Bible Verses and Prayers That Offer Comfort to The Grieving

April 3, 2024

Written byAdelekan Bolanle

The Bible is the foundation of our faith, and we can always draw strength from the words spoken in the scriptures, including during grief. In my previous post, I explained that studying the Bible and prayer can help us cope better with grief, and in this post, I share bible verses and prayers that offer comfort to the grieving. You can also use these bible verses to comfort the grieving around you.

Bible Verses That Offer Comfort to The Grieving
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Psalms That Offer Comfort to the Grieving

1. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

2. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

3. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” – Psalm 34:17 (NIV)

4. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” – Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

5. “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” – Psalm 9:9 (NIV)

6. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:1-4 (NIV)

7. “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” – Psalm 119:76 (NIV)

8. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

9. “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

10. “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” – Psalm 32:7 (NIV)

11. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.” – Psalm 138:7 (NIV)

12. “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 86:15 (NIV)

13. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” – Psalm 94:19 (NIV)

14. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

More Bible Verses to Find Comfort in Times of Grief

15 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

16. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

17. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

18. “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.” – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

19. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)

20. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (NIV)

21. “But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1(NIV)

22. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 (NIV)

23. “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” – Nahum 1:7 (NIV)

24. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

25. “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” – Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV)

26. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

27. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

28. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4 (NIV)

29. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” – John 14:1 (NIV)

30. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)

31. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27 (NIV)

32. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

20 Prayers to Pray In Times of Grief

1. Heavenly Father, I pray for Your comforting presence to surround me in this time of grief and pain. Help me feel Your love and peace amid my sorrow. Help me to accept your love and immerse myself in your grace.

2. Lord, grant me strength to endure this season of grief. Please help me find the inner resilience to face each day with courage and faith. I will not be weak or weary; I receive strength and grace from above.

3. Prince of Peace, calm the storm within my heart and mind. Your commanded peace upon the stormy sea; Bring Your peace that surpasses understanding to soothe my troubled soul.

4. God of Hope, restore my hope amid despair. Help me cling to the promise of Your eternal love and the assurance of a joy-filled future. May I find hope and reassurance in your words.

5. Faithful God, strengthen my faith as I navigate through the darkness of grief. Help me trust in Your goodness and sovereignty, even when I cannot see the way forward. Please help me to be strong and face the future with faith and trust in your unending grace.

6. Jehovah Rapha, you are the Divine Healer; bring healing to my broken heart and wounded spirit. Pour out Your healing balm of comfort and restoration upon me. I receive healing for my broken heart; you are the balm of Gilead; please heal me.

7. Loving Father, help me cherish the memories of my loved one who has passed away. Let their legacy live on in my heart forever.

8. King of kings, guide me through this journey of grief. Lead me on the path of healing and renewal, step by step, day by day. Please help me to walk through this journey, perfected and renewed by your grace.

9. Compassionate Savior, be my companion in moments of loneliness and isolation. Help me feel Your presence surrounding me with love. You are the fourth man in the fire; please be my companion in these trying times.

10. Merciful God, free me from any guilt or regret I may carry. Assure me of Your forgiveness and grace.

11. Father, grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change. Help me find peace in surrendering to Your will.

12. Dear Lord of all Comfort, restore joy to my heart amidst my tears. Let laughter and happiness once again fill my soul. Please restore unto me the joy of my salvation and help me find my joy in your presence again.

13. Loving Creator, may memories of happier times bring me comfort. Help me find solace in recalling moments of love, laughter, and joy shared with my loved one.

14. Heavenly Father, surround me with a supportive community of friends, family, and fellow believers. Let me feel the love and care of those who walk alongside me in my grief. Father, grant me men who will genuinely support me and bear my pains and burdens.

15. Almighty God, give me the strength to let go of my pain and sorrow. Help me release my burdens into Your loving hands. Lord, I let go of my pain at your feet.

16. Jesus, reveal a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in my life. Please show me how I can transform my experience of grief into opportunities for growth and service.

17. God of Rest, grant me peaceful sleep and restful nights. Let me find refuge in Your arms as I lay my head down to rest.

18. Mighty God, instil courage in me as I face each day with strength and resilience. Empower me to press forward with hope and determination. You have promised me a lion’s boldness; help me be bold and confident.

