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Simple Prayers for the Grieving Heart

simple prayers for grieving hearts

Our world has been shaken. My husband’s older brother and only sibling dropped dead. We still don’t know why. While we wait on autopsy results, we shake our heads in disbelief at how someone who appeared to be the picture of health could just die so suddenly. Our family and many friends are all overwhelmed with grief.

Dr. Ken White
We have great joy in knowing Ken is with Jesus enjoying the best days of his eternal life. We celebrate our hope of joining him there. Meanwhile we miss him.

Grieving together is not new to our family. Ken’s oldest daughter, Leigh Ann, died ten years ago after a tragic car accident. So we smile through our tears knowing that father and daughter are completely whole and reunited in the presence of our Lord.

The shock of death seems to steal our breath and with it our ability to think clearly. I’ve noticed that it has been hard for me to think of how to pray for the people I love so dearly and for myself. I’m thankful that my faith is deeper than my grief. And I’m even more thankful that God knows precisely how our brains function in times like these and He has mercifully given us the Holy Spirit to pray for us.

But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings
that cannot be expressed in words.
Romans 8:26b NLT

I see Romans 8:26, God’s deep compassion for us. I imagine the Spirit so filled with love for us, knowing our weakness in grief and relentlessly praying so that we can experience God’s comfort.

I’ve written the following Scripture prayers so that you and I can find them when tragedy strikes and we can’t find our way through the fog of grief to the words we want to pray.

Note: You can reword these into prayers for those who are grieving and don’t feel like they can pray for themselves.

Declarations of Faith

You are Immanuel, God with me. Thank You for being with me now. Isaiah 7:14

You are the God of all Comfort and I receive Your comfort now. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Isaiah 66:13, Isaiah 49:13

My heart is broken but You are near. My spirit is crushed, but You are my rescuer. Psalm 34:18

Your Word is my hope. It revives me and comforts me in all my troubles. Psalm 119:50

My soul faints, but you are the breath of life within me. Job 33:4, Ezekiel 37

You are my help, the One who sustains me. Psalm 54:4

You bless those who mourn, and I trust You to bless me and my family with all that we need. Matthew 5:4

You will rescue me from this dark cloud of despair because You delight in me. Psalm 18:19

Thanksgiving

Thank You, Lord, for providing people to weep with me. Romans 12:15

Thank You, Lord, for surrounding me with Your goodness and mercy even today as I grieve. Psalm 23:6

I trust that You, Lord, are my source of joy and I will not weep forever. Psalm 30:5

I’m thankful, Lord, that You have not hidden Your face from me. Thank You for hearing me when I cry to You. Psalm 22:24

Lord, I am thankful that You know what I need before I ask You. Matthew 6:8

Thank You, Lord, for being my strength and my shield. Psalm 28:7a

Thank You, Lord, for allowing me to cast my anxieties on You. 1 Peter 5:7

Petitions

Here’s my broken heart, Lord. I need Your healing touch. Psalm 147:3, Isaiah 61:1

I am weary and heavy-laden and in great need of rest from You, Lord. Matthew 11:28, Psalm 62:1

Protect me from the evil one and his offerings of depression and anxiety. Hide me under the shadow of Your wing. Psalm 17:8

For Your name’s sake, deliver me from thoughts of weakness, hopelessness and helplessness. Psalm 109:21-22

When my heart sinks low, send Your word and heal me, Lord. Psalm 107:20

Help me, Lord, not to panic and make unwise decisions. I need Your help to be still and acknowledge You as my source of my wisdom and stability. Psalm 46:10

Help me to guard my heart, Lord, so that I am not easily offended by people who say the wrong things or avoid me because they are not sure what to say. Proverbs 4:23

Help me, Lord, to receive Your comfort from the people who are drawing near to me. I do not want to dismiss Your servants who bring me Your comfort. Romans 12:15

My mind feels like fog and then sometimes it is a whirlwind. Guide my thoughts with Your counsel, Lord. Psalm 73:23-24

Deliver me, Lord, from the fear of _________. Psalm 34:4

Praying with Songs

Sometimes it is hard to find the strength to voice our prayers. In those moments, we can listen to the following songs with a “yes, Lord” in our hearts.

Here is a YouTube playlist of prayers for the grieving heart that I put together. You can let these songs bypass your unsettled mind and allow them to nurture your soul with God’s truth about who He is to you and who you are to Him.

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

  • I’m so sorry to read about this Jennifer. Thank you for these prayers. I saved them to share in the future with others. God is near you and your family in this time of tears and sorrow. Bless you all.

    • Thank you so much John. I’m glad you can use these prayers in your own ministry.

  • Oh, Hun {{{hugz}}} I am so sorry for your losses. I will be praying for you and your family. Thank you for these verses. May God wrap His arms around each one of you and give you the Comforter.

  • Elizabeth

    Please accept my condolence, I recently stumbled across your blog and I am so inspired by the strength of your convictions and your unwavering faith in God. I Know the Lord led me to this site and I hope to learn from you. I recently lost my Sister and so I understand what yourself and your family are going through. The loss of a loved one is a painful and shattering experience and no words can substantively take away your pain or quantify the sorrow you feel. It is only the Lord’s grace and his promise that we shall one day be re united with our loved ones that will see you through. You will never forget them and the pain may seem like it may never go away but the Lord will provide you with the strength to live with it.

    • Thank you Elizabeth. May God continue to comfort you. Isn’t it wonderful to know that He is more aware of our grief than we are and He is always with us.