7 Uplifting Prayers to Comfort a Grieving Friend

Saying a prayer to comfort a grieving friend is a unique way to show we care about our friends who are mourning the loss of a loved one. 

You can comfort your grieving friend in different ways – giving a hug, listening, allowing them to cry, sending care packages, and praying for and with them. Although praying may seem passive, it is one of the most powerful ways to be there for a friend who is overcome with grief. We lift their anguish to the Lord who sees, cares for, and loves them.

What is a Prayer to Comfort a Grieving Friend?

A prayer to comfort a grieving friend is a prayer we say to the Lord when our friend goes through grief. We experience grief not just when someone dies but when there is any loss, like the loss of property, employment, and dreams, to name a few.

Prayer to Comfort a Grieving Friend

How do you pray for a friend who is grieving?

Praying with and for a grieving friend is one of the best ways to extend comfort. We pray to the compassionate God who hears our cries. Thus, our posture is of faith and care, not fear, obligation, and empty sympathy. Keeping our friends in our minds and hearts entails humility, intentionality, and sincerity. Allot time to lift your friend’s life, listen to God’s word, and even ask God for specific ways to care for your friend in this period of grief.

Other Ways to Comfort a Grieving Friend?

When we attempt to comfort a grieving friend, we may be at a loss on what to do. Sometimes, it feels like there is something more we can do. Other times, we’re scared that we might say the wrong word or do bad things and end up not helping. Remember that grief impacts people in different ways. People also respond to care in different ways. Here are a few ways you can extend your comfort to your grieving friend:

  • Send a care package with food, household supplies, flowers, etc.
  • Allow them to share, cry, and express their feelings without judgment and interrogation.
  • Make them a playlist they can listen to anytime
  • Write them an encouraging letter
  • Volunteer to do some chores or errands, especially during days they’re too exhausted
  • Be a call away and ensure they know that you are there for them

7 Effective Prayers to Comfort a Grieving Friend

Prayer for a friend who experienced the death of a loved one

Dear God, 

I pray for my friend today. For the tough time he is going through, only you can fathom the immensity of his loss. Comfort him, as he needs you the most. Grant him the peace that transcends all comprehension. May his heart rest in the promise of your eternity. 

When grief threatens to envelop him with fear and despair, let him sense your presence and overwhelm him with your grace. Remind him that death, our ultimate enemy, had been conquered by you. Remind him that he can put his hope and trust in the resurrected Christ. 

Console him whenever he needs it. Constantly supply him with joy and peace amidst his grief. 

I pray these in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for a friend who ended a marriage or relationship

Loving Father, 

My friend is going through a tough time as he ended his marriage/relationship. This trial breaks the heart and crushes the soul, Lord. Provide him answers when he is confused. Wrap him in your presence when he feels alone. Supply him with peace when he becomes angry and resentful

Please help him to put his trust and hope only in you. May he experience true joy in you during this time of loss. Use this trial to mold him into Christlikeness. Draw him near you and give him the grace to see your purpose in this ordeal. 

I pray all this through the beautiful Name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayer for a friend who lost a job and financial security

Almighty Father, I humbly come before you to lift unto my friend who lost his job. I know that losing a job comes with many questions and pain. And so, I pray for your comforting arms to be around my friend as you assure him that you have everything covered for him. I know that you have better opportunities for him where he will flourish financially and in other areas of his life. 

You have blessed him with qualities to be used in the next mission field you will entrust to him. I trust you will provide for him just as you feed and provide for the birds and all creatures on earth. Provide comfort and security during this difficult time. May your strength, peace, and hope fill my friend’s heart. Wash away his worries and fears as he entrusts everything unto you. All this I pray in the mighty name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Prayer to Comfort a Grieving Friend

Prayer for a friend whose pet passed away

Heavenly Father, to whom all things were made, I humbly bow before you and lift the sorrow of my friend who lost his pet. His pet was a loyal companion and a source of happiness. It may seem trivial to others, but I know how dearly my friend loved his pet. Please give him strength daily, knowing he must continue living without a companion. May your presence and comfort overcome the sadness that fills his surroundings. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Prayer for a friend who is separated from family, children, or friends

Compassionate Father, I pray for my friend who is far away from his family and loved ones. Every place you have led him to is always a place of your ministry and the expansion of your kingdom. Help him fulfill the calling and purpose you have for him at this time. I claim your promise of provision, protection, and presence. Provide him companions in his journey that will stir and build up his faith in you. 

In times when he is afraid, alone, and discouraged, remind him that you are near. Remind him that you are forever enough. You have commanded, called, and commissioned him, and therefore, it is with certainty that you will strengthen, protect, and help him bear any difficulty that lies ahead. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Prayer for a friend who suffers the loss of health

Our Mighty Healer, thank you for the life you have given my friend. Your grace sustains his every need, every day. I lift to you all the challenges he is experiencing because of the deterioration of his health. I know that you are the God of miracles. May you alleviate his pain and comfort his soul. Mobilize your army of angels to provide for Him and to remind Him of your compassionate grace. 

Give him wisdom and discernment for the many health decisions he must make. Sustain his body and heal his mind. May his every breath be a reminder for him that you are sovereign and above every illness and hurt. More than his life here on earth, may he look forward with joyful anticipation for what comes after this earthly journey. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Prayer for a friend who experienced the loss of a dream

Gracious Father, my friend is going through a challenging time as he lets go of a dream. He may feel discouraged, resentful, and helpless during this time. Crowd the void of his aching heart with your grace. Sustain him as he waits on you and make sense of this loss. Lord, plant in his heart a burden for what you want him to do. Direct his steps as he moves forward with new goals. Give him explicit instructions for his next mission. Make your presence known and be felt every step of his journey. In the end, may he praise and thank you, for you are a God of purpose and calling. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Bible Verses for a Grieving Friend

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4

Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy […] So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. John 16:20,22

Casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34: 17-18

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. Matthew 11: 28-30

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward, you will receive me to glory. Who have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 23-26

Prayer to Comfort a Grieving Friend

In Summary 

Friends can experience grief in different ways. But whatever kind of loss they have, indeed, there is a combination of negative emotions. Saying a prayer to comfort a grieving friend is one of the best ways to show your care. You put aside the sense of helplessness and obligation and instead lift your friend to God, who is compassionate and merciful. If you have a friend who is going through a loss now, I hope these prayers helped you connect them to God.

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Alex Shute
Alex Shute, MBA
Alex is a family man and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. His passion is to serve the global Church and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to learn & grow.

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