Helpful Verses to Pray When It’s Hard to Be Strong

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Some days it's just hard to be strong. Those are the days we need to pray and ask the One who promises that through Christ, we can have the strength we need. #Prayer #BibleVerses #BeStronger #CountingMyBlessings #WWGGG #BlessingBloggers

Occasionally, I have a day when I wake up and I feel strong enough to handle whatever the day throws at me. But then there are the other days when I open my eyes and I’m not sure I have what it takes just to get out of bed.

I’m guessing I’m not alone…

Sometimes pain and/or illness cause physical limitations that sap my strength. Often . . . it’s some life problem that is emotionally draining that leaves me feeling fragile and inadequate.

And sometimes it’s the thought of dealing with a difficult relationship that leaves me wanting to pull the covers over my head and hide.

What depletes your strength most often?

In more recent years, I’ve realized that the mornings when I can’t muster the strength to face what lies ahead, are the ones when I’ve forgotten important truths from God’s Word…

Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of
His understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.

Isaiah 40:28–29

And…

I can do everything through Christ, 
who gives me strength. 

Philippians 4:13

So, I’m taking all my “I don’t want to face the day” feelings to the Lord in prayer asking Him to help me be strong and I’d love for you to join me.

Helpful Verses to Pray When It’s Hard to Be Strong

Some days it's just hard to be strong. Those are the days we need to pray and ask the One who promises that through Christ, we can have the strength we need. #Prayer #BibleVerses #BeStronger #CountingMyBlessings

God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.

Psalm 46:1

Father, You are my hiding place, and today, if it were up to me . . . I’d stay hidden here in my room. The pain, the problems, the heaviness—it all feels like too much.

But then I hear You whisper that You are with me. You gently remind me that You love me and care about every detail in my life. Nothing I face is a surprise to You. Thank you for Your Spirit’s gentle nudge that reminds me I can always come to You when I need strength and help. Thank you!

Please forgive me for the times I jump out of bed foolishly believing I can manage the day ahead on my own. I’m sorry. Thank you for always being ready to help. Thank you for giving me another day. I surrender myself to You. Please go with me and help me, Father. Please give me the strength I need to love well and live for Your glory.

Isaiah 12:2

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.

Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)

Father, Savior, I want Isaiah’s words to be true in my life. I want to be able to proclaim every single day, “I will trust and not be afraid.” But, I falter. I want to be confident and unafraid every day but I still have days when I’m weak and tired and yes, even a little afraid. Please help me.

Just a few sentences later, Isaiah wrote –   “Thank the Lord! Praise His name!
Tell the nations what He has done. Let them know how mighty He is! Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.
(v. 4–5)

I will pause to remember all You have done for me. You are my Savior. You are all I need. You have blessed me and lovingly given me the courage I needed in the past. The times You’ve helped me be strong. So, I surrender this day to You, trusting You to go before me and stand beside me to make me strong one moment at a time.

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

Psalm 121:2, 8

 Father, You are our Creator. You keep watch over all You have made and You watch over me. You are my helper. You lift my head giving me courage and strength when I’m weak and overwhelmed.

I believe there is no problem that is too great for You to intervene and none so small that You do not care. You are loving, compassionate, and kind. I need You, Lord. Please help me. Remind me throughout the day to come to You whenever I feel overwhelmed and apprehensive.

You are the LORD – the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) You call me Your own child. (Romans 8:15) You give me a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

I believe You will give me the strength I need to live one moment at a time and that is all the strength I need.

In His kindness, God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. All power to Him forever! Amen.

1 Peter 5:10–11

Father, Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble. (John 16:33) Trouble shouldn’t surprise us. Yet, it still doesn’t make it easy.

Suffering is hard. I’d love to avoid it altogether.

But Father, I believe You are able to and will give me the strength I need to live today whatever You allow. I believe You are with me. I also believe that the troubles I endure here are temporary . . . You are preparing a place for me in Your presence. A place where Your glory shines forever and ever. Thank you for restoring, supporting, and strengthening me to live with courage and without fear. Your strength and power are my firm foundation.

[The Lord, my Shepherd] renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me.

Psalm 23:3–4

Father, You are the One who renews my strength. You are the One who guides me according to Your will . . . may I be willing to trust, follow, and obey You in all things. Even when life is overwhelming, when I’m afraid and it’s hard to find the strength I need, You are with me. And when I focus on You . . . when I center my heart and mind on Your presence, I am not afraid.

Lord, My heart’s desire is to live for Your glory. I want people to see Your love in me but on my own, I’m not strong enough . . . I fail miserably. I need You. Please strengthen me. Lead me. And help me follow Your will that I might glorify and honor You with courage and strength. Amen.

