Prayer for When You Lose a Loved One

Prayer for When You Lose a Loved One | by Jamie Rohrbaugh |

Beloved friend, is your heart hurting today from the loss of a loved one? Do you need God’s help to keep going with your life? If so, please pray today’s sample prayer for when you lose a loved one. I believe Holy Spirit will comfort you and bind up your broken heart as you pray.

O beloved, God wants to comfort you when you lose a loved one.

He didn’t take your loved one away, but He does want to help you, comfort you, and bind up your wounds.

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    The Bible says that God is the God of all comfort, and that He will minister to you at the point of your need. Yes; God Himself will help you, even when your heart is broken. His compassion is toward you right now, and His heart is fiercely devoted to you.

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     You are His beloved child, and He will not leave you alone–not now or at any other time.

    Read the words of comfort in these beautiful passages:

    “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit” (Psalm 34:18 NKJV).

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NKJV, emphasis mine).

    “The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:2-3 NKJV).

    “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26 KJV).

    “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

    For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

    Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, emphasis mine).

    Beloved, God wants to comfort you so much right now that He actually NAMED Himself after His desire to comfort you.

    God did not take away your loved one; this sinful world, full of sickness, disease, old age, and people who make bad decisions did that. BUT, God IS your Comforter. He wants to reach out to you right now and touch you deeply with His healing hand of love.

    And He wants to comfort you so much that He actually names Himself your “Comforter” and “The God of all comfort.”

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    Beloved, God sees your every tear. 

    He feels every squeeze of your heart; every welling up of panic and heartbreak. He catches every breath that you gasp out in your agony.

    But God loves you. His perfect love casts out fear, and He wants to comfort you in your affliction.

    After all, God knows how you feel.

    He Himself had to watch His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, die a death that Jesus did not deserve. It was agonizing for Him. It was excruciating. But He did it; He sacrificed His Son Jesus so that He would not have to sacrifice you and me too on the slave market of sin.

    Amazingly, the grave could not hold Jesus down. Jesus didn’t deserve to die, so He got up three days later–healthy, hale, and very much alive.

    Yes, Jesus lives again. He IS both the Resurrection and the Life. And Jesus still lives to this day–both in the heart of those who love Him and also seated at the right hand of the Father, where He ever lives to make intercession for us.

    Beloved, if you give your heart to Jesus, making Jesus your Savior and Lord, then even if you pass away, you will rise again.

    The same goes for your loved one. If you have lost a loved one who knew and claimed Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, you will see them again. They will live forever in Heaven.

    And if you also have given your heart to Jesus, making Him your Savior and Lord, then you will get to enjoy your loved one’s company forever in Heaven one day.

    Beloved, the Word of God about the Resurrection will comfort you if you will hear the heart of God.

    If your loved one knew Jesus as their Lord, and if you do too, you will see them again in Heaven. Death cannot hold them; the grave has no victory over them. Physical resurrection and eternal life are their portion, and their spirit is right now with Jesus in Heaven.

    But O beloved, do you need words to pray to get through today if you’ve lost a loved one?

    Pray this simple prayer with me today:

    “Dear Heavenly Father God,

    I come to You in Jesus’ name.

    Father God, thank You for hearing me pray today. I know Your eyes are on me, and I believe You will help me when I ask.

    Father God, You gave up Your only Son for me.

    I can’t imagine what You went through. But I have just lost my ______ whom I loved so much. I was not prepared to lose a loved one–especially not them, Lord. And oh Father, I don’t know how to go on without them.

    Dear Father in Heaven, I need Your help today. I can’t go on in this life without You. I can’t survive without my dear one whom I loved and still love. I will always love them, Lord. They will always be a part of me, bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.

    Dear God, please comfort me now. I cannot survive without You.

    Please reach down deep into my heart and release the healing balm of Your physical, tangible love and comfort into my jagged wounds. My heart is broken, God; it cannot go on without You. Please take hold of all the pieces of my heart and pull them back together. 

    Mend me, Lord. Put my heart back together so it can go on beating another day, another month, another year. Let my heart beat with a will to live again, even without my loved one. Let my lungs breathe in Your breath and Your Spirit, with a will to inhale and exhale, another day.

    O Father God, I ask in Jesus’ name today that Your divine Holy Spirit would comfort me.

    Put all my tears in Your bottle. Let me feel Your presence and Your affection. Let me feel Your love washing over me in wave after wave after wave.

