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Prayer for Courage


God commands us, both through the Old Testament and the New Testament, to be filled with courage, and not to be afraid. We see this in the Lord’s relationship with Joshua, when God instructed him to cross the Jordan river into the promised land for the Israelites (“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…” Joshua 1:9). Christ utters similar words to His disciples when he walks towards them on the sea of Galilee: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27, NIV) And St Paul, when confronted with the plots of the Pharisees, has a visitation from the Lord. Here God utters to him,
"Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome". (Acts 23:11, ESV). This is a theme that Paul takes up in his letters to the churches. For example, he encourages the Corinthian believers to “Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong!” (1 Corinthians 16:13, WEB).

Lower down you will find a prayer for courage that can be used in a small group or for personal meditation, together with the scripture that inspires this prayer (Jesus walks on the water – Matthew 14:22-32).




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Ralph Waldo Emerson - American lecturer and poet (1803-1882)



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Prayer for Courage

Here is a prayer that can be prayed as a group. The line “ALL” can be spoken by everyone, and the other lines can be read out loud, with each person taking it in turns to read a line. If you would like to use this prayer on your own, simply imagine the words of Christ being read to you, and then you making your response as you read the alternate lines:-

Take Courage! It is I



Lord, I give you this mountain of fear that I feel inside. Sometimes life overwhelms me and I feel overcome by anxiety and doubt.

ALL: Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.

Lord, the storms of life have come a rocked this boat I journey on. I open my heart to receive Your grace.

ALL: Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.

Lord, fill me with boldness to step off this shaking ship and greet you on the waters of life.

ALL: Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.

Lord, my feet are sinking and my heart is fearful. Lord, please save me!

ALL: Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.

Lord, I take Your hand and I give You the things that I am most afraid of. Teach me and show me how I can trust You more.

ALL: Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.


(a modern prayer for courage from www.lords-prayer-words.com)



Jesus Walks on the Water
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

(Matthew 14:25-33, NIV)