Mourners often feel overwhelmed by their grief. They need to find a way to cope with their emotions and move on with life. Many mourners turn to prayer as a way of dealing with the pain they are experiencing. Prayers can help mourners deal with the loss of loved ones, as well as help them become more accepting of death itself.
Powerful Prayers For Those Who Mourn
1. Psalm 23
Psalm 23, also known as “The Lord Is My Shepherd”, is a psalm that many people have come to love and rely on. It has been recited at funerals for centuries. The psalm is a beautiful reflection of God’s faithfulness in times of trouble, and it provides comfort through the assurance that He will guide us through our trials.
Here are some ways you can use this verse:
- Read it yourself or with your family when you need encouragement or strength to overcome adversity.
- Use it to help others who have suffered loss feel better about themselves by giving them hope for a brighter future and praying for strength along the way.
2. Psalm 121
Psalm 121:1-8, 11-12, 16-17
- 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
- 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
- 3 He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. (NRSV) 4 The Lord watches over you–the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 5 The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. (NIV)
6 The Lord will keep you from all harm–he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (NLT)
7 The angel of death passed through Egypt, striking down every firstborn male that breathed within its borders.(NIV)
8 But as for me and my household, we shall serve the LORD.(KJV); But as for me and my house, we shall serve Jehovah.–(ESV)
3. Proverbs 3:5-6
- God’s love is unfailing. He does not give up on you, even when you’ve given up on yourself. He will never abandon you or let go of your hand: “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you: Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13).
- God’s love is everlasting. It endures forever because His love is unchanging and unshakable: “Love never fails…” (1 Corinthians 13:8).
4. Proverbs 17:17
- The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
- The Lord is my stronghold and my refuge; of whom shall I be afraid?
- He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
- I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings, you shall take refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of night…
5. Matthew 5:4
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
- Matthew 5:4
God loves you! He cares deeply about the pain in your heart and is with you in your sorrow. He won’t leave you or forsake you. He will always be with you and never leave your side, no matter what happens to you or how much darkness surrounds your life. The Lord will always love each one of us, even when we’re at our lowest points. We can trust Him to provide protection, provision, peace, and strength during times of mourning because He promises His presence in our lives forevermore.
6. John 14:18-27
You are not alone. God is with you, even when you feel like it’s just you and Him. Jesus is the way to the Father, He is Truth and He is Life. Jesus was raised from the dead and now he lives as your resurrection and life!
Jesus said, “I am the way,” John 14:6a (NIV). This means that He alone can lead us into an intimate relationship with God where we will have fellowship with our Creator forevermore! If that sounds too good to be true then perhaps you need more time to process what exactly it means for us since we were sinners who deserve eternal punishment in hellfire because of our sins against a perfect God who created us out of nothing yet still loves us no matter what happens to us as long as we continue believing in him/her? Maybe I should rephrase my question; Do YOU want this kind of relationship with Him?
7. John 16:33
Jesus said to his disciples, “A little while longer, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” When Jesus had said this, he added: “Assuredly, I say to you that one of you will betray me.”
8. Philippians 4:6-7
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This passage tells us that we can always turn to God for help during times of trial or sorrow. He is always there for us—ready to give us strength when our own isn’t enough. He will provide peace in the midst of turmoil; hope in despair; joy when sadness seems overwhelming. Let this comforting verse bolster you as you mourn the loss of a loved one who has passed away!
9. Romans 8:35, 38-39
Romans 8:35, 38-39: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake, we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
10. 2 Corinthians 1 :3-4
You are a child of God. You have been given many gifts and talents. You’re not alone in this world, even when it seems that way.
In the midst of your pain, remember that God loves you and is always with you. He will help carry your burdens, comfort you during times of sorrow and grief, and give strength to continue on when there seems to be no hope left at all.
Through His love for us all, He has provided a means for our salvation through Jesus Christ His Son; who died on the cross so we can live forevermore with Him in Heaven if we confess our sins before Him (John 3:16).
He also desires to use us here on earth as instruments of His grace so that others may come into contact with this same saving power through our lives (Acts 1:8).
11. Hebrews 13:5
Hebrews 13:5 says, “God is a refuge for us. He is our stronghold in times of trouble. He protects us from the wicked who attack us and saves us from their power.”
These powerful words give a clear picture of God’s role in protecting those who mourn.
He is always with you, and he is stronger than any trial that comes your way. His love will never fail you, so you can count on him to be with you every step along your journey through grief and loss, even during times when it feels like nobody else understands what you’re going through.
12. God is there for you in the midst of trial, ask for his comfort and peace.
God is there for you in the midst of trial, ask for his comfort and peace.
God is always with you. He knows your pain and he feels it with you. He sees every tear shed because of the loss, but he also sees your strength as you carry on without them. God knows that when we suffer, we will still be tested by life’s trials, but he will also give us the strength to overcome them as well. That’s why it’s important to turn to him when trials come into our lives; he wants to help us through them, not leave us alone with no one else around who can understand what we’re going through.”
Mourning is a natural part of life. Whether we’re mourning the loss of a loved one, or grieving over something else in our lives, it’s good to remember that God never leaves us alone in our sorrow. The Bible tells us that there are times when we should mourn and times when it’s not right for us to do so (Psalms 30:5; Isaiah 61:1). But through prayer, God will always give us strength and comfort during difficult times.”