While no one likes to go through hard times, such experiences are part of life. Even Jesus told His disciples that they would face hard times while on earth.
However, He left them with a message of hope that He would send the Holy Spirit to be their helper and guide.
As children of the Almighty, we can find refuge knowing that we are not alone in our suffering, but God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are ready to listen to our cry for help and come through for us mightily.
As Christians, our help during hard times comes from the Lord, our creator, and not from temporary things like financial security, jobs or friends.
Here are seven powerful prayers to help you get through hard times.
Before you start, save these prayers before a surgery for a friend.
1) Short Prayer for Someone Going Through a Hard Time
Thank You for life of (say their name). The fact that they have come this far is because of Your grace and favor. However, my heart breaks to see them going through a hard time, and therefore I intercede on their behalf.
Please extend Your helpful hand in this dear person’s tough situation. Let them find hope that their hard time is not permanent, but they will be victorious in Jesus’ name.
Amen.”Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
Praying for a family member, friend, or someone you know going through a hard time is the best thing to do as a believer.
We are called not just to mind our affairs, but to look out for others through prayer and extending a helping hand.
Be encouraged that through this powerful prayer, your dear member will find restoration through Jesus.
You can also uplift them with the Bible verse Psalm 56:8:
“God keeps track of all our sorrows. He collects all our tears in His bottle. He records each one in His book.”
The Scripture was penned by King David, who faced constant hardship, including betrayal from friends and plots against his life. Just like God cared for David’s heartache to record each tear, He also recalls your woes with the same intensity.
Also save these prayers for someone who is angry with you.
2) Catholic Prayer for Someone Going Through a Hard Time
“Lord and the Heavenly Saints,
I commend (say their name) to You, who is in turmoil because of their hard time. It is not Your wish for this dear person to suffer but to experience happiness and joy.
I pray that You may intercede in their dire situation and offer a way out so that they can have a testimony of Your goodness.
I ask this in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
Our Heavenly Father and the Saints are there to help us during hard times. The Saints pray and intercede for us to the Father as we navigate life’s challenging moments.
With new challenges erupting around us every day, life can feel overwhelming.
But as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina quoted, “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry” we have no reason to panic and overthink once we have committed our tough situations to God in prayer.
If you are praying for someone, encourage them to apply the three principles stipulated by Saint Pio.
When you pray over your tough situation, you leave it to God to perform His miracle because He knows our future and has the solution to all our problems.
3) Short Prayer for Strength During Difficult Times
“Lord my Comforter,
I feel hopeless and helpless as I face difficult times with no end in sight. I wake up each day with extreme stress, not knowing what to do.
Lord, You see the hardships I am experiencing. Please give me the strength to endure these tribulations because I know they are only for a season. While weeping may endure for a night, my joy comes in the morning.
Amen.”Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
Did you know that no suffering as a Christian is pointless? According to Paul in the book of Romans 5:3-5, the difficult times we face have a significant purpose.
He says, “We should be happy when we face problems. Because they help us build endurance, and endurance builds strength of character. Character, therefore, strengthens our hope of salvation.”
Though our difficulties may feel heavy, they are designed to help us have a deeper intimacy with the Lord, strengthening us and reminding us of His great steady plans.
Whether your days are clouded with constant difficult times or you feel lost under thick shadows of suffering, the Lord is with You in the trials. His victorious plan for you is redemption and light.
4) Prayer to Give Hope to a Friend During Difficult Times
I pray for my friend (say their name), who is facing perilous times.
Though I try my hardest to be there for them during difficult times, may You remind them that You stick closer than a brother. You understand their pain and know their innermost feelings.
Please help [name of friend] find hope and redemption in You as they navigate their challenges. Let them not lose their faith but learn to trust in You and stay put, knowing that their suffering is not in vain.
In Christ Jesus, I pray,Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
We all go through rough patches at different points in life. When a friend is dealing with difficult times, it’s not always easy knowing the right words to say or how to be there for them.
One of the most helpful things you can do is pray for your friend dealing with tricky issues.
Inspire them to also rely on God in their sticky situation. Proverbs 18:10 assures us that “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to Him and are safe.”
5) Prayer for Someone Going Through a Hard Time
“God our redeemer,
I present to You this dear person (say their name), who is going through a hard time. Though it seems like their suffering will never end, let them know You are working out their solution steadily and will restore them.
Just like You blessed Job with more than what he had before because of keeping his steadfast faith in You during his extremely tumultuous period, may You also increase this person’s blessings in due time.
I pray in Jesus’ name,Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
In case you don’t know what to say when praying for someone going through a hard time, this prayer has got you covered.
What you do when a friend, family member or loved one is going through hardships matters a lot.
Though you might listen to their problems, the words you say to them can make a huge impact on their lives. Ask yourself whether your words are filled with hope or criticism and rebuke.
Instead of praying and encouraging Job when he had lost everything, Job’s friends and wife told him to curse God and die. But luckily, Job knew that God would never forsake him and chose not to listen to their ill advice.
6) Prayer to Strengthen a Friend During Dark Times
Please remember my friend (say their name) during their dark times. I can see that this tough period is taking a toll on them, and it hurts me to see them suffer.
I care too much to see their downfall, and therefore I uphold them in prayer today. Strengthen my friend right now and encourage them in a way beyond human capability.
In Your name, I pray and believe,Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
When your friend is going through a lot, even simply reminding them that you will stick with them through thick and thin means a lot.
In a world where friends are only around during good times but nowhere to be seen when things go awry, this act of reassurance alone means a great deal to your friend.
Apart from praying for your friend, there are other ways to show your support in their dark times. For example:
- Texting them with motivational messages and Bible quotes;
- Pick up the phone just to check on them;
- Drop by their place to say hello;
- Writing them a letter also shows you care and remember them.
On top of that, you could initiate plans to meet them and hear their issues. You might not have a solution at hand, but just offering a listening ear eases their burdens.
7) Prayer in Times of Trouble (For Someone You Love)
I come before You presenting this person I love who desperately needs You in their time of trouble. Hear (say their name)’s cry for help and come quickly to their aid.
As someone who cares for them in good times and bad, their suffering also affects me, which is why I plead on their behalf. Help them in their dire situation as You also show me the best way to show care and support in this difficult time.
Thank You, Lord.Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
Difficult times can test your devotion to the person you love. How you act when your loved one is in trouble determines how long your relationship will last.
Rather than point fingers and blame your partner for the trouble they are in, the best thing is to offer spiritual TLC (Tender Loving Care) through prayer and messages of hope.
Even if they are on the wrong side, you could help by praying for God to lead them to the light and help them change for the better. The Book of Psalm 46:1 declares, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.“
Before you leave, save these prayers for a friend with cancer.
Are These Prayers Really Miraculous?
Yes indeed! Any prayer made with unshaken faith is miraculous. Many people offer testimonies of how a simple prayer during their lowest point renewed their strength and turned their helpless situation around.
Can I Say Prayers for Anyone in Difficulty?
Absolutely! We shouldn’t only pray for ourselves when faced with difficulty but for others as well. Your prayer could save someone facing a life-and-death situation.
Can I Pray More than One Prayer?
Yes, you can. There is no limit to the number of prayers you can say to the Lord. He never tires of hearing our prayers.
Believe in the powers of God!
Are you or someone you care about facing hardships? Call on the name of the Lord, and you shall be saved. Hopefully, these seven incredible prayers will guide you to pray over your situation of interceding for someone facing hard times.