67 Empowering Bible Verses About Asking for Help

Do you feel comfortable asking for help from God or others? Asking for help is not easy for some people. It can seem like you’re helpless or becoming a burden. So some would prefer to struggle and pretend that everything’s fine. 

But the truth is we can’t do it all. No one can. There are times you’ll need the help of your colleagues, spouse, friend, sibling, or parents. We also need the help of our Heavenly Father as Christians. Every day we need God’s help to guide, direct, empower, protect, encourage us, and give us wisdom. 

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. The word of God invites us to come and ask Him for what we need. One of the best ways we ask for God’s help is through prayer.

In these empowering Bible verses about asking for help, we dig deep into what God’s Word says about accepting assistance. It’s God’s design for us from creation to need help. The Lord created Eve to help Adam. He sent Jesus Christ to help us gain salvation and the Holy Spirit to help us after Jesus went to heaven. Denying help is denying our design. 

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Bible Verses About Asking for Help

When we need help, God may use other people to offer us the help we need. The Holy Spirit who lives within us is our helper. When we develop a deep and intimate relationship with Him, we can listen to His voice which directs our paths. 

It takes wisdom and humility to ask for help, and with time and practice, we can learn to reach out and get help in our times of need. 

What do the scriptures say about asking for help? Here are 50 Bible verses about asking for help. You’ll gain insights and encouragement to lean on others in your time of need. 

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God who became a man and lived among us so He could relate to us and ultimately save us. He can understand us, so we can easily go to Him in confidence knowing He can help us in times of trouble or temptation. 

John 14:26

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

When Jesus Christ was leaving His disciples on earth He promised that He would not leave them alone as orphans. He would send the Holy Spirit to be their comforter and helper.  When we need to remember the Word of God or revelation in the Word, we can ask the Holy Spirit for His help because He is here to help us. 

John 14:13-14

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

This is such an empowering Bible verse about asking for help. Christ Jesus tells us to ask anything in His name, and He promises to honor our requests. This brings glory to our Heavenly Father. 

John 15:5

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Jesus Christ is the vine, while we are branches. We will always need His help to sustain us in life. We remain connected to Him because He is the source of our spiritual growth. When we ask Him for help and rely on Him, we will bear fruit and do great things in the kingdom of God. 

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

When you’re struggling and feeling scared, the assuring Word of the Lord will comfort you. He gives you His strength and guides you with His righteous right hand. You can lean on Him, trust Him, and ask Him for help.

Matthew 7:11

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

As parents, we want the best for our children and help them when we can. We learn that from our Heavenly Father. He loves us as His children and wants the best for us. So when our request aligns with His Word and will, we can go to Him in confidence and ask for what we need, and He will grant this to us.

Philippians 4:6-7

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The Bible encourages us not to be stressed and have anxiety. In fact, verse six is a command. Therefore, it is actually disobedience to God to not go to Him with our troubles and cares! So, we know He difinitely wants to help us and will not ignore our needs! This scripture promises that when we ask God for help in prayer, He will give us His peace and calm our hearts even during the trials we are facing. 

Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Have you ever opened your mouth and started to pray but no words came out? It could be because you feel overwhelmed by the situation you find yourself in and are not sure where to start. 

In those times, the Holy Spirit helps us. He intercedes on our behalf to the Lord. Knowing this empowers us to ask Him for help, the best we can, even if all we can express is a 1-word plea for help. God understands and know our need even before we pray! 

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Psalm 70:5

But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.

The Lord is our helper and delivers us in times of trouble. As the psalmist does in this verse, we can ask Him to help us quickly when we’re in distress. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Life comes with many obstacles, ups and downs and daily decisions to be made. You don’t need to rely on your own understanding of the situation to solve all that is going on around you. You can trust in the Lord and ask Him to help you and to light the path in front of you. 

Hebrews 7:25

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

What an empowering scripture about asking for help. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father and lives to intercede and intervene on our behalf. That means He is waiting for us to ask for help so He can tell the Father who will in turn release an answer and blessing. What a mighty God we worship and serve.

Matthew 7:7

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

This is one of the encouraging promises of God in the Bible. In Jesus Christ, we can ask, knock, seek, and He will listen and answer. Because of God’s love for us, He gives us good gifts and all that we ask for as long as it brings Him glory. 

Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Do you feel weary, overwhelmed, tired, and burnt out? You can ask for help from the Lord Jesus Christ. He invites us to come to Him so we can find true lasting rest in Him. In His arms, we can let go of all our situations and feel safe, secure, and well-rested physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. 

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

The good deeds we do reflect our identity as children of God. They bring glory to the Father. So we can allow the light inside of us, His light, to shine for the whole world to see. 

James 4:2

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

Do you trust God to provide for your physical needs? Sometimes we don’t have what we need because we don’t ask our Heavenly Father. Instead, we end up unfulfilled and jealous of what others have. 

