5 Things to Pray for a Suffering Friend

Prayers That Change Things for Friends or Family Who Are Walking through Trials

Help to pray for people dealing with grief, illness, emotional distress, mental-health issues or difficult circumstances.

Part of the 5 Things series.

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It can sometimes be hard to know how best to help friends, family or fellow church members who are struggling through pain and suffering. But one guaranteed way to love them well is to commit to pray for them regularly. Whether someone you know is dealing with grief, illness, emotional distress, mental-health issues or difficult circumstances, this guide will help you to pray for them with compassion and purpose.

Each of the 21 prayer themes in this book takes a passage of Scripture and suggests five things to pray for your struggling friend—relevant for whatever their troubles may be. You can use this book in any number of ways: work through it as part of your daily quiet time or pick it up whenever you want to pray for your friend.

Helen Thorne is Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK. She formerly worked with the London City Mission and has written Hope in an Anxious World, Purity Is Possible, Walking with Domestic Abuse Sufferers and 5 Things to Pray for Your City.

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Contributors Helen Thorne
ISBN 9781784989873
Format Paperback
First published April 2024
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm x 9mm
Weight 0.08 kg
Language English
Pages 96
Publisher The Good Book Company

Steve Midgley

Executive Director, Biblical Counselling UK; senior minister, Christ Church, Cambridge

Some struggles last a long time, and some suffering may continue for the whole of a person’s earthly life. Sat next to our Bible, this book will guarantee that when we turn to pray for those in suffering, we are sure to find fresh and important things to pray for.

Sarah Walton

Author, Hope When It Hurts

This practical guide is such a needed tool in your prayer belt as you look to comfort, encourage and walk alongside a hurting brother or sister in Christ. Although you may not have answers to give them, these prayers will equip you with the words and wisdom to lay down the sorrow of a fellow sufferer at the throne of God’s grace. You’ll likely find your own heart encouraged along the way.

Adrian Reynolds

Head of National Ministries, FIEC UK

I love this series, and I love this volume. Helen has done us a great favour by showing how we can pray with biblical depth, hopefulness and clarity for suffering saints. So many of my prayers for friends are simplistic and lack the thoughtfulness that Helen provides. Helen has shown me afresh how Christ-like confidence enables me to pray more meaningfully and with greater expectation. This book is a precious help.

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