Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
When someone close to you loses their job, it can be hard to know exactly what to say or how to comfort them. You may not know the whole situation or have ever seen this friend hurt before. Sometimes a simple reminder that you are praying for them goes a long way. God can give you the words to say and help heal the pain your friend and their family may be feeling. Encourage them that God has a plan for them, and there is hope in the future even if it looks grim today.
If you need guidance on how to pray for a friend who lost a job, look no further. Here are 6 ways you can keep that promise and provide them with hope and healing.
Prayer for Friends Pain
I know the pain and confusion my close friend is going through right now. Losing a job isn’t easy and they are probably feeling like a failure right now. Please show them that they are anything but. Help remind them of the amazing qualities you blessed them with when you created them. They are strong, beautiful and can get through this pain. With your arm stretched around them, please provide comfort and stability during this difficult time. I pray that you help them battle the overwhelming stress that has come with this loss. I know with your help they can do anything.
Prayer for Friends Family
Losing a job can be hard on the entire family, from spouse to children and even the dog, if money is tight and even the smallest costs cause stress. Please let my friend’s family be lifted up during this difficult time. I pray that they have the strength to remain calm and hopeful even as things seem to be falling apart. I pray their children are fed and clothed, and please give my friend the courage to let me know if these basic necessities are not being met so I can provide help. I pray that the children are not affected by this loss and it resolves itself so quickly that they never knew anything tragic happened. I pray that their spouse is supportive and caring during this time and that their marriage grows stronger because of it, and not farther apart. I give my heart to this family and ask for You to give them the love and peace they need at this time.
In Jesus’ Name I Pray
Prayer to Ask God for Help
I do not know how to provide help to my friend during this difficult time. I am offering an ear to listen and keeping my eyes out for new job prospects but I feel that none of this is enough. I don’t have the extra money to provide them with the help they need to get through this time. So, God, I turn to You and ask for Your help. Please bless this family with good prospects and help me keep my eyes open for blessing and opportunities. I cannot help my friend out right now, but with Your hand guiding me I hope to offer them more than they could ever ask for. Give this family the miracle they deserve right now. Shine your light down on them during this difficult time. Please give my friend the strength to turn to you and ask for help as well, so that he is also filled with hope.
Prayer to Offer Guidance
Please use me as a vessel and work through me to help my friend in dire need. Losing a job is difficult and I want to help them in every way that I can. I offer myself up to you to provide the words the family needs to hear right now. Use me to help find the blessings hidden beneath the tragedy. Use me to discover the amazing opportunities you have lined up for this family. Use me to remind them of the power of the Holy Spirit and the great amount of hope you can give. Alone, nothing is possible. With you, everything is possible! Please help me to remember those words! I want to be a shining light for my friend and their family as they struggle during this time. I want to give them guidance and strength. I offer my soul to you.
Prayer to Share with Your Friend
Today, I stand here with my dear friend who is going through the pain of a job loss. Lord, they are struggling right now and are having a hard time understanding the meaning behind all of this. Please shine your light down on them, Lord, and give them the guidance to get through this rough time. Help show them the beautiful blessings you are providing them and the path you have planned out for them. Let them see that no trail is too hard to get past without your hand. I ask that you wrap my friend and his family in comfort and peace and take away the stress. Let him be filled with trust in You! We both reach out to you and ask for your healing hand during this time.
Short, simple words of prayer provide much needed comfort and hope to all Christians, especially mothers who have lost their children. Prayers are known to be beneficial in healing anxiety and depression during times of trouble. These prayers can be said aloud, alone, for a mother or for yourself.
Prayer for Bereaved Parents
The Belief Net website is all about inspiration, spirituality and faith. It contains a specific prayer for bereaved parents that they could recite themselves or with which others could pray for the mothers who have lost their children:
“God, you sacrificed your son so that we and our children would transcend physical death. We know that you grieved when he was crucified and that you grieve over all the atrocities done by men — especially in your name. You know and understand grief as you know and understand all. You know best how to comfort these parents. Lift their hearts up to you and fill them with your peace. Your understanding is beyond our human comprehension, but give them the knowledge and faith to endure even that which they can’t understand. Let them be aware of you always God, and help them to remember that your Love is Life that can never really be taken away.”
