We definitely need to gird ourselves with powerful prayers during hard times in our lives. 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.
How to Use Scripture to Pray During Hard 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…
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.
Use Scriptures like,
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.Psalm 62:1-2
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress,
I will never be shaken.
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!
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.
Here are twelve Scriptures we can confidently stand on when we need assurance of his unshakable truth.
Twelve Scriptures to Pray During Hard Times
1. Scriptures of Hope During Hard 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 the 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!
2. Scriptures to Pray 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!
3. Prayers 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!
4. Prayers to Pray 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!
5. Scriptures for Trusting 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
6. Scriptures for Letting God Fight for you
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.Exodus 14:14
7. Scriptures for your Faith
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.
8. Scriptures for Protecting your Heart
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23
9. Scriptures for the Holy Spirit’s Work in you
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!
10. Scriptures for your Focus
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.Proverbs 4:25
11. Scriptures for Encouraging Others
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
12. Scriptures for Guidance
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.Psalm 119:105
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What is one of your favorite truths from Scripture that helps you stand secure in your faith?
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