When Words Fail: A Prayer for A Broken Heart

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A prayer for a broken heart can make the difference between surviving heartbreak with grace and joy or not. 

As Christians, we believe that every trial in life can be an opportunity to experience more of God’s provision and comfort. But, we have to stay connected to Him throughout to really experience how He works all things together for our good. 

You see, God has this incredible ability to bring light out of even the darkest of places. And heartbreak is no exception. 

We’ve crafted a range of thoughtful, faith-filled prayers to help heal a broken heart. Wherever you’re at, no matter the pain, inviting God in to walk with you through the heartbreak is a truly positive, powerful, decision. 

What Are Some Prayers To Help Heal A Broken Heart?

When you’re going through heartbreak, it can feel like the pain will never end. It’s normal to feel lost, overwhelmed, and hopeless. 

It’s at times like these we need to use prayer to help us navigate towards God and getting His perspective on our situation. Prayer can bring us strength, comfort and guidance by connecting us to God’s heart. 

Here are a range of different prayers for a broken heart to get you started. 

Prayer For Comfort

Dear God, 

I’m really struggling now. This is such a difficult time and I’m not sure how I’m going to get through it. My heart is breaking. 

Please God, let me know you as my Abba, Father, as never before. Wrap your loving arms around me and let me rest in your comfort and presence of peace. 

Let me know that you’re always with me and lead me towards scripture and reminders of your love for me. 


Prayer For Forgiveness


Your capacity for forgiveness was infinite. I know I can have the same capacity but I need your help. Help me to let go of the anger and bitterness I’m feeling and instead lean into grace and supernatural forgiveness. 

Please help to make sure this heartbreak doesn’t lead to bitterness in me, only compassion. 

No matter how hard it is, God I ask you to help me to forgive. 


Prayer For Strength

Dear God, 

I feel so weak and broken right now. My heart has been shattered and I don’t know where to begin. 

Please fill me with your strength to face each day. I need your courage, your comfort and your presence with me. 

Today I put my hope in you again God. Once again I say that I trust you and love you. I know that your plans for me are good and beyond my wildest imagination. 

In the coming days, weeks and months God please help me to connect with you more intimately that ever before. Be my companion and constant guide. 


There is no right or wrong way to pray, and you don’t have to follow a specific script when talking to God. Simply speak from your heart and be honest about your feelings. Whether you’re weeping or screaming, know that God is always there to listen and comfort you. 

Remember that healing takes time, and it’s okay to take things one day at a time. Keep talking to God and root yourself in Him. 

How Can I Pray To God For Help With A Broken Heart?

Prayer can feel intimating sometimes can’t it? Maybe you’re used to your leader praying. Or, you’ve only ever seen people in grand robes or white collars pray. 

The truth is there’s nothing more natural to us than praying. It’s like breathing. In fact, even slowing down to notice our breath, thanking God for His breath in our lungs as we breathe slowly, is one way of praying. 

Use these tips and strategies in your prayer life as you take your broken heart to God and place your hope in him for healing. 

One: Open Up 

Your prayers don’t have to be tidy and polite. Open up to God! Tell Him how you’re feeling, show Him through shouts, groans and cries if that helps. Prayer can be noisy, filled with movement and expression and as you pray you can reveal your most vulnerable self. 

Two: Pray As You Go

You don’t need a specific place or time to pray. Having a chunk of time set aside every day for quiet time with God is a brilliant, important, discipline. But, the more we pray the better. Pray as you shower or make your breakfast. Pray as you drive or catch the train. When you walk to get lunch or when you go to pick up your kids. Get into the habit of chatting to God throughout your day, all day. He loves to hear from you!

Three: Don’t Overthink It 

Prayer is as simple as thinking something. You don’t have to say it out-loud. And you don’t have to read it from a script or even have a full sentence! Just think about God and think your prayer. It could be something as simple as ‘God, I need you!’, or ‘Please, God, lend me your strength.’ 

Four: It’s A Conversation

Remember that God speaks back! There is no one more interested and invested in your life than God. When you speak, He is gripped. When you pray about a broken heart, or anything else going on in your life right now, remember to listen for God’s reply. 

God can speak to us as a voice in our thoughts. Or, through scripture. Sometimes He speaks to us through a friend or member of our church community. Often He uses songs, books or even films. He is always speaking! 

What are some scriptures to pray for a broken heart?

God’s word is filled with comforting and healing promises that we can hold on to in times of distress. Use these scriptures to inspire and encourage you.

Psalm 34:18 – “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” 

When we feel broken and crushed, God is near to us. He is always there to comfort us and to give us strength.

Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” 

God’s heart has always been for freedom and healing for His people. You are no exception!

Psalm 147:3 – “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” 

There is no one better to see us through a broken heart than God. No one will care for you with as much attention and love as your heavenly Father. 

How Can I Turn A Broken Heart Into A Stronger Heart?

If you’ve ever gone through a heartbreak and thought that you could never recover from the pain, you’re not alone. Breakups can be tough, and healing a broken heart can seem like an impossible task. But the good news is that with God’s help, your broken heart can be transformed into a strong, compassionate heart. God is so incredible that He will take your pain and bring something good out of it. 

We weren’t made to navigate life on our own. We were designed to live in intimacy with God. Knowing Him, seeing Him and spending our days with Him. 

Without God we are incomplete and in times like heartbreak we can feel this even more deeply. God created us to live with His strength and joy every day. While we wouldn’t wish a broken heart on anybody, with God involved, it is an opportunity to build yourself back up as never before. At our lowest moments there’s an opportunity to truly rely on God. 

When we fully rely on God and go to Him as our source as comfort, strength and joy, as well as letting Him guide our decisions and steps, we find the strongest and most empowering way to live. 

Gratitude And Grace

One of the most important parts of healing a broken heart and making sure you get stronger in the process, is prioritising gratitude. 

No matter how painful life is right now and how much you’re hurting, find things to be thankful to God for. 

This is easy when you remember that every single good thing in the world comes from God. 

James 1: 17 says: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Every moment of connection, beauty and goodness we experience is because of God. When you’re encouraged by a friend or moved by a beautiful sunset, God is the author and creator of those moments. 

It’s easy to find things to thank God for when you realise He is behind every good thing in your life, and in this whole world. 

Gratitude is like an antidote for bitterness. The more you make space for gratitude the easier it is to emerge from your broken heart with grace.

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