Prayer For Courage To Stand Firm
Bible Verses about Courage
Sometimes in our life here on earth, we need to be brave. These Bible verses about courage can inspire us so that we have the strength to do God’s work, and not be afraid.
David was courageous when he went up against impossible odds and defeated Goliath. It’s that kind of courage that comes from God. And it is that kind of courage that we can have when we know God is on our side.
These Scripture quotes about courage were carefully selected from the biblical text and are perfect for use in a greeting card, personal study, or use in a sermon.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” [Deuteronomy 31:6]
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” [Joshua 1:9]
“So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”” [Hebrew 13:6]
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!” [Psalm 31:24]
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.” [Luke 12:4]
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” [Psalm 23:4]
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” [Ephesians 6:10]
“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” [Psalm 118:6]
“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.” [2 Chronicles 20:17]
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” [Ephesians 6:13]
“Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.”” [2 Samuel 10:12]
“You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day.” [Psalm 91:5]
“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” [Psalm 27:14]
“And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you.”” [Joshua 10:8]
“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.” [Psalm 27:3]
“And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.” [Exodus 14:13]
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” [Revelation 2:10]
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” [John 16:33]
“The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” [Proverbs 28:1]
What Does the Bible teach us about Courage?
With the above Bible verses, we are instructed over and over again to be courageous and not fear, specifically because God is with us.
When we are following God’s lead and living life as he has instructed us, these quotes tell us that we do not need to fear because he will fight for us. When God is on our side, there is no force or power that can stand against him.Having said this, there are also scriptures for courage that tell us there are times when we will suffer for Christ, but even then we are to be strong.
It seems that this strength and courage that God asks of us comes by faith in him–in believing that he is there with us no matter what we must endure. When we believe, we know that nothing can happen to us except he allows it to because he has overcome the world.
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Prayer for Troops
Priest: Let us pray for our brothers and sisters as they go forth with courage and determination to face the forces of violence, weapons of destruction and hearts filled with hate.
RESPONSE: THROUGH THE DARKNESS BRING US TO THE LIGHT.
Deacon or Reader:
For our Commander-In-Chief, President N.N., and our political and military leaders that they may tirelessly seek peaceful settlements to international disputes; we pray to the Lord:
That the Lord may preserve the members of our Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force from all harm; we pray to the Lord:
That even in war, we may keep clearly before us the defense of all human rights, especially the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; we pray to the Lord:
That the families, relatives and friends of our military members may be strengthened in this time of concern and anxiety; we pray to the Lord:
That the Lord may help families with men and women in the armed forces to cope with daily challenges in the absence of their loved ones; we pray to the Lord:
That our homeland will be preserved from violence and terrorism; we pray to the Lord:
That the nations of the world will seek to work together in harmony and peace; we pray to the Lord:
That the hearts of all men and women will be moved to pursue true peace and justice; we pray to the Lord:
That violence may be overcome by peace; that weapons of destruction be transformed into tools of justice, and hate give way to true charity; we pray to the Lord:
That grateful for and inspired by those veterans who have given their lives for our country we may bravely face the challenges ahead; we pray to the Lord:
Priest: Lord God, Almighty Father,creator of mankind and author of peace,as we are ever mindful of the cost paid for the liberty we possess,we ask you to bless the members of our armed forces.
Give them courage, hope and strength.May they ever experience your firm support, gentle love and compassionate healing.Be their power and protector, leading them from darkness to light.
To you be all glory, honor and praise, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers in a Time of War
- For TroopsAll-powerful and ever-living God,when Abraham left his native landand departed from his peopleyou kept him safe through all his journeys.Protect these soldiers.Be their constant companion and their strength in battle,their refuge in every adversity.Guide them, O Lord, that they may return home in safety.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
- Prayer of a Spouse for a SoldierGod of power and might,at every moment and in every placeyou are near to those who call upon your name in faith.In marriage you have blessed us with a share in your divine love.Look upon my husband/wife and keep him/her in your safekeeping,no matter where the road may lead.
And when the battle is ended,bring him/her safely home to those who love him.We ask this through Christ our Lord.
- Prayer of a Son or Daughter for a ParentLoving Godyou watch over each and every one of your childrenHear my prayer for my father/motherBe his/her constant companion.
Protect him/her no matter where he/she goes,and bring him/her safely and quickly home to those who love him/her.We ask this through Christ our Lord.
- Prayer of a Parent for a SoldierFather all-powerful and ever-loving God,from before we were born,your love has nurtured and sustained us.Hear my prayer for N., my son/daughter.
Keep him/her safe in time of battleand faithful to you, day in and day out.Bring him/her safely home to those who love him/her.We ask this through Christ our Lord.
- Prayer for Those who Await a Soldier's ReturnGod of all goodness,Look with love on those who waitfor the safe return of their loved oneswho serve in the armed forces of their country.
