A Prayer for Hope in Difficult Times

A Prayer for Hope in Difficult Times

You’re in the right place if you’re in a season of struggle and you need a prayer of hope and faith today. In this blog post, I’m sharing a powerful prayer for hope and 13 bible verses to encourage you. I’ve walked through enough storms in my life to know no matter how bad things get, we can always find hope when we turn to God.

No matter how dire our circumstances, we can know that at some point there will be light at the end of the tunnel and the storm will eventually pass. No matter how difficult or how impossible things may seem, we can know God cares about the details of our lives and His timing is always perfect.

But what shall we do while we’re amid the storm to come out of it strong and victorious?

A prayer for hope in difficult times

What I do when I’m experiencing difficulties

I cling to God’s Word.

I choose to believe His promises. (see the 13 bible verses I read below)

I trust His grace will sustain me until the end.

A Prayer for Hope in Difficult Times

A prayer of hope in difficult times

During difficult times, filling my mind with only messages of hope sustains my spirit. For instance, reading books like Prayers That Avail Much: Scriptural Prayers for Your Daily Breakthrough by Germain Copeland has been a lifeline on many occasions for when I needed a prayer for hope. Here is a prayer entitled, Overcoming a Sense of Hopelessness:

“Father, as Your child I boldly come before Your throne of grace that I may receive mercy and find grace to help in this time of need.

Father, I know Your ears are open to my prayers, so hear my prayer and answer me. I am worn out by my worries and crushed by oppression. I am gripped by fear and trembling. Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness. I would hasten to escape and to find a shelter from the stormy wind and tempest.

I am calling on You my God to rescue me, You redeem my life in peace from the battle of hopelessness that is against me. I cast my burden on You, Lord, releasing the weight of it. You sustain me. You will never allow the consistently righteous to be moved—made to slip, fall, or fail.

Hopelessness lies in wait for me to swallow me up or trample me all day long. Whenever I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You. By Your help God, I will praise Your Word; on You I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear.”

(Excerpt from Chapter 46: Overcoming a Sense of Hopelessness, pg 154)

The extent to which you daily renew your mind with the Word of God is the extent to which you will experience His peace. As you keep your mind stayed on God, a comforting sense of calm will surround you like a warm blanket even though the storm rages all around.

Sometimes it’s hard to connect to a positive thought when you’re drowning in a sea of hopelessness. When it feels like you’re hanging on by a thread is the time when you need to cling to the power of God’s promises.

13 Scriptures to Pray When Going Through Difficult Times

Bible verse for hope and faith

Psalm 42:11 TPT

“So, I say to my soul, “Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be disturbed. For I know my God will break through for me.” Then I’ll have plenty of reasons to praise him all over again. Yes, he is my saving grace!”

Psalm 42:11 TPT

Psalm 31:16

Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, rescue me.

Psalm 31:16

Psalm 143: 8 NIV

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Psalm 143:8 for trust and hope

Psalm 62:5-7 NET

Patiently wait for God alone, my soul! For he is the one who gives me hope. He alone is my protector and deliverer. He is my refuge; I will not be shaken. God delivers me and exalts me; God is my strong protector and my shelter.

Psalm 62:5-7

2 Timothy 4:17

The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.

2 Timothy 4:17

Exodus 14:14

The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.

Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you

Isaiah 46:4

I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Isaiah 46:4 God will rescue you

Jeremiah 17:7 TLB

But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence.

Jeremiah 7:17 Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord

Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us come boldly to the throne of grace

Psalm 139:5 NLT

You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.

Psalm 139:5 The Lord goes before you

Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 - Do not be afraid

Psalm 16:8 NLT

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

Psalm 16:8 The Lord is always with you

Psalm 119:114

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your Word.

Psalm 119:114 The Lord is my hiding place


As you walk through this season of life, you have every reason to hope because our Heavenly Father is a God of hope. Sometimes we need to stop trying to control the situation and control our thoughts and emotions instead by renewing our minds to the truth.

Pray the words of David: “By your mighty power I can walk through any devastation, and you will keep me alive, reviving me. Your power set me free from the hatred of my enemies. You keep every promise you’ve ever made to me! Since your love for me is constant and endless, I ask you, Lord, to finish every good thing that you’ve begun in me!” (Psalm 138:7-8 TPT)

Remember that everything has its time. To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Trust that God is working behind the scenes, and He will come through for you.

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