Some days it's just hard to be strong. Those are the days we need to pray and ask the One who promises that through Christ, we can have the strength we need. #Prayer #BibleVerses #BeStronger #CountingMyBlessings #WWGGG #BlessingBloggers

With God’s Help You Can Be Strong

Friends, It’s time to throw those covers back and get out of bed. I believe that with God’s help you and I can be strong enough to handle whatever this day throws our way.

And tomorrow, well, God will give us enough to do that day as well. We can count on Him for the one after that and next one and the next and so on and so on.

His grace is sufficient! So, stop with me today and memorize Philippians 4:13…

I can do all things through Christ
who gives me strength!

I’m asking God to bless you with all the strength you need today!

Thank you so much for joining me today.
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18 thoughts on “Helpful Verses to Pray When It’s Hard to Be Strong

  1. How I prayed with you today, Deb! I have days like that, too, when getting out of bed isn’t what I want to do, but then I remember where my strength comes from. With the Lord, we can get through all the days of our lives. Christ will strengthen us!
    Blessings!

    1. Thanks for praying with me, Martha! What an overwhelming blessing to know the God of the universe is with us and gives us His strength and peace. God bless you, my friend!

  2. This post was exactly what I needed . Iam in a place where I feel so tired of doing what I’m always doing . My strength is gone ,my motivation, energy but as I read God’s words it instantly makes me feel so much better. Talk about power!
    I feel like iam battling a spirit of oppression as I am believing many years for a certain breakthrough. My emotions are getting the best of me lately and it feels like this spirit is trying really hard to pull me down and make me give up and quit on my hope. Im not giving up but pressing on and fighting the good fight. Something must be coming soon or I wouldn’t be feeling such opposition!
    I would love prayer ❤ 🙏💪
    God bless you and thank you for your encouragement!

    1. Oh, Autumn, I’m so glad this helped. And I’m sorry you’ve been struggling. This has been a difficult time for many of us. I thank God every day for the gift of His Word and the blessing of being able to read His promises. May He continue to give you the hope and encouragement you need each day. God bless you!

  3. Hello Deb, THANK YOU for sharing God’s Word with All of Us Today. I Really Needed to Hear this Message in this Moment. THANK YOU FOR TRUSTING IN THE FULLNESS OF GOD THROUGH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST FOR HE IS WITH US THANK YOU PRECIOUS POWERFUL HOLY SPIRIT HALLELUJAH PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY THANK YOU JESUS GLORY BE TO HIS NAME AMEN💜💜💜

    1. Hi, Andrea! I am so glad you were encouraged here today. It is a time when we are all being called upon to be strong in the Lord . . . praise God, He hears us and that He loves to give us the strength we need each day. God bless you!

  4. Oh Deb, what an incredible blessing your post is this evening. I believe your timely post was inspired straight from the heart of God for us all. I, too, struggle with days I’d rather hide under those covers and forget the problems of life that swirl all around. Sometimes, it just all feels entirely too much to bear. The truth is, it is too much to bear, because we weren’t meant to do it on our own. This is a powerful reminder we all need to hear, today, and every single day.

    I adore your prayers, and am praying with you. May God’s love and mercy overflow in your life this day. I pray God’s favor over you, your family, and everything that concerns you. You are loved, appreciated and valued. Thank you for sharing these amazing messages! 💕

    1. Holly, thank you so very much! Your kind encouragement is truly a blessing. I’m always so glad to know that someone is heartened and blessed by something I wrote. I am very thankful God allows me to do something I love and that He uses to bless others. Thanks again for visiting and for stopping to brighten my day. God bless you!

  5. Hi Deb,

    I am part of the pastoral team with New Hope Worship Center Cathedral in Fort Portal Tourism City,Western Uganda,in East Africa.
    Pastor Kirungi took initiative of sending us text messages every 3:00 pm East African time as a reminder for hour of prayer.
    There are times I feel weak to wake up and pray. God has been good to me and when ever i call upon Him I get the strength to wake up and pray.

    Thank you for your message in has given me more strength and courage.

    God bless you so much.

    1. Thank you so much, Patrick! I am so blessed by your visit and your encouragement. May God bless you, Pastor, Kirungi, and your entire faith family.

  6. Thank you Deb! So appreciate your insights and beautiful prayers…so very helpful and grounding as I continue my journey to the loving arms of Jesus 🙏🏼💞God Bless you!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! Your kind encouragement blessed me today! I’m praying the week ahead is full of His peace and joy! God be with you!

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