Prayers For Those Who Suffer

Suffering, or pain in a broad sense,may be an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm or threat of harm in an individual. Suffering is the basic element that makes up the negative valence of affective phenomena. The opposite of suffering is pleasure or happiness.

Suffering is often categorized as physical or mental. It may come in all degrees of intensity, from mild to intolerable. Factors of duration and frequency of occurrence usually compound that of intensity. Attitudes toward suffering may vary widely, in the sufferer or other people, according to how much it is regarded as avoidable or unavoidable, useful or useless, deserved or undeserved.

Suffering occurs in the lives of sentient beings in numerous manners, often dramatically. As a result, many fields of human activity are concerned with some aspects of suffering. These aspects may include the nature of suffering, its processes, its origin and causes, its meaning and significance, its related personal, social, and cultural behaviors, its remedies, management, and uses.

Prayer For Those That Are Suffering

Thank You for the many precious promises in Your Word that reassure us that the various sufferings that we face today are but for a short time, and are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us in the eternal ages to come.

Thank You that the pain we must endure is but for a season, and will give way to joys that are unspeakable and full of glory, knowing that we have been promised an eternal rest, when all tears will be wiped from our eyes.

All glory be to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort that we ourselves receive from the Lord – how we praise Your holy name,


A Prayer for Those Who Feel Wounded

Dear God, We feel wounded, betrayed, and brokenhearted. We wonder sometimes if we can ever fully recover from the deep hurt we feel inside. Thank you that you know what we’ve been through and the struggles we still carry. Help us to forgive. Help us to let go. We know that we can move forward with you in peace and freedom. We pray for those who have hurt us right now, and ask for your power to work mightily within their lives. We leave them in your hands and find our comfort and strength in your spirit.

Thank you that you understand all that we’ve faced, that you see and you care. We ask that when the enemy taunts us with lies and tries to bring up the hurt of the past, you would silence his voice and allow us to walk free. We bring you all the stuff that he would use to try to trap us or stop us – the pain, the past, the mistakes, the struggles. And we lay it at your feet, again. Thank you for your healing, for your grace, for your hope. Thank you that you have set us free and will not waste the pain that we’ve carried. We look forward to the greater good and purpose you will bring through this struggle.

We love you Lord, we need you, we trust you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

— Debbie McDaniel

Prayer To Be Used To Help Others Who Are Suffering

Heavenly Father thank You for Your loving-kindness and heart of sweet compassion and I thank You that in my times of deep distress and suffering, You have gently brought other people alongside me, to walk with me through the different seasons of my life – to comfort and encourage.. to help and to advise. Thank You for all those whom You have used to draw near to me – to be Your hands to help, Your arm to support and Your heart to love. Thank You that You never forsake us nor leave us comfortless, but so often send showers of refreshment through Your many faithful witness and other avenues of support.

Thank You Lord that You truly are the Father of mercies and God of all comfort and I pray that just as You have used many of Your children to draw alongside me and accompany me through those troublous times, that You would take my life and use me as a vessel of comfort and solace to others, who are facing similar difficulties and are themselves in need of comfort and help. Use me I pray to comfort others who are suffering affliction, with the godly comfort with which I myself has been comforted by You. I ask this in the name of Jesus,

A Prayer for When Time Doesn’t Heal a Broken Heart

Lord, please heal my broken heart. Fill me with the peace and joy I know can only come from You during this hard time. Walk closely beside me during my journey to healing and recovery that I know is possible through Your power alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

— Tracie Miles

For Those Who Suffer

For those who suffer,
and those who cry this night,
give them repose, Lord;
a pause in their burdens.
Let there be minutes
where they experience peace,
not of man
but of angels.
Love them, Lord,
when others cannot.
Hold them, Lord,
when we fail with human arms.
Hear their prayers
and give them the ability to hear You back
in whatever language they best understand.

—Margaret A. Davidson

Prayer For Suffering Saints Worldwide

Our gracious God and heavenly King – how we love and bless You for the grace that You pour out on Your children day by day. Thank You that we are Your children and that You chose to humble Yourself by coming to earth, to die a cruel death on a cross, so that we might live in heaven with You, for all eternity. 

