10 hope-filled Bible verses to get you through the lockdown

When fear, loneliness and despair strike, cling to these 10 powerful verses.

The coming weeks and months are likely to be tough for most people in the UK and beyond. Whether you’re stuck indoors on your own, trying to homeschool your kids while working from home, grieving the loss of a loved one or out serving on the front lines there will be major challenges to overcome. That’s why it’s so important to make space each day to meditate on God’s word and let it minister to your soul during this difficult time.

  1. Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
  2. 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
  3. Isaiah 40:31: “But those who wait on the Lord/Shall renew their strength;/They shall mount up with wings like eagles,/They shall run and not be weary,/They shall walk and not faint.”
  4. Psalm 43:5: “Why are you cast down, O my soul?/And why are you disquieted within me?/Hope in God;/For I shall yet praise Him,/The help of my countenance and my God.”
  5. Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
  6. Isaiah 43:1-2: “But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’”
  7. Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
  8. Psalm 119:81: “My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.”
  9. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
  10. Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

A prayer for times where hope is lacking

Lord God

We are living in troubled times as this virus spreads across the globe. We pray first for those who are sick that you will bring healing, and for the grieving that you will bring comfort. We pray for those risking their lives to help others that you will grant them your protection. We pray for those who are lonely that they will feel your love at this time. We pray for those who are fearful that you will minister to them with your peace. We pray for those living in poverty or in abusive homes that you will make a way where there is no way.

We pray for ourselves that we would not be filled with anxiety but with hope as we trust in you and your word. As communities pull together, give us opportunities to share your love and grace with those around us. May the nations turn to you at this time, Father God, that they may know your eternal hope as well as your peace on earth.

Amen