Have you heard the old hymn “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”?
I love the lyrics:
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear,
What a privilege to carry,
Everything to God in prayer.
Isn’t it amazing that God not only will, but also wants, to bear our burdens? We need not walk this life alone and defeated. When our God is only a prayer away!
Are you facing a difficult situation in your life right now? Prayer is always the answer for every need. Here are 5 powerful prayers for courage to help you as you seek the Lord’s strength to guide you.
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What is the True Meaning of Courage?
According to Merriam-Webster.com, courage is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.*
I love that definition. Having the mental or moral strength to persevere, withstand fear or difficulty.
Have you ever been through a season in life when you needed the courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other? If you have been walking with God for long, you know these times will come.
How we respond is the key. God tells us to pray about everything, and as long as we ask for something according to His will, we know He hears us. And we find that He provides.
Just as the father of the child who was “deaf and dumb” cried out to Jesus in Mark 9:23-25, “help thou mine unbelief,” we can pray for Jesus to give us faith that produces courage in our times of need.
Prayers for Courage
The Bible is a beautiful guidebook for every area of our life. It never ceases to amaze me that when I need answers, comfort, wisdom, or even courage for a task, all I have to do is look in God’s Word, and I find what I need.
The Bible gives us several examples of people like you and me who prayed for help and courage in times of need.
Prayer for Courage and Confidence
Some people think of confidence as being cocky or arrogant. However, as you read through the Bible you will find several people who operated in confidence. They had confidence in God and in His ability to answer their prayers and perform miracles. I think of Elijah, a man just like any other, whose confidence in God allowed him to pray and see God do miraculous things. (James 5:17-18)
We can have that kind of confidence and courage, too. To help you, here is a prayer you might pray.
Prayer for Courage and Strength
Have you ever been so scared of something that you just felt completely defeated? Maybe it was a terminal diagnosis, a divorce, your child in trouble with the law, or something at work.
When you read the story of David and Goliath, you might think he was an arrogant teenager. I think he was acting in faith like when Jesus said, we must have “faith as a child.” David loved God, remembered all of His past blessings and times when God worked in his life, and it gave him confidence, courage, and the strength to fight his giant. You can have that too!
Why not pray something like this…
Prayer for Courage and Wisdom
Oh my, how I wish I was wiser! Sometimes is takes courage to do the right thing, the wiser thing. Solomon, David’s son who became king after David, asked God for wisdom, and he is considered the wisest man to ever live.
Yes, I know, it can be easier to just go along with what we have always done or what is easier. But if we are going to please God we must be courageous and apply wisdom even when it does not make sense to others.
You might want to pray…
Prayer for Courage and Determination
It takes courage and determiniation to continue to pray and trust God in hard times, or when it seems like God is not answering your prayers. Let’s be honest, when we have prayed and prayed for something, and we are trying to trust God in our situation, there are times when we are not courageous. We become afraid He is not listening to our prayers, or that He is not going to answer. The enemy wants us to give up. He wants to take away our courage and determination.
Of all the people in the Bible who set an example of courage and determination, I can think of none better than Paul. First, he was determined to kill all the Christians, and then he was determined for everyone to be saved. Talk about a work of God in someone’s life!
Pray for God to give you an extra measure of courage and determination to continue to trust and to wait on God!
Courage and Faith
It takes courage to have faith. Walking in faith is not for the weak of heart. The good news is that God is with us, and He will give us an extra measure of courage and faith when we need it.
All we have to do is ask.
The Bible is the most amazing love letter ever written. We find peace, courage, hope, encouragement, truth, and answers to every need we have.
Time and again, God tells us to come to Him, trust in Him, wait on Him. He tells us…
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.Deuteronomy 31:6
And time and again, we find in our own lives that all of God’s promises are true.
What are you trusting God for today? Come to Him now and ask for the courage you need to walk with Him today and trust Him in all things.
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