25 Powerful Prayers for the Dead

Losing someone we love can be the hardest thing we ever experience here on Earth, but our hope is restored when we know that our dearly departed have eternal life in Heaven. Here are the 25 most powerful prayers for the dead.

From Death to Eternal Life Prayer
O Lord God of the Mortal and Immortal, we humbly ask that You grant mercy to our brother/sister, [name], to enter into the company of all Your saints. Lord Jesus, thank You that the one who hears Your Word and believes in the Father who sent You has eternal life, and will not be condemned, but will pass from death to eternal life. All glory to You, forever. Amen.

Grant Peace and Pardon Prayer
God of Endless Grace, we fall upon Your mercy for the souls who departed this world in faith but without having time to prove by the way they lived that they had repented of their sins and turned to You. Graciously grant them peace and pardon. Thank You, Jesus, for You are the resurrection and the life, and we have hope of eternal life for our dear ones. Amen.

Unending Peace and Joy Prayer
Dear God, full of mercy, we commit our dear [name] to You. Please receive him/her to share unending peace and joy in the presence of You and Your holy angels. We thank You that the one who has believed in You has life, even though their mortal body has passed away. Truly our hope is only in You. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord, and through the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

Rest in Paradise Prayer
Almighty Lord God, I come to You with tears, knowing the danger of every soul that passes from this life. I cling to Your promise that whoever lives and believes in You shall never die. I claim this for [name], whose life honored Your name through her faith and her good works. Give her rest in Paradise, through the mediation of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for Joyful Resurrection
Merciful Father, I pour out my heart to You to graciously have mercy on the soul of [name] who has died in faith and fear of You. May he/she, together with all those who have died in faith, enjoy that joyful resurrection, which has been won through the atoning death and glorious resurrection of Your Son, Christ our Lord. All glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Redeemer Lives Prayer
O God, King of all Kings, by Your infinite mercies, bring our beloved [name], who has died in faith in You, to rejoice before You. We know that Jesus our Redeemer lives and intercedes for us, and we stand confidently in the sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life. We ask You to grant to him/her Your mercy and everlasting peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayer to Jesus the First-fruits of Those Who Sleep
Dear Lord, receive the soul of [name], who was made alive in You and lived a life of mercy toward others and devotion to You before being freed from this mortal body. Thank You, dear Savior, that You rose from the dead, as the first-fruits of those who sleep. May [name] rest in peace until You return to resurrect Your own. To the glory of Your holy name, Amen.

Victory over Death Prayer
Heavenly Father, we commend [name] to Your continuing mercy and remind You of his/her good deeds done in Your name, which have blessed many. We give thanks to You, O God, because You give us the victory over death through our Lord Jesus Christ. Please grant our dear [name] rest in Your Kingdom, to the glory of Jesus Christ, our Advocate and Mediator. Amen.

The Shadow of Your Wings Prayer
Most gracious God, we humbly intercede for our most beloved [name], who has died in true faith in You, after living a life of humility and service for You. We know that even his good works would not save him from doom if Your mercy was laid aside. Please give [name] rest from his labors and shelter his soul in the shadow of Your wings. We thank You that the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Bind Their Soul Prayer
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, we ask that You bind the soul of [name] among the living, so that he/she may rest in peace. Please forgive the sins of this dear one who has shed this earthly tent to be home with You, for he/she was always careful to forgive others from the heart, and not hold grudges against others. In the Holy name of Jesus, our Righteous Redeemer. Amen.

Our Great High Priest Prayer
O God, Creator and Preserver of All, we come to You in reverence, asking You to give [name] rest in the bosom of Abraham, for blessed are those who die in the Lord. We pray that You hasten the purification of any sin not confessed before his/her death, so they may be clothed with the sanctification required to enter into Your most Holy and Righteous Presence. In the name of Jesus, our Great High Priest, Amen.

Our Kinsman-Redeemer Prayer
Father of all Mercies, we pray that the light of Your face would shine on [name] and cleanse him/her with Your purifying fire. Deliver him/her out of darkness and into the glorious light of Your presence. We know that we must all stand before Christ to be judged, but we thank You, merciful Father, that judgment is based on Your mercy. In the name of Jesus, our Kinsman-Redeemer, we pray, Amen.

Prayer for the Place God Has Prepared
Almighty God, we pray for [name] whom we hold in our love, that You would give peaceful rest in heaven. Refine him/her as silver is refined of all impurities through Your goodness and mercy and find him/her worthy of entering into the place You have prepared. We thank You that when we leave this earthly body that we have an eternal body that You have made for us. Amen.

