Since God made us for relationship with him He wants us to come to him. Always. Even when grief becomes raw and explodes with emotions beyond our control. Even when raw emotions become greater than mere human words.
And He loves us enough to give us His Word as a gift of words for us to pray.
Below are five scriptures that express raw emotions during times of grief. Along with each passage is a corresponding prayer.
I Can’t Stop Crying
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief.
Psalm 31:9 (NIV)
God, I don’t understand your ways right now. I don’t get why this happened and I can’t see your mercy in all of this. You say you are merciful and show compassion – please help me to see it. I am worn out with grief, and I can’t stop crying.
I Carry it Alone
Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, for his own sins! But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed! We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us!
Isaiah 53:4-6 (TLB)
(An Old Testament prophesy about Jesus’ suffering prior to and on the cross)
Jesus, this says my sorrow weighed you down; because you chose to carry my grief. It says you were wounded, beaten, and lashed for my healing. Yet, it’s so easy for me forget such love that grants you the ability to understand. You suffered for me – could I even say, “with me?” Yet in my grief and anguish I too easily run from you like a frightened lamb, thinking I’m alone. Forgive me. Give me the ability to see you this way, so I run toward you. For I can no longer carry this immense weight of grief on my own.
I Feel So Broken
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;…
Isaiah 42:3 (NIV)
God, I feel so bruised and broken inside. I feel like I can barely make it. Sometimes I can’t see how things will ever be right again. Please help me. Please strengthen me. Please take this mess and turn it around. I need you.
There’s No End In Sight
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations.
Isaiah 61:1-4 (NLT)
(An Old Testament Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry on earth)
Jesus, the Bible says you came to bring good news. I sure could use some right now.
It says you came to comfort the brokenhearted. I’m so broken I can barely breath.
I need to know that you care.
I long to experience the beauty of life again.
But instead I’m exhausted by having sadness as my constant companion.
I want to be able to tell others of grand and glorious answers to prayer, but all I feel is constant despair. Would you once again strengthen me so I can stand strong rather than always feel like I’m crumbling inside? Would you please rebuild my life and family? Since we have been destroyed. Please revive me, so I no longer feel like one whose been deserted.
Joy Seems Only A Dream
The young women will dance for joy, and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.
Jeremiah 31:13 (NLT)
(Written at a time when Israel was in slavery because of sin. God wanted them to remember his promises; that he would one day return them to their land in freedom.)
God, right now, there is no way I could dance or celebrate – I’m too sad. I can’t even see a day ahead where I will once again be happy.
Would you please give me your joy instead of such grief? I’m unable to make this switch for myself. I’m stuck! I long for the day I’ll be able to celebrate anything.
Please help me to trust that you’ll do this. That you’ll make me whole. I don’t see how it can happen. And so I desperately need your help.
When An Honest Answer Is Essential to Getting An Answer
There are times when we’re all cried out, and yet we fail to see any answers. Is it that God’s not hearing us? Or has He just stopped caring?
If it’s been too long since you’ve seen any answers, and wonder if He even hears you, ask Him. Listen for His response.
(Then ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I walking closely enough to God to even hear His response? Or am I choosing to stay at a distance?
- Am I listening to Him, yielded? Or am I insistent on my own way?
I don’t believe God is offended by our honesty, yet we must be as honest with ourselves as we are with Him. When grief covers our present and future in darkness, we must cling to God trusting He will cling to us more tenaciously. And we must remember that although we can’t yet see clearly, He’s never stopped seeing clearly.When facing the dark, it only means we must more closely cling to Him who clearly sees. Click To Tweet
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With love and prayers,
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