Lord we come to You interceding for our suffering sisters and brothers who have been caused to walk the path of persecution and pain for Your name’s sake. Work through the life of each one that through them Your holy name be lifted up. Cause those that are inflicting such pain on Your body – the Church, to be brought to the place of true repentance and to turn from their ungodly ways to discover the one true way to true forgiveness of their sins, and eternal life – through the faithful witness of these dear sisters and brothers in the Lord. 

Keep each one under Your banner of love, and may Your holy angels minister to all their needs – so that they may know Your peace in their heart – a perfect peace that only You can give. And Lord we pray that through the life-witness and testimony of each one You may be glorified. We commit each one into Your care in Jesus name, 


Suffering Servant Prayer

Lord Jesus,
Surely you have borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases. 
You were stricken and afflicted.
You were wounded for our transgressions,
Yet, your punishment made us whole, 
and by your bruises we are healed.
May we share in your sufferings,
and through them, become more like you. Amen 
—Adapted from Isaiah 53:4-6

Prayer Of Grateful Thanks For The Suffering Of Christ

Father of all mercies and grace, how we bless and thank You for sending Your Son to endure the degrading humiliation, cruel suffering and unjust reproach of those He came to save. Thank You for Jesus and thank You for all He endured for my sake, for had He not taken the cruel punishment for my sin.. which I so justly deserve, I would be eternally separated from You my Father – and that is too shocking a thought to imagine.

Thank You for sending Jesus to be born as a man. Thank You that though He was Your only begotten Son, He became our gracious example, and humbled himself and learned obedience from the many things that He suffered throughout His life. Thank You for His wonderful example of learning obedience by the things that He suffered and for dying on the cross for the sins of the world.. and for my sins too. My heart rejoices in reverent praise to You my God, and my grateful thanks will resound throughout eternity – praise His holy name,

Prayer For All Who Are Suffering With Cancer

Loving heavenly Father I am coming to you of behalf of so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ that are suffering with cancer. Lord I place each one into Your loving care and pray that in Your grace You will comfort their heart and sooth away all anxieties. 

Strengthen each one as they face the future which will be fraught with difficulties. Give them the peace that only comes from You and I pray that You will uphold each one with the strength of Your mighty arm. 

Give those that are treating and caring for these dear children of Yours, the skill and wisdom to do what is best in dealing with this destructive illness. 

Father I pray for healing of the body and health of the mind, but most of all I pray that through this trauma, that has struck each life, You will draw each one of your children closer to the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whose name we pray, 


Prayer To Learn The Lessons Of Suffering

Father we thank You for the beautiful example of the Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself learned obedience through the things that He suffered, and in Whom we see the perfect example of a Man Whose suffering and death brought great glory to the Father and salvation to a lost and dying world. Thank You that Jesus chose to willingly face intense suffering and persecutions in His life, so that by His sacrificial death on the cross, He might pay the ransom price for sin.

Help me to learn the lessons of suffering that are so evident in the life of the Lord Jesus – Who though He knew no sin, was willing to suffer for the greater glory of God and for the benefit of so many others. Thank You for opening my understanding to the fact that although suffering for righteousness sake may be difficult to bear in the short tem, yet God in His grace and wisdom will use it for His glory and for our eternal benefit. May I be found obedient and faithful in the things that I may have to suffer for righteousness sake, and may I suffer in this life, be to the glory of God the Father and for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ Who suffered and died for me so that I too may live eternally – in His name I pray,


Prayer To Persevere In Sufferings

Loving heavenly Father, help me I pray to be still in Your presence and to wait patiently for You to act in my life – rather than fervently praying that You will sort out my problems in my time and expecting You to act in my way. 

When I am beset with evil doers or when situations in my life cause me to become frustrated and impatient… or when trials and sufferings knock at my door – help me I pray to wait for You to act in Your own time and in Your unique way, knowing that suffering in this life produces perseverance, endurance and patience – and patience develops the strength of character that You desire in each of Your children, and character helps us to build up a loving, trusting faith and confidence in You. 

Keep me lowly before Your throne of grace and when difficulties arise in my life, enable me to persevere, by Your grace… so that I may grow in the patience that so honours Your name. 

Thank You Lord, for the lessons that You are teaching me and may I develop a teachable spirit – to Your praise and glory. 


