6 Christian Funeral Prayers and Scriptures

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Losing a loved one brings many emotions out of us all. Sometimes it also leaves many unanswered questions. Death is never an easy experience to witness and to grieve through. We all have had trials through watching loved ones die. I had 3 dear friends killed by a drunk driver 5 years ago. The 2 little kids were only 3 years old and 11 months old. Death is not an easy process to work through and if you need prayer, please comment below and I will pray for you! I am using the names John and Jane as the people who have passed in these 6 prayers. One prayer, labeled below, is for personal time and the other 5 can be prayed at the funeral services.

No more Laboring

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’” (Revelation 14:13)

Father in Heaven,

I thank You for my brother John. His years of service for the kingdom impacted all of us in such a wonderful way. He gave money to the needy. He spent time visiting the elderly in the nursing homes. He went on missions trips. He loved his wife like Christ loves the church! Father, this is such a bittersweet time for us all. John’s faith was so evident in how he lived his life. He was the type of man that would lay his life down for any one of his friends, and Father, he has a lot of friends. We all love and miss him dearly, but we know that he is in a much better place, walking down the streets of Heaven and with Jesus. Lord, we are thankful for our brother and we anticipate seeing him again in Glory. May Your Name be praised always! We love and thank You for our brother, John. Amen

No Vacancy

“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)

Blessed Lord,

We thank You for our dear sister, Jane. She could sing even sweeter than the birds. She was such a blessing to our church family and the surrounding community. Father, we know she is singing to You right now in Heaven, and what a wonderful time it must be! Father her favorite song was “When We All Get To Heaven” and I have to say that there is not a time more fitting than to recite the chorus of this song right now. “When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!” Father, she is singing and shouting the victory right now and we join her from here on earth. You have prepared a room for her, Lord, and now she will dwell with You forever and ever. We thank You for our dear sister, Jane. We love You, Father! Amen

Hopelessness

(This prayer is for personal time and not at the funeral service)

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

Oh Lord,

I am dying inside! Why didn’t John seek You? Why didn’t he search for You? I don’t know how to move on from this. I loved John more than anyone and I cannot picture Heaven without him and yet it is. My thoughts are plaguing me day and night! He chose to live for himself and now to think about where his eternity is, is killing me! There is nothing I can do and I am helpless, Lord. I need You now more than ever, Father, to help me through this painful time. How do I move on knowing these things, Lord? Please, comfort and guide me through this chaotic time of life. I miss John, Father. I love You, Lord! Amen

This Is Painful

“The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

Father in Heaven,

We lift up the family and friends of our friend, Jane. Lord, only You know her heart. We are all praying that she accepted Jesus before passing away. Lord, we will never know until we ourselves leave this earth, and so we pray for You to draw near to us. We are all broken over this. We need Your touch right now, Father. Wrap Your arms around the family of this woman and give them a peace that only You can give. May they seek You daily for comfort, support and love as they tarry through this time of grief. We praise You for sending us Jesus to die for our sins and we thank You that You loved us enough to do so. We ask and pray all of these things in Your Name. Amen

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes...

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes…

It Is Finished

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

Merciful Father,

The passing of our dear friend and sister, Jane, is bittersweet. Lord, she suffered so long in the hospital battling against cancer. Lord, she was more of an encouragement to us at times. I remember visiting her and reminiscing about when we were younger. The good times we had will never be forgotten, Father. I prayed over her in that hospital room and we both felt Your presence with us. Lord, we all knew the outcome was not good, and yet, anyone who came to visit her would think the opposite. Jane still smiled with joy at each visitor. She was such an encouragement to us all. She walked and talked what she believed, Lord. Jesus lived in her heart and soul and we are so happy that she will never shed another tear again over cancer. Lord, while close friends and family are still crying and grieving over our dear sister, I pray that You draw close to us all and comfort us in the loss of this amazing woman. We love You, Lord! Amen

Unexpected Loss

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4a)

Father,

We are grieving over the unexpected loss of our brother, John. Lord, just last Sunday he was telling me how excited he was to be part of this church. He was on fire for You, Father. We all saw how joy radiated from him. His love for You was unquenchable and we are mourning the loss of this wonderful man. Father, be with his wife and young children. Raise this congregation up to be the hands and feet of Jesus to this family. Father, love on John’s children. Wrap Your arms around them, for there will be a day when they see him again in Heaven. Father, speak tenderly to his wife and comfort her in this unbearable time of life. Father, this is a very tragic event and yet we know that nothing surprises You. So, in faith we continue to ask and seek Your will in this most desperate time of need. Father, shower this family with love and affection as they grieve through this painful time. We love You, and thank You for Jesus! Amen

Conclusion

If you are mourning the loss of a loved one, please feel free to comment below and I will pray for you. Death is not an easy thing to process and we all can use prayer and support from one another. God is with you! May God continue to bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling.

