Prayer for encouragement

Are you feeling down and out? Does it seem like the entire world is against you? Or maybe you’re spinning around in circles (or making the same mistakes) and just can’t move forward. Well guess what? The game is not over. There’s still lots of road ahead of you.

One of the keys to moving ahead is to remember what you already have. Count your blessings and the gifts God has given you. Go back to the times when he came through for you. Remember when you found strength and courage you didn’t realize you had.

Even if your life is tough, the Lord has brought you forward to this place, here, now. You are alive. You matter. You are loved. 

In Jesus Christ, you have everything no matter how complicated things get. Do not underestimate the power of your faith to change things.

So gear up and get ready. Go to God and be filled with his Spirit. Go forth and live your life to the fullest… in his grace and according to his wondrous will. Be encouraged by the Lord! 

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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6

We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:3-10

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Prayer for encouragement

O merciful Lord,

You have shown me time and time again. In my day-to-day struggles, despite my insecurities, You are with me always.

How many times have I fallen and you lifted me up?

How many times did I get through tough times with your hand protecting me?

So often I might have fallen, but your love kept me safe. And so now, I return to the storehouse of my faith.

I recount and recall  your victories in my life.

And I remember:

I am a sinner saved. The Spirit of God lives in me. He makes me nimble & strong.

I will move forward. I will take good courage. I lift my head up high. as God goes with me, and Christ is my King.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer to keep love strong

When we live with difficulty, it’s harder than ever to love, isn’t it? Instead, you might get frustrated or depressed. You might withdraw or try to escape. 

You might be dealing with your own internal issues, like anxiety or sadness. Maybe your family, work, or other relationships are complicated, or even hostile. Perhaps you’re worried about someone close to you who has health problems, or maybe you’ve lost a loved one.

What would happen though if you kept loving even despite the struggle? What might happen then? Maybe a miracle.

Jesus showed us how. He carried his cross for love. He died for us, for love. And by the power of God’s love, he rose on the third day.

Don’t wait until you feel something. Strong love goes beyond emotions. It’s about being decisive and faithful. It’s hanging in there, even when you want to run away. And the Lord sustains you with his mighty hand.

Carry your cross and let love flow abundantly. Give up the things that hold you back from loving more. Rise with Jesus Christ in the Resurrection. Live the miracle of a stronger love. 

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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  

John 15:9-13

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Prayer to keep love strong

O blessed Lord,

I struggle at times. I get pushed to my limit. It’s so unfair sometimes.

In your mercy & grace you did not deny the harsh reality of our world. Instead, you walked it with us. You took up

your cross. You chose to love more.

O Spirit of God, let me make that choice too. Let me decide and take solid, sure steps.

Let me let go. Nail my negativity to the cross. Let me rise with Jesus. May I be bold in love. Let my love be firmly rooted in the Spirit of Christ, O merciful Lord.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Prayer for those who wait

It’s so hard to wait sometimes, isn’t it? Even the most patient person can be challenged by having to wait for important things. For example, a health issue might be worrying you. Or maybe you are waiting for someone to change. Financial problems can also make us lose our patience. 

A lot of people say we’ve lost the ability to wait in today’s world of instant gratification. That might be partially true, but some have been waiting for a long time for a blessing to arrive.

On our Ask For Prayer board, we receive many requests from people waiting, especially for a change in someone. They face extremely difficult situations of emotional distance, illness or addiction. Many have been waiting for years.

These are powerful testimonies of patience. It doesn’t mean that they have it all figured out. It doesn’t mean that they don’t feel anguish and hurt. They may even doubt God sometimes. But somehow, in the middle of the struggle, they continue to include God in the process. And that’s how miracles operate… through our faith.

Remember the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15? Her daughter was tormented and suffered terribly. The mother cried out to Jesus for mercy, and the disciples tried to shoo her away. She followed them and continued crying out behind them. Even Jesus hesitated, testing her a bit. 

The woman came and knelt before him saying, “Lord, help me!” And she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

The passage doesn’t say how long the woman waited, but it may have been for a long time, years even. This is the miracle of patience. It means being faithful to a person (maybe even to yourself).

When we are faithful to someone, we are faithful to God. It’s one of the most powerful expressions of love. And by faith, miracles happen. How or when is beyond our control, but upon our faith, nourished by love, the Lord will deliver.

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I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

Psalm 40:1-3

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Prayer for those who wait

O merciful Lord,

My heart & soul suffer, the pain rubbed raw. I’ve waited so long, O Lord.

How much longer?

I am poor and needy. I’m not ashamed to say it. The hurt drives deep. I just want to run away.

Still, a place in my heart remains where love burns fiercely. Against all odds, I stay faithful. I hide myself there. In the wounds of Christ, I wait.

