Prayers For Loss Of Hope
8 Prayers For Strength, Hope and Courage
We all have things that we struggle with and things that seem to overwhelm us. As a result of this, we often feel lost and don’t know what direction we’re supposed to go in.
What we often forget is that these particular seasons of our lives are incredible opportunities to turn to God for strength, hope and courage. Prayer helps us to find strength for today and hope to in the midst of our greatest challenges and trials.
When we trust in the power of prayer, we can really see how God is at work in our lives. Here are eight prayers for strength, hope and courage.
A Prayer For Direction
When you’re in need of strength, remember that God is the number one healer and can guide you in endless ways. If your heart and life are centered on God, His Word and His Holy Spirit, you can rest assured that He will direct your path. God’s primary means for giving us guidance is in the Bible.
“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and spirit.’” (John 3:5). If you’re ready to trust in God’s ability to direct your life, pray this prayer: Heavenly Father, as I arise today, I pray that Your strength pilot me, Your power uphold me, and Your wisdom guide me.
May Your eye look before me, Your hand protect me and Your shield defend me. Amen.
A Prayer For Physical and Emotional Strength
Our God has worked in history to defeat sin and Satan and hell and death. He did this through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God has the power to strength your mind, body and spirit if you allow Him to be at work in your life.
If you’re ready for God to step in and transform you from the inside out, pray this prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask you to strengthen my mind, body and spirit today. When I’m weary, may I be refreshed. When I’m worn, may I be renewed. When I’m broken, may I be restored. When I’m fearful, may I become faithful.
I pray that I walk in complete confidence today knowing that the Lord Almighty is with me. Amen.
A Prayer to Trust God and Surrender All
God calls on all of us to make total surrender to God. If you’re in need of strength and are ready for a change in your life in a way that you’ve never known before, God demands that you allow the Lord to become the ruler of your life. We can only do this when we surrender to Him.
If you’re ready to fully let go and let God, pray this prayer: Heavenly Father, I surrender every area of my mind, will and emotions to You. I choose to dwell in Your goodness and faithfulness so that the good seeds You’ve planted in my life will take root.
Keep me close to You and direct my steps down the good path You have prepared for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
When you’re in need of strength, one of the best things you can do is call on God for protection and direction. He will direct Your paths for good.
If you’re ready for His guidance and protection, pray this prayer: Heavenly Father, I come to You today giving thanks. Thank you for keeping and protecting me. Thank you for Your guidance and direction. Thank you for picking me up when I was at my lowest.
You are an awesome God and it is because of You I choose to live and walk in Your favor. In Your name I pray. Amen.
A Prayer to Find the Right Words
We know from Scripture that our words have real power. God spoke the world into being by the power of His words (Hebrews 11:3) and we are in His image in part because of the power we have with words. Words do more than convey information or deliver a message.
The power of our words can actually destroy one’s spirit, even stir up hatred and violence if we’re not careful.If you’re ready for your words to bring positivity in your life and the life of others, pray this prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to change my negative words and intentionally transform them into ones that bring life no matter what challenges are placed before me.
Words of faith, strength, courage, success confidence, trust, peace, happiness and joy are just some of the positive attributes I want to reign in on my life. Guide me to recognize the power of my words, that they might give glory to You, and also give me strength. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer For Family Strength
It’s important that we ask God to bless our families and protect them from harm. God has the power to give them grace, forgiveness and strength to overcome all the difficulties they face.
He also has the power to keep your family together when the world tries to pull them apart.
If you want to lift up prayers to strengthen your family, pray this prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for today, Thank you for my dear family and all that You have blessed me with. I pray that you fill My family with peace and strength.
I pray that their days go smoothly and that their lives are touched in a special way. Reveal Yourself to them in marvelous ways. I pray that any barriers that separate us be let down, and that we would live as a team for You. I pray that Your will be done today and always. Amen.
Prayers for Hope
We may feel attacked, hindered, and restrained;
We may feel discouraged, depressed, and defeated
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10 KJV,
“Be STRONG in the Lord
in the Power of his Might.”
Then Paul gives us secrets
to winning our battles
by explaining the
Supernatural pieces of Armor
that we need to wear every day.
I encourage you to stand up
put on those pieces of armor
afresh and anew.
