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Loss

Prayer For Loss

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son. Look with compassion on the whole human family. Take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts. Break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love. Work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth, that in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Bereavement

O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are offered. Remember him, O Lord, in mercy, nourish his soul with patience, comfort him with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon him, and give him peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Comfort

Jesus, You said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4, NIV). I am mourning; send me Your comfort now. Wrap Your arms around me and hold me tight. Send angels of mercy to me. Shower Your comfort on me through those around me, and keep far from me those whose words and actions are no comfort. Amen.

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Prayer for Loss of a Friend

Today Father, as I grieve for the loss of my friend, I find comfort in the fact that You too grieve for him. You have watched souls fall prey to the enemy’s lies.
Thank You, Lord, for opening my ears to Your words, my eyes to Your truths, and my heart to Your message. Thank You for allowing me to understand what truly awaits the ones who choose not to come. Thank You for the ones who sought me out to share the glorious news of eternal life through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Father, forgive us for being selfish with Your message of hope. Open our eyes to see the people of this world through Your eyes, so that we would move with urgency, carrying Your Banner of Hope, until the whole world hears. We ask these things in the sweet name of Jesus, Amen. – Amy Duncan

Family

Prayer for Family

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son. Look with compassion on the whole human family. Take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts. Break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love. Work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth, that in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Elderly

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us

Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace. Give them understanding helpers and the willingness to accept help. As their strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer for Children

–Children–

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children. Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of
our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

–Daughter–

Father, I thank You for the gift you’ve given me in my daughter. Thank You for transforming my life through hers.
My prayer is that you will be the leading voice in her life. When the world, media, or misleading friends tempt her into living outside of your truth, would you graciously lead her back to Yourself?
Please surround her with people who are gentle with her heart and truly care for her soul.
Help me to be a godly example to her, that her life might be a blessing to all those who she comes across. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

–Son–

God,
I lift up my precious son to you today. Help him to know that He is so deeply loved by the Creator of all things.
Lord, help him to find Your path that leads to life and to follow it. When others tempt him in other directions, would you lead me back on the narrow road?
Help him stand courageously in a world full of comprise and carelessness.
Transform him into a man whose anchor is the Lord, and whose life is led by Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Prayer for Spouse

–My Wife–

You knew before the foundation of the world that she would be my wife. You formed her intricately and made only one of her.
I want to thank You for my wife today. You knew that I needed her not only as an encourager but as someone who shines a mirror that shows me where I need to look more like You.
Thank You for lending her life to me. I pray that You would meet her in her greatest needs today and help me to serve and love her just as You displayed Your life to the church.
Marriage is not always easy, but it is a wonderful gift. Please help me to lead her in truth, shower her in grace, and to pursue her with love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

–Husband–

Lord,
I bring my husband before You today. You see beyond the surface of his heart into the places that burden him the most.
Where he is overcome with pressure, I pray You would grant him peace, Lord. Where he feels defeated, would You lift him up and set his feet firmly on Your grounds.
Help me to be a helper to him in the ways that he most needs it. Where encouragement is needing, where recognition is due, please help me to be sensitive to Your guidance.
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of marriage. Help me to love and respect my husband that I might glorify Your name in so doing. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Prayer For Illness and Healing

Prayer For Healing

Heavenly Father, Your word says that we are healed by Your stripes, so I pray right now for divine healing. Please see the needs of Your children so that they may be restored to health and be healed. I pray against all illnesses right now, both mentally and physically. Father, we look to You as the source of our healing in Jesus’ Name. I thank you in advance for the divine healing that which You have graced Your children. Continue to have Your way within our lives. Amen.

Prayer for Caregiver

Holy God, please strengthen your people who have a responsibility to care for their families. Being a caregiver can take its toll, but I pray for divine strength so that the caregivers can do all things through You who strengthens them. Father, please surround your people, give power to the weak, and strengthen the powerless. I pray that even when they feel that their flesh and heart may fail, they understand that You are the strength of their heart and their portion. Father, continue to uphold them as they sacrifice their lives for others. Amen.