    Take away the pain of loss that is crippling and immobilizing to me, Lord. Help me move again, breathe again, Abba Father, because I have to. 

    Father, I don’t know how You will heal my heart so that I want to go on without my loved one, but I know You can. Even if I can’t see my life without them, Father, I am willing to be made willing. Please help me.

    Comfort me in this tribulation, Father. 

    This loss has been life-shattering to me and my family. Our hearts are broken, but Your Spirit is the Comforter. You are the One who binds up my wounds.

    So please, Lord, heal my broken heart. Bind up my wounds. Comfort me in this tribulation, and help me to remember that I will see them again.

    Thank You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

    And if your loved one knew Jesus as their Lord and Savior, continue praying this:

    “Father God, thank You that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. Thank You that I will see my loved one again.

    I look forward to that day, Lord. Please help me to remember that “the dead in Christ will rise first,” and “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

    Comfort me with these words, Abba Father. Heal my heart today.

    Give me the will to live and somehow breathe another breath and put my feet in front of the other and go throughout my day. Heal and restore my life, I ask, in Jesus’ name.

    Thank You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

    O dear friend, if you have just lost a loved one, I pray you will know that Jesus loves you.

    God the Father loves you. And His precious Holy Spirit, who is also God Himself, loves you and wants to comfort you right now.

    Will you let Him? He is with you right now, an ever-present help in trouble.

    Pause right now and let Him minister to you, for the God of all comfort wants to bind up your wounds and heal your broken heart this very moment!

    Did this prayer for when you lose a loved one minister to you and help you pray? If so, please leave a comment below. I will see your comment and will pray for you too.


    1. Kindy Ague says:

      Thank you so much for this, Jamie. I have been struggling to deal with the loss of my dad and the subsequent finding of things in relation to his passing, and the last 2 days especially have been very hard and heavy for me. This came right when I needed it, and I thank you for sharing His word and comfort today. May God continue to bless you, your family, and your ministry.

      1. Kindy, I’m so very sorry about your dad’s passing. I am praying for you right now, that the God of all comfort would be with you.
        Love and blessings,

        1. Kindy Ague says:

          Once again, Jamie, your post came right on time.

          In January I had to say goodbye to my cat, Zaggy. He was my baby boy and I had him for 12 years.

          Just 24 hours ago, I had to say goodbye to his sister and my baby girl, Oreo, who just celebrated her 13th birthday on May 5th. She was my last fur baby. Needless to say, my home is now pretty still and quiet.

          Right now, though I count these things all in joy as God is using these endings to foster my new beginnings into His will and blessings for me, I still tearfully mourn and grieve for them. Thank you for sending this out again, and thank you Lord for your word and comfort.

    2. Thank you so much for this Jamie. I have been struggling ,and paralyzed by grief. I lost my only child ,my beloved daughter Thando to a dilapidating illness. I have not been able to work, and have been battling to function optimally. This word was for me. Thank you for sharing. May you be blessed always.

      1. I’m so very sorry for your devastating loss, Nomonde. I am praying for you now.
        Love in Jesus,

    3. Thank you for the beautiful prayer to bring healing to our souls 💞

    4. Jamie, thank you for the prayer. My husband went home to Jesus on 9/24/21. I’m lost without him. It is hard to put one foot in front of the other. God is still good and will carry me through this season of my life. Again, thank you for putting into words what I needed to hear and say. Thanks again.

      1. Teresa, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I am praying for you right now, that the God of all comfort would be with you.
        Love and big hugs,

        1. Thank you Jamie and to God be the Glory for using you my oldest brother passed last month in May we really miss him. he did accept Christ as his Personal Lord and Savior God knew I needed that word it was right on time Jamie Thank you. God Bless 🙏

    5. Tracy Hampton says:

      We just lost a family member today. Thank you for this word.
      Thank Abba.

    6. Many thanks Jamie for this word of encouragement that brings healing to our broken hearts. This is what I needed to hear, it is so comforting to know that God still speaks through his servants at the right time always. Thank you for being able to stop and listen to God & hear exactly what you have to deliver to his people.

