13 Powerful Prayers for Strength During Difficult Times

We all go through tough seasons in life–in those moments, we can gird ourselves with powerful prayers for strength during difficult times. Whether we are going through major transitions in life or are experiencing that heart-wrenching pain of loss, we can use the Word of God to give us comfort, hope and strength.

When we use the power of prayer during hard and difficult times in our lives, we make the conscious choice to remind ourselves that God is BIGGER than anything we face in this world.

Are you in need of encouragement and strength in the midst of life’s circumstances? Let’s take a look at how we can use God’s Word to pray powerful prayers of strength during hard times in our lives.

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Trusting God During Difficult Times in Life

My husband and I loved spending time with our kids at the park when they were little. I remember one particular park near our church has a playground with a bridge leading from one end of the play structure to the other. This bridge is designed to wobble, shake, rattle and scare the living daylights out of mothers with young toddlers!

Whenever my youngest attempted to cross the bridge, my heart usually skipped a few beats. “What if she loses her balance and falls off the structure?” I wondered to myself.

It reminds me of movies with wobbly, broken bridges. Somehow the hero of the movie always manages to just barely make it across the bridge before the entire structure collapses and plummets into a raging river below.


Sometimes we think that God is like that rickety bridge. Our circumstances try to convince us that walking across on his bridge will ultimately lead to our destruction or demise. We edge along one board at a time, not trusting if his structure will hold each footstep we take. We doubt his goodness, and look at him with suspicion and careful caution.

In our minds we sometimes wonder…

“Will he answer my prayer?”
“Will he come through for me?”
“Will he provide for me?”
“Does he see my pain?”

The answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES!

We can rest secure in the truth that he is immovable, unshakable, firm, and steadfast. Life may teeter and wobble around us, but Jesus is the rock-solid bridge we can trust to get us across the troubled waters beneath us. When our emotions are riddled with insecurity, our hearts can stand on the secure foundation of our hope in Christ.

He is our security. 

He is our fortress and strong tower. Because we are secure in him, we will never be shaken.

That means we are…

and ultimately,

When your emotions take you for a tailspin and leave you feeling wobbly and weak, stand on his solid truths. Then use those Scriptures to pray powerful prayers during those hard times.

13 Powerful Prayers for Strength During Difficult Times

Take a look at these powerful Scriptures and prayers that you can pray when you need hope and strength. Feel free to use these Scriptures to confidently stand on God’s truth when you need assurance of his unshakable truth.

1. Prayers for Strength: Finding Rest in God Alone

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2

Lord, I thank you that my soul finds rest in you alone. My salvation comes from you alone, and you are my rock and fortress! Help me to remember that even in the midst of my difficult circumstances, you are with me, and I will never be shaken!

2. Prayers for Strength: God is my Anchor

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Hebrews 6:19

Lord, thank you for being the anchor of my soul. Through you, I am firm and secure. When the chaos of life seems to swirl around me, help me to remember that you are my shelter and strength!

Whatever uncertain events come your way, rest secure in the strength of your Savior. Find security in him—and you will never be shaken.

3. Prayers for Strength and Joy During Difficult Times

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4

Lord, give me the strength to find joy and the good, even in the midst of my trials and difficulties. Produce within me faith and perseverance, that I may be mature and complete, not lacking anything! This is only possible through the power of your Word. Amen.

4. Prayers for Strength when you Feel Lonely

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 

Psalm 73:25-26

Lord, grant me your comfort and strength during times of loneliness and despair. Help me to remember that you are with me always, and you are my portion forever. Amen.

5. Prayers for Strength when you are Worried

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:31-33

Lord, thank you that you know all of my needs, and that you will faithfully provide for me and my family. Help me not to worry about tomorrow, but to seek your Kingdom and righteousness!

Related: Check out this post on how to combat fear and worry with God’s Word

6. Prayers for Strength during Difficult Times when you are Fearful

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

Lord, thank you that you are my Light and my Salvation! With you, I don’t have to be afraid, no matter what difficulties come my way. You are the stronghold of my life, and you will sustain and carry me through the darkest storms. Amen.

7. Prayers for Strength to Trust in God

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Lord, please give me the strength to trust in you today. Your Word says that I don’t have to worry about tomorrow. My confidence is in you, and I am firmly planted in your powerful truth. Help me through this difficult season that I am in, and help me to trust in your unfailing love now and forever. Amen.

8. Prayers for Strength during Difficult Times: Let God Fight for you

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Exodus 14:14

Lord, thank you for fighting my battles for me. Help me to be still during this difficult season, and to trust you each day. I praise you that you are my rock and my fortress, and my ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). During the moments when I want to give up or try to defend myself, help me to remain still, and to wait for your deliverance. Amen.

prayers for strength during difficult times

9. Prayers for Strength during Difficult Times: Prayers for Peace

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Isaiah 54:10

God, please help me through this difficult time. Help me to stand on the promises in your Word as I wait for you. Thank you that your covenant of peace will never be removed from me. May your peace and love surround me with your everlasting protection and strength. Thank you that through you, I will never be shaken. Amen.