Prayer for sick Child

God of healing, There is nothing that causes more heartache, than the sight of your child stricken with sickness and pain. You understand that because You have watched Your Son endure pain for our forgiveness.
I turn to You, asking that You would heal their illness, that You would restore them to their lively self once again. Help me to trust You when I feel helpless and to learn how to lose my grip on things I cannot control as I give it up to You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Hospitalization

Dear Lord, I know that You can do all things and that nothing is impossible for You. Right now, I am wrought with anxiety over the health of my loved one, who has been hospitalized. Lord, my prayer is that You will work in the midst of their circumstance today. Where there are unknowns, would You uncover it? Where there is pain, would You bring relief? And where there is disbelief, would You make Yourself known? And if the pain does not cease, would they know the comfort of Your presence, Lord?
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer For Today

Prayer For Morning

Father, Your kindness is evident this morning. Though many will not see the light of day today, You have graciously given me more time. It is so easy to use this time selfishly, to spend it all on things that are here today and gone tomorrow. This morning I pray that You would help me renew and refocus my mind on You, Lord. Where I usually have placed You as something to check off of my list of things to do, Lord, I repent and pray that You would help me to center all that I do around You. Help me to give the first of my time to You this morning, that I might enter this new day with a heart that is sensitive to Your leading. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Prayer for Today

Dear God, Your mercies toward me are new each day. Thank You for keeping me safely through the night. Thank You for opening my eyes to see a new morning. The things of yesterday have gone and what lies ahead is unknown. But, Lord, today, I pray that You would grant me Your peace, boldness, and love. Help me to walk through this day with You as my guide. Teach me to cease this day as though it were my last. Lord, help me build my day around Your presence, that I might live in continual connection with You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Prayer for Opening Meeting

Father God, We thank You for Your kindness in bringing us all together today. Though we may not know what this meeting holds, we know that You do. As we begin, Lord, help us to keep Your Word in mind. Lead us into conversations that are fruitful and enrich the lives of those who are here today. When we are undecided, please lead us in Your wisdom. When our opinions may disagree, help us to remain respectful to one another. More than anything, Lord, would You help us both to seek Your will and to pursue Your glory through all that we say and do. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Prayer for Night

Abba, As the day comes to a close there is so much to thank You for. Though we ready ourselves to sleep at the end of the day, You never slumber nor sleep. Your watchful eye is on me through the day and You keep me through the night. As I lay my head down tonight, unaware of what is going on, would You grant me peaceful rest. Please provide a hedge of protection around our home and our neighborhood. Let the schemes of those who have evil intentions fall through. Even in the darkest nights might it be light because You are with me. Thank you for graciously keeping me through another day. Please be with me as I close my eyes and rest tonight. Please keep my mind in perfect peace. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Prayer For Help with Anxiety and Depression

Prayer For Relief from Anxiety

God of peace, My thoughts fail me, Lord. I feel overcome by my anxiety over things in my reach, but especially over things, I have no control over. Help me to lean on You by bringing my anxieties to You. I pray that You will quiet the storms that rage in my mind. Please give me peace in what feels like chaos and increase my ability to remember that all things are temporary so that I may dwell in Your peace, no matter my circumstances.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.g

Prayer for Overwhelmed

Father, I can’t help but feel as if I should be hidden. I feel overwhelmed by my anxious thoughts, to the point where it feels as if I can’t control them. I know You are greater than my worries, but my anxiety keeps me, hostage, to my own thoughts at times. Lord, I’m overwhelmed. Would You give me a perspective of my circumstances in the grand scheme of things? Help me to trust that You have my best interest at heart. When my life feels like it is falling apart, help me to fall on You. Help me to seek You when I feel overcome by anxiety, that I might rest in Your presence and entrust my life unto You.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer for Restoration of Joy

