My friend’s husband just died and my heart aches for her so I wrote this Prayer for My Friend who Lost Her Husband.
I know You know, but I need to say it.
My friend just lost her husband and I want to help, but I don’t know how.
I can’t imagine the pain and loss she’s experiencing. I am so grateful that You understand. And I love knowing that Jesus is always praying for us and He knows exactly what she needs right now because I don’t even know what to say.
For today and in the future
Bring friends alongside her when she needs them most. Put words in their mouths, the exact words she needs to hear at the time she needs to hear them.
Thank You that each friend offers something different. Bring practical friends when there’s work to be done, counselor types for emotional needs, and those who can make her laugh when that would seem impossible.
Lord, give us Your ideas about how we can help.
We all grieve differently so give those of us around her a supernatural understanding of how to be with her in the ways she needs. Help us to give her space when she wants to be alone. Prompt us to call or stop by when she needs a friend. And help us to be present and quiet when that’s what she would like.
And thank You for being there when no one else can.
Because of who You are, she’s never alone.
Thank You for being her Husband, without taking her husband’s place, but by helping her learn how to live without him.
Hold her close and whisper healing words in her ear. Grieve with her. Help her know You are near.
It’s in Your name, I pray.
A quick prayer for a friend who lost her husband
When I’m going through a season like this, you know, when my heart is heavy for a friend, this is what I do. Every time he or she comes to mind, all I do is nod.
Prayer carries greater power than we could ever know and when I’m hurting for a friend, I feel better when I pray for them.
And a prayer you might want to share with her.
You love me more than I know.
Help me to feel Your love.
You know what I need.
Thank You for bringing me
the help I need when I need it.
And help me to accept
and even welcome
that help and comfort
that You bring me through others.
Reminders for when your friend needs them:
You are not alone.
“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18, NIV).
All of your feelings are okay.
I know they hurt, but it’s normal for you to be angry and hurt, to miss your loved one and to be unbelievably sad.
Grief is a process.
And as you feel your feelings, God promises: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4, NIV).
God is there for you. (Isaiah 61:1-2)
. . . to bind up your broken heart
. . . to comfort all who mourn
. . . and provide for those who grieve
. . . to place a crown of beauty on you instead of ashes
. . . the oil of gladness instead of mourning
. . . and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair
Don’t be afraid to reach out to Him every single time you need Him.
Related Post: What Does Grieving with God Look Like?
And of course, Psalm 23
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to His name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for You are close beside me.
Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies;
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
forever. (Psalm 23, NLT of the Bible).
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