Prayer For Those That Are Lost And Without Hope
Study 7 SEVEN STEPS TO REVIVAL — Words of Life Ministries
(Scripture Portion: Psalm 85)
In verse 6 of this wonderful psalm, the psalmist prays for revival. Multitudes today are praying a similar prayer, and in this study we shall discover some of the things that God says about revival.
Some of us have seen revivals on a very small scale, where in crowded meetings many souls have been saved, lives have been transformed and there has been a deep spirit of prayer resting upon the people of God; but few of us have seen any large-scale revivals.
We have read sufficient about such mighty movements of the Spirit of God to make us long for the Lord to do it again! But – what is revival? Revival is renewal, restoration - a fresh inflow of the life, love and power of God. People faint and then, when help is brought, they revive. Flowers droop, and when placed in fresh water they revive.
Christians and churches also droop, faint and need reviving. There are degrees of revival. A sick person may revive and get a little better, and then later be restored to full health and strength. The same is true with Christians and churches.
As we study this psalm let us pray that we may become deeply burdened for God to send a full-scale Holy Ghost revival in our land, and indeed throughout the world. What are the steps that lead to such a revival?
1. We must confess our NEED of Revival
The psalmist’s prayer was a confession of need; it was only when he felt the need that he prayed – verse 6. Think of the need for revival:
- 1. In the outside world. Multitudes are without God and without hope in the world (Ephesians 2:12); most of them are outside the churches, and revival is the only key to this tragic situation.
- 2. In the Church. Many churches are worldly, formal and lacking in spiritual power and vitality. Only revival can alter this state of affairs.
- 3. In our own lives. How powerless we are! How frequently we fail, our testimony seems ineffective, and how little we pray! Revival is our personal need.
There will never be any revival until we are willing to admit our desperate need for it.
2. We must admit the POSSIBILITY of Revival.
Are we convinced that revival is possible? The psalmist was! Six times in verses 1-3 he reminded God of what He had done - “You showed… You restored“. And the fact that God has sent revival in the past demonstrates the possibility of revival coming again.
Some people will not admit the possibility of revival coming in our day; for example, the ultra-dispensationalists, and all pessimistic, unbelieving, self-satisfied, worldly Christians will be slow to admit the possibility. But history, plus the promises of God, prove the possibility of revival.
Look up 2 Chronicles 7:14; Jeremiah 33:3; Malachi 3:10
3. We must recognise the SOURCE of Revival
Where does revival come from? Verse 6 tells us. “You …” - look up Psalm 62:11. It comes from God; it is not worked up but sent down, and therefore our eyes must not be upon men, methods, churches or denominations - but upon Him.
- “When we look to man, we get what man can do; when we look to money, we get what money can do; when we look to organisation, we get what organisation can do; when we look to denominations, we get what denominations can do; but when we look to God, we get what God can do.”
Look up Psalm 62:5.
4. We must employ the MEANS for securing Revival.
What is the secret of revival? It is prayer – “Will you not… ?” (verse 6) – passionate, believing, urgent prayer. Has there ever been a revival that was not preceded by prayer? Pentecost, the Moravian Revival, the 1859 Revival, the Welsh Revival, movements of the Spirit that are taking place in different parts of the world today …Look up 2 Chronicles 7:14 again.
5. We must provide the CHANNELS for Revival.
God is wanting to send revival, but He needs channels - “us” (verse 6) - believers, Christians; for - “Revival is the outflow of the Spirit of God through the regenerated spirit of man” (John 7:38-39). Thus, if revival is to come, you and I are to be ready to receive the full blessing of God and to be channels through whom that blessing can flow.
6. We must remove the OBSTACLES to Revival.
In verse 6 the psalmist prays for revival - “that your people may rejoice in you.” This indicates fellowship, walking with God, agreement with God (Amos 3:3) - being right with God. The greatest barrier to revival is sin. Are you right with God? Is there sin in your life? Are you living in disobedience to the Lord? Face up to this!
