Free Printable Prayers for Courage
A woman I know told me last year, with tears in her eyes: “I love what God is doing in your life. I love your faith and abandon and ability to step out in faith. It makes me think of how I can step out in faith too.”
I told her right away, O you know its not of us….it is all of God.
Seems funny to get a compliment like that. Feels all squishy inside. It made think of the times I’ve admired women and men from afar and thought the same thing. I’ve admired their ability to leave it all, sacrifice, and give it all to God. Jim and Elizabeth Elliot. Gladys Alward. Hudson Taylor. Paul.
Their faith seems like an impossible thing. An impossible way to live, but yet they did. Do people see my life and think, she is doing the impossible? I wonder. It doesn’t feel impossible. Sure, sometimes I feel very inadequate, unprepared, and not enough, but it doesn’t seem impossible. Sometimes it seems hard. Only most days it seems 100% normal.
A life of faith is hard, but not in the way you would think. . I wish I could have shared with that woman: “Do you even know how much fear lies in my heart?” I think if people really saw the nights of doubting, wrestling, tears, and heartache that goes with doing hard faith-filled things, they would wonder….how do they do it?
How do they have courage?
Let me tell you the truth: courage isn’t a good vibe, but an anchor in God. He gives me courage when I’m out in the storm and my boat begins to rock. My husband and I can move to Honduras with our five children because God is true. His word is true and we believe eternity matters.
The missionaries and the “heros of the faith” found in Hebrews all found hope in the fact that God’s plan is for redemption and playing a part in that will last beyond what we have here.
Psalm 90 is a great psalm to read (I wrote a whole devotional on it here). Moses says basically: Everyone dies.
The reality of death and the span of our lives causes us to have courage in the here and now. It does! That’s why I created the following prayers for courage. Not just because you might need them, but I need them! Courage isn’t about me, but about my relationship with God.
Dear Lord, I pray for courage. It isn’t easy. And it is hard. In fact, I feel like I’m drowning right now. Will you give me courage? Your courage? Let me do as Joshua and trust in your presence as my courage. Josh. 1:9 says I can be strong and courageous because you are with me. No matter if I’m on the shore, enjoying the sunshine, or tossed on the waves in the middle of darkness: you can give me courage with just your presence.
Dear Father, my heart is scared and hurting right now. What will the future be? I have no idea. I know you know, but my controlling heart would like to know the future. You hold the future and I want to trust you with that. Isaiah 41:10 promise you will strengthen and help me. Your hand will uphold. WILL. You will do these things in the future. Amen.
Dear God, I pray for courage today. You are my courage. Let me come to you and find my courage in you. When fear comes, my strength seems to fail, but you are my strength and portion forever. Let me wait for you, as it says in Psalm 27. Waiting for courage is hard, but as I wait let me be still and know you are God. Amen.
O Jesus, the cross can make me brave. It hows me the depth of your love for me. And it shows me true bravery isn’t always raising a fist, but bowing my head in humility. It takes courage to let others say things and not respond. It takes bravery to love others when we’ve been hurt. O Great Jesus, let me find comfort in knowing you know my heart and will keep me safe through it all. Amen.
O Spirit, you are my true source of courage. According to 2 Timothy 1:7, I can find my true courage in the power you give. For you will not leave me fearful, but have given me the power to rise above my fears. The truth of your word will make me brave. What can man do to us? You hold my life in your hands and will keep me safe. Amen.