Prayer For A Friend Who’s Wandered From Christ

31 Prayer Quotes – Be Inspired and Encouraged!

Prayer For A Friend Who’s Wandered From Christ

God promises us in His Word that He hears every word that we pray to Him. a good parent, He is waiting, ready, and willing to listen to our worries, concerns, and needs. Whether we are seeking forgiveness, strength, or healing, prayer provides the channel to communicate with God and receive supernatural strength and power! 

The following prayer quotes will help inspire and encourage your prayer life as you seek a stronger faith. Share these verses with others who need to experience the power of prayer in their life!

Our Favorite Prayer Quotes:

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

“She (my mother) became a warrior far superior to any epic hero. She became a giant on her knees. With a sword in one hand she battled the enemies of death and disease, and with her other hand stretched toward heaven she kept beseeching God’s help and His mercy.” – Bishop T.D. Jakes 

“There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.” – Beth Moore

“The reality is, my prayers don't change God.  But, I am convinced prayer changes me.  Praying boldly boots me that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.” – Lysa TerKeurst

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” – Billy Graham

“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” – Charles Spurgeon

“If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you; but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Let no one profess to trust in God, and yet lay up for future wants, otherwise the Lord will first send him to the hoard he has amassed, before He can answer the prayer for more.”  – George Muller

“I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right; but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation may be on the Lord's side.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Prayer is simply talking to God a friend and should be the easiest thing we do each day.” – Joyce Meyer

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: 'Use me.'” – Rick Warren

“Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I'll often simply say, 'let's pray about this right now.'” – Thomas Kinkade

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie Ten Boom

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” – Mother Teresa

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.” – Adrian Rogers

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – Mother Teresa

“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa

“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” – Billy Graham

“It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more God, or else we will quit praying.” – E.M. Bounds

“Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.” – E.M. Bounds

Max Lucado video on Prayer: Pastor Max Lucado, author of Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer, may surprise you with his explanation of the most important aspect of any prayer. “Of all the words of a prayer,” Max teaches, “the most important one is the first one…” What is the most important aspect of prayer? – Max Lucado from crosswalkquestions on GodTube.

Bible Quotes on Prayer

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14

And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. – 1 John 5:15

Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive. – 2 Chronicles 6:21

My prayer is not that you take them the world but that you protect them from the evil one. – John 17:15

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

More Bible praying quotes at the Prayer Bible Verses page. 

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Here are some of the most read prayers from our Prayer resource meant to inspire and encourage your prayer life when you face uncertain times. Visit our most popular prayers if you are wondering how to pray or what to pray.

Remember, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God knows your heart even if you can't find the words to pray.

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Remember, the Holy Spirit can work through us when we increase our faith and share it with us! Please pass along any quotes that touch your heart because you never know light you can shine on someone else’s dark day! 

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What A Friend We Have in Jesus – Service of Prayer for Healing – Isaiah 61, Matthew 11

Prayer For A Friend Who’s Wandered From Christ

This worship service plan of prayer for healing was prepared as a pastoral response to a series of deaths, illnesses, and other traumatic events suffered by a local congregation over a short period of time.

Theme of the Service

This service was prepared as a pastoral response to a series of deaths, illnesses, and other traumatic events suffered by our congregation over a short period of time. The lights of the sanctuary were dimmed. A table was set up in front of the pulpit and draped with purple and black cloth.

The pulpit Bible served as centerpiece, surrounded by approximately fifty (unlit) votive candles in clear glass containers. A cross was set up in a front corner of the sanctuary with a small table draped in purple in front of it. A Christ candle was lit on this table.

Contemplative artwork was displayed on the video screen prior to the service.


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,the love of God the Father,and the fellowship of the Holy Spiritbe with you all.

And also with you.
Our souls are filled with bitterness;

our lives are bereft of peace;we have forgotten what happiness is.Our souls are bowed down within us.

But this we call to mind,and therefore we have hope:The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,his mercies never come to an end;they are new every morning;

great is his faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

“therefore I will hope in him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.

It is good that we should wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.

Let us lift up our heartsas well as our hands

to God in heaven.

( Lamentations 3:17-26)

Hymns: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (st. 1, 3) PsH 556, PH 276, RL 155, TH 32, TWC 60
“Holy, Holy, Holy” SNC 19

Opening Prayer:

God of eternity;our refuge and our hopefrom one generation to another:before the mountains rose from the sea,before the rivers carved out the valleys,you are God-eternal.From dust we came, to dust we return.So, O Lord, you have ordered our ways.A thousand years in your sight are as yesterday.