Many years ago D. L. Moody heard Henry Varley say, “The world has yet to see what God will do with one man who is fully surrendered to Him.” Moody said, “By God’s grace, I’ll be that man!” Will you be another? Will you begin now to pray the same prayer for your church, that the world may see what God can do?
7. We shall enjoy the RESULTS of Revival.
Read the rest of the psalm, and notice several results which are mentioned: salvation (7); peace (8); glory (9); harmony (10); increase (11); provision (12); Psalm 37:23! (13).
Powerful Prayers for Hope, Strength and Miracles [Quotes & Verses]
God never leaves us, never abandons us and never gives up hope in us. When you pray a prayer for hope, you are asking God to restore your hope.
If you would your prayer to be heard in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest points on earth, we can help you. Send us your personal prayer for hope and we will take it to the church, where the religious order there will pray over it and for you.
Then we send photos of your prayer and candle back to you. Experience the power of prayer request for yourself.
Hope is what gives us a reason to continue in life and if you believe in God, you are never without it.
Hope is something that He can provide, ensuring that you are always strong and with a reason to follow Him.
However, there will be times when you feel low and may not understand what the reason is behind the difficult times you face. When the obstacles are all around, prayers for hope can help you move forward.God will never give you more than you can handle . . . but He may give you more than you can handle on your own. Remember to turn to the Lord when things are too much and when you feel there’s no hope left. He will give you the hope you need and provide you with the strength to carry on. His everlasting love is all you will ever need.
Here on this page, you’ll find prayers for hope that will help you as you go through life. Whether you are dealing with difficulties or trying to build your faith in the Lord, there will be tribulations and trials. Bask in the hope that the Lord provides and you will make it through.
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
PRAYERS FOR HOPE AND STRENGTH
Our Heavenly Father, we are gathered here today to pray for our brother/sister ________. He/she is facing a difficult situation right now, Lord, as you know and we ask that you bless him/her with your peace and hope. Give him/her strength to face the adversaries and to overcome the obstacles in his/her way. But above all, Lord, give him/her hope for the future. Amen.
INSPIRATIONAL PRAYERS FOR HOPE
Dear Lord, I am your humble servant and I kneel before You today, helpless and weak. I need Your hope for love, kindness and for a better life, Lord.
I ask that You fill me from head to toe with Your everlasting light. Bathe me in Your glory, Lord and show me that everything is according to Your plan.
Help me walk in Your glorious light and show me the path so that I may follow You in faith. Amen.
PRAYERS FOR HOPE AND FORGIVENESS
Lord, thank you for the gift of forgiveness that You have given me. Thank You for Your mercy that you showed me and for sending your Son to die for me. Help me release my anger and frustration with _____.
Allow me to be a vessel of Your divine forgiveness and allow me to forgive him/her. Just as I have been forgiven for my sins, so must I extend forgiveness. I choose to forgive ___ and set him/her free.
In Your Name, Amen.
PRAYERS FOR HOPE, STRENGTH, AND FAITH
Dear Heavenly Father, as I come before you with my heart heavy, I ask for Your help. I lack hope, Lord and pray that You grant me Your eternal hope. Without You, I am nothing, Lord. Without You, I cannot face these obstacles alone.
I am at the end of my rope and I need You to carry me, to lift me in your arms and restore my faith and hope, Lord. Bring me the strength I need to survive and to carry on Your will. I acknowledge that this is not something I can do without You.
I trust in you, Lord, and Your will is mine. Amen.
SHORT PRAYERS HOPE
O Lord, we stand before You, your humble servants, broken and in need of Your love. You are the God of Hope and of all things good and we pray that you lift ________ up in your arms right now, dear God and give him/her the hope he/she needs. Amen.