Prepare me, O Lord, for the day when I will sing. I will sing the mercies of God. A new song of joy & victory, as I have waited on the Lord.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for a difficult situation

Nobody wants to suffer. Nobody likes to feel hurt and pain. One thing that happens sometimes when things get difficult is that people move away from God. They might even get mad at him. So they stop praying. They put down their Bible. They might not go to church anymore. And eventually their heart grows cold. 

One of the problems we might face is that we want fast, easy solutions. But life and faith don’t work that way. We are complex creatures. Life is messy sometimes. But it’s also beautiful and worth living, even if we struggle.

Jesus shows us a more excellent way. He shows us how love, faith, and forgiveness can lead to miraculous changes. It may take time, and it may not go as we planned, but God’s plan always shines through somehow.

So double down on your faith when things get tough. Don’t set any rigid expectations. Instead, take the time to seek God. He will reveal his truths to you in due time. Have confidence that God’s Spirit is constantly at work. Let him surprise you with what you will learn about him and about yourself. Let God’s love speak to you.

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Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!

Isaiah 49:15

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Prayer for a difficult situation

O merciful Lord,

I’m facing difficulty. It’s so hard for me. I feel lost and confused. I just want to run away.

Help me, O Lord, I need you. Don’t let me grow cold. Instead, let me grow closer to you than ever.

Remove the obstacles and change the hearts. Let me love as long as it takes.

Your Word has told me, and I believe. Christ did not reject me. Instead, he bled for me. He took away my shame.

Tell my heart again, O Lord, I am your beloved child. Christ, my Rock, my Savior, may his Spirit prepare me come what may.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer for God’s goodness

There are some moments in life where it seems like there’s no way out. Your life feels like a disaster. It could be many things at once or maybe one major crisis. And in many cases, the hurt, pain, and loss are all too real.

One of the greatest messages we receive through the Gospels is hope. Even in the most difficult times, we can strive for hope. Even after the most painful loss, we can eventually gain peace again. 

It doesn’t mean you forget, or that your life is perfect, but you continue. You can even thrive as time passes.

Still, the hard times never pass by easily. You will be tried and tested. But if you hang on tight to Jesus and his promises, the glory of God will eventually shine though. 

Trust in the Spirit. Don’t give up. Hang in there. You are worth it, and you are worth it to God. 

Are you facing something very difficult right now? Does it seem like everything is going wrong? You might even be suffering due to your own faults. Maybe you are having a hard time managing a tough situation.

When you have reached your limit, there is one thing you can always appeal to: the goodness of God.

When you just don’t seem to get it right, even though you try your hardest, appeal to the goodness of God. This takes a tremendous weight off your shoulders. You can never go wrong with this request. 

You can only do so much, even in your most personal struggles. The final word is God’s Word. Lean on him and into him for help. Open up to his Spirit and let him work. 

Remember, when Jesus was crucified, it was not the end of the story. God had much more to do and say. Meditate on this truth. Today is not the last chapter of your life. Even sin and death were defeated by the power of God. 

The resurrection of Christ is real. It is eternal. Even in the darkest moments, we can find hope in this. It’s never too late to see the goodness of God shine through.

Prayer for the goodness of God

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Prayer for the goodness of God

O merciful Lord,

Send your grace. Pour out your Spirit. By your mercy and according to your holy will.

Not by my works or any merit of mine,

I come to you humbly with my request.

I appeal to your goodness alone.

May it glorify Christ in heaven and bring blessings here on earth.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

If you need a prayer… we are here for you!

If anyone out there is facing a tough situation, illness, loss, or other life challenge… we want to pray for you.

Just go to the Ask for Prayer section of this website. You don’t need to leave your name or email, unless you want to.

It does help if you at least give us your first name or initials. This helps us pray for you more directly.

And for those looking for some guidance, check out this Prayer for Clarity in the Chaos.

Be blessed by God!

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Prayer for when everything is going wrong

There are some moments in life where it seems like there’s no way out. Your life feels like a disaster. It could be many things at once or maybe one major crisis. And in many cases, the hurt, pain, and loss are all too real.

One of the greatest messages we receive through the Gospels is hope. Even in the most difficult times, we can strive for hope. Even in the most painful loss, we can eventually gain peace again. It doesn’t mean you forget, or that your life is perfect, but you continue. You can even thrive as time passes.

Still, the hard times never go by easily. You will be tired and tested. But if you hang on tight to Jesus and his promises, the glory of God will eventually shine though. 

Remember, after the crucifixion, the resurrection of Christ is eternal and real.

Trust in the Spirit. Don’t give up. Hang in there. You are worth it to God. The Lord is with you!

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Prayer for when everything is going wrong

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39

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PRAYER FOR WHEN EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG

Dear merciful Lord,

Nothing seems right in my life. Everywhere I look it’s a mess. I feel afraid and alone. And I’m tired, O Lord, so tired. What can I do? Who can I turn to?