For Those Suffering Intolerance For Their Faith

Our Lord and heavenly God You, Who suffered and bled and died under shocking conditions and rose again into newness of life, we lay before You all the believers in Christ who for Your sake, are going through the acts of hate and intolerance, that are ravaging the lives of so many Christians today – and in so many different parts of the world. 

Comfort with Your grace all those who are experiencing the hatred and intolerance of their fellow men and give them the grace and strength to face whatever evils are being perpetrated against them. 

Move, I pray, those that are oppressing our brothers and sisters with compassion and mercy and let all who are suffering know Your special closeness in all the struggles through which they are going. Provide for their bodily needs and sustain their spirit with Your heavenly grace – and fill their hearts with hope – knowing that You are with them in all things and will never leave them nor forsake them…. In Jesus name we pray, 


Prayer For The Elderly Who Are Suffering

Gracious heavenly Father You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble and we bring before You the elderly men and women who have come to the twilight years of their lives, facing physical, mental or spiritual suffering. 

Lord for those that are Your children we pray that You will be very close to each one and that You would give them the sufficiency of Your strength to endure the bodily pain or anguish of heart that they may be facing as – good and faithful soldiers and servants of Christ. Giving them courage to endure knowing that there is a crown of rejoicing that awaits them at the appearance of their Lord and Saviour, when He appears at His coming. 

But Lord we know that there are many that do not know You and whatever physical and mental pain and suffering they are going thorough, is nothing compared with the spiritual of not knowing the Lord Jesus as their Saviour and Redeemer. Draw close to ALL elderly people who are unsaved and bring many of them into a saving faith in the Lord Jesus… in Whose name I pray, 


Prayer To Endure Fiery Trials

Father, I want to lift up all my brothers and sisters in the Lord throughout the whole world, knowing that we are united together in Christ, through time and into eternity. Lord the fiery trials and severe persecutions that are coming on so many of Your children, in so many parts of the world, are becoming increasingly intense and horrific.. and I lift up each and every life, that is facing the terrors that wicked men are perpetrating on so many of Your people. Father each one is a member of Your family and we are all Your children and united together in the Body of Christ.

Look down in pity on all who are facing such fiery trials and persecutions. Help and support, protect and save, comfort and succor, and encourage and strengthen each and every one in their time of trial, and keep them we pray, from the hand of their enemies whose hatred against You is being poured out on so many of Your children.

May they find courage to stand fast in this evil day and may they receive Your sufficient grace in abundant measure. Multiply the grace need to endure and may they find encouragement, assurance and hope in the knowledge that however intense their trials and troubles, they are but for a moment – but will produce in them a glory that vastly outweighs the present torment they are enduring – knowing that they are participants in the suffering of their Saviour. This we ask in the precious name of Jesus,


Prayer For God’s Comfort and Strength In Times Of Need

Father, how I thank You that Jesus is my good Shepherd and is there to comfort and strengthen in times of suffering, sadness, pain and loss. Thank You that Your rod and staff sustain and keep me, no matter what season of life I am passing through and no matter how difficult the times become.

I praise You Lord, for You are my strong tower, into Whose everlasting arm I flee for protection and safety, for You have pledged to uphold me with the right hand of Your righteousness. Thank You that in the midst of suffering and distress You have undertaken never to leave me nor forsake me – and when I face times of loneliness and isolation, Your promised grace is sufficient to carry me through.

Lord I know that as Your child I am indeed blessed and to be able to rest in You as my daily companion, my faithful comforter and my wise counsellor. Thank You for bringing me to this point in my life and for so patiently teaching me the lesson of Your never-failing faithfulness.

Use me I pray, to give like-comfort, companionship and counsel to other lonely and lost little lambs, who also need the strength of their good and faithful Shepherd and continue I pray, to uphold and teach me more of Your comfort and strength, grace and love, in Jesus name I pray,


Prayers in Times of Trouble and Disaster

God is our refuge

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
(from Psalm 46)

Prayer for peace amidst the storm

Living God, our refuge and strength, even the wind and sea obey your voice.
Put the wind back in its place, and say to the sea: Peace! Be still!
Fill us with great faith, and save us from the surging water,
so that we may tell the good news of your saving love;
through Jesus Christ, our hope in the storm.
(based on Mark 4)

A Prayer for Rescue, Recovery and Relief workers

God our help and hope when waters rise,
you brought Israel safely through the sea.
Sustain all those who seek to save others,
so that they may repair the ruined cities,
raise up the former devastations,
and be the restorers of streets to live in;
through Jesus Christ, our eternal savior.
(based on Isaiah 58, 61)