PRAYERS FOR HOPE AND HEALING
Dear God, we are here today, kneeling before You, Lord, to ask for your hand upon our brother/sister ______________. He/she needs Your healing touch and we ask that You bless him/her. It’s been a difficult week/day/year and we are here to humbly ask for Your healing for ______. Please, restore his/her body and his/her hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord, You provide us with perfect love at all times and have given us everything we need. We pray that you increase our faith and help us through the rocky times. Give us the strength to face these obstacles and let the difficult days strengthen our faith until we rely only on You, Lord. Amen.
Our Father in Heaven, we pray to you as your servants, asking for an outpouring of love on this person/group.
They have been faithful and follow you, Lord, but they are in need of Your heavenly love. Show them how strong You are and how powerful.
Shower them with your love and blessings and let them never doubt again that they are truly loved in the Kingdom of God. In You we trust, Amen.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in His unfailing love..
What Happens to Those Who Died Without Hope?
The marble tombstones in cemeteries don’t give much information. Generally there is a name, a date of birth and a date of death. Sometimes there is a short phrase or a Bible verse.
Have you ever wondered about the stories behind each one? What were their lives ? Were they happy? Did they accomplish their goals, their dreams?
“To Won’s Father”
Not many years ago in the city of Andong, South Korea, while workers were removing graves in an old cemetery in order to build houses, they found the tomb of a young man from the 16th century.
Archaeology.org reported: “The excavation began at eleven in the morning, and took several hours of painstaking work.
First archaeologists dug into the tomb, then, after breaking through its hardened-earth shell, they exposed a wooden coffin. They dismantled it, and removed pieces of clothing, until they reached the body.
Everyone at the site was stunned. Inside was a male mummy, a very rare find in Korea ten years ago.
“Although his skull was badly decayed, his skin and beard were still visible. He was tall, even by today’s standards, measuring 5 feet 9 inches, and sturdily built.
“‘The dark mustache made me feel that he must have had a charming appearance,’ says Se-kwon Yim, former director of the Andong National University Museum and one of the first people to see the mummy.”
On closer examination, the archaeologists discovered a letter from his wife on his body. It was addressed: “To Won’s Father, June 1, 1586.”
The touching letter captivated the Korean public for more than a decade. Here are translated excerpts from the letter:
“You always said, ‘Dear, let’s live together until our hair turns gray and die on the same day.’ How could you pass away without me? Who should I and our little boy listen to and how should we live? How could you go ahead of me?
“How did you bring your heart to me and how did I bring my heart to you? Whenever we lay down together you always told me, ‘Dear, do other people cherish and love each other we do? Are they really us?’ How could you leave all that behind and go ahead of me?
“I just cannot live without you. I just want to go to you. Please take me to where you are. My feelings toward you I cannot forget in this world and my sorrow knows no limit. Where would I put my heart in now and how can I live with the child missing you? …
“When I give birth to the child in me, who should it call father? Can anyone fathom how I feel? There is no tragedy this under the sky.”
A future lost forever?
In heartrending words, the young woman expressed her anguish and the hopelessness she felt at this unexplained tragedy that struck the young couple and their son and unborn child. She was tortured by her grief and loneliness. All their hopes and dreams had been swept away by an untimely death.
Was this all there was for them? How many millions—no, billions—of young men, women and children have died prematurely without the opportunity to live out a normal life span?
War has taken the lives of millions of young men. For example, by the time World War I ended in November 1918, 9 million men had lost their lives.There were times when more than a thousand British soldiers were dying every week in the bloody trenches of Belgium and France. On the first day of the Battle of Somme alone, the British suffered more than 57,000 casualties.
It was said that a man assigned to be a machine gunner could expect to live only about 30 minutes in combat.
The flower of Europe’s youth perished in a futile conflict that would be fought again in less than 25 years. The war left 160,000 young English widows and 300,000 fatherless children.
