5 Comforting Scriptures to Pray in Difficult Times
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5 Comforting Scriptures to Pray in Difficult Times

Are you walking through a difficult season in your life right now? It feels like you are up against a wall. Nothing seems to be working anymore. The odds are against you and the answer you seek is nowhere to be found.  Here are 5 Comforting Scriptures to Pray in Difficult Times.

But first, let us take a look at a man named Hezekiah in the bible who found himself in a difficult season of life. The Bible says that he became ill to the point of death. This disease was ravaging his body and the verdict to him was – set your affairs in order for you will surely die.

It must have been a very difficult moment in his life. Death was staring him in the face and he had nowhere else to run to but God.  The death of his dreams, visions and an end to his life. But what can you do in times of difficulty and helplessness?

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About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness. – ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭20:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

How does a man respond to a word spoken that seems to have sealed the fate? He was asked to go and put his house in order because he was going to die. In other words, go home and do those things that need to be done quickly because you don’t have much time here.

Have you ever been in a situation where it looked like the end was here? Perhaps the diagnosis is not looking good at all. Or maybe a divorce is staring you in the face after all these years. And you just can’t seem to make sense of why your marriage has to come to an end.

The truth about life is that there will always be difficult and trying times. There will be seasons when our faith in God will be tested. Yet, in the midst of it all we must always find ways to stand firm in those difficult times. Let us a take a look at what Hezekiah did in his difficult season .

Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. – ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭20:2‭-‬3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Hezekiah turned away from his problems, fears, anxieties, helplessness and prayed to God. He shut his eyes from the negative report brought before him and turned his focus to God. Whenever it looks like you have gotten to a crossroad in life – remember that God can be found in the intersections, curves and detours of our journey.

This king who was at a major crossroad in his life turned his attention to the one who gave him life. He did not run to seek answers from men. He could easily have grabbed the prophet and begged for mercy. But in his moment of difficulty, he ran to God and poured out his heart before him.

And as he prayed and spoke his heart to God, the tears began to flow and he wept. Even in times of difficulty, God wants you to come before him. He wants you to come confidently before the throne of grace and ask for mercy concerning that challenge. The Bible says this-

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” – Psalm 56:8

David was going through a difficult time when he wrote this Psalm. Today, it is a reminder to us that God is fully aware of our pain and struggles. And that he will not forget or abandon you. Remember that God wants you to come before him in your weakest, messy and most vulnerable state. He wants to comfort you and surround you with his presence. Today, take your attention away from the noise, pain, hurt and  keep your gaze on God.

5 Comforting Scriptures to Pray in Difficult Times

God is inviting you to bring your pain, worries and fears before him in prayer when you face difficult times. You can choose to look at God and his word for comfort or keep looking at the challenge. God is present even in our darkest moments to shine his light and give us strength for each new day.

In his moment of distress, the great king David in the bible encouraged himself in the Lord. He was always quick to recount the goodness and faithfulness of God in his life.

Dear friend, when there is nothing else left to do in that situation, you can run to God today and pour out your heart to him in prayer. And even when words fail you, let the tears flow freely, he will bring healing and hope into that situation. Here are 5 Comforting Scriptures to Pray in Difficult Times

1. “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”Psalm 121:1-2

Prayer: Lord, I look up to you today for strength. I acknowledge that my true help and protection is from you alone. I pray for grace to see you in the midst of the mountains and hills before me. Help me to turn my eyes away from all that is happening around me. I refuse to look to things and people for help. Lord, I want to see you and feel your presence in this storm.

2. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

Prayer: Father, I rest in this truth today that you have gone before me and will never leave me helpless. Open my heart to feel your presence and see all that you are doing in this difficult time in my life. Dear God, I ask that you hold me close whenever I feel afraid and never ever let me go. I rest today in the assurance that you will be with me through this storm and help me overcome. Amen!

How to Stand Firm in Difficult Times

3. “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13

Prayer: Father, I admit that none of all that is happening right now in my life makes sense to me. Help me to know that you are right here by my side holding my right hand and guiding me through this difficult season. Lord, still my fears and help my heart to trust in you no matter what. I want to hear you in this raging storm and know that you will help me stand strong in this difficult time.

4. “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. ” – 1 Peter 5:10

Prayer: Today, I choose to draw near to God in this suffering and keep a firm grip on my faith in God. I know that this suffering won’t last forever. These hard times will surely pass away. You are my heavenly father, the God of all grace  and you will personally restore me, make me whole and put me back together again. Lord, strengthen and support me in ways that I never even imagined in this difficulty. Give me grace to remain steadfast in faith and make me strong through it all. Amen!

5. “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:13-14

Prayer: Lord, waiting is never easy, but I will wait on you. I will trust in your unfailing love for me. Help me father to wait patiently for you in this difficult time of life. Though the tears keep flowing and the pain unfading, I believe that I will see the goodness of God again. Dear father, I rest in your love for me and will continue to trust in your faithfulness.

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  1. Thanks for leading us into the Word for comfort, friend! This blessed me!

    1. Ufuoma Fijabi says:

      I am so glad you were blessed. thanks for reading friend.

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