But in this verse, we are encouraged to ask for help from the Lord when we need it. When we do we should become grateful and content with our blessings.   

Psalm 38:21-22

Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

When you isolate yourself and tell yourself that you don’t need help from anyone, you can begin to feel like God has abandoned you. But God is always near to us when we call Him. Ask Him to come and help you in your time of need. 

John 15:16

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

As the chosen ones of God, we should bear fruit in the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:22-23) When we are living a fruit-bearing life, we can ask God for what we need in the name of Jesus Christ, and trust that He will give it to us. That’s why we should strive to live a life pleasing to Him and pray in His name. 

John 15:13

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Our Lord Jesus has shown us the greatest love by laying His life down on the cross for us. He did that so we could be saved and to offer us a bridge to go to the Father. We are His friends and now through Him we can go to the Father and ask Him for all we need. 

Psalm 54:4

Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

The Lord sustains us in this life. We can call upon Him to help us and sustain us. He is willing and able to do that because we are His dear children whom He loves unconditionally. 

Romans 10:13

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The greatest need we have in this life is the need for our soul’s salvation. We deserve an eternity in hell because of our sin and sinfulness before the Holy God. But because of His love for us, God sent Jesus to suffer the punishment and death we deserve in our place on the cross.

Do you need to be saved? Then call on the Lord for help today, for salvation, and know that He will keep His promise and save you!

John 13:34

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Our Lord Jesus gave us a new commandment which is to love each other the same way He loved us. Helping others is part of loving them. So we can ask for help from each other because we know it’s an important way of expressing our affection and being obedient to Christ’s command. 

Galatians 6:2

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Do you find yourself weighed down by challenges and trials? The body of Christ is there to strengthen and encourage you. This is part of obedience and fulfillment of the law of Christ which is to love each other. 

When we ask for help we allow others to serve us and receive God’s blessing. This is an encouraging scripture about asking for help from other believers around us. 

James 5:14-16

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

This passage shows practical ways we can love each other and bear each other’s burdens in the body of Christ. When we are sick we can ask for others to pray for us and when we sin we can confess and ask for forgiveness. God heals us and helps us as we stand together as one. 

1 John 4:9–10

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

The greatest gift we’ve been given by God is Jesus Christ who came to save and redeem us from sin and usher us into eternal life. He came because of the love of God for us. Now because we’ve been given the best gift, we know that God certainly loves to give what we need. We need only ask.

 

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

In difficult times, we can go to God as a place of security, safety, and protection. He will not fail us. He is present all the time, including the challenging times. Other people may turn their back on us, but our God will never do that. 

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James 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

This is an encouraging verse about asking for help. We need wisdom as Christians to help us make the right decisions and apply the Word of God to our lives. When we ask the Lord for wisdom He gives to us generously and lovingly. 

Matthew 21:22

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

One of the most effective ways to pray is to mix our prayer with faith. We need to believe that God will hear and answer us. Then we will receive from our loving Father whatever we ask for that is in line with His Word and will. 

1 John 1:9 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Are you in need of forgiveness for your sins? Did you give in to temptation and do something against God’s will? Don’t try to purify yourself and then come to God. Instead, God invites us to come and confess our sins and receive forgiveness. 

We need to repent and turn from sin. It’s Him who will help us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. All we need to do is receive His love and forgiveness and ask Him to help us live in a way that pleases Him. 

Philippians 2:3-4

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

We can only help others and ask for help when we have a humble attitude. This means we don’t just look out for our own interests and needs but also what others need around us. The Lord instructs us to do everything without selfish motives but rather desire to glorify Him in all our actions. 

1 John 5:14

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.

We have the confidence to ask for help from God because we have faith that when we pray, He will hear us. And when our request is in line with His will, at the proper time, He answers us and grants us our heart’s desires.

Philippians 4:19

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

God will meet all our needs, both spiritual and physical. He will provide for us as long as we put our trust in Him. All His gifts and blessings come through our Lord Jesus Christ. That’s why we pray and ask in His name. 

Acts 3:6-7

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

A man who was lame from the time he was born sat at the gate close to the temple asking for donations from those who were passing. He asked Peter and John for help. And in their reply, they told him they could not give him a donation, but they gave what they could…healing in the name of Jesus! 

When we ask for help, we give others a chance to bless us and for God’s great power to be shown in our lives.  


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Psalm 121:1-2

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

This is a powerful scripture about asking for help. We need to acknowledge that God is the source of our help. He may send people around to offer us physical help but He is ultimately the Creator and Source. 

God made us in His image, and no one knows us more than He. He knows exactly what we need and can give it to us through His grace and mercy. 

Isaiah 40:29

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

When we go through life in our own strength and power, we will surely fail, fall and faint. But when we seek the help of the Lord He gives us spiritual strength, renewed faith, grace, and hope. God does not choose who He helps but strengthens all His children by grace. 

Psalm 55:22

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Instead of carrying your burdens alone and allowing them to weigh you down, give them fully to God. He is more than capable of handling the situation. Moreover, He will sustain you and won’t allow the challenges to shake you. 

