12 Good Prayers for the Recently Deceased

Many people pray for the hope of their family and relatives, but what about praying for the dead? Believers who have died now live in the kingdom of Christ. Here are some good prayers for the recently deceased that may help encourage you to pray for them.

Rejoice in Your Kingdom Prayer
Almighty and Everlasting God, losing someone you love so much suddenly is very hard. As we go through this season of mourning heavenly Father, we ask you to give us the peace that surpasses all understanding. Father, we rest knowing that your faithful servant is rejoicing in your kingdom. We thank you and magnify your name for loving them so much that you saw it fit to take them back home where we truly belong. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray. Amen.

Eternal Rest Prayer
Compassionate and Gracious God, we come to you today to thank you for giving us a chance to live with our loved ones who recently left this world to come into your presence. Lord God Almighty, we know that they were not perfect; that is why we ask you to forgive them where they went wrong and give them eternal rest. May they find love and peace in your presence. Do not let our loved one to be parted from you, let your faithful servant enjoy your glory forever. In Jesus’ powerful name, I believe and pray. Amen.

The Joy of Seeing Them Again Prayer
Heavenly Father, we are going through a very rough time as a family. The sudden demise of our beloved relative has left us in shock and pain. But Father, you tell us in the word that we should not mourn like unbelievers. Lord, our beloved has been your faithful servant, and because of that, our hearts are full of hope and joy because we know that we shall be reunited with them when Jesus comes or when we come home. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Forgiveness Prayer
O Lord God Almighty, creator of heaven, earth, and man, you know our end from the beginning. While we are feeling at a loss right now because of our loved one who departed this world recently, their death did not catch you by surprise. Lord, we know that they wronged you in one way or another. But you are a compassionate God. Forgive them of any sin that may block them from reaching your presence safely. Usher them into your presence through your mercy. In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray. Amen.

Commend Their Soul Prayer
Righteous Savior, I commend the soul of my relative who left us a few days ago to come into your hands. I want to thank you for placing them in our life here on earth. I glorify your name for giving us such a wonderful person, they have been a blessing to us.  We are grateful that you saw it fit to take away the pain they have been going through by welcoming them into paradise where there is no weeping and sorrow. We rest knowing that their soul is now with you, Lord Jesus. We pray this, trusting and believing. Amen.

Compassion Prayer
God of Immeasurable Mercies, we stand before you today in confidence because we know that death has nothing on us who believe in you. Have compassion for our relatives who have departed this world recently. Show them tender mercies for they sinned in one way or another before their sudden demise. We may have questioned and said things that are not pleasing to you. Lord, show us compassion and help us to accept what has happened so that we can heal. In Jesus’ holy name, we pray. Amen.

Close to You Prayer
Father of Enduring Faithfulness, as a believer in Christ, to be away from the body is to be with you. I know that my loved one is with you right now in heaven, enjoying your closeness. Lord though it is difficult to accept that they are gone, I know that you love them so much and that is why you took them. Jesus may they bask in your glory as we all wait for you to come back and take us all into your presence where there is no mourning and sorrow. I pray this, trusting and believing. Amen.

Strength Prayer
God of Heaven’s Armies, we are in shock and pain. We do not know how we will pull through this Lord. Our loved one has left us in the most unexpected way Lord. While we know that we are only here for a season, Lord, it is hard to come to terms with what has happened. Lord, we need divine strength in this family. Fill our hearts with courage and help us to accept that our dear one is now with you. Let this knowledge of them joining you in paradise be our source of comfort and strength. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Fill the Gap Prayer
Jesus, my Savior, times and seasons are in your able hand. You know when we will be born and when we will leave this earth and come back home. You knew that our loved one would not be with us today. We want to praise you for the time we had with them. As we go through this mourning season, Lord, we pray that you give us a deep sense of peace. We know that no one can ever take the place of our loved one, that is why we are asking you to fill the gap that our loved one has left in our lives with your love. May we find comfort in you alone. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

Thankful for Their Life Prayer
Heavenly Father, I come to you with a grateful heart even as I mourn the loss of my loved one. It may be a loss for us, but it is gain for your kingdom. Lord, I thank you for the times that you gave us to spend with our relatives. Thank you for making them belong to this family. I bless you for honoring us with such an influential person that loved us with the love of Christ and was light in the world. May your name be praised forever even as our loved one stands in your presence today. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray. Amen.

Guidance Prayer
O Father, in this time of sorrow, I don’t have anyone but you. Lord, I feel bitter and wounded in my soul because of this death. Father, I feel robbed of this precious life. Yet, God, I know that you have sent your angels to come and guide my beloved into paradise. Help me to come to terms with what happened. Give me the strength to celebrate a life well-lived. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Understanding Prayer
Lord, my Creator and Sustainer, why did it have to happen like this? Why did it have to be our beloved one? I am so empty on the inside, Lord. I don’t know how to face each day, dear God. Please, Father, remove this hurt that is growing in my heart. Replace it with your unconditional love. Help my family and me to understand that it is because of the deep love you have for our beloved that you have ushered them into your presence. It is in Jesus’ name, I believe and pray. Amen.

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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years. If you would like to reach out to contact Natalie, then go here to send her a message.