There are times throughout our lives when we need to call on God for the courage and strength to face the challenges that test our body, mind and spirit. The following prayers touch upon many of these occasions, such as prayers for strength during serious illness, difficult times, divorce, caring for elderly parents and more. All of these prayers may be adapted to meet your specific needs.
Prayer for Strength of Faith During Difficult Times
Father, this world sometimes bewilders me and is beyond my understanding. I see poverty and disease, storms and earthquakes, war and killing. Many hearts are bound by ego and fear. Please strengthen my faith in your higher purpose and open my mind to the truth that everything is unfolding according to your divine plan. Let compassion and love for my brothers and sisters flow from me and may we all be uplifted by your glory. AMEN.
Prayer for Strength of Self Image
Lord, sometimes when I look in the mirror I’m not too happy with what I see. Please let me see me the way you made me, beautiful and perfect just as I am. Help me to hold this image in my mind and heart as I follow my life’s path. Allow others to witness your light shining through me as I walk with confidence, grace and a smile on my face. Amen.
Prayer for Strength During Serious Illness
Heavenly Father, as you know, I am facing a major health challenge in my life. I ask that you grant me the energy and determination to seek out and find the right physicians, treatments and programs; the courage and grace to follow them; and your peace and serenity to rest and restore my body, mind and spirit. Amen.
Prayer to Our Ultimate Source of Strength
I will lift up my eyes to the hills
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
Prayer for Strength During Divorce
Father, my spouse has chosen to break the vow made before you, our families and friends at our wedding. My heart is heavy and my soul aches. I pray that you give me the courage and strength to go through this divorce with dignity, self respect and the knowledge that you are always with me. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Ending a Toxic Relationship
Dear God, I have loved well but not too wisely. I’ve given my heart to someone who has not honored that gift and I realize this relationship does not serve either of us. Please give me the courage and strength to end this relationship gracefully. Help me to forgive, heal and move on with my life so that I may open the door to new happiness. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Caring for Elderly Parents
Lord, when we are infants, you partner with our parents in loving and caring for us. My parent(s) is (are) now elderly and infirmed and I ask that you partner with me in giving (her, him, them) the same tender loving care. Give me the strength to be fully present for my (mother, father, parents) and lovingly tend to (her, his, their) needs and the wisdom to take time out to tend to my physical, emotional and spiritual needs as I care for (her, him, them). Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Maintaining a Budget
Dear God, please give me the wisdom and willpower to create and stick to a budget. Help me to know the difference between my desires and my true needs so that I can pay my bills on time, take care of my family, save what I can and have some left over to enjoy! May my budget and all aspects of my life be in balance. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Dieting
Lord, I need your help! You have set a bounteous table in front of me which I have enjoyed time and time again and for which I am grateful! But it seems I may have enjoyed this a little too much and my body is reflecting the bounty! Please help me to choose healthy foods, to know that I will be fully satisfied with smaller portions and give me the strength to resist overeating. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Stressful Work Environment
Lord, I am grateful to have a job while others are struggling to find work. The added work load, fear of layoffs and tense work relationships has made our office stressful and oppressive. I pray that you give me the strength to continue to do my best, to overlook the short tempers and fear of others and to be a supportive and harmonious friend to my coworkers. Amen.
Prayer for Strength in Raising My Children
Heavenly Father, I am grateful for the children you have given me. There are times that raising them is challenging and stressful. Please give me the right words for both correcting and encouraging them, the strength and composure to be firm yet loving, and the wisdom to guide them in every situation. Amen.
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