“We shall never know how many potential prime ministers, cabinet ministers, poets, scientists, physicians, lawyers, professors, and distinguished civil servants perished in the mud of France and Belgium, but the conclusion is inescapable: an entire generation had lost most of its ablest men” (William Manchester, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, p. 663).
D.H. Lawrence, an English novelist, wrote in a letter to a friend, “Will the nations continue to empty the future?”
A plan of hope
Have all of those who have died such deaths lived in vain? What about those who have never known the truths of the Bible or had a relationship with Jesus Christ? Is their destiny forever without hope? No, it isn’t!
The chain of human life began with the creative act of a loving God. He did so with a long-range goal in mind. However, most people throughout history have lived and died with no knowledge of Him or His purpose for them. Yet the Bible tells us it is God’s intention to make sure no one misses out on his or her chance to know Him.
Jesus Christ stated that everyone who has ever lived will one day live again. “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice” (John 5:28).
God’s annual festivals reveal His divine plan to transform physical people into the spiritual family of God.
Those seven festivals give us the seven steps by which God will work with everyone who has ever lived. Not even an untimely death can thwart God’s plan.
The last festival shows that all who have never known Him will be resurrected back to a physical life so they can learn of God’s truth.No matter the circumstances of their death or where they died, all will be given an opportunity to know God and His way of life.“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
No matter the circumstances of their death or where they died, all will be given an opportunity to know God and His way of life.
The prophet’s vision
God demonstrated this plan through His prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel was taken in vision to a large valley full of human bones that had been there a long time, indicating they had died long before, perhaps in some battle.
“The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry” (Ezekiel 37:1-2).
God then asked Ezekiel if he thought those bones would ever come to life again. “And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ So I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, You know’” (verse 3).
Still in the vision, Ezekiel was told to speak the following to the dead to awaken them to life: “O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: ‘Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD’” (verses 4-6).
So Ezekiel spoke to the thousands of scattered human bones and watched in amazement as they came together as they once were in life.
“So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.
Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them” (verses 7-8).
Now, instead of a valley full of weathered bones, it was full of lifeless bodies. But God wasn’t finished.
“Also He said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.
’”’ So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.
They indeed say, “Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!”’” (verses 9-11).Thousands of years of history have left us with the graves of billions who have died without hope or knowledge of God’s plan for the future. But it will not end that way for these people. Whether they died on the battlefield, in the oceans or on their beds—whether they died as babies, children or old men and women—God assures us all will live again.
“Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land.
Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it,” says the LORD’” (verse 12-14).
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Hope for all humanity
This prophecy was given to ancient Israel, but God is no respecter of persons. What He has in mind for them holds true for all races of humanity.
Paul wrote that God “‘will render to each one according to his deeds’: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; … of the Jew first and also of the Greek. … For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:6-11).
And again in his letter to Timothy, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
Humankind is not the product of some evolutionary process. We are the offspring of a Creator God who has a plan to share His life with us if we are willing to learn to live by His guidelines.
The young man whose grave was found in South Korea will live again. He will see his wife and children and other members of his family. He and many, many others him will come to know the true God and will finally learn His truth about the reason they exist.
Most of mankind has been unaware of God’s plan, yet it is made plain through the annual festivals spoken of in His Word, the Bible. For thousands of years, mankind has been deceived by Satan.
But Satan’s deception will be brought to an end and all who have died in spiritual blindness will be brought back to life to learn God’s way and be given an opportunity to fulfill God’s purpose for them.The future that they once lost will be given back to them along with a hope to live a wonderful new life for all eternity.
God’s encouraging words for Jews who had been taken captive by the Babylonians several thousand years ago also apply to those who died prematurely or without knowing their Creator: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Learn more about God’s plan of hope in the articles in this section: “Plan of Salvation: How God's Festivals Reveal His Plan.”
11 Powerful Prayers for Those Who are Lost
Each and everyone of your friends and family members require some form of prayer. For those that have not been brought close to the Lord, we must pray for their salvation and to draw near to Christ. These powerful prayers for those who are lost serve as just some examples to the type of prayers you can recite for those in need.
