Before we talk about the prayers for strength, let’s talk about what God says about our strength in the Bible.  This discussion will help to frame the verses that I will list here and help the reader understand what kind of strength it is that as Christians we need to pray for.

 

As Christians, we have the Spirit of God living in us (Romans 8:11); therefore, we have access to the greatest power in the universe, the strength of God Himself.  God doesn’t want to make us stronger – He wants to be our strength.  Paul said that he would boast in His weakness so that the strength of God would be evident in His life and God would get the glory!  That is the kind of strength I want to encourage you to pray for.  Not that God would make you stronger, but that God’s strength, by His Spirit, would work in you.

This is a list of verses from both the Old and New Testaments that we will adapt into prayers.  It is powerful to pray through the Scriptures.  They are not only a guide to show us Jesus, but they can also be effective prayers as we learn to intercede by them.

Prayers for Strength

1.  This first prayer comes from the Old Testament, from the prophet, Isaiah.  It is a prayer for provision in time of need and strength in time of weakness.

Isaiah 58:11  The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Prayer: Lord, guide me always.  Satisfy my needs in a sun-scorched land and strengthen my frame.  Make me a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.  Amen.

2.  This next prayer comes from Exodus 15:2-3.  It is a declaration and proclamation of the strength in our God, which can be used as praise or as a reminder of where our strength comes from in a tough season.

“The Lord is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a warrior;
the Lord is his name.”

Prayer: Lord, You are my strength and my defense.  You are my salvation.  You are my God, and I will praise You.  You are my Father, and I will lift You up.  Lord, You are a warrior, and the Lord is Your name!

3.  This next prayer that comes from the book of Ephesians is an effectual prayer and pertains to spiritual warfare.  The verses that follow tell us that our battle is not against flesh and blood, so this is always a good prayer to have memorized.

 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  Ephesians 6:10-11

Prayer: Lord, help me to be strong in You and in Your mighty power.  May I put on your armor so that I can take my stand against the devil and his schemes. 

4. & 5. Psalm 118 contains 2 prayers, one for strength (or combine into a longer prayer) and also a prayer of rejoicing.  Many of the Psalms were prayers in the form of song.  David and Solomon wrote most of the Psalms.

First prayer (for strength) Psalm 118:5-9

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in humans.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes

Prayer: Lord, I am hard pressed and crying out to you!  You have brought me into a spacious place.  You, Lord, are with me, and I will not be afraid!  What can man do to me?  You are with me and you are my helper.  I will look in triumph on those who are against me.  It is better to take refuge in you that to trust in man.  It is better to trust in You than to trust in princes.  I will trust in You, Lord!  Amen. 

Second prayer (of praise) Psalm 118: 14-15

The Lord is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.

Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”

Prayer: Lord, you are my strength and my defense.  You are my salvation.  Your hand, Lord, is valiant and has done mighty things!  Shouts of joy and victory will resound in my house and my heart!

6.  This next prayer is adapted from another Psalm.  I would encourage you to read the whole chapter (it’s short but a wonderful reminder of the power and glory of God). We will focus on the last 2 verses of the chapter.

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.  Psalm 29:10-11

Prayer:  Lord, You are enthroned over the flood.  You are the Lord who is enthroned as King forever!  Lord, give strength to Your people.  Lord, bless your people with peace.  

7.  Our final prayer is a prayer of serving.  If you find yourself weary in serving, Galatians 6:9 tells us not to lose heart in doing good.  This prayer taken from 1 Peter 4 is a great prayer to voice when you become fatigued in serving.  Remember, we do not serve out of our own strength, but only in the strength that God can provide so that only He can receive the glory.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4: 10-11

Prayer: Lord, let me use my gift to serve others as a faithful steward of your grace. When I speak, let them be Your words.  When I serve, let me do so with the strength that only You can provide, so that in everything you might be praised through Jesus Christ.  To You be the glory and the power for ever and ever.  Amen.

My prayer is that these are helpful for you and that you will find both encouragement and they will be a reminder of our source of strength.  There are many more prayers in the Bible that deal with strength.  God must have known we would need many of them.  If you need more feel free to go to www.biblegateway.com and do a search for “strength”.

What other prayers of strength do you use that are helpful for you?  What scriptures help you in times of need?  Let me know by leaving a comment!

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