living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer for suffering

hands with palms facing up in offering position

Gathered together on this page are several prayers for those who are experiencing hardship and pain. There is a prayer for those suffering, which asks that God might bring healing to the pain and hope to those who have nothing to live for. There is also a prayer for strength for a family member or close friend who is going though a difficult time, and a short prayer for healing. May you know God's presence and guidance as you pray now.

Prayer for suffering
(a prayer of intercession for those who are in pain and suffering)

O Jesus,

Please be in the hearts and lives of all those who are suffering.

Bring healing to those who are enduring pain.
Bring value to those who are disregarded.
Bring joy to those in great sorrow.
Bring hope to those that have nothing to live for.
Bring provision to those who are hungry.
Bring shelter to those without a home.
Bring community to those who are lonely.

Please use and prompt me to be your hands of love across a hurting world.


Prayer for strength for a friend

(a prayer for a dear friend or family member during difficult times)

I would love to be with my friend as she/he manages such hardships.
I would love to hold her/his hand and whisper words of comfort.
I would love to change her situation and bring new happiness.
I would love to give her peace as she lies to rest.
I would love to wake her with new hope every morning.
I would love to know how to lead her through this hard time.
I would love to bless her with peace and joy and hope.

You are closer, stronger, wiser than I.
You are with her, Heavenly Father.
You are with her, and will hold her and protect her forever.

I trust in you.


The Serenity Prayer

The words to the Serenity Prayer

"Bring shelter to those without a home"

Prayer for Strength

an uplifting prayer for those who are going through a difficult time in their lives:-

Short healing prayer for others
(a prayer for a friend or loved one)


As the wind blows,
Breathe in new life to my loved one.
As the sun shines
Warm their hearts with your hope.
As the birds fly,
Lift their minds to see vision for the future.
As the plants grow,
Restore their bodies with new health.
As the rain falls,
Wash away the infection, disease and illness they suffer.

You are Lord of all.
We put our trust in you!


bible quotes about suffering & justice

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners.

(Isaiah 61, NIV)

Then the king will say to those on his right, “My father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created. When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.”

(Matthew 25:34-36, CEV)

The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free.

(Isaiah 58:6, GNT)