Everyone can use some encouragement now and then. Life happens fast. When it comes to inspiration, most people think of the big things, like a death in the family. However, it’s in the mundane days of life that we need encouragement the most. You could be having a good day, then something comes from left field and knocks you down. Whenever you need motivation, your first source should be God. He is the source of which comes all of our help. He is the ultimate encourager and way maker. God never said that we wouldn’t have trying times, but He did promise that He would help us through them. Here are some quick prayers to keep in mind when you need encouragement, strength, or hope.
Prayers For Strength and Encouragment
"Dear God, this world is trying to destroy what You made. You are my God who drives away my enemies. You love me, and You are where I find my strength and purpose. It is through You and only You that I receive my help. Would you please keep me near You and continue to lift me and drive away from my enemies? Thank You, God. Amen."
This prayer reminds us that all of our help comes from God, so whatever we need, He will supply. Whenever we are in need, we should look to Him first instead of seeking outside sources.
"Dear God, I need you right now. This day is testing me, and You are the God that gives what I lack. Please give me the strength to get through this day. Thank you, God. Amen."
This prayer is short, sweet, and straight to the point. It tells God exactly what you need at that moment. Some days are so hard that we have to stop where we are and pray. Whether you’re at work or in the store, this quick prayer lets God know that you need Him right now.
"Dear God, I’m really in need of some encouragement right now. Please lift me and bring me some motivation in some way right now. Amen."
This is another quick, short prayer that you can stop and recite whenever and wherever you need it. This prayer tells God exactly what you need. With this prayer, God will hear what you need with no confusion.
Prayers For Hope
"Dear Lord, You know my struggles and what I’m going through. I’m trying to remain positive, but it’s so hard. Please give me hope about my situation and keep me in your loving arms. Sustain me and guide me, Lord. Please give me wisdom during my circumstances. Amen."
This prayer acknowledges that God already knows what we’re going through. It may be in His plan that we go through some of these struggles. While acknowledging that God knows what we are going through, this prayer also asks him to guide you through whatever your circumstances are.
"Dear Lord, thank You for keeping me. Despite everything that I’ve gone through, I’m still here. Thank You for not leaving me alone; I can lean on you when life gets hard. Don’t let me sink into my negative thoughts. Instead, help me rise in praise. Amen."
This prayer changes the perspective on the struggles that you’re enduring. Instead of getting down on yourself, this prayer acknowledges that you are more significant than your struggles because you have God. No matter what is happening, we must continue to praise God through our issues. Try reciting this prayer whenever you feel like you’re getting down on yourself.
"Precious Lord, take my hand. Lead me on, let me stand. I am tired, I’m weak, and I’m worn. Through the storm and the night, lead me on to the light."
This isn’t necessarily a prayer, but you can use it as one. These lyrics of Precious Lord capture the quintessential feelings of going through struggles and needing some encouragement. These words ask the Lord to lead you through your pain; You are asking the Lord to take you from the darkness of your issues and guide you to the other side of your problems.
The Power of Prayer
Prayer is the primary line of communication with God. It is the one way you can go to Him with whatever you’re worried or stressed about and give your problems to Him. Prayer is also the way that God gets to know us better. He can’t help us with our issues if He doesn’t know what we’re going through. 1 Thessalonians says that you should always rejoice and pray without stopping. It also says that you should give thanks in all circumstances. This verse means that no matter what you’re going through, you should praise God anyway. We should pray without stopping because that’s the only way God will hear us and know what we’re going through.
1 John 5:14 says if we ask anything according to God’s will, He will hear us. This verse in John means that when we go to God in prayer, if what we’re asking for matches God’s will and does not harm others, God will hear us and supply our needs.God never promised that we wouldn’t endure tough days and go through troubles. However, He promised that He would get us through whatever we were struggling with or going through. He wants us to know that we can come to Him with all of our troubles, and He will take care of the rest.
Psalms 30:5 says that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. In this verse, the night represents the darkness of your troubles; the morning symbolizes the other side. You may feel like your struggles will never end, but happiness is just on the other side of whatever you’re going through. All you have to do is pray and trust that God will get you through it. By reciting these prayers in your time of need, you can tell God exactly what you need, and He will supply your needs. Whether it’s something big or small, God always has the answer, and He will provide.