19. Loving Father, bring reconciliation and healing to grieving relationships. Let forgiveness and reconciliation flow freely among those who are grieving. Please help me not to feel hatred or anger towards whoever has caused me this grief and pain.

20. Gracious Provider, help me find moments of thankfulness amidst my pain. Let me give thanks for the love, support, and blessings that surround me, even in difficult times.

May these prayers serve as a source of comfort, strength, and hope for anyone experiencing grief, lifting your hearts and spirits as they journey through the valley of sorrow.

Prayers for comfort during grief
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20 Prayers That You Can Offer For Those Who Are Grieving

1. Prayer for Comfort: Heavenly Father, wrap Your arms of comfort around grieving people. Let them feel Your presence in their pain and grant them peace that surpasses all understanding.

2. Prayer for Strength: Lord, grant strength to the grieving as they navigate through the pains of their sorrow. Please help them to find resilience and endurance amid their pain.

3. Prayer for Peace: Prince of Peace, bring Your peace that transcends all understanding to those who are mourning. Quiet their troubled hearts and minds with Your calming presence.

4. Prayer for Hope: God of Hope, impart the grieving with hope that shines brighter than their darkest days. Remind them of the promise of eternal life and the joy that awaits in Your presence.

5. Prayer for Faith: Faithful God, strengthen the faith of the grieving amidst their doubts and questions. Help them to trust in Your goodness and sovereignty, even during pain.

6. Prayer for Healing: Divine Healer bring healing to the broken hearts of those who mourn. Restore their spirits and bring comfort to their wounded souls.

7. Prayer for Remembrance: Loving God help the grieving to cherish and honour the memories of their loved ones. Let the legacy of those they’ve lost remain in their hearts forever.

8. Prayer for Guidance: Sovereign Lord guide the grieving through the ups and downs of their grief journey. Lead them on the path of healing and restoration, help them and lead them into your eternal peace.

9. Prayer for Comfort in Loneliness: Compassionate Savior, be a constant companion to anyone grieving, especially in moments of loneliness and isolation. Let them feel Your presence surrounding them with love.

10. Prayer for Release from Guilt: Merciful Father, release those grieving from any guilt or regret they may carry. Free them from regrets holding them back and preventing them from experiencing peace. Assure them of Your forgiveness and grace.

11. Prayer for Acceptance: Gracious God grant the grieving the calmness to accept the things they cannot change. Help them find peace by surrendering to Your will and accepting your plans for their life.

12. Prayer for Renewed Joy: Jesus, restore joy to the grieving amidst their tears. Let laughter and happiness once again fill their hearts. Let your joy and peace that passes all understanding be their pillar of support.

13. Prayer for Comfort in Memories: Loving Creator, may memories of happier times comfort the grieving. Let them find solace in remembering moments of love, laughter, and joy shared with their loved ones.

14. Prayer for Supportive Community: Heavenly Father, I ask that you surround the grieving with a supportive community of friends, family, and fellow believers. Let them feel the love and care of those who walk alongside them in their grief.

15. Prayer for Strength to Let Go: Almighty God, grant those grieving the strength to let go of their pain and sorrow. You are the burden bearer. Help them release their burdens into Your loving hands.

16. Prayer for Renewed Purpose: Divine Redeemer reveal to the grieving a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. Show them how they can transform their experiences into opportunities for growth and service. Help them see their experiences as inspiration to help others facing grief.

17. Prayer for Peaceful Sleep: Eternal Father, grant the grieving peaceful and restful nights. Let them find refuge in Your arms as they lay their heads down to rest.

18. Prayer for Courage: Mighty God, put your courage in the grieving as they face each day with strength and resilience. Empower them to press forward with hope and determination.

19. Prayer for Reconciliation: Loving Father, bring reconciliation and healing to relationships strained by grief. Let forgiveness and reconciliation flow freely among the grieving and their loved ones.

20. Prayer for Thankfulness: Gracious Provider, help the grieving to find moments of thankfulness amidst their pain. Let them give thanks for the love, support, and blessings that surround them, even in difficult times. I also give thanks for them because I believe they will find peace and joy in your presence.

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Final Thoughts

These bible verses offer comfort in times of grief. They express the mind of God in trying times. I know you feel alone, and you’re experiencing deep sorrow, but remember that God is always with you. He will restore you, and you will experience peace. These prayers for the grieving will move them closer to finding peace and freedom in Christ.

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