I confess. I try to pray every day, but it doesn’t always happen.
It seems I turn to prayer most urgently when I face something I can’t handle on my own. I know I need help, so I ask God to take over my situation and see me to a successful end. The problem arises when it feels almost impossible to catch a glimpse of God in the midst of the storm. In those moments, it is encouraging to look Bible verses about God’s power.
Keeping these verses marked in my Bible (and even memorizing them) has helped me pray more confidently and draw on God’s strength when I feel weak.
The Power of God is in You
Before we take a mini-tour of the Bible to see God’s power, it’s important to remember that His power lives in you. When you made the commitment to follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit immediately took up residence in you. (See Romans 8:9). That means all of His power and strength now reside in you too. What great news!
Too often we try hard to accomplish things that only God can bring about. Rather than working in our own strength, we would do well to let God’s power work in and through us. In each of the following verses, I encourage you to think to yourself, “I have access to that same power because the Holy Spirit lives in me.”
What is the Spiritual Meaning of Power?
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew term often used for power is geburah, which means force and implies victory. Greek language in the New Testament uses dunamis for the English word “power.” It’s the root of the word “dynamite” and conveys an explosive power, capable of bringing miraculous results.
When I feel weak, I long for God’s power. I feel more confident in asking God to display His power in my situation when I intentionally review examples of God’s power in the Bible.What does the Bible say about God's power?
What Does the Bible Say About God’s Power?
There are many verses in the Bible about God’s power. I’ve separated them into several categories and recommend that you write them out, meditate on each one, and even memorize the Scriptures if you feel led. This will prove a valuable source of encouragement for you when life is hard.
Verses about God’s Power
1. Exodus 15:6 (ESV)
“Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power, your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.”
We face no enemy greater than the enemy of our souls, the devil. He is hard at work trying to divide, tear down, steal, kill, and destroy. Yet this verse reminds us that God shatters the enemy with one hand.
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.”
This is one of my favorite Bible verses because it portrays God’s character so clearly. It stirs my heart to consider all the ways that power manifests in Him.
“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 weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Any time that I feel insufficient for a task, or when the weight of a mistake burdens my heart, I try to remember this verse and the promise that my weakness sets the stage for God to reveal
His perfect power. He can work through any situation and my shortcomings don’t hinder the fulfillment of His will.
“For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you, we will live with him by the power of God.”
This verse is the ultimate picture of dunamis power—raising Jesus from the dead. Our Redeemer lives because the power of God the Father was at work in Him, just as it is in us. With God in control there is nothing we can’t accomplish with Him.
“and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”
Just imagine with me. God’s immeasurable greatness of his power is toward us who believe.
The greatness of his power is immeasurable and it’s available to us through faith. Imagine all you can accomplish since the power of God is at work in you. No evil can stop that.
Scriptures about God’s Strength and Power
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”
The sixth chapter of Ephesians speaks of the armor of God. We’re to figuratively “put on” the armor so that we can be strong in the Lord and stand against the schemes of the devil. Paul exhorts us to be strong, not on our own, but in the Lord.
7. Exodus 14:14
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
What a powerful reminder that God is always at work on our behalf. We can be still and silent and see His power and strength bring fruit in our lives.
8. Psalm 27:1
“The LORD is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
The Lord sees to the safety of His children and we do not need to be afraid. He is our refuge and fortress. He acts as a fortified place (stronghold) of security.
9. Isaiah 41:10
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
This is another of my favorite verses. It reminds me of how available and willing God is to offer help and protection. His help is always available to us.
Bible Verses about God’s Power Over Evil
“heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.”
These words of Jesus were spoken to His disciples as He sent them out to minister. He had given them His power to perform miracles and overtake evil. We have that same power in Him.
11. Matthew 16:19
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)
In Christ, we have the authority to forbid the enemy’s activity and release his hold. God has already set us free from darkness and the only way we’re taken captive is when we allow it.
12. Luke 10:17
“The seventy-two returned with joy, saying ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!’”
God’s promises are always fulfilled. When He extends His power to us, we can do mighty things in His name.
13. James 4:7
“Submit yourselves there for God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Since God’s power dwells in us, we can make darkness flee. All that is required is submitting ourselves to the Lord and resisting evil. God takes care of the rest.
Verses about God’s Power and Glory
14. Romans 1:20
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
God’s glory is His ability to be known and recognized. We can know Him and perceive His power even when it’s invisible. We can trust that He is always at work and His power is constantly going forth.
15. Romans 15:13
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
It feels like there is little reason to hope these days, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can abound in hope. May we all go out and share it through kindness and grace.
16. Ephesians 3:20-21
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
The power of Jesus is at work in us, just as it was in Bible times. It glorifies God in all generations—those that came before us, our own generation, and our descendants to come.
Our children and grandchildren will have full access to God’s power just as we do today (and just as those in Bible times experienced).
Scriptures about God’s Power and Authority
17. Psalm 147:4-5
“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”
God has the authority to speak creation into existence. There is no limit to His power and understanding.
18. Matthew 28:18
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”
All authority. It’s been given to Jesus who gives it to His followers. Just knowing this should amplify our prayers!
19. Luke 6:19
“And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.”
This power hasn’t ceased. It is available for us today. We should seek to draw close to God, to “touch” Him as it were. When we do, He draws close to us and partners with us to accomplish mighty work for the Kingdom.
Now that you’ve reviewed these 19 amazing Bible verses about God’s power, I hope that you feel equipped and energized for the circumstance you face right now. Remember, God partners with you.
More importantly He has already gone before you to prepare the way. God is bigger than our problems. He stands ready to reveal His power in and through you. So pray with confidence, my friend, knowing that your prayers release the power of God in your life.
Most of us struggle to hold onto joy when life gets hard. Cathy McIntosh is passionate about helping you nourish your spirit and pursue your calling so inner joy becomes unshakable, no matter what. Read more from Cathy at www.cathymcintosh.com.