I come to You to lift up those that are lost. Father, give them strength to make it through today and all of the struggles they encounter. Father, I am willing to be Your vessel. Use me to shine the light of Jesus into the eyes of the lost this day. May they feel You moving as they encounter the trials of this day.I love You, Lord! Amen
You know our hearts, you hear our prayers, and care about all that concerns us. You understand the burden we carry and how we want, more than anything, to see our loved ones come to you. Help us to remember that you love them more than we ever could. And you desire to extend your great love and forgiveness, your mercy and hope.
We praise you for you are Redeemer and Rescuer, Savior and Lord. We know and believe that there’s no pit so deep that your love can’t reach us still. We understand that your mercies are new every morning, and your faithfulness is great.
We love you Lord, we need you, and we thank you that you hear our prayers and are at work even now. Powerfully. Faithfully. Miraculously. Thank you for the gift of our Savior, God with us. Thank you for your goodness and love…
In Jesus’ Name,
Jesus, please be with my friend reading this prayer. You know every wound, every joy, every fear, every dream. Heal old wounds. Heal new wounds. Rejoice alongside. Alleviate every haunting fear.
Fulfill God-sized dreams in Your timing (and help us be patient in the waiting). Help us all to see the power of Your resurrection this month. Give us eyes to see where new life springs in our hearts. Rejuvenate when we’re weak.
We need You Jesus. Amen.
Father, you know our hearts and share our sorrows. We are hurt by our parting from those whom we loved: when we are angry at the loss we have sustained, when we long for words of comfort, yet find them hard to hear, turn our grief to truer living, our affliction to firmer hope in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord, we ask that you would halt the plans of the enemy over these we love as we bring them before you right now. We pray that his schemes be demolished and that your plans for good, for a future and hope, would prevail. Would you open blind eyes that they might see your Truth. Would you rescue those walking in darkness and heal the deep wounds of those who’ve been hurt.
We pray for the miraculous intervention of your Spirit to draw them to yourself, to work strong on behalf of our loved ones who are lost and wandering.
For you came with good news, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for captives and release for the prisoners.
Though we deserved penalty for our wrong, you stood in our place and took the blows on our behalf. You choose to die, so that we can live. Forever and free.
Lord, forgive our unbelief. Forgive the times we’ve doubted that you could ever change a distant heart. Forgive our hard-heartedness, our weariness, or forgetfulness to “pray continually.” Thank you that you never give up on us.
In Jesus’ Name,
Righteous Father God, I beg with You to send Your Holy Spirit to convict those who don’t yet know You to see their need for the Savior, that they might see their sin and know that their sins have separated them from You (Isaiah 59:1-2), and that their one and only hope is in Jesus Christ alone (Acts 4:12).
I know that it is not Your desire that any should perish and that only You can grant repentance to the lost (2 Pet. 3:9), so I am praying for those who don’t yet even know that they have sins that need to be forgiven. Only Your Spirit can reveal to them that they have the wrath of God on them if they refuse to believe in Jesus (John 3:36b).
In the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Father in Heaven,
You are worthy of all praise and glory and I exalt You this day! Father, You have placed my sister on my heart because she is at rock-bottom right now. Lord, I can feel You drawing her to You by using me as a vessel.
Lord, she comes to me daily with concerns about life and she is at the point of desperation that You can do a miracle! Father, I pray that today she will wait no longer! Father bring her to her knees today! May she cry out to You for deliverance and guidance! May she cry out to You for salvation through Jesus! Father, I want to be there when she looks to You for the first time. I will pray with her. I will cry with her. I will be silent with her. I will be a friend to her in one of the most desperate times of her life. Lord I lift Angela up to You today. I love You, Father! Amen
My own brother is living a lie. He goes to church, but that’s about it. He isn’t reading his Bible. He doesn’t talk about You with anyone. He doesn’t grasp the fact that You want a real relationship with him.
