11 Open Prayers For Grace

Grace is God’s undeserved favor and love. It is a gift that He gives us freely, even though we don’t deserve it. Grace is what enables us to live a godly life, even when we struggle.

Praying for grace is important in all life situations. Whether you are facing a difficult challenge or simply need help to get through the day, God’s grace is sufficient for you.

Here are a few situations in which you might want to pray for grace:

When you are facing a difficult challenge

Are you going through a difficult time in your life? Maybe you are struggling with a health condition, a financial problem, or a relationship issue. Whatever the challenge, God’s grace can give you the strength to endure and overcome it. Grace includes the meaning of helpfulness in practical and powerful ways.

 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” ( 2 Corinthians 12.19, NIV).

Pray for God’s grace to help you through your difficult challenge. Ask Him to give you the strength to endure, the wisdom to make good decisions, and the faith to believe that He will work everything out for your good.

When you need help to get through the day

Even when you are not facing a major challenge, life can be difficult at times. There are days when you just feel overwhelmed and don’t have the strength to go on.

Hebrews 4.16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  Whatever is your time of need, it is God’s grace that you seek and can find. This scripture says you can go to God with CONFIDENCE! A gracious God gives you the confidence to come and ask Him for grace. How utterly perfect!

Pray for God’s grace to help you get through the day. Ask Him to give you the strength to do what you need to do, the wisdom to make good decisions, and the patience to deal with whatever challenges come your way.

When you are struggling with sin

We all struggle with sin. No matter how hard we try, we always fall short of God’s perfect standards. But God’s grace is greater than our sin. He forgives us when we repent and turn to Him.

“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Romans 5.20, NIV).

Pray for God’s grace to help you overcome your sin. Ask Him to forgive you when you fall short and to give you the strength to resist temptation in the future. Through Jesus Christ, God’s grace is made manifest in your life in a tangible way. Grace will get you through!

When you are dealing with difficult people

Sometimes we have to deal with difficult people in our lives. These could be family members, friends, coworkers, or even strangers. It can be difficult to be kind and patient with these people, but God’s grace can help us.

Ephesians 4.32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” This verse is a real-life depiction of grace in action. What is given to you through Jesus, you are then able to extend that same grace and love to another person. Giving grace to difficult people can be a transformative experience for you and for them.

Pray for God’s grace to help you deal with difficult people. Ask Him to give you the wisdom to know how to respond, the patience to endure, and the love to forgive. You’ll be amazed at what God can do in challenging interpersonal relationships.

When you are feeling hopeless

Sometimes we feel hopeless. We may be facing a difficult situation that seems insurmountable or completely overwhelming, or we may simply be feeling discouraged about life. But God’s grace is enough to sustain us even in the darkest of times. Sometimes you just need to speak out the truth, especially when you aren’t “feeling it.” Claiming God’s grace out loud can often help your mind catch up to your faith.

“It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak” ( 2 Corinthians 4.13, NIV).

Pray for God’s grace to help you when you are feeling hopeless. Ask Him to give you faith to believe that He is good and that He has a good plan for your life. When you pray for grace, also be thankful for the grace that God has already given you. Remember that He loves you and that He wants to help you.

May the grace of God surround you as you pray, guide you through this day, and be with you always, come what may.

Short Prayer For Grace

Dear Lord, I know I don’t deserve it, but I am asking for your grace in my life right now. I can’t do anything to earn it, but I do need it. I pray for your favor upon my situation so I can see a way through. I place my trust in you through Jesus Christ, who rose again that I might have grace in Him. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

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Prayer For Grace And Strength

Dear Lord God, I come to You today asking for grace and strength. I am facing a difficult challenge in my life, and I need Your help to get through it. Please give me the strength to endure the pain and to overcome the obstacles that I face. Help me to stay positive and to focus on Your promises.

I know that I cannot do this on my own, but with Your grace, I can overcome anything, only by the power and strength of my Lord Jesus Christ. In His name, Amen.

Prayer For Grace In Work Relationships

God, I’m about to go to work and I want to ask for grace in my work relationships. I have been struggling with a coworker, and I need Your help. I pray that You give me the grace to be kind and patient. Help me to see things from their perspective and to forgive them when they wrong me.

I want to be clear in my communication with my co-worker so we can work together well. I don’t want to get distracted by this, so help me to be a diligent and hardworking employee. Enable me to show them the love of Christ on a daily basis. In the name of Jesus I pray this prayer, Amen.

Prayer For Grace And Peace

My world feels chaotic and uncertain, Lord, and I need Your help to find peace. Anything I receive from You is by Your grace so I place my trust in You for this. I need grace to let go of my worries and to trust in You.

Help me to focus on Your promises and to see Your goodness in every situation. I know that You are with me, and I trust that You will give me the peace I need. I ask this in the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer For Grace In Family Relationships

Father God, I have been struggling with my relationship with certain people in my family, and I need Your help to have grace in my family relationships.