A Mother’s Prayer to the Guardian Angels of Her Child
“The Angels” magazine’s website passes along this maternal prayer for the well-being of her children:
“I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company.
Simply look to the Bible for simple verses that can create comfort in this sad situation. The following are two that are often used in time of sorrow:
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
“Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.” Isaiah 51:11
Prayer After the Death of a Child
Creighton, a Jesuit Catholic University, shares a prayer for mothers after the death of a child:
“My life is upside down, loving God. The order of the world is out of place and I can’t do anything to right it again. Oh, Lord, you know the pain in my heart at all times and you know why: my child has died. How can it be that my beloved child is gone? The child I cared for with such concern in every illness, the one I held close to my heart and promised to take care of for a lifetime, is not here for me to care for anymore. It hurts deeply that I wasn’t able to protect this child I love with my whole being from a death that seems so unfair.
“Let me feel calm. Let me breathe deeply. Be with me in this kind of deep and transformative pain. I now carry this darkness with me on my back and in my heart, always. It is my burden and my companion.
“Lord, there is not a single minute of my life when this loss is not etched so keenly into my brain and heart, whether it is in the middle of a busy day or in those choking moments of grief in the solitary dark of night. Let me be grateful for every minute we had together. Let me treasure those memories and find joy in them. Help me to deal with people better. They don’t know what to say. They stumble and look away when they see me. They pretend nothing has happened. I know they “don’t want to remind me” but they don’t understand it is with me always, always.
“Teach me, Lord. Tell me what you want me to do with this. What am I supposed to learn from this kind of pain? What are you calling me to do?
“Open my battered heart and lead me to comfort and peace. Only you can give me the peace I need. Let me feel your presence in my life.”
February 15th, 1997.
I wrote this for my friend Alison, who despaired of her daughter ever resuming their loving and friendly relationship. They are now the best of friends.
Four and a half years later, I read this at my daughter’s funeral in October 2001. Annette had chronic depression and took her own life, at the age of 34. We had been estranged for several years, for in her illness, she rejected me completely –until the last few weeks before she died.
I am thankful for the care and support she did receive – although it was not enough – and for the fact that, because we never closed the door, regardless of how difficult she was to deal with – it helped to heal the break between us and we enjoyed her last weeks with love and laughter.
A Mother’s Prayer For A Lost Daughter
What price our sons will exceed their father’s aspirations?
And if they do, is it for him – when they surpass those
incomparable limits of fatherhood?
What price our daughters will achieve our unrealized
heights of both career and domesticity?
And if they do, it’s not for us – but to create
their own environment of womanhood.
Our dreams, so unfulfilled. Our desires, so blatantly
transferred. Our plans, so thwarted by time and
What pain and loss our children might receive from us.
Why? Our own dreams for them are for lives
filled with the joy of accomplishment.
Bubbling over with harmony and the
satisfaction of creation realised.
We let them go. Waiting for them to come back,
wanting to share.
Knowing that we are aware but they are still alone.
And when they call to say “Hello”, the hunger
would overwhelm us all — except that it is
our hunger, not theirs. So, we must, of necessity,
not let them know the depths
of our fear and our love.
We cannot truly be mother, friend, parent
and companion as we would wish.
Somewhere, sometime, it’s goodbye
while they move on – to a world and time
of their own that we will never truly know,
while we fear their pain which is still to come.
It may be too much for them to share with us
– and in that time we seek the peace of
mutual acceptance and understanding.
Perhaps unspoken, but they will know.
In silence, my child, simply touch my fingertips
and know the truth of parental love.
In Memory Of Annette
26th August 1967 – 21st October 2001
On the desk lamp by my PC, where I work almost every day, there is a beautful white butterfly. Fragile now, Annette gave it to me in a card as a late Easter gift in 1991. Along with the card in which it came, signed with love to both me and to Robbie from “Netti” it shares my every day. They are a reminder to me that we shared many years of love, happiness and friendship, as well as times of pain and loss. She is ever my daughter.
