Prayers For Hard Times - 5 Prayers For Strength During Hard Times

I get it. Some seasons of life can be so tough to endure. It can be hard even to know what to say to God. That’s why we’re going to look at 5 prayers for hard times based on 5 powerful passages of scripture. 

I am pretty open on this blog about the challenges I have faced. I went through a season where my marriage almost fell apart. My husband and I had several friendships end really badly. We lost two babies to miscarriage. 

As I am writing this post, we are two month into a move we made across the country. We are now over 1000 miles from home and family with our three-month-old baby where we know no one. 

Life is full of seasons of hard times. Today I want to share some verses and how I would turn these verses into prayers for strength in difficult times. 

2 Timothy 4:16-18 AMP

At my first trial no one supported me [as an advocate] or stood with me, but they all deserted me. May it not be counted against them [by God]. But the Lord stood by me and strengthened and empowered me, so that through me the [gospel] message might be fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear it; and I was rescued from the mouth of the lion. The Lord will rescue me from every evil assault, and He will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:16-18 AMP

Father, thank You that even when all others leave and abandon me, You remain. Thank You that even when the ones I thought would be around forever decide to go, I can trust that you will stand with me. Father, I come to You with my cares and my worries concerning this trial I am facing. Would You remind me that I am not alone?  Would You tell me that you care about this and it’s outcome? Father, I thank You for standing with me, and I receive your strength to stand another day. Thank you that I can trust you to rescue me from this and every trial I will face in this life. Amen.

 2 Corinthians 4:9-10 AMP

We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed; always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown in our body.
2 Corinthians 4:9-10 AMP

Heavenly Father, I am tired, and I am worn. I feel pressure from all of these circumstances surrounding me, but I thank You that I am not and I will not be crushed by them. I am unsure of how this can or will work out for my good, but I say not to discouragement and despair in Jesus name. I feel like everything, and everyone is coming against me but Father, I thank you that I never stand alone. Thank you for being with me through it all both as my friend and as my advocate. Thank you for picking me up every time life and its hard times knock me down. I will rest in You and Your finished work at the cross. Amen. 

Psalm 91:1-4 AMP 

(The whole Psalm is more than worth a reread.)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!” For He will save you from the trap of the fowler, And from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions, And under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.
Psalm 91:1-4 AMP

Father, I come to you worn and weary from the hard times I have walked through recently. I come to you seeking your shelter where I know I can find security and rest in your shadow. Father, you are mighty. I know my circumstances are no match for Your great power. Thank You that You are my safe place. Thank You that I am always welcome beneath Your wings. Thank You for being a fortress I can trust. Father, I know you can save me from these trials. I will wait patiently for You to help me work things out for my good. You have always been faithful to me so I will rest in Your faithfulness. Amen.

Isaiah 26:3-4 AMP 

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You--in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. “Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner], For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
Isaiah 26:3-4 AMP

Father, I am in need of Your peace. I have allowed my attention to shift towards the distractions and circumstances I am currently struggling with. I have exhausted my own resources and energy. I am actively placing my thoughts and focus back on You and Your faithfulness. I thank You that You are continually pursuing me and constantly drawing my heart back towards You. I thank You for Your kindness and patience towards me. Thank You for reminding me of our history together. I know that I can trust You. Help me, Father, to learn to rest in Your peace. Amen.

John 14:26-27 AMP

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor--Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]
John 14:26-27 AMP

Thank You Holy Spirit for being my helper. Thank You for coming alongside me and being a comfort, advocate, and intercessor. I thank You for being my counselor and for strengthening me. Jesus, I receive your peace. I admit that my heart has been troubled and I have allowed fear to make my decisions. I repent of that, and I am choosing to rest in You and to allow Your peace to calm me in my current circumstances and to strengthen me with the courage to face these challenges with Your Spirit by my side. Amen.

We can look to our Father when life gets hard, and we can trust Him. We have to remember to remain faithful in prayer during difficult times because He is our source of strength and hope. I pray these verses and prayers blessed you and gave you a starting place to re-engage with God and prayer for the hard times you may find yourself in. 

Remember, if you are worn or weary, He sees you. You are not alone. You are not forgotten. He is with you there I the circumstances. He is working and moving on your behalf. You can find help and refuge in Him. He is that high rock that you can always look too when overwhelmed to find your way out. 

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