10. Prayers for Protecting my Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23

Lord, help me to guard my heart. Please give me wisdom and discernment to know how to navigate this difficult season. Protect my mind and my emotions as I surrender my heart to you. Amen.

11. Prayers for the Holy Spirit’s Work in me

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

Lord, thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit working within me. Through your grace I have the power of love, joy, and peace in my heart. Help me to cultivate patience, and clothe me with your kindness. Through you, the power of goodness and faithfulness flows through me. By the power of your Spirit, I am girded with your gentleness and self-control. Glory to your name!

12. Prayers for Strength during Difficult Times: Prayers for Guidance

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 119:105

Lord, I thank you that your Word is a light to my path. Illuminate the lamp of your Word before me, and may the brilliance of your wisdom and understanding give me guidance each day. Help me to make the right decisions that will bring you glory and honor during this season of my life. Amen.

13. Prayers for Strength during Difficult Times: Prayers for Encouragement 

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25

Lord, thank you for giving me the strength to conquer this day with grace. Grant me everything that I need to accomplish the tasks that you have for me today. Help me to surround myself with other believers who can give me encouragement and support, and help me to also give hope and encouragement to those around me. Amen.

Free Printable Scripture Cards

Feel free to download these free printable Scripture cards with Scriptures to pray during difficult times by clicking HERE or on the button below.

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In Conclusion

I hope that these prayers for strength during difficult times will give you encouragement as you trust God each day. May the Lord give you comfort and peace as you call upon him in prayer. Trust the God is the solid rock on which you can stand during this season, and he will never leave you or forsake you.

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18 thoughts on “13 Powerful Prayers for Strength During Difficult Times”

  1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
    I love this post Christin. Great scriptures from God’s word. I have been reading that verse in Proverbs since I was a child but have not been living until God made it clear I need to apply it to my everyday living. I cannot think of anyone better to put my complete trust in. Oh what a Savior we serve! I am thankful for His love and the wisdom He freely offers. Such a pleasure to visit your site today via G&T. Have a fantastic holiday weekend and blessings to you and yours.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Horace! Isn’t it amazing how God’s word comes alive in our hearts like never before? That’s what I absolutely LOVE about his precious Word! Blessings to you and your family!

    2. My scripture that I love and go by is, I wil look unto the hills. From whence cometh my help.My help comes from the lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

  2. My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
    Psalm 62:1-2 This is one I keep coming across lately.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Rebecca! I love this one too–so comforting to know that no matter what, we will never be shaken!

  3. These are such encouraging scriptures and I love the cute printable that you made. Thank you! The word picture of a wobbly bridge is good. I know God’s truths are unshakeable but sometimes I don’t act like I know it. I appreciated the reminder. Thank you for linking with Grace and Truth last week. I would love to feature this post tomorrow.

    1. Wow Dawn, thanks so much for your kind words! I am so glad you found these scriptures encouraging–I know I need these reminders daily! Thank you for visiting, and what an honor to featured with Grace and Truth! 🙂 Blessings to you and your family!

  4. Love your site! I was browsing scripture to send my sweet 80 yr old mother , your messages are perfect for the both of us . I adore every page … Blessings Christin ! Your gift is Shinning ?. Kim

  5. How great it is to find this site! many thanks, Christin.
    Mine goes, I cried to the LORD and HE heard me and HE delivered me from all my fears, Psalm 34:1 AMEN
    How great is our GOD, my soul rests in you O Lord

  6. I was beginning to write a little devotional for my son who is experiencing great difficulties. I had entitled it “Terminator Faith”. Remember the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger called “The Terminator”? The thing about the “Terminator” was that nothing would stop him. I remember that it was scary how “they” would think they finally destroyed him, and he would get up and keep going. Once he was a melted puddle of metal, and you thought he was finally vanquished — and then — he re-formed and kept moving forward. Well…I once wrote in my Bible years ago — “we need to have ‘Terminator Faith’ — the kind that just gets up and keeps going no matter what Satan lobs at us in this life.” The Apostle Paul was that way — getting beaten didn’t stop him — shipwrecked? no, not stopping — imprisoned? can’t get out? then using that time to write letters to the churches which make up so much of our New Testament and have reached millions with the gospel message and encouragement to keep on keeping on for the Lord!! And then…stoned and left for dead?!! What did Paul do? Got up…and continued on. Proverbs 24:16  “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…”
    When I googled “Bible verses about being unstoppable”, I found your page. I read it all and it was a blessing. Just letting you know that I’m a Christian sister, and I had that instant love and bond for you, my sister in the royal family of the King of Kings.

    1. Wow Mary Anne, thank you SO MUCH for your comment! The LOVE the idea of “Terminator Faith”, and you are so right that the Apostle Paul operated in that same way! (If God is for us, who can be against us?!) Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am glad you found my blog, and may the Lord continue to strengthen and equip you and your family to share this unstoppable faith we have with the world around us! Blessings, Christin

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