I cry out for your mercy. I appeal to your goodness. Do not abandon me, O Lord!

Lift me up to you, bring me close. Let me feel your presence, your tender touch, your love, here and now. I need this so much right now.

Hide me in the wounds of Christ. Forgive me, O Lord, of any sin. Cleanse me and heal me. I depend on you, O Lord.

Show me how to rebuild my life. May your Spirit guide me. Let it be pure and good. Give me peace and clarity. Make my testimony strong.

No matter how bad things look now, with Jesus by my side, I will continue. I will survive. All for the glory of God.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Prayer for order in my life

A organized life is built on organized thoughts. Even though outside circumstances have an impact, having your inner life in order makes a huge difference.

Conversation with God helps you focus your thoughts from a heavenly perspective. Prayer won’t solve all your problems, but it will help you make sense of them. A healthy relationship with Jesus puts you on solid ground to face any challenge.

Don’t wait until things get “better”. Deepen your conversation with God instead. Bring him into the center of the picture. Ask him to call the shots. Let the Lord establish his heavenly Kingdom in you. Christ is our King. Let him show you the way.

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Prayer for order in my life

Audio message and prayer from Vincent:

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But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.

Matthew 6:33-34

PRAYER FOR ORDER IN MY LIFE

O blessed Lord,

I have too many worries, too many responsibilities, and I just can’t keep up. Please help me, O Lord.

Bring your order to my life. Tell my heart again about how you love me endlessly, beyond all measure.

Reveal to me if I must let something go. May I seek forgiveness. Let me return to you to be cleansed, restored and free. Cast out all that binds me, O merciful Lord.

Establish your sacred order in my everyday thoughts & life. Set your heavenly priorities upon my heart.

Bring your love and mercy to my center. May I receive Christ deep in my soul. And from that place of truth and clarity may your will be done.

May your Kingdom come.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer for deep healling

Sometimes we know we need inner healing, and we put it off. Other times, we don’t think much about healing, but we just don’t feel right. Like physical wounds, unhealed inner wounds make us sad, impatient, or even angry.

No matter what you are facing now, take the time to ask God for healing. Even when things seem to be going well, there is always room to be healthier. And for most of us, we have plenty that needs to be restored.

The suffering we see around us, the hurt placed upon us, and the pain we cause to ourselves and others — all of this is a reality of life.  The greater reality though is that we have a merciful God that loves you and wants to heal you.

So go to him. Ask him. He will never turn you away. Let the Lord bring healing, even to you deepest wounds.

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Prayer for deep healing

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Lord, by such things people live;
and my spirit finds life in them too.
You restored me to health
and let me live.

Isaiah 38:16

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

1 Peter 2:24

PRAYER FOR DEEP HEALING

O merciful Lord,

I feel uneasy and unsettled. I’m hurt and unsure. Come to me, O Lord. Fix my brokenness.

Show me that I can fully trust in your goodness. Let me know that I can open my heart to you, as you will never hurt me and never leave me.

Let me not be afraid to let your healing Spirit work in those places where I feel inadequate or ashamed. No matter how much I hurt, no matter how deep the wound, your loving grace can heal me. I believe in this. I trust in you.

They pierced & wounded Jesus, and his blood soaked the earth. All for me. All for love.

In his wounds I hide my wounds to be safely healed.

Cleanse me, heal me — my heart, mind and spirit — in your sweet mercy my Lord.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer for guidance and direction

When facing an important decision, take the time for communion with God to help you make wise choices. Jesus did this all the time, and his example is always good.

You might think you don’t have time to pray, but in the end it saves time. Including God in your decision making gives you peace and confidence. Also, it helps you avoid mistakes that would take up even more time later.

It also helps to talk to people you trust about your situation. They don’t have to tell you exactly what to do. But talking about it helps organize your thoughts. Don’t just talk to people who will tell you what you want to hear. Seek wise and sincere advice instead.

Maybe the best thing about consulting with God in prayer is that it builds your relationship with him. It enables you to hear what he has to say to your heart. And it lets you know even more how much he loves you and wants to help you.

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Prayer for guidance and direction

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The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 58:11

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

John 14:26

PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION

O blessed Lord,

I must decide & make choices. Things aren’t clear to me. So I seek your presence now. Won’t you guide me?

Free my heart, O Lord, of any fear and worry. Let me know first that I am your beloved child.

Remove the clutter in my mind. Give me focus and clarity. Free me of any selfish desires or any temptation to compromise my values.

May your Spirit show me what best serves your will, O Lord. May I be guided to choose what is faithful to your purposes and plans.

Speak to me, O Lord, in your Word and in signs to guide me along the path of grace that is Christ Jesus.

May my decision delight you, O loving Lord, in obedience and service to love.

I pray for this in Jesus’ name,

Amen.