In faith and hope, we turn to you for comfort.Grant that we may trust in your mercyand send an angel to sustain us as we await their safe return.We ask this through Christ our Lord.
- For Government LeadersGod of power and might, wisdom and justice,through you authority is rightly administered,laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed.
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitudethe President and other government leaders of these United States.May they always seekthe ways of righteousness, justice and mercy.Grant that they may be enabled by your powerful protectionto lead our country with honesty and integrity.We ask this through Christ our Lord.
- For the Safety of SoldiersAlmighty and eternal God,those who take refuge in you will be gladand forever will shout for joy.Protect these soldiers as they discharge their duties.Protect them with the shield of your strengthand keep them safe from all evil and harm.
May the power of your love enable them to return homein safety, that with all who love them,they may ever praise you for your loving care.We ask this through Christ our Lord.
- For our EnemiesJesus, Prince of Peace,you have asked us to love our enemiesand pray for those who persecute us.We pray for our enemies and those who oppose us.
With the help of the Holy Spirit,may all people learn to work togetherfor that justice which brings true and lasting peace.To you be glory and honor for ever and ever.
- For Courage in the time of BattleO Prince of peace, we humbly ask your protectionfor all our men and women in military service.
Give them unflinching courage to defendwith honor, dignity and devotion,the rights of all who are imperiledby injustice and evil.Be their rock, their shield, and their strongholdand let them draw their strength from you.For you are God, for ever and ever.
- In a Time of WaitingAll powerful and ever-living God,Guard our churches, our homes, our schools,our hospitals, our factories, and all the places where we gather.Deliver us from harm and peril.Protect our land and its peoples from enemies within and without.Grant an early peace with victory founded upon justice.
Instill in the hearts and minds of men and women everywherea firm purpose to live forever in peace and good will toward all.We ask this through Christ our Lord.
- For Deceased VeteransO God,by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest,look kindly on your departed veterans who gave theirlives in the service of their country.Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your Sonthey may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdomand rejoice in you with your saints forever.We ask this through Christ our Lord.
A Soldier's Prayers
- For Families and friends Left At HomeO God, Protector of all people and nations,protect my family and friends at homefrom the violence and evil of others.Keep them safe from the weapons of hate and destructionand guard them against the deeds of evildoers.Grant them your protection and carein tranquility and peace.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
- On the Eve of BattleGod of power and mercy,maker and love of peace,to know you is to live,and to serve you is to reign.Through the intercession of St. Michael, the archangel,be our protection in battle against all evil.
Help me [us] to overcome war and violenceand to establish your law of love and justice.Grant this through Christ our Lord.
- For Hope in the Midst of DestructionGod of mercy,you know the secrets of all human hearts,for you know who is just and you forgive the repentant sinner.
Hear my prayer in the midst of destruction;give me patience and hope,so that under your protection and with you as my guide,I may one day be reunited with my family and friendsin peace, tranquility, and love.Grant this through Christ our Lord.
- Prayer For Officers In CommandGod and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ,Hear my prayer for these soldiers under my command.Grant that I may bring the spirit of Christto all my efforts and ordersas I exercise my authority over those entrusted to my care.
Inform my judgment with your Holy Spiritso that I may make decisionsin conformity with your law and for the common good.Grant this through Christ our Lord.
- For Fellow CombatantsLord God,Remember Christ your Son who is peace itselfand who has washed away our hatred with His blood.
Because you love all men and women,look with mercy on all who are engaged in battle.Banish the violence and evil within all combatantsso that one day, we may all deserve to becalled your sons and your daughters.Grant this through Christ our Lord.
- For the innocent victims of warLord God,your own Son was delivered into the hands of the wicked,yet he prayed for his persecutorsand overcame hatred with the blood of the Cross.Relive the sufferings of the innocent victims of war;grant them peace of mind, healing of body,and a renewed faith in your protection and care.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
- Prayer for refugees and victims of warLord God,no one is a stranger to youand no one is ever far from your loving care.In your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war,those separated from their loved ones,young people who are lost,and those who have left home or who have run away from home.Bring them back safely to the place where they long to beand help us always to show your kindnessto strangers and to all in need
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Chapter 4: Courage to Stand
Courage is the ladder on which
all the other virtues mount.
– Clare Booth Luce
Courage is the most important quality in leadership.
Without courage, you may have a vision, but you will never pursue it.
Without courage, you may believe in something, but you will never stand up and speak for it.
All leaders need courage to pursue their visions. This is because true leaders often have to go against the status quo.
The status quo could be something as mundane as a process that has been used in a company for decades or it could be a belief in a culture about certain practices.
Leaders go against the status quo, not because it’s the cool thing to do; but because they know deeply inside what they wish to see in this world.
They are clear about their visions and to them, it doesn’t matter what the world thinks. It only matters what they think.
Often, these visions go against popular belief and they rock the boat. That’s why leaders often need to have the tenacity to follow through on their visions.