Raised Incorruptible Prayer
God of Immeasurable Mercies, permit our loved one [name], who has departed this life, to rest in You until that last trumpet shall sound, when the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. We bless You, Lord, for You have not forsaken Your kindness to the living and the dead. Thank You for Your atoning blood that appeases God’s wrath on all confessed sin. Amen.

Way to Immortality Prayer
Eternal God, we plead for forgiveness of all sins not confessed before the death of our loved one, [name]. Remember, Great Judge, the faith that [name] professed and held to firmly; faith in Your Son, Christ Jesus, who has broken the power of death, and illuminated the way to immortality. After You have purged our loved one with Your living flame of love, may he/she soon join the company of the saints in eternity. All glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Establish Their Soul Prayer
Loving and Gracious God, we lift up our dear departed [name], asking that You establish their soul in the place You have prepared for them in Your house. We thank You that Your Son Jesus, by Your grace, tasted death for us all. Since Jesus our Lord has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are tested, especially as we depart this life. Thank You, Jesus, that You have set us free from the fear of dying. Amen.

Depart in Peace Prayer
Righteous and Just God, we commend to Your mercy Your servant [name], who has left this life, which he lived firmly in faith and with many years of godliness and kindness extended to all. Let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your Word, which says that You will give eternal life to those who seek immortality through perseverance in doing good. In the name of Jesus, who made propitiation for the sins of the people, we pray. Amen.

Prayer to Jesus Our Intercessor
Lord Jesus, our Merciful and Faithful High Priest, we thank You that You hung upon the cross for us, paying the penalty for our sins, and now You sit at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us. And now, we lift up our dear departed [name], who placed his/her faith in the sacrament of our redemption. We ask that You welcome him/her into Your heavenly kingdom of light and joy. All glory to You, through all the ages, Amen.

Death Swallowed in Victory Prayer
Dearest Lord, we come in tears at the loss of our loved one, and yet we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. Please receive [name] and grant him/her eternal rest, for You give mercy to the merciful. May he/she be found acceptable in Your sight. We thank You, Jesus, that through Your great sacrifice, death is swallowed up in victory. Amen.

Prayer to the Lover of Our Souls
Jesus, Lover of our Souls, we flee to You on behalf of [name], who slipped away from this life. We know that we will receive what You deem that we deserve for the good and the evil we have done in our earthly bodies. Remember the faith and purity of [name], and may he/she pass quickly through the refining fire and into Your loving presence, where You wipe away all tears. Amen.

Prayer to the Judge of the Living and the Dead
Oh Christ Jesus, You judge the living and the dead. We pray to you for [name], who has put off this mortal life to put on immortality. Jesus, we thank You that You have vanquished our great enemy Satan so that when he stands accusing our loved one, You stand reminding him that by Your death you have destroyed his power over death. We thank You that through [name]’s faith in You, he/she can rest in peace until that great day of the Lord’s return. Amen.

Put on the Imperishable Prayer
Dearest Lord Jesus, You are the First of a great harvest of all who have died. Just as You resurrected and ascended into heaven, we have this same hope through faith in You. We thank You that our dear departed [name] has left this perishable body to put on the imperishable. Peace be with him/her and may he/she rest in Your protection and love because of the confidence he/she placed in Your redemption and a life lived extending Your love to others. Amen.

Wipe Away All Sorrows Prayer
O God, have mercy on [name], who has left this life. We praise You for what You have promised, and that because [name] trusted in You, she has nothing to fear. You have rescued her soul from the depths of Hell. I thank You that You have taken account of her sorrows and tears and that You will wipe those away forever. May she walk in Your presence, O God, in Your life-giving light. Amen.

Prayer for Imputed Righteousness
Jesus, our Great Redeemer, we pray that You intercede for our deceased brother, [name], and let perpetual light shine on him, because of the righteousness imputed to him through Your great atonement. I thank You for delivering [name] from the sentence of eternal death because he put his trust in You, O God, who raises the dead. In You alone, we place our hope that You will deliver and transition our brother from death to life as we pray for him. Amen.

Prayer to Our Living Bread
Jesus, our Living Bread that came down from heaven, please receive our sister, [name], from death into life eternal. You said that anyone who eats of Your flesh will live forever. Our sister placed her faith in You and walked in the Spirit. We know there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. We thank You that Your life-giving Spirit freed our sister from the power of sin that leads to death eternal. Now may she be blessed with glorious freedom from death and decay. In Your precious name, 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.