Click here for Putting on the Armor
Another full armor page: The Armor of God
First Prayer for Hope
You are my hope, and you are my strength.
You are guiding me toward your will, and I will follow you.
I will walk in AMAZING Faith this day.
I will lift up truth,and I will pull down strongholds.
I will declare that my enemies will not triumph over me.
Sickness will not triumph over me.
Financial lack will not triumph over me.
And______________ will not triumph over me.
(fill in the blank)
I was created to be POWERFUL.
I was created to beVICTORIOUS.
Today I will walk in the Power, Purpose, and Peace of Jesus Christ.
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon ofInspirational-Prayers.com
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Power of Encouragement!
Prayers for Hope
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am facinga situation that appears hopeless.
Emotions disappointment, confusion, anddepression want to attach themselves to me.
Reach out to me and bring me thoughts of a good future. I will welcome them.
Lord, show me newpossibilities.
Help me to more clearly see my gifts and talents. Help me to more clearly see the good things in my life.
Father God, help me to believe
that I am precious and valuable to you.
Thank you that you have reminded me that I was born for a great purpose.
I will choose to believe that you are bringing hope into my heart this day, so that I will have more hope tonight when I go to bed thanwhen I got up this morning.
Father God, I will realize that hope has a name:
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Next is an adaptation
of the above prayer
that can be prayed
for a friend or loved one
who is facing a hopeless situation.
If you are praying for a man, please adapt the prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I lift up pray for _______.
She is facingsituations that sometimes appear hopeless.
Disappointment, confusion, anddepression want to attach themselves to her.
I pray that you would reach out toher and bring her thoughts of a good future.
I pray that she would begin to see newpossibilities.
I pray that her gifts and talents would become more apparent toher.
May she see a glimpse of her great value.
May she believe that she was bornfor a great purpose.
May she have more hope tonight when she goes to bed, thanwhen she got up this morning.
And may she realize that hope has a name:
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again unto a
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3 KJV
Prayers for Hope for Parents
Next is a prayer to pray for parents who are facing a
hopeless situation concerning their child.
Your children may be young or old.
The problem may be
financial,physical, relational, or other.
The situation may include an issue of an addiction.
Whatever theproblem or problems,
we lift up all aspects to our Loving Lord.
We lift up these parents to you.
Bless these parents as they standon your Word and on your goodness.
Encourage them to stay motivated andhopeful.
Help them to sense the POWER that is unleashed in prayer.
Give them renewed strength as they wait on you and your goodplans.
In Jesus' name,
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Prayers for Hope continues with a
Prayer for Strength
Parent to Pray.
You may want to visit our Prayer for Children page.
That page has in-depth prayer
for many importantissues that
our children face.
I am urgently seeking your help.
I am asking you to send your blessings on my emotions.
I am asking you to bring me strength as I standon your Word and on your goodness.
Encourage me to stay motivated andhopeful.
Help me to sense the POWER that is unleashed in prayer.
Give me renewed strength as I wait on you and your goodplans.
In Jesus' name I pray,
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
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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.
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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..
Does He Even Hear? Wrestling with Loss, Prayer, and Hope
We are grateful to share Hannah’s personal story of a miscarriage today. If you have experienced loss of a little one, we want you to know that this post contains details of her experience that could be difficult for some to read. We love you, dear reader, and we grieve with you over the loss you’ve experienced.
If your pain causes you to want to click away from this post, we want you to also feel free to skip down to the section “Tasting the Lie.” It will allow you hear the hope that Hannah received from God in her loss without reading the details. —Hayley Mullins, True Woman Blog Manager
October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month.
And this awareness hits home for me because it gets personal. You see, on October 12, 2008, we lost our first baby to miscarriage.
I had attended the very first True Woman Conference with a group from my church. We hadn’t told many people other than family that we were expecting yet, so my sister kept my secret as we traveled the three hours to the hotel. We arrived at the conference to a sold-out crowd and worshiped and learned along with thousands of other women.
During that conference, I attended the breakout session on family/kids with Holly Elliff. I was excited to glean some new insights as we were about to enter this journey of parenthood.
I sat next to a kind lady who introduced herself and asked how many kids we had. I blushed as I told her we were expecting our first in June.
