Are you struggling to survive and want to cry out to God, but don't know how?
Consider these prayers to
get you started.
When you need friends:
"There are friends who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer
than a brother" (Proverbs
You are a gracious and loving Lord. I don't have any friends, and I really miss
having them. Please bring some people into my life that I may share with them
memorable times. Open my eyes to see the good qualities in people around me.
Help me be the type of friend to others, as the type of friend I seek. I thank
You, Heavenly Father. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Helpful Resources: Psalms
Corinthians 1:9; 1
When you need guidance:
The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I
will advise you and watch over you"
I know you are the great counselor! I am in need of guidance, for I don't know
what to do. Help me to do what You want done in this situation. Please send
someone to show me the steps I need to take. I depend on You, and I thank You,
Heavenly Father. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Helpful Resources: 2
Samuel 22:9; Psalm
31:3; 25:9; 48:14; 78:24; 107:7; Proverbs
3:5; 16:3; Isaiah
30:21; 48:17; 58:11.
When you need money:
if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone
tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!"
Help me to have faith that You will provide what I need, when I need it. Open up
a job that will fit the hours I have available outside of school to pay for my
expenses. I trust in You, Lord. Thank you for providing for my family and me. I
ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Helpful Resources: Psalm
23:1; 34:10; 37:25; 111:5; Isaiah
When you feel tempted:
"Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way,
let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your
endurance has a chance to grow".
Heavenly Father, I know You are strong. I need help right now, because I am
being tempted to join activities that I know are not good or appropriate for me.
Give me strength to say "no thanks" to this pressure. Help me to find something
else to keep myself busy in place of the activities my peers want me to
participate in. You are my strength in this. Lord, I thank You Heavenly Father
for understanding all the temptations that face students today, and what it
takes to refrain from being lured in the wrong direction. I ask this in Jesus'
1:1-3; 119:11; Luke
2:18; 4:15-16; James
1:12-14; 4:7; 1
Peter 1:6-7; 1
When Your family needs prayer:
"The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise to return, as some
people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone
to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent"
I know You see everything and know how each situation turns out. I will trust in
You. My family needs help. Show me what I can do to make life easier for them.
Help my family find Your salvation so we don't fight like we do now. Help me to
show them You in my life. I thank You, Heavenly Father for your love and
concern. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Helpful Resources: Acts
When you need a sense of purpose:
"You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit that
will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name"
I look to You in my time of need. I don't feel like I matter much to people in
this world. My self-confidence is really low right now, and I don't know where
to turn. Do You really have a specific plan for my life? That is an awesome
Help me to see myself, as You see me. Teach me the things I need to learn to
fulfill that purpose. I place myself into Your hands, because I trust in Your
opinion of me. Thank You, Heavenly Father for believing in me. I ask this in
Jesus' name. Amen.
Helpful Resources: Jeremiah
14:13; 16:24; Romans
When you feel threatened:
"Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him,
so that you don't become weary and give up"
I don't know who else to turn to for making the bullies stop their aggression.
It seems no one can stop them. They intimidate and frighten everyone. I don,t
like being afraid, and it upsets me when I see them beating on others. Help me
to know when to make a stand and when to ignore the threats. Please send us
someone who can get them to stop.
If I cannot help them by showing them You in my life, Lord, then get them out of
my way. I thank You, Heavenly Father, for protecting me and keeping me safe. I
ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Psalm 18:3; 91:4-15; 34:4; 138:3; Isaiah
41:10; 54:17; Jeremiah
When you have thoughts of suicide:
the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don't even know what we
should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us
with groanings that cannot be expressed in words"
I feel like giving up, for it seems there is no hope in me. I don't want to go
on. I don't feel like fighting anymore. I need something to hang on to or I'm
going to lose it. Show me again, Lord, how much You love me. Please, give me
Scriptures that speak of Your promises for me.
I'm very tired, and I need rest. I'm afraid of these thoughts about suicide.
Protect my mind, Lord, and clear my head. Help me to think good thoughts about
the good things in my life. Remind me of Your goodness to me. I will keep my
thoughts on You and praise You.
I thank You, Heavenly Father, for reaching down into my world and drawing me
close to You. Thank You for allowing me to soak up your strength during moments
like these. I'm clinging to Your strong arm this hour. I ask this in Jesus'
Galatians 6:9; Ephesians
Thessalonians 3:3; 2
Timothy 2:13; Hebrews
3:14; 10:23; 10:35-36; 1