Father, I know where his heart is by the things he says and does, and the places that he goes. I don’t want him to miss out on the amazingness of Heaven. Father, please show him You are real. He thinks going to church is enough, but that is the farthest thing from the truth.Being in a church building doesn’t make him a Christian any more than being in a garage makes him a car. Father, he needs to understand this! Bring him to his knees, Lord. If it be Your will, give me time with my brother where we can talk about You and the reality of eternity.
Lord, I love my brother and I know you do too. I lift him up to you this day. I love You, Father! Amen
Father God, it is through the strong name of Jesus that I pray and for the answer to this prayer to be for His glory that the lost can know the joy of their salvation and have the hope that is found only in You.
As the world grows more and more wicked, the time of Your great Son’s coming is approaching, and then it will be too late for those to repent and trust in Jesus (Rev. 20:12-15).
The glory that Your Son deserves will be all the greater when many more can fall before Him and worship Him on the great day of His visitation, and millions can worship Him Who alone is worthy. It is for His glory that I pray in His precious name, Amen.
The rampant, disregard for Your glorious Name is profaned every single day in every single room of my workplace. Father, it drives me nuts to hear them use Your Name as a curse word. They don’t understand how lost they really are and that is why I pray for them today. Father, many of these men and women have their own children and they would do anything to protect them.
Father, open their eyes to see that You feel the same way. Everything is finished. We are guaranteed Heaven by believing in the atoning blood of Your, Son. Thank You for Jesus, Father! Thank You for Jesus! I lift up my fellow co-workers to You today, Lord. Use me as You see fit in showing them love and compassion. May they see You in my actions this day.
I love You! Amen
Heavenly Father, I come before Your majestic throne through the glorious name of the King of kings and the Lord of lords to open the eyes of the blind who don’t yet see. They are held captive by the god of this world (Col.
2:8) because “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4).
Only You can open the eyes of the blind and open their ears to hear so that they might receive eternal life in Jesus Christ, in Whose powerful, omnipotent name I pray. Amen.
Here is a great video from Pastor Rick Warren on how to transform your life by changing your mind.
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Bible Verses About Hope: 20 Scriptures
The world is longing to have hope in their lives. The greatest source of hope is found in the Bible, where we discover that true hope can be found in Christ alone. When we look at Bible Verses about Hope, we must first look at the promise of the Scriptures.
The Foundation for Bible Verses About Hope
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16 (NIV).
What makes this the most sought-after verse in the Bible? Perhaps we fear that Job was right:
My days are swifter than a weavers’s shuttle, and they come to an end without hope. — Job 7:6 (NIV).The John 3:16 passage gives people a ray of hope that there is certainly more to life than what Job saw. This longing for hope is why the Jeremiah passage is so important to people:
For I know the plans I have for you. declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. — Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).
We want to know that God has a plan for us, and that there is hope for a hopeless world. What people need to know is what Paul Harvey referred to as “the rest of the story.” John 3:17 offers a glimpse:
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. — John 3:17 (NIV)
Hope comes, not as a blanket promise, but under a condition. We must come to Jesus and find salvation through him.
The Jeremiah passage also offers conditions for the hope people seek:
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. — Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)
Hope comes when we find our salvation in Jesus, when we call on him, when we come to him, and pray in his name. When these things happen we will have the hope that we seek. Having established this, we can now add depth and flavor to the hope we have in him by observing other Hope Bible verses.
Other Bible Verses About Hope in the Gospel
Peter began his letters with a blessing to all believers:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. — 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
The book of Romans explains the blessing that Peter offers:
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. — Romans 5:2-5 (NIV).By reading these two passages together, we gain a clear understanding of hope. Hope begins when we are born again through Jesus Christ. Hope is developed, and strengthened, when we stand in God’s grace.
