QUESTION: Can you give me an example of a prayer for comfort?
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.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
– We have all
and deserve God’s judgment.
, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.
, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He
for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was
rose from the dead
according to the
. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your
, declaring, “
Jesus is Lord
,” you will be saved from
and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions
Sometimes, my own words aren’t enough, and I know I need a perspective I can’t drum up on my own. I want to understand God’s ways, but I can’t. Praying scripture helps.
Below you will find 5 Bible passages that pertain to grief and sorrow. I encourage you to read each one, and then pray the prayers below, (or your own prayers). God wants us to come to him in our grief. He would rather we come to him, even if we are angry, than to run from him. He made us for relationship with him – in the good and bad.
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. Psalm 31:9 (NIV)
God, I don’t even understand your ways right now. I don’t get why this happened and I can’t see where your mercy is in all of this. You say you are merciful and show compassion – please help me to see it. I am worn out with grief, and I can’t stop crying.
Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, for his own sins! 5 But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed! 6 We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us! Isaiah 53:4-6 (TLB) (An Old Testament prophesy about Jesus)
Jesus, the Bible says you were weighed down by my sorrow; and carried my grief. It says that you were wounded, beaten, and lashed for my healing. Yet, it is so easy for me to run from you rather than to you, like a frightened lamb. Forgive me. Give me the ability to run to you, to accept all you’ve done, and stop trying to carry this immense weight of grief on my own.
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;… Isaiah 42:3 (NIV)
God, I feel so bruised and broken inside. I feel like I can barely make it sometimes, and can’t see how things will ever be right again. Please help me. Please strengthen me. Please take this mess and turn it around. I need you.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. 2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. 3 To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations. Isaiah 61:1-4 (NLT) (An Old Testament Prophesy about Jesus)
Jesus, the Bible says you came to bring good news. I sure could use some good news right now. It says you came to comfort the brokenhearted. My heart is so busted up I can barely breath – please comfort me. In my grief and sadness, I need to know that you want to give me favor, that you care. Please take this pain and turn it around. I need to once again see beauty, rather than such sadness. I want to be able to be able to speak of the wonderful things you have done, instead of feeling this constant despair. Strengthen me like a mighty oak tree for your honor. Please rebuild my life and family. Rebuild what has been destroyed. Revive my life, even though I currently feel like one whose been deserted.
The young women will dance for joy, and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing. Jeremiah 31:13 (NLT) (Written when Israel was in slavery because of their sin. God wanted them to remember his promises; that he would one day return them to their land in freedom.)
God, right now, there is no way I could dance or celebrate – I’m too sad. I can’t even see a day ahead where I will once again be happy. Would you please, in your time, do for me what I’m unable to do for myself? Would you please give me your joy instead of such grief? Would you please comfort my heart and mind? Please, one day, would you allow me to be able to celebrate again? Please help me to trust you to do this. To make me whole. I don’t see how it can happen. I so desperately need your help.
God is above all of us, but amazingly longs for us to talk to him. To cry out to him. To unburden ourselves to him. He wants us to know him. That’s why he sent Jesus. Prayer doesn’t have to be flowery, or fancy. It just needs to be sincere, and from the heart.
And in talking to God, he wants us to believe he will hear and answer. If you aren’t certain of that – tell him so. Ask him to work, even if you aren’t certain he exists or cares. I don’t believe he’s offended by our honesty. Besides, it gives him the opportunity to show himself!
With love and prayers,
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Jesus said many prayers for healing, curing the sick as he walked this earth. Today, as his followers pray, he continues to pour out his healing balm.
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We can pray for the sick and rest knowing God can restore health! He has the power to heal us, and he has the power to comfort us and give us new hope.
Short Prayers for Healing the Sick
Prayer for healing the sick Lord God, We dwell in you house, Drink in your presence And find peace and rest in your arms. We believe in your name, Ask for your healing And believe and trust in your love. We thank you for your sacrifice, Receive all you have for us And pray and ask for restoration. We need your touch. We wait on you.
Prayers for Comfort – Knowing Jesus
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prayers for healing. A series of prayers for restoration of the sick, with a prayer for loved ones and a short prayer for healing.
