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Prayers for Loneliness – What Does the Bible Say About Loneliness?

dating & relationships Aug 06, 2021

We’ve all had seasons of life where we’ve experienced loneliness. Whether you are single and praying for a spouse, or whether you are praying for new friends to come into your life, it is normal to want to feel loved and seen.

And there are even plenty of examples of loneliness in the Bible where strong men and women of faith felt lonely.

But what does the Bible say about loneliness? What should we do when we feel lonely?

If you are feeling lonely or want to pray over your friends and family that are experiencing loneliness, this blog post includes bible verses for loneliness and prayers for loneliness to pray.

And to the single woman reading this, I pray that God speaks to you through these bible verses and prayers. I went through a season where I had no friends in a new city and a broken heart.

And God showed me that I was never alone, that he was always with me. And that he was using the season of loneliness to strip away the people and activities that didn’t belong in my life anymore and was teaching me how to rely on Him for comfort.

What Does the Bible Say About Loneliness?

God did not create us to live this life alone. God knows the importance of community and relationships, and he wants us to feel loved in community.

We see in Genesis 2 how God emphasizes that it is not good for man to be alone.

"The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” – Genesis 2:18 NIV

We also see in Ecclesiastes 4 the importance of finding companionship and community.

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

And throughout the Bible, especially in 1 John, God calls us to love him and to love others in return.

God wants us to feel loved, not lonely, but we see many examples in the Bible where people felt lonely.

Examples of Loneliness in the Bible

We don’t see the words loneliness or lonely in the Bible too often, but we see a few examples of loneliness in the Bible based on a person’s prayer and actions to God.

In Psalms 25 and 142, we see that David was lonely as his enemies pursued him and as he hid out in a cave.

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.” – Psalm 25:16 NIV

“Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me.” – Psalm 142:4

And in Genesis 29, we can only imagine how lonely Leah must have felt in her marriage as her husband Jacob loved her sister more who was his other wife.

“When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.” – Genesis 29:31-32

Or how about the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, can you imagine how lonely she must have felt going out to get water in the middle of the day? She likely did not have many friends that she could talk to since the town considered her an outcast.

And then there is Joseph who spent at least two years in prison after his brothers betrayed him. Can you imagine how lonely and rejected he must have felt?

So we see in these examples that loneliness existed in the Bible, but how should we respond when we feel lonely?

What Does the Bible Say About Overcoming Loneliness?

God tells us in several places in the Bible that he has not abandoned us and that he will never leave us.

In Psalm 23 an Isaiah 41, we see that God is always with us.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” - Psalm 23:4

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10 ESV

And in Deuteronomy 31, God tells us that he will not leave or abandon us.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

When you feel lonely, the most important thing to remember is that God has not abandoned you. God is with you and he will never leave you.

Even if you feel rejected or betrayed by others, God is always with you and he delights in you. Just like it says in Psalm 139, God sees everything you do and he knows every desire on your heart. And you are precious to God.

“God, how precious your thoughts are to me; how vast their sum is! If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up, I am still with you.” – Psalm 139:17-18

And when you feel lonely, the most important thing you can do is to pray.

God tells us to cast all our anxieties and cares to him, because he cares for us.

“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

God already knows how you feel, but when you cry out to God in prayer, this allows you to feel God’s love and presence.

And when you turn your worries or feelings into prayer, you are able to feel God’s peace as you remind yourself that God is in control.

Prayers for Loneliness

So what's a good prayer for loneliness? How do you pray when you feel lonely?

The first step is acknowledging how you feel in prayer with God.

Example Prayer for Loneliness

God, you know how I’m feeling and I surrender this feeling of loneliness to you. Help me feel your love and peace around me in this season. You are always with me and I thank you that I am never alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We can feel lonely for a variety of reasons, and here are some prayers for loneliness to pray over yourself and your loved ones.

Prayers for Loneliness When You Feel Single and Lonely

God, you know my desire for marriage. I surrender this feeling of loneliness to you. I thank you that you are always with me, and that you will bring the spouse you have for me into my life in your perfect timing. Help me to experience your joy in this season.

Help me to see all the friends and loved ones you’ve surrounded me with in this season. Show me the friendships and relationships I’m meant to focus on in this season as I wait for my future husband. And show me the people around me that also feel lonely in this season that need your love and encouragement today.

God, I thank you for bringing me my future husband one day and that we will get to do life together. I trust you God and I thank you for your joy and peace as I wait to meet my future spouse. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you are single and praying to God to bring you a husband, you can download my free prayer guide, 5 Prayers for Your Future Husband, that includes prayers and bible verses to pray over your future husband.

If you want to be more intentional about praying over yourself and your future husband as you wait on God to bring you together, join my free, 14-day Attracting Your Future Husband Challenge

In the challenge, you'll get bible verses, prayers, and a different devotion to pray over each day. The challenge will help you feel more content being single as you wait on God to bring you and your future husband together.

Prayers for Loneliness When You Feel Lonely & Want New Friends

God, I surrender this feeling of loneliness to you. I thank you that you are always with me, and that you are my best friend. I pray that you show me the people I’m meant to do life with. Thank you for bringing new friends in my life. Show me if I’m meant to try something new or step out to meet new people.

I surrender any feelings of rejection or past hurts to you Lord. I forgive those friends who have hurt me in the past. I thank you that you created me to live in community, and I thank you for showing me the true friends you have for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you are praying to God for new friends, check out this blog post for tips on how to make new Christian friends.

Prayers for Loneliness When You Feel Lonely in Your Family

God, I thank you for the gift of family. I surrender my feelings of loneliness to you. I pray that my family sees me like you see me, and I pray that they love me like you love me. Give me the strength to love my family. And thank you for showing my family how to love me in return. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayers for Loneliness When You Feel Lonely with Your Spouse in Marriage       

God, I thank you that you have not abandoned me. I surrender these feelings of loneliness to you, and I ask for your strength today Lord. Give me the strength to love my spouse like you love them. I pray they see me like you see me, and that they love me like I need to be loved.

Show us how to rekindle our marriage again. Show us how to connect and laugh again. Show us how to deepen the intimacy and bond we should have as husband and wife.

God, I surrender my marriage to you. I thank you that you have not given up on us. Thank you for restoring our marriage and for letting me feel loved and seen again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayers for Loneliness When You Feel Lonely with God

God, I thank you that you have not abandoned me. Just like David prayed in Psalm 27, Lord, hear my voice when I call to you. Be gracious to me and answer me. Lord, I will seek your face. Do not hide your face from me. You have been my helper, do not leave me or abandon me.

I thank you that you will never leave me. Open my eyes to see your presence all around me. Let me hear your voice again and feel your love all around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayers for Loneliness for Your Loved Ones That Feel Lonely

God, I lift up this person to you. You know how they are feeling, and I ask that they feel your love and comfort today. For your word says in Psalm 34:18 that you are close to the broken hearted and those crushed in Spirit. I pray that you turn their sorrow to joy. I pray that you turn their loneliness into hope.

Show them that you have not forgotten about them Lord. Surround them with friends and family to show them that they are so loved. Show me how to love and encourage them in this season. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible Verses for Loneliness

What is a good Bible verse for loneliness? When you aren’t sure what to pray, declaring and praying God’s Word is so powerful.

When you feel lonely or want to pray over someone that feels lonely, declare these bible verses for loneliness.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” - Psalm 23:4

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10 ESV

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing." – Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” – 1 John 3:1

Christian Books on Loneliness

Want more encouragement as you overcome loneliness in this season? Check out Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst.

 

With Love, 

 

 

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