Our earthly desire is to avoid trials and struggles. Indeed, we tend to measure the quality of our salvation by our lack of problems. Yet, hope not is measured by the lack of trials, but by what we learn about Jesus through them.
Suffering produces endurance, and endurance shapes our character. The knowledge that Jesus has successfully led us through trials before, reminds us that he will do it again.
This confidence in God’s provision is the kind of hope which does not lead to disappointment.
This understanding helps 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 make even more sense:
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
More Bible Verses About Hope
Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 15:4 (NIV)
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:13 (NIV)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Hebrews 11:1 (The Voice)
Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.
Titus 1:1-2 (NIV)
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.
Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)
Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Psalm 10:17 (NLT)
LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
Warnings for Believers through Bible Verses About Hope
As we study these verses, it is essential that we keep Christ as the source of our hope. It is so easy to shift our focus onto other things. With that thought come these warnings:
Ephesians 2:12 (NIV)
Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 (NIV)
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
1 Timothy 6:17 (The Voice)
Here’s what you say to those wealthy in regard to this age: “Don’t become high and mighty or place all your hope on a gamble for riches; instead, fix your hope on God, the One who richly provides everything for our enjoyment.”
Perhaps Proverbs 24:14 is a fitting conclusion to a lesson about hope:
“Know also that wisdom is honey for you:If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.” (NIV)
If you enjoyed reading our Bible verses about hope, FaithGateway offers the following book or further reading about the hope the can be found only in God’s Word, I recommend the book Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts by Kathe Wunnenberg. She writes in her book’s introduction:
The first time hope is mentioned in the Bible is by Naomi. She says to her daughters-in-law that there was no hope of her having more sons. I can only imagine the deep sorrow Naomi must have felt.
She lost her husband, her two married sons, and her hope for future family. To her surprise her daughter-in-law Ruth chose to leave her family, worship Naomi’s God, and follow Naomi to her homeland.
What a precious gift of presence and personal sacrifice Ruth gave to Naomi.Think of a time in your past when a circumstance seemed hopeless. Then think of how God finally revealed His hope to you or through someone. Ruth and Naomi’s story reminds us to trust God and know His hope even when circumstances seem hopeless.
While our story may appear hopeless now, often later on we can look back on history (His Story!) and discover God’s plan at work in our lives during that time. Hope is not wishful thinking, but trusting God Himself and what He has promised.
Hopelifter is a wonderful resource for spreading hope to others. Kathe’s motto is that if you know hope, you can show hope. She offers “recipes cards” for how Christians can show the hope and love of Christ to others when the people around them are enduring suffering and trials. We encourage you to check out our recommended reads if you enjoyed this article.
What are your favorite Bible verses about hope? Are there any of your favorite Scriptures that we missed in this collection? As Kathe Wunnenberg writes, before reaching out, we need to first know the history of hope, what hope is, and the God of hope, to fully understand how to give it.
Hopelifter from Kathe Wunnenberg
The perfect book for women who want to spread hope in their friendships, workplace, neighborhoods, and homes, equipping them with simple acts that can bring hope and make a dramatic difference for anyone in distress or crisis.
365 Devotions for Hope from Karen Whiting
Daily devotional readings paired with beloved quotes and Scripture passages will lead you to the glorious hope that spills out from God’s love. Each day will bring new inspiration to rise above circumstances, focus on truth, and celebrate hope and security in your faith.
The Case for Hope from Lee Strobel
Hope is more than a wish. It is true. It is real. Lee Strobel’s trademark investigative style relays the confidence to know that hope is found in Jesus Christ. This book shows how living with hope makes a life-changing difference each day.
Hope for Each Day from Billy Graham
Billy Graham has touched millions of lives by sharing the truth of the gospel. Each morning readers can prepare their heart and mind for what lies ahead. Then they can process the day’s events every evening in the presence and fullness of His grace.