Some days, life is just hard. The days look dark. Uncertain times and stress mount high. An unexpected diagnosis or devastating loss can feel too difficult to face.
Though we may realize our faith is most strengthened, not in the easy times of life, but in the most trying, it’s often hard to walk that out once we’re swirling in the midst of it all. We long for carefree days, yet sometimes, God takes our hand and leads us straight into the darkest of times. Not to harm us, ever. But to bring greater strength, character, trust, beauty, and perseverance to the deepest part of our souls.
His desire for us in this life is to ultimately make us more like Him. To have a relationship with us. He will not leave us sitting in dark days but will walk with us through until we come out on the other side. Changed. Stronger. Renewed. With great purpose.
For those who need fresh hope today…you are not alone.
You are never forgotten.
He is with you.
Every step of the way.
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10 Verses for when you feel broken, for those in need of comfort:
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps 147:3
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Ps 34:18
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
“I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait on the Lord.” Ps 27:13-14
“Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Cor 1:3-4
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds, you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Ps 55:22
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30
“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 weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor 12:9
Know that He loves you, He cares about what you’re walking through, every single thing. And He hasn’t left you, not ever. Praying that you’ll have a fresh glimpse of His Presence as He’s bringing you through, to the other side of the grief.
There’s more in store…He has good for you…and whispers hope.
A Prayer for When You’re Hurting
Some days feel too hard. We’re hurting. Struggling. Fighting fear and worry at every turn. Thank you in the midst of it all, you haven’t left us to fend for ourselves. Forgive us for doubting you are there. Forgive us for thinking you’ve forgotten. Forgive us for believing we somehow know the better way.
You are fully trustworthy. You are All-Powerful. You are Able. You are Lord over every situation no matter how difficult it may seem. You are Healer and will never waste the grief we carry today. You will use all things for good in some way. Anything is possible with you. Nothing is too difficult for you.
We pray for those who grieve today. We ask for your comfort to surround those who weep. We pray for the peace of your presence to cover our minds and thoughts, as you remind us, the enemy can never steal us out of your hands. He never has the final say over our lives. We are kept safe in your presence forever, whether in life or in death.
We thank you that your ways are higher than our ways and your thoughts are bigger than our thoughts.
We lay it all down at your feet, every burden, every care. Believing that is the safest place for it to be.
We love you, Lord, we need your fresh grace.
In the Powerful Name of Jesus,
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God is our comforter. In times of trial, anxiety, and depression He desires to comfort us. May our hearts be open to comfort the sick, the dying, the depressed, the lonely, the homebound, the defeated, and those who need the love of Christ.
The God of all comfort comes to us as we pray and seek Him with all of our heart. He is there when no one else seems to care. While we were still sinners, God gave us His Son, the greatest gift. His only Son saved us from destruction and eternal death.
The Comforter has come. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
A Prayer for Comfort Father in heaven,
Even though my heart is heavy with grief, I want to praise Your holy name. You are an awesome God. You spoke and the world was created. I give You all glory and honor for who You are. I worship You alone.
I thank You that you know my pain and sorrow. Your Word says “as a mother comforts her child, You comfort us.” I ask that You be my comfort today. Help me to sense Your presence and Your peace.
Help me to reach out and comfort others as You Father, have comforted me.
In Jesus name, amen.
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and deserve God’s judgment.
, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.
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. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your
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What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions
As we approach the Christmas season, I marvel anew at the God of the universe taking on a cloak of flesh, the timeless One stepping into time.
Perhaps even more, I stand in awe of the One in whose very presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) descending to this broken, messy planet called Earth, choosing to become a Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:5).
I can’t help but make the distinction that while my sorrows spring from things that happen to me, He chose them.
And I’m not sure, but I can’t help but wonder whether that’s partly so He could sympathize with us in our pain.
So He could meet us there.
So He could know exactly what our broken hearts need, not only because He’s omniscient and He knows every thing about everything…
but because He’s been there.
Are you experiencing a season of sorrow? Take your broken heart to the Lord by praying the Scriptures. He’ll understand like no other.
Prayers of Comfort
Praise God for His Word! For whatever was written in it was written for your instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures you might have hope (Romans 15:4). Ask Him to help you grab hold of His Word and cling to His truth during your time of heartache.
Bless the God and Father of your Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort! Thank Him for comforting you in all your affliction, so that you may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which you yourself are comforted by God. For as you share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ you share abundantly in comfort too (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). Marvel at the mystery of sharing in Christ’s sufferings, and thank Him for His promised comfort.
Rehearse to yourself the truth that while God’s anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime. Thank Him that although weeping may tarry for the night, joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5).
Ponder the tenderness of your God who heals the brokenhearted and binds up your wounds (Psalm 147:3). Offer to Him every broken place, every painful spot, and ask Him to bind them up, as only He can.
Claim the truth that those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:1-2).
Offer this prayer to the Lord: “Remember Your word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life. The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from Your law (Psalm 119:49-51).
Pray that God’s steadfast love would comfort you according to His promise (Psalm 119:76). Contemplate His faithfulness and His care for you.
Thank Jesus for His promise that although you have sorrow now, you will one day see Him, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you (John 16:22). Share with Him your anticipation of unending, unquenchable joy when you finally see His face.
Remind yourself that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Claim for yourself God’s assurance that those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers (Romans 8:28-29). Thank Him that you are one of these “brothers,” and express to Him your belief that all things – even times of sorrow – are used by God to conform you to the image of Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father, my very own God of all comfort, there is special balm for my soul in the awareness that Your Son also experienced a broken heart (Psalm 69:20-21). He knows this pain; He is familiar with this ache. I pray that You would help me to cling to You and the truth of Your Word in times of sorrow, running to You as my Comforter and the Restorer of my soul. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.