How to Pray when Brokenhearted
Just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean that you are free from troubles. In fact, Jesus said in John 16:
In this world, you will have troubles…
A little depressing, right? Like, gee, thanks. Not an “if,” but a “you will.” I’m already feeling down and You’re just gonna remind me that that’s the way it is in life? But He didn’t stop there. He continued by saying,
But take heart, I have overcome the world.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do or how to pray when you’re brokenhearted. We know that this side of Heaven is far from perfect, so we accept that we face hard times. But what is the Biblical thing to do when you just want to scream or cry? We try to put ourselves in a cookie cutter box of what we believe is right. Then that just becomes exhausting to try to figure out.
I started writing this post in a hospital in upstate NY, just a couple of feet from where my Dad was lying in a hospital bed, the same hospital where he spent his last minutes on this earth. I’m not ready to talk much on that yet. I trust God and am completely thankful that he is no longer in pain, but as his daughter, I am still heartbroken.
I cry. And I also cry out to God. And many times, I don’t have the words to express what I am feeling inside. Grief is like that.
I am finding that during the times I have no words or are not sure what to pray, it’s comforting to pray God’s own Words.
Sounds strange, but hear me out. What I mean is that I spend time praying Scripture. And the best part is that, as followers of Christ, we have a Spiritual Translator who works on our behalf: the Holy Spirit. Even when we don’t have words, the Holy Spirit knows our hearts.
12 Verses to Pray when Brokenhearted
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
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.
Have you ever prayed God’s Word?
Sometimes our hearts are so heavy that just trying to find the right words to say in prayer can add some stress. That is the last thing we should feel when approaching our Heavenly Father. Instead of adding pressure to ourselves, take a second to pray one or more of the Bible verses listed above. Let me know how it goes and if I can pray for you for whatever you are going through.