Lord, I feel like life has stolen away my joy so easily. In the times that I should experience the most joy, I am plagued with anxious thoughts. It leaves me in constant despair. Lord, I know that You have not created me to live in continual anxiety and hopelessness. Please restore a new joy unto me. Let that joy not be so easily taken from me because it is sustained by You. Father, let Your joy be not only my salvation, in my times of despair, but let it become my strength in the times I feel most weak.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer for Courage to Ask for Depression

Loving Father, It feels as if I am in a constant tug of war with myself. The side that knows there are hope and life beyond these hopeless feelings, and the part of me that feels like there is no use in trying. You have created me purposely, but I am struggling to believe that. My thoughts feel darkened, and my body is exhausted.
Father, I pray that You will revive my spirit from within and renew my thoughts. Give me eyes to see the hope that You provide me with, hope that can overcome my greatest battles.

In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

Prayer For Protection

Prayer For Protection for Illness and Disease

Dear God,
We’ve been living through one of the craziest times that the world has ever known. There’s so much fear all around. Where do we go? Who can we see? When will things go back to normal? These are questions that plague my mind, Lord. I know that we are susceptible to falling ill. And that even when you are as safe as you can be, you’re still not invincible. That’s why I pray, Lord, that You will help me guard myself by being wise about my actions. Would You put a hedge of protection all around me from any disease or illness? Help me to grow in strength and health, that I might serve You with all that I have.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer for Safe Travels

Dear Lord,

You’ve kept me this far. I imagine that I might not even know that there are so many instances that could have ended differently. Thank You for protecting me each of those times.  As I set out on my next travels, Lord, I pray that You would go before me. Help me to be vigilant on the road, attentive, and responsible.  Please protect those who will be traveling on the same roads, Lord, help us all to look out for one another’s safety, as much as we do for our own.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer for God’s Protection

We live in a world where hurt seems inevitable, whether physical, emotional, mental, or even spiritual. I know not everyone has my best interest at heart and that You speak of man’s greatest enemy, constantly seeking to destroy us. 
Father, I pray for Your gracious hand of protection in every part of my life when I leave home, in the relationships that I enter, and in my day-to-day life.
Would You keep me and those I love safely in Your hand and give me discernment in situations that I should remove myself from and the courage to do so? In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer for Mind, Body, and Soul

Father God, It can be so easy to neglect the most important. Sometimes we hurry and live to appear put together on the outside when really, we’re crumbling to pieces on the inside. Lord, I don’t want to live that way. I want to honor Your creation – my mind, body, and soul – which You have made so intricately. Where my mind is polluted with the filth of this world and struck down by false beliefs, would You bring renewal?’ When I forget to take care of my body, help me remember that it is the tent that helps me stay grounded in life. And lastly, Lord, remind me of the importance of nurturing my soul, which so desperately needs You to help me recover in those vital areas of life.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer For Others

Prayer For Caregivers and Nurses

Holy God, please strengthen your people who have a responsibility to care for their families. Being a caregiver can take its toll, but I pray for divine strength so that the caregivers can do all things through You who strengthens them. Father, please surround your people, give power to the weak, and strengthen the powerless. I pray that even when they feel that their flesh and heart may fail, they understand that You are the strength of their heart and their portion. Father, continue to uphold them as they sacrifice their lives for others. Amen.

Prayer for First Responders

Lord be with those on the front lines of our emergencies. Protect and bless their families while they bless and protect us. Keep them safe, in mind, body, and soul. Bless and keep them safe as they enter the places we run from. Grant us a grateful heart to thank them each and every time. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

Prayer for Single Mom’s

Heavenly Father, I pray right now, especially, for single mothers. Although motherhood begins in physical pain, the result is a joy – for that, I thank You! However, motherhood is not a burden that one carries lightly, especially for single mothers. I pray for all the single mothers who feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities and desire to do well. I pray that they are anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let their requests be made known to You so that your peace will guard their hearts and minds. Amen.

