When facing the loss of loved ones, prayer is sometimes the only thing that holds any type of comfort. Sometimes we ourselves lose someone close to us, and at other times we just need to pray for the someone else's loss. Emotions like anger, disappointment, and sadness can easily move us away from God. It is easy for those dealing with grief to fall into so much anger they walk away from the Lord. Blaming God for bad things can go well beyond emotions associated with loss into a permanent distancing from our faith.
While grief may always remain with us to some degree, prayers can help us move past the deep sense of anger and sadness into acceptance and living. Prayer always helps us grow with God, and when we are grieving or watching others grieve, prayers for grief and loss can be immensely helpful. Sometimes it is the only thing we can do for someone. Here are some prayers you can use:
A Prayer for Personal Loss
Lord, thank you for being my rock and my strength. I don't know why this happened. I know you have a plan for each of us. But right now I'm hurting, and that hurt runs deep. Lord, I know that you are a comfort for me, and I pray that you continue to be by my side through this time. It feels right now like this hurt will never go away. It feels right now like I'll never come out of this pain. Everyone keeps saying that time will ease what I'm going through. I feel angry. I feel hurt. I feel alone. I don't know if time will help me, but I know you will. I cannot imagine going through this without you holding me up.
Sometimes, Lord, it's just hard to look at tomorrow, and I just don't know how I will get through the day without my loved one in my life. Lord, I just ask for you to be here for me. I pray for you to give me strength to take another step. I need you to help me cope with the loneliness and to move forward in my life. Please, Lord, help make each day a little easier. Continue to provide me with hope for tomorrow. I know I will never stop missing my loved one, but I hope that you are holding them closely. Thank you, Lord for always being here for me. In Your Name, Amen.
A Prayer for the Loss of Others
Lord, I come to you know for my friend. I come to you to ask that you provide them strength and comfort in this time of deep need. Their hurt and grief run so deep. I feel so much pain for them, but I can only imagine how hard this time must be for them. I pray that you help them maintain their faith in you during this difficult time.
I know you can be our greatest shoulder, but I also ask that you remain their biggest provider. It is a time when daily life can be so burdensome. Please provide patience from others as they work through their grief. Surround them with understanding so that they can work through all the emotions this loss brought up. In this time when so many things get lost - bills need to be paid, homework needs to be done, etc. - allow those around them to help keep regular life on track.
And Lord, allow me to be a comfort to my friend. Help me be what they need during this time. Provide me with the comforting words, the kindness in my heart, the patience to allow the grief to take it's course. Let me be part of your light and comfort during this time.
I pray these things in your holy name. Amen.