She congratulated me, and placing a hand on my shoulder, she prayed for our baby to be—for protection, for guidance as we entered parenthood, and for peace.
A couple days later, we packed up and headed home. We made a stop at an oasis over the toll road for dinner.
I excused myself to go to the bathroom, and when I got in the stall I froze as I saw brown and pink on my toilet paper—not a color you want to see when you’re expecting. My head and heart started racing.
Being an OB nurse at the time, I tried to rationalize that I shouldn’t worry yet. It wasn’t bright red, and I wasn’t cramping. But I still couldn’t help worrying. I sat quiet the rest of the way home.When I got back to my house, I quickly told my husband what was going on. The spotting continued all evening. We prayed together for God to protect our child, and we went to bed in the hope that He would.
Sunday morning, the spotting was no longer brown, no longer pink; it was now bright red and getting heavier. My stomach began to churn and cramp. The pain came in waves. I knew what was happening. I had seen this before.
I called into the OB department where I worked and let them know what I was dealing with, and I paced the floor with a heat pack on my belly as I cycled between crying and praying.
My husband made the phone call to my family to tell them the news.
Two days later, Tuesday evening, I delivered our baby at home. Being in the first trimester, we couldn’t tell whether the baby was a boy or girl, but in my heart, I felt it was a boy. We named him Sam Azrial, meaning, “His name is God, and God is our aid.”
That may have come from a heart of faith in the moment, but fast forward past our baby’s memorial service in our yard and into the rest of the fall busyness—getting back to work, dealing with my grandfather’s death the same week we lost our baby, and heading toward the holidays—much of my heart buried the pain and grief.
Tasting the Lie
How could God be good and allow something this to happen? I had attended True Woman, and we had prayed for this child. We prayed for protection. And God didn’t protect. We prayed for peace, but my heart felt torn to shreds. Thus began a subtle lie that I began to chew on. Prayer doesn’t work.
Everything is just coincidence. Life is going to happen; bad things are going to happen whether I pray about them or not. A root of bitterness took hold, and I began holding back my deepest desires from the Father who loved me so intimately.
Why pray about something if it doesn’t change the outcome?I lived with this lie eating away at my soul for about eight years. It became so natural, so normal to think this way that I couldn’t see the depth of the bitterness that was growing deep into my heart.
When the marriage amendment came before a vote, I prayed, but not with faith. I figured whatever was going to happen would. When we were asked to pray for the unborn and for a decrease in abortion, I said the words, but my heart was not in it. When my family would ask for prayer, I might utter a few sentences, but that’s as far as it went.
The Beginning of Change
In 2016, we had a special speaker come to our home church. His topic was prayer. I rolled my eyes when I heard what he would be speaking on. What did I need to know about prayer? We can pray for whatever we want, but God still does (or doesn’t do) whatever He wants.
During his message, he brought up a passage of Scripture: 1 Samuel 12:23. “Far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you.” We are called to pray and are given a responsibility to intercede for ourselves, our family, our friends (1 Thess. 5:17; Eph. 6:18).
He went on to share stories of how our prayers here have far-reaching effects. We can touch someone around the world with our prayers that we may never be able to touch on a physical level. Prayer is our link, our connection that spans the distance of space and time. And one of the Holy Spirit’s great missions is to intercede for us (Rom. 8). And to be Him, we must be intercessors, too.
God began to work in my heart as I thought about my denial of His power over the past years. My heart broke at my own pride and lack of willingness to offer my requests to God as a fragrant offering.
How could I, as the clay, ask the potter what he was making (Isa. 45:9)? The loss of my child didn’t make any sense to me, but maybe God was working toward a bigger plan that I could not see.
I had asked God for the good gift of protecting my baby, and because He didn’t answer that prayer the way I asked, I denied that He answered prayer at all.
What I couldn’t see at the time was that He had answered my prayer—just not in the way I had anticipated.“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11–13 emphasis mine).
I had prayed protection for my child, and God brought my child into His presence—the safest place my little one could be. I had prayed for peace, and God gave me Himself (Eph. 2:14).
Breaking the Lie
The next month, I arrived at True Woman 2016. Low and behold, the theme “Cry Out” was centered around the concept of prayer. As Russell Moore and Stephen Kendrick spoke, God chiseled away more hard edges of my heart.
