I was feeling overwhelmed and completely helpless. Who was I? What was I supposed to do? Was I a mom, employee, wife, or student; was I even a believer? My confidence was shattered and I found myself at the cross praying for redemption, but also pleading with prayers for confidence in the midst of a season where my confidence was shaken.
Let these prayers for confidence guide you as you seek to understand who you are in Christ.
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What does the Bible say about Lack of Confidence?
Insecurity is not something unheard of. Many women are going to deal with feeling insecure during their life. In fact, it might be a consistent battle that is fought. It does not need to be this way! We do not need to and should not live in a state of insecurity.
Throughout my childhood, I consistently dealt with feelings of lack of confidence in my body image. I remember many times being told that I was just 'big boned', which to me was a kind way of being told I was fat.
It finally all came to a head in college when I found the 'self-control' to push myself beyond my limits. 2 work-outs a day and a less than 900 calorie diet gave me abundant control and I finally felt at home in my own body. But it was not sustainable. I am a 5 ft 10-inch tall lady who wears a size 11 shoe. I found myself exhausted, anemic, and unable to sustain such an unhealthy weight.
My confidence dwindled as my body slowly put on weight. Although I never went back to living an unhealthy lifestyle on either extreme, I also never fit into a size 10 pants as I did in college. It has taken me many years of wrestling with my confidence and sin to realize that God has put me on this journey for a reason.
So what does the Bible say about my lack of confidence even now at the ripe ole' age of 32?
It can feel a bit contradictory to want confidence in Christian circles. How can we desire confidence when all our glory should go to God?
It's actually rather simple. We find our confidence in who Christ made us be.
For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.Hebrews 10:34-36 ESV
Hebrews 10 has a lot of spiritual 'meat' to it, but in this particular section, the Christians at the time are being encouraged to remain steadfast under trial. They are being spurred on to continue doing the will of God and living in who he created them to be.
Bottom line? Our true confidence is found in Christ. Even for a self-hater like me.
True Confidence is Found in Christ
Are you dealing with a lack of confidence in who you are? What is the first step in overcoming it? It is to start digging in the Bible to discover who the God of the universe says you are. Using prayers for confidence can be a second way to maintain and grow in your Christfilled confidence.
One of my personal favorite verses on this subject comes from 2 Corinthians 12:9. God has used the verse concerning my 'big-boned' struggle to remind me that my struggle with self-worth and weight just might be a blessing that God has used to draw me closer to him. As much as I rebel at times, I know that my sanctification is much more valuable than my appearance on this earth.
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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.2 Corinthians 12:9
How do I Pray for Self Confidence?
The simplest answer to this question is to just start! The truth of the matter is that we need God's power in our lives to fight against the enemy that wages war against our souls. The devil wants you to forget who you are in Christ. Spend time opening your heart to Christ and remind yourself of who you are in him. As you spend time in prayers for confidence, use these points to get you started.
- Pray against insecurity, low self-esteem, shame, and guilt
- Ask to be forgiven of your sins and cleansed from all unrighteousness.
- Thank God for the cross and for sending his son for you.
- Pray for boldness and humility.
- Finally, pray that God will give you an understanding of being Biblically confident in who he created you to be.
5 Prayers for Confidence
Need more than just some steps in how to pray? I have put together these sample prayers for confidence to help guide you along the way.
Let these 5 prayers for confidence guide you as you seek to gain a new perspective on biblical confidence in Christ.
A Prayer for a Lack of Confidence
Dear Lord, I find myself lacking confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth today. I know my hope and identity are in you, but I'm struggling with finding the inner strength to recognize that. Will you please remind me that you created me unique and perfect in your plan.
You are the lover of my heart and I trust that you will guide me when I lack the confidence to continue on a path.
Verse to Ponder:
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.1 John 5:14 ESV
Prayer for Strength and Courage
Dear Father God, when I open the scriptures, I see that you tell us time and time again that you are our strength. Thank you for providing your Holy Spirit to guide me in my walk with you. I believe that you are my strength so please show me the best way to move forward on days that I feel courageless and sapped of all strength. I praise you for your sustaining power in my life. Thank you, Father God.
Verse to Ponder:
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
Prayer for Stability
Father God, my life is in chaos. I find myself in a season of change and I thought I could handle it, but I cannot. I find myself at a crossroads where I doubt myself, I doubt my decisions, and I doubt my faith. You are my rock and fortress, my deliverer and I trust that I swim in these waves of instability you will guide my feet. I trust you, my Savior. Thank you for the cross which brings me my stability of faith. You are a great God.
Verse to ponder:
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.Psam 18:2 ESV
A Prayer for Peace
Jesus, you are my peace! You are the one that replenishes my soul on days that I am weak. You are the one that brings me lasting relaxation and rest to my soul. Be still my soul and let my anxieties stay at bay. What a comfort it is to know that you will replenish me when I am at my end. Thank you Jesus for your sustaining grace in my life.
Verse to Ponder:
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16 ESV
Prayer for Confidence and Self-Esteem
Dear Jesus, you knitted me together in my mother's womb and I am fearfully and wonderfully made. That is what I am going to declare today, but it's not what I believe in my heart. What I believe in my heart is what the world has taught me. There are so many areas where I feel dejected in. From my body to my career, and, even my mothering feels under attack. My self-esteem feels destroyed. This is why today I choose to declare that YOU are the source of my self-worth. Remind me how beautiful you created me to be.
Verse to Ponder
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,Jeremiah 17:7 ESV
whose trust is the Lord.
You can be at Peace, Trust in God
My friend and sister, using prayers for confidence are not going to boost your confidence overnight. Yet we can keep preaching the Gospel to ourselves daily and faithfully believe what the Bible says. Our feelings are fickle, especially when it comes to a subject as sensitive as our confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. So, bow your head and trust in the God that created you. Find your confidence in HIM.