Prayer for Poor and Neglected

Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer For My Needs

Prayer For Sleep

Dear God, Your mercies toward me are new each day and night. The troubles of my day have followed me to bed. My mind will not rest on the issues of today and tomorrow. Lord, I take the burdens of my mind and lay them on you. LORD carry what I cannot, clear my mind when I cannot, grant me peace when I cannot find it myself. Lord, comfort me, grant me rest, grant me sleep, heal me and grant me your peace. Amen

–also–

Father, Thank You for sustaining me through another day. As I prepare myself for the evening’s end, I pray that You would clear my mind from any anxious thoughts that hindered me during the day. Would You keep me in Your sweet embrace, and enfold me in Your peace as I sleep tonight, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Prayer for UnEmployment

Dear Lord, If I’m honest, I’m having a really difficult time. There are so many pressures to have things figured out, and sometimes life just doesn’t work that way. Lord, You know both my need and desire to find a job. I know that You have given me unique skills, You have given me the capabilities to do various things, and most importantly, the ability to learn new skills. I pray that You would help me find a job suitable for me, where I can not only work but where I can grow and be a benefit to others. Help me, Lord, to hold onto faith as I apply and wait for open positions. Let me get out of my own way, Lord, that I would not restrict where You might be leading me.
In Jesus’ matchless name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer for Better Relationship with God

Heavenly Father, I know it’s only human to doubt whether You are there or if You are real at times. People speak of their relationship with You, but Lord, I want to know You for myself. Sometimes I don’t know how that could even be possible. The knowledge that You, the God of the universe, cares about me can’t be fathomed, yet You do. I don’t know all the answers, but I desire to know You, Lord. Help me see You, as You are.

Prayer for Help with Prayer

Dear Lord, Like any relationship, to know You requires my time, commitment, and communication. I realize at times that I prioritize other things above You, things that are far lesser. Lord, when I am prone to wander and to turn to many things that will leave me running dry, remind me of the well that You have provided me. The living water revives my soul. Help me to grow my relationship with You by talking with You each day. Let me know Your presence in a personal way Lord and grow to know Your voice too.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer Students and Exams

Prayer For Tests

Dear Lord,
As I prepare to write the test ahead of me, I pray that You will quiet any anxious thoughts inside me. When various distractions tempt me, could you help me remain focused and calm?
Please grant me the discipline to prioritize my studies and to be able to take my test knowing that I have done my part. I pray that You will bring to mind what I have studied when I write, give me an understanding of each topic, and peace when the time comes so that I might finish strong.
In Jesus’ matchless name, I pray. Amen.

Student Expectations and Failing Grades

Dear Lord,
It is difficult not to feel so utterly ashamed of failing. I know that many expectations are placed upon me and people who rely on me to perform well, but I feel like they don’t always understand that I am also going through other things. Please help me believe that my worth is not solely dependent on my performance because performances can change so drastically, Lord. Where I have slacked, I pray that You will help me pick up the pace again. When I am vulnerable to feeling like I’m just not smart enough, I pray that You will allow me to know that You think kindly of me. Please help me dust myself off this moment in time, knowing that I can do better next time, Lord and that You love me the same.

Social Pressure in School

Father,  

I’m in a place where I feel so confused. It’s as if I have to compromise who I am or my values to be liked by those around me. I know that I should not allow myself to be so easily influenced.   Please help me remember that I am not called to conform to the world, and its patterns, which are often so damaging and destructive. Help me know that You desire that I become transformed by Your Word. I pray that You would give me the courage to say no when I need to, find comfort in You, and a good community when I feel shunned by those who reject me for not joining them in their indulgences. Let me be a light when everyone wants to stay in darkness, Lord.


No Friends in School, Lonely

Dear Father,

I know that I can’t do life on my own and that friendships are valuable, but building solid friendships can be challenging. Sometimes I feel misunderstood. At other times I feel discouraged as if there is no use in trying. You know my desire for true friends. I pray that You would bring friends into my life who will build me up, who I can run with along this life journey. Lord, help me show eagerness to engage with them, be myself, and allow them that same gift. But most of all, let those friendships challenge, encourage, and draw us closer to You.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

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