Sometimes, it can feel like you are stumbling from one problem straight to another. There seems to be no end to tribulations and trials to the point that you might feel your faith crumbling and your spirit getting weak.
If you have friends and family to encourage you, that’s awesome. But do you know what’s even more powerful and comforting? God’s encouragement. Here are four powerful prayers (plus a couple of bible verses) to encourage yourself or a friend.
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Prayer for Encouragement and Strength in Difficult Times
Psalm 23:1-2 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come before your presence filled with despair, sadness and stress. I am at a low point in my life and I cannot go on with my own strength.
I humbly ask for your strength and encouragement. Job, David and even your own Son went through a lot worse than the problems I am facing, but you never deserted them. They came out stronger and victorious.
Help me remember your faithfulness. You say that you have great plans for your children, plans for a hope and a future. I seek comfort in your promises, knowing that no matter how bad it gets, you are still beside me.
Lord, whenever my strength fails, my hope fades and my faith falters, I pray that you shall lift me with your strength and hope. Let me see the light at the end of the tunnel. Help me see the sun from this valley of darkness and despair. May I hear your voice and see your face in the storm.
Father, I trust and believe in you. I thank you for how you are helping me overcome these problems. I will keep praising you even when things are bad, and I will praise you when I emerge a victor.
I commit all my troubles in your hands. Get rid of the despair and anxiety in my heart, and replace it with your wonderful spirit of hope and joy.
In Jesus name I pray and believe, Amen.
Prayer for Faith and Spiritual Encouragement
Isaiah 40:31 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.
Dear Lord, I come before you today asking for forgiveness. I have allowed doubt to creep into my heart. Problems have made me question your word. I am deeply sorry and I pray that you cleanse my heart.
Lord, you can see what’s in my heart. You can see that my faith has been shaken by the troubles I am going through. My spirit is low and I know longer feel your close presence. I am afraid that I am drifting further and further from you.
That’s why I come to you asking that you grant me the gift of unwavering faith, even when the world around seems uncertain. Help me anchor my trust in your promises, knowing that you are faithful and steadfast. When doubts arise, remind me of the countless ways you have shown your love and grace throughout my life.
Help me remember all the times you have come through for me, and have hope that you will keep doing so.
I pray that you renew my spirit. Fill me with a hunger for your word and a longing for your presence every waking moment. Remind me to seek you in prayer instead of giving up or turning away from your word.
I want to feel your peace, joy, hope and love. I want to be a vessel of your faithfulness, regardless of what situations I am going through. I pray that everyone around me sees your light shining in me. May I become a source of hope and encouragement for others.
The same way you sent an angel to encourage your son at the garden of Gethsemane, I pray that you send your Holy Spirit to strengthen me.
I thank you for loving me even when I am not worthy of it. I thank you for your faithfulness through the ups and downs of my life. I pray that I emerge from this stronger in spirit and having experienced your amazing power.
In the name of Jesus, I pray and believe, Amen.
Prayer for Encouragement and Healing
Nothing quite brings us down like illness. It robs us of our physical and spiritual strength. If you are going through a rough patch because of poor health, this prayer of encouragement will lift your spirits.
Heavenly Father, I come to you asking for your encouragement and healing power. This sickness has left me weak in the body as well as in the spirit. I am finding it hard to praise you and read your Word. The pain and discomfort have drawn me further from your presence.
Dear Lord, you say that you know the plans you have for us. So I commit my health into your hands. I pray that you cast away this illness and restore me to full health. Soothe away the pain and surround me with your comfort.
Most importantly, my Lord, restore my spirit and longing for you. Regardless of the direction my health takes, may my faith remain unshaken. Even as my body fails me, remind me to fix my eyes upon you.
Remind me of your unfailing love and your might power. You have done amazing things in my life and I know you’ll keep blessing me. Help me remember that when I feel anxious and stressed about my health.
You are the Great Healer. I believe in you and trust in your Word and promises. Forgive me for any doubt that may have crossed my mind and the moments when my spirit has been weak. From now on, I will lean on your strength.
As you work to restore my health, I also pray that you renew my spirit. I want to come out of this not only stronger physically, but also stronger in spirit and faith.
I surrender to your Father. Do with me as you wish and lead me on the path of righteousness.
In the might and healing name of Jesus, I pray and believe, Amen.
Prayer to Encourage Someone
If you have a friend or family member going through a tough moment, whether it’s financial difficulties, bereavement or ill health, intercede for them with this prayer.
Lord, I lift my friend into your arms. They are going through a difficult moment and they need you more than ever. I pray that you fill them with your divine strength and encouragement. May they feel your presence around them.
Help them through whatever problems they are facing. Give them the wisdom and clarity of mind to find solutions. Surround them with a supportive community that will lift them up and encourage them.
Lord, I pray that you help my friend remain steadfast in your faith. If they feel like you’ve deserted them, open their eyes to your presence. If they feel down and hopeless, overwhelm them with your hope. If they feel weak of spirit, renew their faith and hold them up with your strength.
I pray that I become a vessel of your hope and joy. Give me the right words to say and the right things to do to encourage and inspire my friend.
Lord, only you know what plans you have for my friend. But your Word assures us that you always have great plans for us. I commit my friend in your arms. Whatever happens in their life, remind them of your love and faithfulness. Wrap them in your tender embrace and surround them with your comfort and peace.
May this journey become a period of spiritual growth and strengthening. I pray that they come out of this praising your name and shouting of your goodness.
Bless my friend’s family as well. Encourage them through whatever struggles they are facing. Strengthen my friend’s family and help them lean on you and on each other for strength.
With gratitude and hope, I pray. Amen.