). It is our prayers that overpower anxious thoughts, in turn leading to the peace of God, guarding our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

Let us say prayers for strength for those who are sick

Our Father, we believe in the power of the blood of Jesus Christ and that by Your stripes we are healed. So, we thank you that our hope and trust for healing is in You. So right now, by your authority and power, will you heal (person’s name), so that they can experience Your peace that surpasses all understanding; the peace that guards our hearts and minds in Jesus Name – Thank You Father!

Prayers for Strength in Times of Loneliness and Lack of Love

Psychological issues can occur due to loneliness and a lack of love not being demonstrated by family members (parents and guardians) and society as a whole. This can then result in emotional sickness such as depression. But we can draw strength from God in that “though father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me” (Psalm 27:10). As such we must surround ourselves with people who care one for another and are willing to offer strength and support. For example, this could be extended family members, friends as well as the church family.

Therefore, those experiencing loneliness or feeling unloved, can be confident that, God demonstrated His love by giving up His only son; an act of pure love (John 3:16). Those facing loneliness, or a lack of love can rest assured that “Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). It is also necessary for a person to experience self-love because individuals can even feel lonely despite being in a room full of people. It is by the grace of God, “that I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

It is in times of loneliness and a lack of love that we need to offer prayers for strength

Father, thank You that You are the God of comfort and love. It is through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, that the power of love was manifested for all mankind. So, please stretch out Your arms so that anyone who is feeling lonely or unloved right now, will feel and sense Your agape love. I know that Love never fails… But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

When you face difficult situations – financial difficulties, sickness, loneliness – remember that  God is always with you. Just talk to Him, ask for help in prayers for strength.