I want to be able to extend Your grace to them with patience and understanding. Help me to see things from their perspective and to forgive them when they hurt me. Also, help me to talk with them so we can grow in our understanding of each other.

I want to be a loving and supportive family member, so help me to show them the love of Christ. By Your grace and through Jesus I lift this prayer to you, Amen.

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Prayer To Gain A Deeper Knowledge Of God’s Grace

Dear God in heaven, I am praying to You, asking for a deeper knowledge of Your grace. I know that Your grace is amazing, but I want to understand it even more. I feel like I am only touching the surface of grace and what it means in my life.

Help me to see Your grace in action in my own life and in the lives of others. Help me to understand how Your grace can transform me and make me more like Christ. I want to grow as a follower of Jesus and that is only possible by Your grace. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Prayer To Extend Grace To An Enemy

Dear God, I don’t like to use the word enemy but there’s a person in my life who is just that. They have spoken and acted against me in very harsh ways. It feels like we are at war. I can’t go on like this and I don’t want to dehumanize another person, but it’s hard for me to look at them as nothing but an enemy–someone who wants to hurt me.

I come to You today asking for help in extending grace to my enemy. I have been struggling to forgive them, but I know that I need to do so in order to heal. I don’t want to be tethered to them forever. I don’t want to keep on being angry at them. It’s not good for my mental or spiritual health.

Give me the grace to love them and to pray for them. Help me to show them the love of Christ. I don’t know what that will look like, but I am asking You to show the way of grace in this overwhelming situation. I can’t do this on my own and I don’t want to. Help me, Lord. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” ( John 1.14, 16-17, NIV).

Prayer For Financial Grace Over A Debt

Dear God, I am asking for financial grace. I am struggling with a debt, and I need Your help to get out of it. I know I don’t deserve grace in this matter, but I throw myself upon your mercy.  I ask for favor with the person I owe this money to. I pray that he will forgive my debt, that he will be gracious about my situation.

Give me the wisdom to make good financial decisions and the discipline to stick to a budget. Help me to find ways to increase my income and to reduce my expenses, so that I can at least pay what I can toward this debt. I’m hoping that if I can pay this guy something, he will forgive the rest. That’s what I need.

I trust that You will provide for me, and I am grateful for Your grace. I humbly pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer To Receive Grace From A Friend

Lord God, I come to You today asking for a proper perspective of myself. I am struggling with something, and I need Your help. My good friend was hurt by my actions and I thought I had totally destroyed our friendship.

But after a couple of weeks, she came to me forgave me, and extended grace to me. I was so stunned that I couldn’t even respond at the moment. I don’t deserve her forgiveness because I really messed up but she gave it to me anyway.

God, I don’t know what to do with the grace she has given to me. I ask that You forgive me for my mistakes and help me to grow into this forgiveness. Help me to truly receive this amazing gift of grace from my friend. By Your Spirit, teach me so I can learn more of Your grace. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayer For Grace And Guidance

Dear God, I am facing a difficult decision, and I need Your help to make the right choice. I pray to You today, asking for grace and specific guidance. I need a clear path forward.

Give me the wisdom to discern Your will and the courage to follow it. I need to be able to see things from Your perspective and to choose what is best for Your kingdom. I know this decision is not “everything,” but it is very important to me and I believe that You know that. I trust in Your grace to direct my steps forward.

In the powerful name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen.

Prayer To Give Grace After A Betrayal

God, I am so upset I don’t know what to do but cry out to You. I have been betrayed by my best friend and I am utterly empty. I didn’t see it coming and I have no idea what to do. I know I’m hurt and angry.

I feel by Your Spirit that what I’m saying and feeling You already know. You were betrayed so long ago by your friends and disciples. They all abandoned You. You know what I’m feeling. You know what thoughts are racing through my head right now. I plead with You to show me what to do.

I know I need to give grace to this person, but at this moment I cannot even think of that. I don’t want to see him or talk to him.  I also know I can’t stay this furious forever. Please help me, day by day, to move toward grace toward him. I can’t do this on my own because I don’t have it, Lord. Help me, in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Final Thoughts

I encourage you to make use of any of these 11 open prayers for grace. And when you pray, be specific about what you need. Ask God for specific ways in which He can help you.

For example, you could pray: “God, give me the grace to endure this difficult situation,” or “God, give me the grace to deal with this difficult person with patience and love.”  You may be at a point where you cry out, “God, give me the grace to have faith in You even when I am feeling hopeless.” You may even want to sing about grace.

Whatever you are facing and whatever you are feeling, remember that God loves you and wants to help you. He is always there for you, and He is always willing to give you grace. I’ve heard it said that grace is getting what you do not deserve, or unmerited favor. This means that you recognize that you need God’s grace and that you cannot live a godly life without it.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2.8-9, ESV).

As you pray the prayers, you can alter the wording to fit what you’re feeling, or what situation you’re facing. You might also benefit from looking at prayers for accepting God’s will, or prayers for a good day. We’d love to hear from you about your prayer journey with God! Will you share your comments with us at the end of this article? Keep on praying!

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