Praying for loved ones can be hard. But it doesn’t have to be.
No words would come. She sat across from me with tears streaming down her cheeks and I reached for the tissues that were a mere blur.
My tongue felt all tied up and my head screamed “SAY SOMETHING”. But I could not find a single word. Not one.
Tragic news had just fallen on my sweet friend, and she was faced with the reality that she was about to lose someone she loved.
This on the heels of personal health issues, financial strain, and marriage difficulties. It felt heavy and dark. It felt suffocating. It felt hard.
Chances are that at least once in your life you have been sitting across the table. Either you were the one affected or the one called in that moment to be a source of light and encouragement.
You never quite recover from this. Images linger, you beat yourself up with the “I should have said” game. You spend days looking for encouraging quotes, verses, or cards. You send flowers or funny memes.
But in the quiet you know. You know that your loved one needs something deeper. You cannot fix the hard. You cannot take away the pain or right the wrong.
But there is someone who calls us to do the hard. Someone who asks us to intercede and faithfully walk along side. To encourage and to bring hope and to pray.
God encourages us in Scripture to pray for others. He gently reminds the disciples in Luke 18:1 to “…pray and not lose heart.”. Prayer is as much for me as it is for others. It not only brings them encouragement, but it gives us hope.
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Why Pray for One Another?
Not only does God recommend prayer for others, but he recommends prayer for us. God wants us to come to Him with all our concerns. He knows that we cannot rub shoulders with others on this earth without difficulty. Interceding on behalf of others allows us to take the burden off “fixing it” ourselves and places it in God’s arms.
God’s Example of Praying for Loved Ones
In John 17 we see a beautiful prayer that God prays for each of us–His loved ones. Facing His own death, Jesus steals away to the quiet of the Garden of Gethsemane and pours out His petitions for us. His prayer in these verses highlight key areas we can pray over our loved ones. When we bring our petitions to the throne of grace, He is faithful to hear and answer.
Here are 5 prayers to pray for your loved one.
Praying For Loved Ones: 5 Ways
Pray for Peace
It is no secret that we live in a world of unrest and discontent. God desires us to be at peace.
When loved ones are going through difficulty, peace is often hard to find. Emotions run high when chaos and uncertainty surface.
God is about the business of bringing calm in the storms of life. Asking for Him to calm hearts and emotions points us to the one who came to bring peace on earth forever.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3
Pray for Truth
You may be praying for you loved one as they are facing a difficult decision, or they are fighting an internal or external battle. God reminds us over and over that He is our source of wisdom.
He desires us to be reminded that we are loved and have him as their source of strength. Asking God to help your loved one find truth in the situation and lean on Him for the source of truth brings hope and comfort.
“Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth.” John 17:17
Pray to be kept from the Evil One
Satan is a real threat.
When we pray for our loved ones, be reminded that we fight an enemy that is on the prowl. He is subtle and will do all that he can to sabotage a relationship with God.
He desires nothing more than for us to believe that God is not faithful. Praying for protection from falling for his schemes and standing in the gap for our loved one is important in defeating the power he attempts to take hold of in our lives.
“…I am not asking that you take them out of the world, just as I am not of the world, keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15
Pray for Joy
God calls us to be joy seekers and anxiety defeaters. He wants us to be reminded that our joy comes from Him. He is the ultimate source of healing.
As we struggle with the pain and disappointment that comes from being on this earth, we can remember God brings whispers of His joy every day.
Pray for Him to show Himself to your loved one and that you can be a joy spreader despite the pain.
…that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” John 17:13
Pray to Know Love
God’s ultimate purpose in coming was that we know love. He came so that we can experience the love He offers freely to all.
Your loved one that you are praying for needs to know they are loved not just by you but by the ultimate source of love.
It is through this love that we can love others and live in strength, peace, and joy despite what we are facing.
May we pray for our loved ones to know the truth of this love find all fulfillment from a God who loves us forever.
“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17:23
It takes grit and faith to know that our prayers are being heard by God. But His promises are faithful and our sincere prayers for our loved ones do not go without notice.
It is in these quiet moments, when earthly words don’t measure up, that we know that we are helping our loved ones in ways that only heaven can measure.
A Guiding Prayer To Help Pray For Loved Ones
Thank you for ________________. Please help them today as they face ___________________.
Where there is a need for clarity, bring them truth.
Where there is pain, bring peace.
Where there is sadness, restore their joy.
Protect them from the schemes of the evil one.
Help them know that they are loved immeasurably more than even I do.
Whisper their name today Lord and help them know that you are there.
In Your Name, Amen
Laura E. Sumpter is passionate about teaching women and children about the hope found in the Lord. She writes to encourage women, believing that when they are strengthened, future generations will be as well.
Laura lives in the Willamette Valley of the Pacific Northwest. She has an amazing husband of nearly 17 years, three busy fun kids and has been a teacher for over 20 years. When she isn’t writing or teaching, Laura enjoys reading, creating, gardening, and a good latte in any form. You can find the lessons God is teaching her at her blog https://lauraesumpter.com/ and as a contributor on Anchored Voices.