Take a look at this article that might be of interest to you:

What Does the Bible Say About Death

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Lori Haase August 24, 2013 at 12:25 am

Hello, my name is Lori. April 2nd I lost the love of my life Michael Ray. My husband broke his arm In December. In March I came home and he was very ill and grayish in skin color. I drove him to the hospital. The Dr said Michael had kidney stones.. They ran an MRI on him. They found he had a blood abnormality in his lower left lung. They did not mention this at all to either one of us. 10 days later my husband passed away from a pulmonary embolism which also caused him to have a massive heart attack. We attend Church twice a week. We both love our church body and everyone where we attend. My husband is friends with our pastor and many others in church. The entire body was in morning for Mike’s unexpected death. Our pastor was a visiting pastor on our first day. Pastor Luke lead my husband to his salvation. A year last June we were baptized by Pastor Luke and this year Pastor Luke put my husbands body to rest. I have the most wonderful church family. I know I am right where I am suppose to be. I am not the only one grieving for my husband. I know it hurts people to see me in so much sorrow. Since I noticed this fact I have kept my sorrow to myself other than in prayer. I didn’t even want to talk to God at some point in my morning. I started morning alone so I did not make people sad as well. I still weep when I open my eyes and weep when attempting to fall asleep. Everyone’s life goes back to normal except mine. I feel robbed and cheated and still can’t shake this devastation in my heart. Yesterday and today I woke up not weeping. There is a difference between weeping and crying. Never have I experienced a pain this intense. Then tragedy strikes again. My mom of 72 passed away in her bed speaking in toungs on August 11th. Father God has graced me with a strength I have never known. I was angry and demanding of God. How horrible of me right? I feel ashamed for cursing and demanding of God. He loves me so much that he graced me with overflowing strength because he loves me and forgives me. Understanding, I have learned it’s not for us to master. Focus on God and press into the word and get to know God better and all will be reviled in God’s time not our time. The two people who passed away in my life were people I cherished opinion and advice. Now I only have one to confide in and that is God.

Love Lori

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Derek Hill August 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Lori I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and your mother. Let me just say that it is okay to be mad at God. He can take it. You can be angry and not sin at the same time. I am glad you have worked through your issues with God and are now striving to live for Him each day. I will pray that He will give you a peace that passes all understanding as you continue to work through the sadness of your losses. Once again, I am very sorry for the pain you are experiencing. While going through this trial ask God “What do you want me to learn through this?” Seek His wisdom and He will give you knowledge. Prayers are on the way! God bless you Lori!

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Gale Dodd March 26, 2015 at 10:10 am

Derek:

I have been asked to pray at a funeral for my brothers father in law. I don’t think the family are Christians. I know people can accept God at anytime and hopefully he did but I’m not sure. Can you suggest what and how I should pray for this family. I knwo they had some drinking issues but the family loved each other very much. The eprson that died was 78. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,

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Elliot M Munsanje November 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Today 24 November 2015 we are mourning a gallant Zambian in the diaspoa who lived in the UK. Gershom Ndhlovu was a broadcaster on Crossfire Radio from the UK. He was a man of reason. He will be greatly missed. We are playing gospel music and praying to Godn for his family. I ask for prayers.

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Jessica Ann Doerfler May 23, 2016 at 4:12 pm

I lost my grandma Evans at the age of 99 on September 28th 2015 and it still hurts that she isn’t living anymore.

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Joel-Dave Dunca May 27, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Please pray for me as I lost my classmate at 13 yrs old. He committed suicide. I am living in Jamaica and it is very hard for us to manage as a class

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Alex July 10, 2017 at 12:27 pm

I have been asked to do the opening prayer at my uncle funeral, I have never done this before, but feel I was called even before they asked. my uncle died from cancer and did accept the lord in his final days, “thanks be to God”. please pray for my family for comfort and that I follow Gods will during my prayer. Oh yeah, many of my other family are not Christians.

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Paula December 23, 2017 at 2:45 am

Hello
My name is Paula and my church La Casa del Alfarero has recently experienced the loss of our dear Pastor Tony’s wife Millie Jimenez
We did expect it at all.
Everyone is so deeply sadden and heart broken
I would like ask for prayer for us. But not only us as a church. But for my Pastor Tony he is so heart broken it’s painful to see him this way. and his son Emmanuel and his wife Genesis.
It is a huge hit to our church
Pray we stay strong for our Pastor
Pray he can be strong
Thank you
God bless you

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