Experiencing times of loss, either personal or professional, is a part of life. We know that our time in this world has an end. We also know that the people we love do die and no one is exempt.
Grieving is a natural and normal response, but going through it is never easy. The reality is – we will never be the same person again after losing a loved one. It will be part of our lives until it’s our time to leave.
It is equally hard to watch a friend and someone we care about profoundly struggling with the heartache of loss. Thankfully, God has given us a unique way to minister to others in these times—intercession, or lifting up prayers on behalf of another person. Our Heavenly Father has promised:
To hear our cries
In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. (Psalm 18:6)
To act on our behalf
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)
Prayer of Comfort for the Grieving
Lord Jesus, I know that You are close to those that are broken-hearted and grieving in their soul and that You protect those that are broken in spirit. Draw near to Your many children who are facing times of grief and loss, and draw each one ever closer into Your beloved arms of love and support.
Thank You that You are remarkably wonderful to all who wait for You and follow You, and I pray that those of my brothers and sisters in Christ who, for whatever reason, are facing times of grief and suffering in their lives, that in Your grace and mercy You would draw very close to each one and tenderly carry them on Your shoulders, as a Shepherd carries a little lamb that has been torn by the briars.
Be close to all that are grieving today I pray, and flood their souls with hope, knowing that underneath is Your everlasting arms.
Give me a heart that is receptive to those that are grieving, the wisdom to know when to speak words of compassion or when to keep silent. And Lord, I also pray that You would use my life to be a means of faith and hope, through whom the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ will flow into their hearts, to heal and help.
Thank You, Lord, that You are a God that answers prayers.
Grief Due to Loss of a Loved One
Loving Father, I am finding it so heavy to even get up out of bed to start the day, knowing that I have to face it alone and without the one, I love so greatly. I know that without Your grace and adequacy, I could never get through the day, but I thank You that You have assured me to be with me and to give me Your strength for today as well as a bright hope for tomorrow.
I can’t envision tomorrow being anything but a day filled with pain, as I do not have my loved one beside me, but I ask that in Your grace You will give me the strength to get through today, step by step, knowing that You are there to carry me, even when my heart seems to fall from the grief and pain that I am going through.
Thank You, that You have promised to carry our pain, and thank You that Your grace is sufficient for every probability in our lives. Give me the strength to endure the solitude I feel and help me to move forward in my life-plans, knowing that You are with me, to support and toughen me along the way.
Give me hope for tomorrow, for my hope and my trust is in You, Lord. Hold me close I pray, and thank You for always being with me and the great comfort that I have in knowing You, as my own dear Saviour and friend.
Prayer of Support to Those Overwhelmed
Loving God, our Heavenly King, I want to lift up some dear friends of mine that are going through much grief and sorrow at the moment and are finding it so confusing and hard to come to terms with all that has taken place in the last few days.
I humbly ask that You would come to them and give them the comfort they need to come to terms with all that has happened. Give them the strength to face the reality that things will never be as they were.
Lord, I know that their grief seems to be overwhelming them and I am hurting for them, and do not know what to do to help – and so I am coming to You to in prayer, to ask that You will meet each of them at their point of need and help them to turn to You at this sad time.
I pray that as the day passes, Your healing touch will encourage and succor them in this time of agony, and may this be a thing that causes each of them to draw closer to You, knowing that You alone can heal the broken-hearted and bring joy out of pain.
Thank You, Lord, for being there for me, and into Your hands, I place each one of these dear ones who have such sorrow in their hearts. I know in Whom I believe and am positive that You will bring good out of this situation. To You be all the praise and glory,
Prayer for Loss and Deep Grief
O God, I come to You filled with hurt and sadness and even anger because of my great loss. Lord, I know that You have a plan for each of our lives, but I am in such pain and grief that it is hard to focus on the truth that You do care and that You have had to face deep grief and loss too. Lord, my hurt and pain runs deep and I feel that my heart is breaking. I ask you to touch my hurting heart.
I know, Lord, that You are the God of comfort and that You have been with me every step of the way. I ask You to draw ever closer to me at this time for I feel that my whole world has been shattered.
I find it hard when people who don’t understand try to say words that they think are comforting but sometimes it makes the hurt even worse and I feel hurt and so very, very alone.
Lord, I know it is true that in time the pain will lessen but please be with me, hold me close and steady me, for I know that without You I could not face another day, another hour.
I keep thinking about that song we used to sing when I was younger, never a heartache, and never a groan, never a teardrop, and never a moan, ever a danger but there on the throne, moment by moment He thinks of His own.
Hold me Lord I pray, and keep me moment by moment,
Moment by moment I am kept in Your love,
Moment by moment I’ve life from above,
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine
Thank You Lord that You are my God,
Prayer for Strength when Grieving
Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel. My heart is broken and my spirit mourns. All I know is that Your grace is sufficient. This day, this hour Moment by moment I choose to lean on You, For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest. I pour out my grief to You And praise You that on one glorious day When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered We shall walk together again.