On 10th August, 2010, I read this poem at the GetUp! Candlelit Vigil in Burswood Park – in support of Mental Health Reform and in support of all those who have suffered. Please use the links below, to share this poem with your family and friends. We have a Facebook page, too at Stories My Nana Tells
Sympathy Messages for Loss of Mother
Sympathy Card Messages for the Loss of a Mom
Moms are special people. Many will eventually experience the loss of their mothers. Finding the right words of sympathy to condole someone who lost his/her mom can be difficult. Most people will lose their mom some time during their lifetime. The following messages can be used in your card when you don’t know what to write, but you can edit these to fit the situation.
- Moms stay in a very special part of our hearts even after they pass. I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss.
- I am sorry you had to lose someone so important and special in your life. I’ll be praying for you and the rest of your family.
- From what I have heard you talk about your mother, it sounds like she was a great woman. She did an excellent job raising you. I am sorry for your loss.
- No one can replace your mom, but God can comfort your heart. He knows what you need during this time much better than anyone else.
- The heart that your mother had for others is a rare gift to the many people who had the privilege to know her and be blessed by her. Please accept my condolences.
- There’s a special place in all of our hearts for our mothers, just like there’s a special place in every mother’s heart for her children. You must continue to carry her memory in that special place in your heart. I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your mother.
- Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. From what I heard, she was a great woman to be admired. I’ll be thinking about you in the coming days and saying a prayer for you now and then.
- I’m sorry for the loss of you mother. It only makes sense for me to do what you mother would have done in this situation if it were someone she knew. I’ll pray for you, call you soon, and bring some soup in the coming week.
- To lose your mom is to lose a very close and loyal friend who has known and loved you your entire life.
- God gives us the gift of mothers to provide us nurturing, comfort, and support. God can still provide that for you now, but he’ll have to do it in a different way. I’ll be praying for you to have comfort and support from God.
- It takes a special person to be a good mom, but it takes an even more special person to be the mom of a great child. You are proof of your mother’s great character.
- The loss of a mother creates a void that cannot be filled by anyone. Since mothers a God-given, I’ll pray for Him to give you what you need at this time.
- Moms provide their children with so much while they are growing up including a place to call home. Now your mom as been called to her home. I hope you are comforted by the promise to be with your mom in her new home when the time comes for you to join her in the sweet by and by.
- As I hear of your loss, I’m reminded to be grateful for the time I have had with my own mother in this life. Our mothers have been such a blessing in our lives, and they will continue to bless us even now and in the future.
- Children and grandchildren continue the legacy their mothers begin. Your mother has built a strong legacy that I know will continue on.
- Mothers are guardian angels, teachers, and best friends who we are blessed with for a time with their valuable time.
- Death holds no power over love, especially the love of a mother. For this reason, we can never completely lose our mothers.
- I know your mother had great faith, something that made her a strong woman. May you find comfort in your knowledge that you will be reunited with her.
- There are some things we can’t control in life otherwise the world would be full of billions of sweet mothers like your mom.
- I appreciate your mom for who you are. She gets credit for producing you and influencing you. She’ll live on through you.
- There’s a reason mothers are a requirement for babies. I wish we could keep them for our entire lives though.
- Time is no match for the forever connection that mothers have with their children.
- Mothers can never be replaced, and most of us don’t get to keep them for our entire lives. I hope your memories of her bring you comfort. She was an amazing person.
- Your mom impressed me in many ways. I feel inspired by her life and aspire to be more like her.
- Your mom lived a dynamic and meaningful life. One of her best accomplishments was you.
- As a friend of your mom’s, I know what a special lady she was. I am sorry for your loss. I’ll miss her.
- The legacy your mom left for you to continue is a blessing not just to you but also the people she and you have come in contact with over the years.
- I was encouraged by your mom to do my best and I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to have known her. She will remain in my memories as she was, a beautiful, strong, and smart woman.
- Not everyone gets to say that they had one of the best mothers in the whole world. In your case, I think that would be true if you said it.
- Three words come to mind when I think of your mom: warm, caring, and wise.
- Moms live forever in the hearts of their children. I wish you the best and am praying for you.
- I was glad to meet your mom. I see how her influence shaped the person you are today. She will continue to live through some of the good qualities you possess.
- I didn’t get to meet your mom. Based on what I know about you, she must have been done something right. I am sorry for the loss you’re experiencing.