    7. Jamie 🙏🏻Thank you.
      My 25 yr old Son Jacob was killed on a motor bike Sept 6, 2021.
      It’s painful and to my othe
      Children .
      The prayer is a gift 🎁

      1. Oh Denise. I’m so very sorry. I cannot imagine the pain. I am praying for you.

    8. Thank you 😊 so much. God bless you 🙏🏾 JAMIE.

    9. Hi Jamie,
      Thank you for this prayer, My mother passed on to be with the Lord on 25/08/2021 and I have been struggling to live a normal life without her. This has affected many areas of my life, today I feel very low and in tears so this prayer has come at the right. God bless you

    10. Selloane Mokhomo says:

      Thank you so much Jamie for this prayer. I recently lost my 12weeks pregnancy. Although we did not get to hold our baby in our arms, it left me and my husband devastated. Thank you for the word and vor this prayer

    11. Bantshang says:

      Hi Jamie thank you for the prayer. I need to be delivered from the secret agenda of the enemy. Our souls to be released from the secret snare of the enemy. I have not yet lost any one of my children by grace of God but I live in sorrow as if it has happened. I believe in His great mercy and grace. In Jesus name

    12. Joanie Smith says:

      Jamie please pray for me and my 14 year old son. My husband passed from covid pnuemonia sept 16 2021. we are heartbroken devastated and i know only God can heal this. i have been praying this prayer since you sent it out but have not commented til now. This is the hardest most painful thing i have ever been thru please keep us in prayer. I know Gods word says He will heal our broken hearts and give us beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning and he is close to the broken hearted. I know all of these and will continue to meditate on them.Thank you for your ministry God bless you

    13. I lost my fiance May 18th of last year, this has been very hard to accept for not only myself but our daughter we had together. Thank you for the Prayer, your thoughts as well as your concern.

    14. Hi Jamie,
      Thank you for sending this prayer. I just lost a my very good friend in february. My heart breaks still and there was so much drama with friends who no longer are my friends. I blame myself that hes gone. I feel like if i were still by his side he would still be here. But this prayer helps the hurt and brings comfort. This month in 2018 i lost my mom, and i will always miss her. Thank you again for creating a beautiful comforting prayer. Lord bless you always for all the wonderful things you do.

    15. Catherine says:

      My husband died 18 days ago. He was my best friend and soul mate for over 42 years. He went so fast, we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to each other.
      He was a faithful believer, so I know where he is. But my heart is broken and shattered. I’ve never been anything else as an adult besides his wife and business partner. Now I have to build our business without him.
      I go through my days on autopilot, in too much pain to pray for things I cared about before. All the hopes and dreams we had were together, and they’re all gone forever.
      I don’t sleep well. Insomnia has often made it difficult, and it’s worse now, on top of his cat who won’t leave me alone all night. I know the cat doesn’t understand, but it’s just making things worse.
      I’m an artist, and I have no interest whatsoever in my art right now. I sob at church during worship. My adult kids try to help, and my daughter and her husband and family live with me (they have been living with us for 3 years), but they fight each other constantly. My daughter’s husband is a nominal believer with strange ideas and the kids aren’t believers at all. The father and kids love horror movies and demonic games and other evil things that I don’t want in my house.
      My financial situation is a mess. My husband didn’t do our taxes for the past two years prior to his death. I won’t have any income until his retirement annuity kicks over to me with my survivor income, but that will take weeks or even months. Same with his life insurance. My daughter and her husband don’t financially contribute, except for food money, and he takes a lot of it in his soda habit. He also smokes outside, and I am very allergic to it.

    16. Thanks Jamie for the timely word. Lost our 11-month-old son 3 months ago, it’s been unbearable.

      1. Eunice, I am so very sorry for your unspeakable loss. I am praying for you.
        Love in Jesus,

    17. Maribeth Bieber says:

      Hi Jamie, I am blessed for your powerful prayer for our loss. I lost my best friend, my Angel, my sweet Mother 2 years ago in June. I still feel for a few seconds I am going to call her and remember she is with the Lord. My daddy is with the Lord also and miss him dearly also.
      There is one thing I want to know and I need to know for a good reason. I only heard one other person believe this since I have been saved. That whe we die before Jesus comes that we are asleep until the rest of us meet the dead in Christ in the air. What do you think. I don’t think they are asleep waiting in heaven to him to come and get the rest of us.
      Thank you,

    18. My family lost a cousin this past September on his dad’s birthday in a truck accident. He was only 21. It has been difficult for us all. I have found that I Peter 5:10 is also a comforting verse. “After you have suffered a little while, the God of all comfort–who has called you into His eternal glory in Messiah–will Himself restore, support, strengthen and establish you.” Hope this helps others also.

    19. We just lost my great grandmother today ,,thank you Jamie for the comforting and couraging words I really needed them ,I know that God will help us in this tribulation

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