Luke 6:38

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

When we give help to others, we secure our blessings from the Lord. These will be abundant in our lives. When we are kind and generous to others in their time of need, they will do the same for us. All good deeds will be rewarded by the Lord. 

Mark 9:23-24

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

A father who had a son who was possessed with evil spirits took him to Jesus Christ. The father had previously asked the disciples to drive out the spirit, and they had not been able to. The father asked Jesus if He could do something. He had lost hope and was helpless. But he immediately repented and asked Jesus to help him believe. When we pray, we should have faith that the Lord will answer and do even the impossible. 

Psalm 146:5

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:

When we seek God’s help we show that our hope and faith is in Him. He will give us peace, happiness, and joy when we believe that the same great power that helped our biblical ancestors like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and many more can help us, too. 

When we seek God’s help we show that our hope and faith is in Him.

Psalm 34:17

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

What an encouraging promise from the Lord. When we cry out to Him, He doesn’t ignore our pleas and requests. He delivers us from all troubles. He gives us His peace and joy even during life’s fierce storms. This empowers us to ask for help. 

Psalm 37:4

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

When you abide in the Lord’s presence above all else and seek His face in all matters, He will give you the desires of your heart, for those desires will naturally be in line with God’s will and Word. 

Hebrews 1:8

But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Jesus Christ is superior to all human beings and all angels, for He is God. His throne reigns forever and ever. Because of that omnipotent power that Jesus Christ holds, He can grant us the assistance we need in all areas of our lives!

Romans 12:6-8

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

It’s impossible to be gifted in all areas of life. There are areas where you are strong and some that you are not. And that is fine. The different strengths help us build each other up in the body of Christ. We need each other. Therefore, it is a good thing for us to ask for help from others around us. And to help others when they ask help of us.

Psalm 86:6-7

Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

We have evidence from God’s Word and our own lives that the Lord answers prayers. He can attend to our needs no matter how small or how big. In troubled times we can call on Him for help, and be are assured that He will answer. 

2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Apostle Paul was a missionary and a mighty man of God who was committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet he had a thorn in the flesh and was willing to admit it. He admitted his weakness and prayed to the Lord to remove it, but the Lord answered that His grace would be sufficient for Paul through this tough time. 

We can boast about our weaknesses because we know that’s when God’s grace shines in our lives. He acts according to His will and our best interests because He is our loving Heavenly Father. We can trust that He is working much good through our time of difficulty. 

Proverbs 11:14

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

When you have an important decision to make and are stuck on what to do next, do you seek godly counsel? God’s Word says we should. There is safety and security in hearing what mentors and preachers who know the Bible tell us.

They can help us see things from a different perspective and pray for us and with us. When we isolate ourselves and don’t heed advice, we will likely fall into the trap of the enemy. 

Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

It is wise to seek wisdom and counsel of others who are spiritually mature and spirit-filled. Pride is when you’re always right in your eyes. It takes humility to prayerfully seek the help of others and apply it to your own life. 

Matthew 8:5-6

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

When Christ Jesus was on earth, many came to him asking for help. He didn’t turn them away. Instead, He dealt with each of them according to their needs and gave them healing, deliverance, forgiveness, and love. Even today, He never turns us away when we come to Him for help. 

Jeremiah 33:3

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

What a powerful and encouraging Bible verse about asking for help. When we call upon the Lord in prayer He answers us beyond what we can imagine. King Solomon prayed and asked the Lord for wisdom, and God gave him wisdom and riches too. 

Psalm 130:1-2

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

Have you hit rock bottom? Are you wondering how you can find your way again? Cry out to the Lord who is attentive to our cries, and He will answer and deliver you. That’s a promise He makes to all His children. 

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

The Lord promises that when we are humble, pray, and seek Him, then He will hear us. When we think we can do it on our own, figure things out, and use worldly strategies, we rob ourselves of God’s help. He is willing and able to support us when we reach out to Him.

Dear friends, the Word of God assures us that it’s good to ask for help. In fact, it’s God’s command, even. From the garden of Eden when God created a helper for Adam until now, we all need others around us to lift, strengthen, and build us up. 

It takes humility and wisdom to accept help from others. But the truth is we all have different gifts and talents, and we can’t do everything ourselves. The body of Christ is there to pray for us, encourage us, and help us in our times of need. 

As Christians, the Holy Spirit lives within us, and He’s our helper and comforter at all times. Our Lord Jesus himself lives to intervene and intercede for us to our Heavenly Father. We have an open invitation from God to go to Him at all times in prayer and faith to find the help we need. 

So, friend, if you are in need right now, be assured that it is more than OK to ask for help from God and from others!


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Tinashe Jaricha is a child of God, saved by His amazing grace. Her passion is to encourage moms to grow in Biblical knowledge. She shares Christian living tips and resources at Our God Is With Us.


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