12 Scriptures to Encourage
All through out scriptures are stories of those who travailed in their prayers. There was Elijah who prayed, and God sent fire from heaven (1 Kings 18:20-40). There was Hannah who fervently prayed for a son for years and God granted her request (1 Samuel 1:20). There was also King Jehoshaphat who cried out to the Lord when an army came against him, and God defeated his enemy (2 Chronicles 20). There was also Queen Esther who fasted and prayed when the enemy tried to destroy her people (Esther 4). These are just a couple of examples of the power of prayer.
We often find ourselves in difficult battles and we can become weary. It seems like our circumstances haven’t changed- even though we cry out to God, and it can be discouraging. When we begin to feel discouraged in the midst of our trials, we can remember these stories of victory to encourage us. God uses ordinary people to do amazing things for His honor and glory and God wants to use you too!
Here are some scriptures to reflect on when you need encouragement; remember there is power in prayer!
James 5:13-14 (NLT)- Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.
James 5:16 (NLT)- Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NKJV)- Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Psalm 102:17 (NLT)- He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas.
1 Samuel 30:6 (ESV)- And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
I Timothy 4:4-5 (MEV)- For everything created by God is good, and not to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Hebrews 5:7 (AMP)- In the days of His earthly life, Jesus offered up both [specific] petitions and [urgent] supplications [for that which He needed] with fervent crying and tears to the One who was [always] able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission towards God [His sinlessness and His unfailing determination to do the Father’s will].
Psalm 54:2 (NIV)- Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth
Proverb 15:29 (NIV)- The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Acts 4:24 (NIV)- When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “You made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.
Romans 12:12 (NLT)- Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Hebrews 5:7 (NLT)- During the days of Jesus life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
There are so many promises in the Bible that can encourage us to persevere through our battles. May these scriptures inspire you to seek the word of God and pray fervent prayers with power each day!