5 Inspiring Prayers for Courage and Strength

Whenever you feel down and afraid, may this prayer for courage inspire you to continue living this life in the faith of the Lord.

There are certain days when we feel exhausted and frustrated. There might be a lot of different factors why people feel these emotions. It might be as small as having a bad day or as serious as making a major difficult decision. But the one thing common to both is the negative reaction people tend to have. And that is feeling discouraged to carry on in life.

When all else fails, there is one thing left for us to do. It is to turn to the Lord and seek help. When you feel like the world is crushing down on you, the best way to lift your spirit is to pray for the courage to face the situation that you are in.

Prayer for Courage

What is a Prayer for Courage?

A prayer for courage is an appeal to God for having the bravery to face the challenges that life throws upon us. In situations when doubt and fear blossom in our hearts, praying for courage to face it through God’s grace and power can help us weather the storm. Challenging times take a toll on one’s emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Prayer for courage is a way of coping with the anxiousness and discouragement that these things bring in our lives. 

God promised us long before that the victory is already won for us. He even brought His Son as the light of the world to redeem us from our sins. And while we already know that God never fails to deliver us from harm, asking for courage through prayer is a reminder for us of how great the power of the Lord is.

The Best Time to Say a Prayer for Courage

Whenever you feel afraid and cower before your problems, it is easy to be lost in all the negative thoughts around you. That is the best time to turn to God’s light and ask for wisdom and guidance on how to strive against negativity. 

In this article, we have listed the most common circumstances or times when we feel discouraged. If ever you find yourself in these cases, may you find the courage in God’s word and make it through to the end.

Courage in standing up for justice

Just as Jesus Christ was persecuted for standing up for justice during His public ministry, we too should strive to stand firm for what we believe is the truth. There will always be opposition and you will hear discouragement from them. But speaking up for what is good and just even though you are afraid will require winsome courage. The kind of courage that only the Heavenly Father can inspire us to have.

Courage to follow God’s calling for you

Jesus is the only Son of the most powerful being on earth. Yet He still chose to go through all the pain and shame in His passion and death. All because He trusts what path God has carved for Him. A path that will uplift Him and not forsake Him. 

That is why even if we feel afraid in following God’s calling for us, we should have faith in His word. Just as He declared to Jeremiah, that He has plans for our welfare and deliverance from evil. We should be ready to have the courage to receive that future and hope.

Courage to lead others to a greater good

A famous quote goes like this, “leaders are not born, they are made.” And we have seen this come true in the Bible. One of the best leaders in the Bible is Moses. Even though Moses was raised by royalty, his compassion for the welfare of others made him a good leader. Fleeing the luxury of the palace in exchange for liberating his people from slavery takes a lot of courage and strength. 

But nothing is impossible for God. Just as He used Moses as an instrument to lead the Israelites from slavery, He can do the same for you! It might not be as grand as setting a whole class of people from slavery. But when we learn to be courageous enough to act in the moment of leadership, God will surely grant us the compassion and ability to lead others to the greater good.

Courage to face a challenging situation

With human limitations, the first normal reaction from us when we are faced with a challenging situation is to be afraid. And sometimes when we feel afraid, we tend to not push through or find solutions to our problems. 

Sometimes we cower in fear and let things be. But the Lord our Father is a provider. He will give us the courage and strength to face the challenge if only we turn to Him and continue to live in the faith of His son Jesus Christ.

5 Inspiring Prayers for Courage

Here are five inspiring prayers for courage for different problems people usually face in life. May you be inspired by these prayers and share them with your family and friends who might be experiencing the same dilemma.

Prayer for strength and courage in difficult times

Dear God, I praise and glorify your name!

You have lifted me from the darkness of my past and you have given me the strength and courage to get through. You were there to save me throughout my life, just as I know you will save me from this equally difficult time.

Lord Jesus, I pray for true strength and courage to weather this storm and give me peace that comes after the storm has passed. It might be impossible in the eyes of my enemies, but I believe that your light outshines all darkness I walk in. I am forever grateful for your love and grace. Bless me with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit as I close this prayer, Amen.

Prayer for courage and strength against enemies

Dear Lord, you are the reason for all my possessions and well-being. If it were not for you, I am nothing. Today, Lord, I need courage as my enemy is trying to defeat me. I pray for the courage to face them and the strength to overpower their advances.

My God, speak your word of power and please give me the shield of your spirit. Teach me to walk without looking over my shoulders afraid. Keep me on your side forever and when the world and all my enemies stand me down, help me remember you already redeemed the victory. 

And I, as your child, being included in the glory of your kingdom that is to come. In the mightiness of Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Prayer for Courage

Prayer for courage and confidence

Dear God, my Heavenly Father, you are the maker of the heavens and the earth.

