living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayers for strength

This page contains a selection of modern prayers asking for God's power and strength to come. The first is a prayer for guidance that God would bring strength to a weary heart. The second prayer declares that the Lord is the source of our light and peace, and asks for his inspiration in life.

When a friend or family member faces difficult times such as the loss of a loved one, illness or a marriage break-up, it can be hard to know how to pray. Also on this page is a short film with a prayer for strength for those who are grieving, and bible quotes to meditate on God's strength, suitable for including in a card or message. There is also a prayer you can pray for a friend going through a hard time. Finally, there is a short prayer for mental and physical strength when at work.

prayer for strength

a prayer for when grieving the loss of a loved one or dear friend, asking for God's grace and strength to be present:-

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"You are the peace that makes me strong"

Prayer for strength and guidance

Lord, I reach out to you for your guidance.
Please show me which way to turn.
Calm my anxious thoughts, come speak into my mind.
Strengthen me as I falter and feel weary.
May I feel strength rising up within my heart.
Bring clarity into my visions and dreams.
I trust that you are with me, no matter where I go,
Or what I decide to do.
You journey with me always.


Prayer for strength and peace

O Lord,

You are the light that guides my feet.
You are the map that gives me direction.
You are the peace that makes me strong.
You are the leader whom I faithfully follow.

May your light illuminate my life
And your guidance bring direction.
May I find inspiration in your word
And peace in my heart as I follow you.


The "Day by Day" Prayer

An uplifting reading of the prayer by St Richard, Bishop of Chichester (1244-1253). This prayer was made famous by the song "Day by Day" from the hit musical "Godspell":-

Prayer for strength for a friend

(a prayer for a dear friend or family member during difficult times)

I would love to be with my friend as she/he manages such hardships.
I would love to hold her/his hand and whisper words of comfort.
I would love to change her situation and bring new happiness.
I would love to give her peace as she lies to rest.
I would love to wake her with new hope every morning.
I would love to know how to lead her through this hard time.
I would love to bless her with peace and joy and hope.

You are closer, stronger, wiser than I.
You are with her, Heavenly Father.
You are with her, and will hold her and protect her forever.

I trust in you.


Short prayer for strength at work

(a prayer for mental and physical strength)

As I go to work,
Be with me Lord.
Be the patience when I'm frustrated.
Be the endurance when I am tired.
Be the wisdom when I am uncertain.
Be the inspiration when I'm out of ideas.
Be the peacemaker when I feel hurt.
Be the comforter when I feel overwhelmed.
Be the energy when I am weary.
Be the guide when I am confused.
Be the forgiver when I get it wrong.
Be with me Lord, today.

good bible quotes on strength

"Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

(2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NLT)

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

(Psalm 46:1, NIV)

"You are my strong shield, and I trust you completely. You have helped me, and I will celebrate and thank you in song. You give strength to your people, Lord, and you save and protect your chosen ones."

(Psalm 28:7-8, CEV)


further reading

arrow rightprayers for healing and recovery
featuring two short Christian prayers for speedy recovery from surgery, illness or a recent accident.

arrow rightprayers for wisdom and discernment
with a prayer for wisdom & knowledge, and a simple prayer for discernment.

arrow rightinner peace and strength
including a prayer for peace and happiness, and one for inner strength.

arrow right more prayers for strength
contemporary prayers from, with petitions for strength, comfort, hope and patience.