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Prayers of Encouragement

Prayer of Encouragement

This page contains a number of encouraging prayers and blessing that you can either use in your own personal devotion, or pass on to friends or loved ones who are in need of encouraging in some way. Here you can read prayers for hope and strength to return to those who are weary, prayers for those who are in need of guidance and direction in life, and blessings for bringing joy and goodness to those who are dear to you:-

Irish Blessing

"May the Road Rise Up To Meet You" is an ancient Celtic blessing, suitable for sending to a friend in need of encouragement:-
Irish Blessing

Prayer for Strength and Guidance

O Lord,

I give you my worries and concerns and I ask for your guidance. You see it all, the outer circumstances, the inner turmoil. I know that you understand my life, that sometimes my heart weighs heavy with trouble. Right now I lay all these things before you. I breathe in, safe in the knowledge that I am held by grace. I breathe out, knowing that I am held secure in your arms. And I wait on you. For you are all truth, you are overflowing love, you are a beacon of hope and a fortress of faith.

Lord, I choose to be attentive to your voice. May I be alert to your Spirit’s guiding as I journey onwards with you.

I love you Father. Amen.

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

A prayer for encouragement and strength


You are the wind in my sails
You guide me as I steer and find direction.
You give me the strength to keep on going.
You watch over me as I navigate stormy seas.
You are the harbour where I stop for rest.
You are my encourager when I lose hope.
You are the lighthouse that keeps my path safe.
You are with me always.

Thank you.


(a short prayer of encouragement from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Prayer for hope and strength

a short prayer to help those in a difficult or stressful place:-

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Prayer for Hope and Strength

(the words from the prayer in the video above)

Almighty God,
You reach into the darkness with hope, truth and light. Stretch out your strong hand in this situation, hold and rescue those who have suffered. Let your almighty love move mountains, cross seas and breathe life into the darkest places.

Light that redeems.
Light that restores.
Light that heals.
Light that protects.
Light that saves.

There is nothing higher, stronger or greater than your love.
We trust in you.

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

Read more prayers for strength here

click here for prayers of hope for those facing challenging or difficult situations in life.

An encouraging verse on God's strength

A famous bible verse about God's promise to give strength to those who are tired and weary. When you have read this, take a moment out to reflect on the line about soaring like an eagle and receive God's transforming power in your life:-

prayer for strength

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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11, (NIV)

prayer of encouragement for a friend

O Lord,

I love this friend so much.
She's/He's been so kind to me.
I pray that she would see herself and love herself fully.
She gives out so much each day.
Please fill her up again,
With love from others, restful times and hope that never ends.
Come and encourage her when she is tired,
May she see the fruit that she bears,
Laden with generosity, her caring never ends.
She is so much more beautiful than she thinks,
Both in her heart and skin.
She is a true rainbow,
Full of colour, fun and grace.
She shines for all to see.

O Lord, I love this friend so much.
She's been so kind to me.

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

click here to read more encouraging prayers including the uplifting prayer poem "Paint a Rainbow Bright" from www.living-prayers.com.

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

A short film based on the Irish blessing featured earlier on this page:-