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Prayers for Strength and Courage

The testimony of King David was that the living God was his source of strength and courage. In Psalm 18 verse 1 we read "I love you, God— you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight" (The Message). And when St Paul writes to the Corinthian church, he declares that "...when I am weak, then I am strong".

Here is an important truth. All of us have things that we struggle with and things that at times seem to overwhelm us. These are the areas of our lives where we can invite the living God to inhabit us with His strength and power. Further down this page are prayers that you say to help you discover God's strength when grieving, in times of sickness, when in need of guidance, and various inspirational scriptures and prayers in the bible about God's strength.

Bible verse on prayer for God's strength

A famous scripture about the Lord's promise to give strength to the weary. After reading this you may want to meditate on the line about soaring like an eagle and receive God's power in your life:-

prayer for strength

Prayer for Hope and Strength

A short meditation asking for God's healing light to come to those in a difficult place in life:-

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Prayer is a force as real as terrestrial gravity. As a physician, I have seen men lifted out of sickness by the power of prayer. It is the only power in the world that overcomes the laws of nature.

Alexis Carrel (1873-1944) French surgeon and biologist

Prayer for strength

Dear Lord,

I come before you and ask for Your strength within me.

A strength not of the world but of Your kingdom.
To refrain from judgement and feast on love.
To push out greed and hold tight to joy.
To dispel pride and rise with humility.
To quell anger and rest in self control.
To shun greed and rest in giving.
To turn from power and embrace service.
To let go of resentment and rest in peace.
To push through fear and walk forwards in grace.
To run with faith, soar with forgiveness,
And allow your eternal strength to abide with me.


(a contemporary prayer for strength from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Prayer for Strength at Work

You are my strength Jesus.
Help me to carry the responsibilities with grace.
Help me to lift each worry or burden to You.
Help me to defend truth, justice and righteousness in my practice.
You are my strength Jesus.
Thank you.

(a prayer to say before work from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Prayer for healing and strength

"But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you"
(Romans 8:11 WEB)

Father, thank you that you sent your Son to bring me life
Life in the fullness
Life for eternity
Thank you that I share in Christ's resurrection life
That Christ is alive in me
And His Spirit dwells deeply in my being
Right now I receive your healing
I receive the same power that raised Christ from the grave
I receive Your life
I receive Your strength

Thank you that all things are possible for those who believe
Thank you that you are moving in me right now
May I continue to receive from you
This hour and every hour.


(a modern prayer for healing and strength from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Prayer for strength when grieving

This prayer may be suitable if you are currently suffering the loss of a loved one, or are grieving in some way. A short (2.30 film) with images of beautiful trees in blossom and calming music:-

Prayer for strength when grieving

Here are the words to the prayer in the above video:-

Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel.
My heart is broken and my spirit mourns.
All I know is that Your grace is sufficient.
This day, this hour
Moment by moment
I choose to lean on You,
For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest.
I pour out my grief to You
And praise You that on one glorious day
When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered
We shall walk together again.

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

Short prayers about strength

Here are two short scriptures written by St. Paul. They speak of his personal testimony - how God strengthened him, and equiped him to accomplish great things:-
"I am able to do all things through him who gives me strength"

Phil 4:13, (BBE)

"...be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might"

Eph 6:10, (WEB)

In the last verse quoted here, Paul goes on to encourage the reader to stand in God's spiritual armour, strengthened and equipped by the "belt of truth", the "breastpalte of righteousness", a "shield of faith" and the "helmet of salvation". (Eph 6:10-18)
Take a moment to reflect on this short scripture and receive this heavenly equipping.

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Prayers about strength with physical illness
In his second letter to the Corinthian church, Paul refers to a "thorn in the flesh". He does not elaborate on the exact nature of his problem. Paul asks the Lord to remove this "thorn" from his life. God answers his prayer - but not in a way that perhaps Paul had hoped for or expected. Rather God works through his weakness to reveal the power of the resurrected Christ in his life:-
"And about this thing I made request to the Lord three times that it might be taken away from me.
And he said to me, My grace is enough for you, for my power is made complete in what is feeble. Most gladly, then, will I take pride in my feeble body, so that the power of Christ may be on me.
So I take pleasure in being feeble, in unkind words, in needs, in cruel attacks, in troubles, on account of Christ: for when I am feeble, then am I strong."

(2 Cor 12:8-10, BBE)

A suggested prayer for strength to cope with physical illness:-

Lord, you know me inside and out.
You know about my pain and distress,
you understand the fears of my heart.
At the cross you endured unabating agony.
You have gone before me into the darkness
And emerged in power and glory.

At this time I lean on You
I draw my strength from Your endless love
And live in Your limitless grace
Trusting in You.

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

Prayer for strength and God's guidance
Here is a great traditional hymn that you can pray line-by-line and ask for God's guidance in your life, confess Him as your "strong deliverer" and receive Him as your "strength and shield".
Guide me, O thou great redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
Hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer;
Be thou still my strength and shield;
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death, and hell's destruction
Land me safe on Canaan's side:
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee;
I will ever give to thee.

Bible verses about strength

Below are featured some scriptures that can be used for meditation and prayer. It is hoped that these will lead the reader into a deeper understanding of the power and life available to all those come to God and choose to trust in Him - right now.

Bible verse about strength and protection

My eyes are lifted up to the hills: O where will my help come from?
Your help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
May he not let your foot be moved: no need of sleep has he who keeps you.
See, the eyes of Israel's keeper will not be shut in sleep.

Psalm 121:1-4, (BBE)

Scripture on strength and God's presence

Isaiah prophecies that the Lord is with the people of Israel:-
"Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you.
Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness".

Isaiah 41:10, (WEB)

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