Prayer in Times of Trouble

God of wind and water, stillness and storm,
your Spirit sweeps over the surface of the sea.
Give us faith to seek you in times of trouble.
Reach out your hand to us when we are sinking
so that we may believe and worship you;
through Jesus Christ, Sovereign and Savior.
(based on Matthew 14:22-33)

Prayer in a Time of Disaster

Holy One, you are our comfort and strength
in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos.
Surround us now with your grace and peace
through storm or earthquake, fire or flood.
By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us with the hope of your new creation;
through Jesus Christ, our rock and redeemer.

A Prayer in a Time of Distress

Almighty and everlasting God, You are strength to those who suffer and comfort to those who
grieve. Let the prayers of your children who are in trouble rise to you.
Hear our prayer.
We claim your promises of wholeness as we pray for those who are ill or are suffering loss and
long for your healing touch.
Hear our prayer.
Make the weak strong, the sick healthy, the broken whole, and confirm those who serve them as
agents of your love.
Hear our prayer.
To everyone in distress, grant mercy, grant relief, grant refreshment.
Hear our prayer.
As we begin to rebuild, we commend our neighborhoods to your care. Give us strength of
purpose and concern for others, that we may create a community where your will may be done.
Hear our prayer.
God of compassion, you watch our ways, and weave out of terrible happenings wonders of
goodness and grace.
Hear our prayer.
Surround those who have been shaken by tragedy with a sense of your present love,
and hold them in faith. Though they are lost in grief, may they find you and be comforted;
Through Jesus Christ who was dead, but lives and rules this world with you. Amen.

A Prayer When the Waters are Rising

Lord, all around us the waters are rising.
I feel so helpless, for I cannot stop the rain from falling or the waters from rising.
I feel so powerless, for the current is strong and my body is tired.
I feel so empty, for our possessions are floating away or anchored in the muddy water.
Lord, all around us the waters are rising.
Grant me your strength, since mine is somewhere downstream.
Grant me your patience, since mine is drowning.
Grant me your perspective, since my loss is in replaceable things, not irreplaceable grace.
Give me eyes to see how precious your gifts are: family and friends, faith and mercy.
And Lord, when the waters rise around me in my spirit, and my faith and hope are swept
downstream, help me to remember how you got me through this flood.
In Your Son’s name. Amen.
(The Rev. John G. Hamilton, FPC, Rochelle, Ill.)

Prayer for suffering

(a prayer of intercession for those who are in pain and suffering)

O Jesus,
Please be in the hearts and lives of all those who are suffering.

Bring healing to those who are enduring pain.
Bring value to those who are disregarded.
Bring joy to those in great sorrow.
Bring hope to those that have nothing to live for.
Bring provision to those who are hungry.
Bring shelter to those without a home.
Bring community to those who are lonely.

Please use and prompt me to be your hands of love across a hurting world. 


Prayer for strength for a friend

(a prayer for a dear friend or family member during difficult times)

I would love to be with my friend as she/he manages such hardships.
I would love to hold her/his hand and whisper words of comfort.
I would love to change her situation and bring new happiness.
I would love to give her peace as she lies to rest.
I would love to wake her with new hope every morning.
I would love to know how to lead her through this hard time.
I would love to bless her with peace and joy and hope.

You are closer, stronger, wiser than I.
You are with her, Heavenly Father.
You are with her, and will hold her and protect her forever.

I trust in you.


For Those who are Suffering

Gracious God, all around me people are suffering. When I turn away from my own problems, I feel sorrow for the problems of others. Through the news, the media, and my conversations, I am daily confronted with the pain and suffering of so many innocent people in my life and in the world. Suffering seems to eagerly eat at the edges of life until people are worn down with sadness and despair. Even though I do not understand the reasons for suffering, I believe that you are a God of love, a God of compassion. I pray that you will be with all those this day that are in pain, who suffer silently and alone, who feel abandoned and left by the side of life’s road. Wrap your arms of grace around them, until they know they are safely held in your embrace. And, I pray, that you will fill my heart with the same compassion, and give me eyes to see how I can lovingly be a part of their healing. I ask this for the sake of your great love. Amen.


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