A Prayer for those Left Behind after Suicide

Suicide is a tragic loss that brings tremendous pain into the lives of the family and friends who are left behind. It also can leave us unsure how best to minister to the survivors in our flock. However, we dispense grace and hope best, especially upon receiving the awful news, through our comforting presence and our prayers. Here is an example of how you, as a pastor, can pray for those who grieve.

God of all comfort, who comforts your children in times of affliction, comfort those who are grieving in their time of extreme loss. Minister to the indescribable pain that gnaws at their heart every moment of every day. Help them remember Jesus and His indescribable suffering so that they will run to Him as the faithful and compassionate High Priest for every sinner who turns to Him in repentant faith.

God of peace, govern their hearts in this time of great confusion. Help them take their hundreds of questions and “what ifs,” which swirl furiously in their minds, to Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who has the power to calm their storm. Continue reading…

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