Here are 11 of the most powerful prayers for a peaceful death.
Prayer for Salvation
Merciful God, we come to You in intercession for our dear one, who is close to death. We are grieved that they have not placed their trust in You for salvation. Gracious Father, have mercy on their soul. While they are still conscious and there is still time to make a decision, may Your Holy Spirit work in their heart, and may they believe in Your Name and confess You as Savior. May they die in peace, as a child of God. Amen.
Prayer for Pain-free Passing
Lord of Compassion, we plead for our beloved friend, who is in their final illness. Knowing that this disease is often painful at the end, we cry out for mercy, that You would grant them a pain-free passing from this world. May they be blessed by peace and comfort until the end comes, with no physical suffering. May they know they are surrounded by Your angels and that death is swallowed up in victory. Amen.
Prayer for No Fear
Lord of Peace, we pray for our loved one, who will soon leave this world. As they pass through the valley of the shadow of death, may they have no terror of the dying process, or what happens after death, but rest in peace and confidence that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. May they look forward with eagerness to that time when they will see Jesus, face to face. Amen.
Prayer for Everything Set in Order
Lord Most High, we intercede for our friend, who is in the end stages of this disease. May they have the peace of being able to get all their affairs in order, beginning with making everything right spiritually, so they are in perfect peace with You, and making sure they are at peace with all family and friends. Help them ensure that provision is in place for their family and that financial affairs and other areas are sorted out. Receive our friend peacefully into Your bosom. Amen.
Prayer for Peace with Family and God
O Lord God, who will wipe away tears from off all faces, we pray for our dear one who will soon leave this mortal body. May he be surrounded by family, and may the family be at peace with our friend and with one another, and may they be at peace with You. May our friend and the family be comforted by the knowledge that if they are in Christ, they will meet again, in their glorified bodies. In the Name of Jesus, the first fruits of our resurrection, Amen.
Prayer to be Spiritually Ready
Loving God, we lift up our dear sister who will soon pass from this life, that she will have a peaceful end. May she be spiritually ready to meet You, firm in her faith, with all sins confessed, and a clean conscience. May she rest in the certain hope that the perishable will be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality as she places her faith in Your Son who destroyed the power of death. Amen.
Prayer to Wake up in Heaven
God of Grace and Mercy, we come in intercession for our dear brother, who is suffering agitation and pain. We know that his soul is right with You, but his body is restless and uncomfortable, and we plead for a peaceful death. May Your angels visit him even now, bringing comfort and calmness. May he fall into a deep and peaceful sleep and wake up in heaven, face to face with Your glorious presence. Amen.
Prayer for Wisdom in Sharing Gospel
Sovereign Lord, we intercede for our friend, who is close to death, but who doesn’t know You as Lord and Savior. We pray that You will give us wisdom in when and how to share Your gospel of eternal life. Before it is too late, we pray that Your Holy Spirit will work in our friend’s heart and mind, softening, convicting, and drawing to Yourself. May our friend call on Your Name and receive Your free gift of salvation and die in peace. Amen.
Prayer for Confidence in Life after Death
Our God who will swallow up death forever, we pray for our loved one who is experiencing doubt and fear as the end draws near. We plead that You will bring to our dear one confidence in life after death because of faith in You. Bring peace to our loved one through the remembrance that when our earthly tent is destroyed, we have an eternal house in heaven. Remind our beloved that You have given Your Holy Spirit as a pledge of immortality. Amen.
Prayer for Peaceful Certainty of Heavenly Home
Loving Savior, as our friend’s mortal body is dying, we pray that You would remind him of the distinction between himself and his physical frame. He is merely passing from one house to another, but he remains the same person. Bring him peace in the knowledge that in his new house, he will have no more fatigue, no more dread of sickness, no more tears or sadness. Dear God, let him take hold of the joyous and peaceful certainty of his new home. Amen.
Peace in Transitioning to the Land of the Living
Blessed Lord, give our dear one peace as she transitions from the land of the dying to the land of the living. Give her hope of seeing the goodness of God in that land. May she draw strength and peace in these last few days of this life by walking by faith and not by sight. Protect her from turmoil and unease within her soul, as she puts her hope in You, that You will intercede and bless her more than she could ever imagine. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.