Through tears of frustration, helplessness, and great distress, a patient’s husband cries out in a plaintive voice that reverberates off the hospital walls: “Why does it have to be so hard to be a human being?”
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That question has been asked many times throughout the ages. We humans struggle with the vicissitudes of life on earth. So often our joys and delights are knocked aside by suffering and hardship. No matter how hard we try to avoid the painful aspects of life, they pop up when we least expect them. They challenge us as we try to cope with and conquer them. Sometimes our efforts are successful, and we find a way to ease, repair, or remove the hardships. At other times they claim the upper hand, and we struggle to find a way to live with them and to ameliorate their effects and the suffering and pain they bring to our lives.
Such suffering can emerge from physical, emotional, or interpersonal problems. There seems to be no end to their variety and composition. We all come up against hard times, even in our younger years. We search for ways to avoid problems, or we search for solutions or resolutions to keep them at bay. We often hold on to the fantasy that we could—or even should—go through life without them.
As we grow in wisdom, however, we realize that we will never be totally without hard times. Such experiences are simply part of being human. We would not know light without knowing darkness. Sometimes chaos threatens us, and then, before we know it, we find order and peace again. We grow and develop in the course of the cycles of life, through the many “little deaths” we endure and the “new life” that comes out of them. Eventually, we face diminishment and physical death, but always in the hope that we will experience everlasting life in Christ.
Each of our experiences gives us choices to make. While many of our struggles arise through no fault of our own, we also sometimes bring about our own distress and trouble by what we say or do. We need to be aware of those instances when we create or contribute to the suffering we experience. We also need to know that in the challenges we face are hidden gifts that we can look for and find if we choose to do so.
Above all, we must always remember that God is holding us and carrying us close to his heart, sustaining our every breath. Without that support, we would not exist. Deep down, we know that God lives and loves us. It is that awareness that sends us to God in our distress. We somehow know that the help we can find to support us through our struggles comes from our God.
Yet sometimes when we are going through tough times, we find it difficult to pray. My hope is . . . help those who are struggling to connect with God. Each reflection begins with a verse or two from the Scriptures, moves into a short meditation, and ends with a prayer. The prayer is meant to launch readers into their own conversation with the Lord. Through our decision to quiet ourselves and come into the presence of God, we can find the strength and courage we need to endure our trials. The Lord will truly comfort our hearts and sustain our spirits. He is our refuge in times of trouble, and he will not abandon us!
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. —Numbers 6:25
When times are tough and when our path is dark and unclear, we forget that God is still close to us. None of our hard and painful times can chase God away. In fact, more than ever, this s when God is very near to us. We just need to ask him to shine his face upon us and on all who are experiencing hard times. God’s radiance will warm us, and we will feel his love and care. Then the peace that only God can give will replace the great distress we feel.
Great God of peace, who loves all that you have made, I come to you and ask your blessing on me and on all who are suffering. May the radiance of your face, the sign of your love, permeate me. I trust that you have a lesson for me in this difficult situation. If I’ve contributed to these trials in any way, show me how. Give me the wisdom to find my way through them. And then, my dear God, help me find peace.
PURSUING THE LORD
The Lord is good to those who look to him, to anyone who seeks him. —Lamentations 3:25 (REB)
We seek many things in life—happiness, fun, health, good relationships, money. We may even judge our success by the amount of things we accrue, and often we cannot get enough of them. What might our lives be like if we actively pursued God, if we made that a conscious endeavor? As we journey through the ups and downs that are part of life, how different would we be if we sought God? What would our troubles and our delights be like if we purposefully sought God in them?
Creator God, what would my life look like if I chose to actively seek you? I know I could expect to share in the same experiences as others—all the joys as well as all the struggles, illnesses, and losses—but I would do it all with more of an awareness of your presence. Just as I put effort into looking for other things, help me to consciously look for you in all the circumstances of my life. When I find myself in a difficult place, I might say, “God, help me to find you here. Help me to see you in my struggles, in the person who is upset with me or dislikes me, and in all of my hard times.” May I also find you in everything delightful and enjoyable.
Read more of Joan Guntzelman’s inspiring reflections and prayers in Turning to God in Tough Times (The Word Among Us Press, 2011). Available at wau.org/books