And on the second evening, when we arrived at the time of crying out as a community, God finally had me where He wanted me—seeing the power of communicating with the God of the universe. My heart broke as I realized my pride, my unwillingness to humble myself before Him.
I cried out to God with renewed vigor. He forgave. He washed clean.
Walking in Truth
I find myself now asking the disciples, “Lord, teach [me] to pray” (Luke 11:1), or the father of the demon possessed child, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).
As I have learned to boldly approach the throne of grace with confidence, I have seen God work in ways I could never imagine. From providing physical safety for a friend’s baby at risk in utero to providing finances for an “impossible” project and bringing some of my children to faith in Christ.
Yet sometimes the answers don’t look what I prayed for. In many moments I find myself still struggling with prayer. Occasionally, those old lies try to sneak in once again.
And in those times, I must remind myself of the truth of who God is—that He is all powerful and nothing is too hard for Him (Jer. 2:17), He cares about my heart (Ps. 34:18, 139:17–18), and He loves me.
Oh, how He loves me (1 John 4:9–11)!
Taking every thought captive, I stand on these truths and pray along with David: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (Ps. 43:5).
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Eph. 3:20–21).
Prayers for Strength
Have you ever needed supernatural strength to face a situation head-on, but not known what to pray? God is waiting and wants to offer us strength in time of need. Do not be afraid to pray and ask God for His strength to fall upon you! When you are weak, weary or unready to stand, and unsure of what to ask, pray along with these words!
A Prayer for Strength
Lord, I’m weary. My energy is sagging, and my motivation is lagging. And I am so in need of you. I need your strength and your fresh touch to get back on track again. Your Word says the joy of the Lord is my strength. If that's true, then I need your joy to replace all the bone-tired parts of my mind, body, and soul.
The pressures of life sometimes push me into a corner, rendering me helpless to move forward. A hundred voices call my name, and I feel paralyzed at times to answer, not knowing where to turn. Lord, help me not to quit, to keep running the race faithfully, and to find strength in that safe, secret place of yours, under the shadow of the Almighty.
I need your strength to say no when I'm tempted to surrender to harmful things, or when selfishness clings to my clothes and won't let go. I need your strength to say yes, when cowardice and fear nudge me to deny the convictions of my heart. I need your strength to reach out in love to those both close to me and all around me. When don't I need your strength, God?You are my rock, and I run to you today, believing that you will lift up my heavy arms, that you will fuel me for the tasks you've given me, and that your joy will completely consume the weakness of my life and make me strong again. I don't want to stay grounded, crippled by limitations and failed attempts. I'm tired of feeble efforts. Lord, I want to mount up with wings an eagle and not just fly. I want to soar.
Renew my strength, Lord. Fill me with your supernatural power to overcome each obstacle in my path. With my eyes on you, Lord, with you walking beside me, working through me, I can make it. Thank you, Lord!
In Jesus's name, Amen
A Prayer for Strength and Encouragement
Lord, David, I need your encouragement in a time of trial and anguish. Thank you that you are always on the throne, always my God, ready to save. Thank you for being the same God to me that you were to David.
Thank you for always being near and always rescuing me from my fears and hurts. Lord, help me remember that daybreak might be just ahead, that this trial will not last forever.
Fill me with hope that daybreak is coming and that your love will always prevail! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
~ A Good Thing Devotional
Lord, I am weary and don’t know when this “race” will end in my life. I feel I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this trial. Help me to stop trying to outrun my pain but rather run with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials in my life.
I know that nothing in this world can separate me from your steadfast love. Please give me a measure of your love today; give me the strength to endure this trial.
Thank you for your love for me that never ends! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom!
~ Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding
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Additional Prayer Resources
Here is a collection of some of our favorite Bible verses about the promises of God's strength. May these give you hope and encouragement to persevere with a bold confidence! Find the complete list at BibleStudyTools.com's Scripture page.
- “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” ~ Isaiah 40:29
- “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31
- “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
- “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” ~ Psalm 46:1
- “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” ~ Psalm 28:7-8
Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart.
She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com.
You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
Publication date: August 4, 2015, Updated: January 22,2018
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