As a watch in the night comes quickly to an end,so the years pass before you- grass which in the morning is greenand by evening is dried up and withered.The decades pass-a mere handful.We enjoy some vigor, but even that soon disappears.So much of our span is wearisome,full of labor and sorrow.

O Lord, teach us to number our days,and apply our hearts to wisdom.Turn again, O God, do not delay:give grace to your servants.Satisfy us with your lovingkindness.Grant us joy and gladness in our lives.Give us gladness to make up for the times of suffering.Shower us with your grace.

Let your favor be upon usand prosper the work of our hands.Renew us in the grace of Jesus;visit us with his Spirit.Refresh our burdened hearts;

restore our tired minds. Amen. ( Psalm 90)

Response: “Open Our Eyes, Lord” SNC 80, TWC 536


Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
(for the complete text of the sermon, visit

Hymn: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” PsH 579, PH 403, RL 507, SFL 52, TH 629, TWC 622


Communal Prayer:

Hear our prayer, O Lord. Let our cries come to you.
Do not hide your face from us in the day of our distress. Incline your ear to us. Answer us speedily in the day when we call.For our days pass away smoke. Our hearts are stricken and withered grass. Our days are an evening shadow; we wither away grass.

But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever; your name endures to all generations. You regard the prayer of the destitute; you look from your holy height and hear the groaning of your people.
You laid the foundation of the earth. The heavens are the work of your hands.

They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out a garment. But you are the same, and your years have no end.Grant us, your servants, security.

Establish us in your presence. Through Christ. Amen.( Psalm 102)

Hymns: “Psalm 42: As a Deer” (st. 1) PsH 42″Comfort, Comfort Now My People” (st. 1) PsH 194, PH 3, RL 169, SFL 121, TWC 132″Psalm 42: As a Deer” (st. 3) PsH 42

“My Faith Looks Up to Thee” (st. 1, 3) PsH 262, PH 383, RL 446, TH 528, TWC 552

Bringing Our Burdens to the Lord

(Opportunity was given for the congregation to reflect communally on the struggle and sorrow of the last year or to share a burden. The pastor then led in prayer for those burdens and reflections.
The congregation was invited to choose from a variety of opportunities to present their burdens and griefs to the Lord during the remainder of the service:

  • receiving anointing with oil from elders standing by
  • praying with elder teams in two prayer rooms
  • gathering around the cross and lighting votive candles as a symbol of receiving life and light from the Light of the world
  • using paper and pencils for journal writing

A Time of Contemplation and Song

(The pastor led the congregation with a prayer seeking the Lord's guiding hand and the Spirit's power to move within the assembled congregation, providing healing, hope, and peace, followed by congregational singing.)

Songs: “Spirit Song” SNC 212″I Will Give You Rest” SNC 70″Nearer, Still Nearer” (st. 1, 4) Celebration Hymnal 567 (The pastor read Isaiah 49:15-16; Isaiah

43:1-3 while music of “Nearer, Still Nearer” continued quietly in the background.)

Songs: “You Are My Hiding Place” SNC 180
“He Leadeth Me” PsH 452, RL 161, TH 600, TWC 635

Musical Interlude

(A time of contemplation and silent prayer. During the interlude a slide of artwork by Gwen Meharg was projected on a screen [see]. The pastor closed the interlude in a spoken prayer for healing and peace.)

Song: “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” SNC 203

Brothers and sisters,what is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I am not my own, but belong-body and soul,in life and in death-to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.

He also watches over me in such a waythat not a hair can fall from my headwithout the will of my Father in heaven:in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit,assures me of eternal lifeand makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready

from now on to live for him.

(Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 1)

Hymn: “When Peace a River” PsH 489, TH 691, TWC 519

Closing Prayer:

Alone with none but thee, our God,we journey on our way.What need we fear, when thou art near,O King of night and day?More safe are we within thy hand

than if a host did round us stand. (Columba, Irish missionary, c. 521-597, alt.)

Parting Blessing

Sung Response: “Amen, Amen, Amen!” PsH 641

Moment of Silent Reflection


We have included the following glossary of hymnals to assist you in your planning:PH The Presbyterian Hymnal (Presbyterian Church USA; Westminster/John Knox Press)PsH The Psalter Hymnal (Christian Reformed Church; Faith Alive Christian Resources)RL Rejoice in the Lord (Reformed Church in America; W.B.

Eerdmans Publishing Company)RN Renew! (Hope Publishing Company)SFL Songs for LiFE (children's songbook; Faith Alive Christian Resources)SNC Sing! A New Creation (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Christian Reformed Church, Reformed Church in America; Faith Alive Christian Resources)TH Trinity Hymnal (Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America; Great Commission Publications)TWC The Worshiping Church (Hope Publishing Company)

WOV With One Voice (Augsburg Fortress)


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