When you speak, all things bend and kneel before you. I believe that nothing is impossible for you, Oh Lord. Today, I pray that you give me the courage in doing things confidently so that I may fulfill your chosen path for me.

Father, I pray that you will give me the courage in asking the right questions. Speak the right words, and act at the right moment. Dear Lord God, bless me with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and inspire me with the gospel as lived by Christ Jesus. Bless me with confidence in manifesting the good work you have set for me. These I all ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for courage in dealing with problems

Dear Lord God, you have been faithful to me all my life. When I ask for prayer, you have never turned on me. You have lifted me with your love and blessed me with your peace. Today, Father God, I turn to you once more. I pray that you give me the courage to deal with my problems, Father. I know that your love will see me through the storm, and you will be there for me at the end of my sufferings.

Nonetheless, my Lord, please give me the confidence to strengthen my faith so that I may act in resilience long enough until you give me the victory you promised. Father, as I end my prayer, I also pray for your grace to give protection to my family. And I pray that we will all soon reap the joy that you always give, and never forsake us as I dwell on my problems and fear.

These all I ask through the intercession of Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for the courage to do the right thing

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your name is worthy of praise and thanksgiving. My troubles and pains are no secret to you. Lord, you have heard my cries before and lifted me from my tears. I am confident that you will do the same this time.

Today, Lord, I am at a crossroads in choosing which path to take. I pray that you give me the courage to choose the one that will glorify your kingdom even though I will face a lot of enemies with it. 

And when the opposition points their swords at me, Father, grant me the courage to face them. Protect me Father, and bless me with peace in making the right choice. These I all ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

5 Bible Verses about Courage

A great source of inspiration to have courage is the Bible. We have summarized five inspiring Bible verses that you can add to your prayer when you seek courage in life.

Joshua 1:6

“Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.”

The Lord designs our path as His children. We are His instrument to realize the greater glory of His kingdom. That is why we owe it to God to be courageous in doing the right path He prepared for us, not only for ourselves but for the generations to come after us.

1 Corinthians 16:13

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”

As children of God, we are blessed to have the presence of the Lord among us. That is why it is also important to bear in mind to face our adversaries and be courageous enough to face them while doing the right thing.

Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Be reminded that when you are faced with evil, the Lord will protect you in the fight. He will not leave you alone to stand before the enemy.

Isaiah 41:10

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Sometimes when we feel like being defeated by the enemy, we are discouraged to continue the battle. But do not forget God’s promise of strength and courage for us. Remember that you can always

Psalm 27:14

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

There are times when it feels like you have used all the physical and worldly strength and courage you have. It may feel like the fight is over and there is nothing else you could do. The Bible tells us that we can rest in the hope that the Lord will come to our rescue. So do not be discouraged! Just when it feels like you cannot carry on, the Almighty God will sweep you with joy and healing and protect you from the enemy.

Benefits of Saying a Prayer for Courage

It cannot be denied that difficult times can breed anxiousness and frustration. But the worse thing is when hard times come into our life by surprise. It can double the pressure on us and this is where discouragement to carry on in life is easily born.

Prayer for courage is an important and intimate way in connecting with God during these difficult times. It helps us remember the kind of God that we have. We often get afraid of how big our problems are, and forget to give justice to how big our God is.

The Lord our God is bigger than anything we can imagine. He can easily trample all enemies and evil with His word. So seeking help and guidance from Him through our faith helps us to understand His glory and love for us.

Prayers for courage also build resilience among us. Even though we are drowning in negativity, if we choose to turn to God to give us the courage to continue, we can surpass all storms until the end.

Prayer for Courage

In Summary

There are a lot of different reasons why we need to pray for courage. Sometimes we are faced with a challenging day and we need wisdom on how to proceed. Other times though, we are put in a difficult position to choose among alternatives. Decisions that are crucial not only for ourselves but for the welfare of others too. And most of the time, we find it difficult to choose because the right choice entails making enemies.

While there are a lot of resources for us to fix these things, sometimes we easily get into the darkness and forget that we can surpass all challenges that life throws upon us. This is when we should offer a prayer for courage.

Prayers for courage help us not only to seek God for strength and braveness but to also praise the Lord for his provisions. When things get rough and we ask for the Lord’s peace, he will empower us in getting through it all. So the next time you will ever feel discouragement, never give in to the voices of your enemies. Instead, ask the Lord for courage and help from the Holy Spirit to guide you to the ultimate truth of the Lord’s perfect plan for your life.

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Alex Shute
Alex Shute, MBA
Alex is a family man and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. His passion is to serve the global Church and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to learn & grow.

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