Real Prayers for Real People

It has occurred to me that, because I’m a “trained professional,” that people may have some pre-conceived notions about how I’m praying when I tell them I’m praying for them or their loved ones. Spoiler alert: I am not an eloquent pray-er.

Here are just some of the prayers I’ve prayed today. Feel free to be completely appalled or to adapt any and all for your personal use.

Dear God, I know that ____________ is a grown-up with children of her own. I also know that she (unlike many people I know) got some really great parents. And I know she is grateful for all the time she had with them. But it is devastating that they are gone, and I know she misses them terribly. So if you could help __________ remember her parents without it hurting so much, I’d really appreciate it. And she would, too. Amen.

Dear God, please hold __________________ in the light of your love. And don’t let it be cancer. Cancer sucks. Amen.

Dear God, please be with _______________’s parents. It doesn’t seem fair that people who have been such faithful servants and great examples should have to struggle at the tail end of their lives. I really wish you had worked that out differently. Old age should be more fun, or at least easier. So, just please do something to help make it better. Amen.

Dear God, if you need to wipe something off of the face of the earth from time to time, let me put in my vote for ragweed. Amen.

Dear God, please help me remember that hurt people hurt people so that I will not hurt people. Amen.




Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Doubting Believer is a progressive and inclusive community of Christians. Follow us on Facebook, sign up for emails or learn more about our member group.

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