Alexander the Great didn’t get his men’s support to go all the way west to India, but he went anyway.Jesus of Nazareth didn’t get his disciples’ support to give up his life to the angry Pharisees, but he did anyway.
You too, need to realize that whatever vision you might have in your life; it is ly to rock the boat; not everyone in your life will be happily agreeing your vision for your own life.
2.1 My Own Experience with Standing Up
Let me share some of my own experiences as well.
About 3 years ago, I was preparing a presentation about a community service project my group had embarked on. During the discussion, one of the members suggested that we misrepresent the information so that we could score better with our professors.
I was silent for a while, but then I said, “No. If you’re going to do that, then I won’t present. That’s cheating.”
That immediately got a few feathers ruffled. “You’re just being inflexible. We can be flexible about such things.”
A member stood up for me, “No, there’s a difference. This is a matter of principle.”
So in the end, it went according to my way.
Here’s another experience about a year later:
My group had got back a group assignment from the professor and we had received a low grade; to our horror we realized it was because we had forgotten to submit the answer to a particular question.
One of my group members suggested that we quickly add in the answers and tell the professor that she forgot to mark it.
I stood up and gave a firm no. “No, we will go and tell her that we forgot to submit in the question and apologize.”That stopped my members in their tracks. It was awkward for a while, but they decided to do it my way in the end.
The professor gave us the marks for that question.
I mean, these experiences may not seem much to you; but I know that there’s where courage begins: standing up against our peers when we have to.
If we start compromising in a sheltered environment the university, it’s only going to get worse in the business and corporate world.
Wherever you are now, you have to start having the courage to stand up for what’s right.
That’s the beginning of leadership.
4.2 People Won’t Approve of You
The truth is, there will be people who won’t approve of you. When you have a vision for something bigger in your life, there will be people who don’t want that vision to happen.
The sad thing is that it often comes from those closest to you; your friends or family.
Those close to you often have an expectation of who you should be, and they want you to conform to that image.
When I chose to rise up to Presidency in University-YMCA, not everyone approved of it.
My parents were not happy with me being so involved in school activities. They came from a generation where it was about studying hard, doing well in university and getting a good, reputable paying job in the marketplace.
They never encouraged me about taking up leadership in University-YMCA. They preferred that I just do well in my studies.
One of my church leaders was not happy either. This leader wanted me to focus purely on ministry inside the church and didn’t the idea of me being committed elsewhere. To this leader, serving in church was a higher calling.
But I chose to go ahead anyway.In my heart, I felt the call to take up leadership in University-YMCA. I did it, and I never regretted that decision.
I’m sure you want the same for your life too; you want to be someone notable; a leader in your field; but yet, the pressure from the people around you is simply too great.
4.3 Where can I Find Courage?
Where did all the great leaders find courage to do what they did?
I can think of three ways you can find courage to live the life that you envisioned yourself to live.
First, read and learn about leaders that have overcome the same area in their lives. Read biographies of great leaders to inspire you. Watch movies of courageous leaders to bring out the same passion in you.
Remember, whatever was in those leaders you saw, it is in you too. No man has a different substance from another. Leaders are made, not born.
Often, I to watch war movies about war heroes Balian in Kingdom of Heaven, Alexander the Great, Lawrence of Arabia, and so on.
They always leave me with a taste for adventure and keep me fired up for my own battles.
Next, keep yourself in the company of people who are encouraging and enabling. Most people are not as encouraging as we want them to be; most people don’t really think you’ll be anything great in your life.
You have to find friends that do.
I know it isn’t easy. It just isn’t easy to walk out there and decide, “You there. You’ll be my friend and ally that believes in me. Let’s take this life journey together.”But you have to be intentional about it. Go join a leadership seminar; join a church.
Do something to meet new people that have a common belief.
For me, I have friends in University-YMCA who believe in the same vision, and people in my church who are constantly encouraging and edifying. Most importantly, they are people who believe in dreams.
They believe that everyone has a calling in life; and a great destiny that awaits them.
Third; this is somewhere where I cannot lead you, but it is probably the most powerful source of courage: your faith.
I’ll share about an illustration of faith-based courage from the Bible:
The early disciples of Jesus believed in Him so much that they were willing to go all the way to their deaths to preach the Gospel.
All the disciples of Jesus had suffered gruesome deaths while preaching the Gospel. According to history, the disciple Peter was crucified upside down and the disciple John was lowered into a pot of boiling oil.
This was the great faith of the early church. The disciples held on to their beliefs till their deaths.
Your faith tells you that there are things in life more important than life itself. Values integrity, truth are upheld greater than life itself because a greater reward is promised to those who uphold them.
My faith tells me that my God is with me; that He is always behind me. It gives me courage to stand up for what’s right; and for what’s true.It gave me courage to speak my mind in those situations; and the courage to step out to take leadership in University-YMCA.
You need to find courage, for it is your ticket to living out your true vision.
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