Looking for morning prayers to pray for your family and friends? Prayer is one of the best ways we can show care and appreciation for the loved ones in our lives. Whether you are a parent, friend, aunt, uncle, or grandmother, we all have people in our lives who are very special to us. Prayer is one of the greatest gifts we can give to them.
Why Should We Pray for Family and Friends in the Morning?
Although we can certainly pray without ceasing by praying for others throughout the day, I also find great value in rising early in the morning to spend time in prayer before I begin my day. Jesus also rose early in the morning to pray (Mark 1:35). He often removed himself from large crowds to spend time alone with God.
There is nothing like the quiet stillness of the break of dawn. As the sun prepares to welcome another day, we can prepare our hearts to spend quiet, uninterrupted time with the Lord in prayer.
Here are 12 morning prayers for family and friends when you are looking to encourage others through your prayers. You can also download a set of FREE prayer printables at the end of this post!
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers for Health and Well-Being
Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.Proverbs 15:30
Lord, I pray this morning for my family’s health and well-being. Thank you for extending your grace and mercy. Grant vigor to their bodies and nourishment to their bones. Give them the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength they need to lead powerful lives for your honor and glory. Amen.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers for Strength
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.Psalm 18:32
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being our strength and fortress. Remind us each day that we can draw from your power and might. During times of weakness, guide and lead us through the power of your Holy Spirit. I ask that you will give my friends and family everything they need to face this week with power and confidence. Strengthen them in the midst of their circumstances, and remind them through your Word that they are treasured in your sight.
You are our light and salvation, therefore we have nothing to fear. In the day of trouble, you promise to keep us safe in your dwelling–and you have placed our feet high upon the rock of your strength (Psalm 27:1,5). Grant us comfort, peace and rest today, as we hold firmly to your unchanging hand. Amen.
Related: Check out these 26 Powerful Psalms for Strength.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers for Hope
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.Psalm 25:5
Have you placed your complete hope in God? Have you given over to him the deepest longings of your heart? Put your hope in him, and he will never disappoint you.
This does not mean that we will never face disappointments by others. This sinful world will still inflict pain and hurt. But when our hearts grow weary, aching from the pain of deferred hope, God will fulfill our longings with satisfaction, strengthening our souls like a strong tree.
May this prayer give them comfort and strength to continue to trust in the Lord each day.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for my family and friends today. Give them hope to trust in you. No one who puts their hope in you will ever be put to shame (Psalm 25:3). Be with them through the difficult circumstances they may be facing, and remind them that you are with them always. May their hope and trust in you strengthen their souls today. Amen.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers for Peace
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
Are your friends and family members in need of a little peace? No matter what you are going through, we can rest in the peace of God’s Word to calm our hearts and souls when we are in need of his rest.
Jesus told the disciples before he left to return to the Father, that he would give them his peace:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
And that peace now resides with us through the Holy Spirit! May the Lord clothe you with his perfect peace today. Whatever turbulent waters you may come across, remember that God’s perfect peace will sustain you through every storm!
Prayer: Lord, may the peace of Christ rule in our hearts today. Fill us with your peace and may it overflow into our homes and communities. Grant us peace and stability within our nations. Help us to strive to maintain peace among our neighbors, family members, and friends. In Jesus name, Amen.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers for Comfort in the Midst of Grief
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.Psalm 119:50
Prayer: Lord, this morning I ask for you to comfort my family and friends who are grieving a loved one. Let them know how much they are loved by you. Strengthen them as they mourn the loss of those who are no longer with them. Hold them in your loving arms and fill them with your peace and strength. Amen.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Get Well Prayers
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.3 John 1:2
Do you know anyone in your family who is sick? May these prayers offer encouragement to family members and friends who are going through illness.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for my family and friends who are struggling with physical illness. Please touch their bodies and help them to recover very soon. Surround them with your protection and grant them grace and peace during this time. In Jesus name, Amen.
Related: Take a look at these 23 Get Well Prayers and download free printable cards!
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers for Finances
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19
Some of your family and friends may have financial struggles that you may or may not be aware of. It is certainly a blessing to pray that God gives them wisdom and discernment to manage their finances wisely, and for the Lord to meet all of their physical needs.
Prayer: Lord, this morning I pray for the finances of my family and friends. I praise you for being Jehovah Jireh–our Provider. Continue to provide for their needs, and guide them to make wise financial decisions with your hope and peace. Amen.
Related: You can also check out these 51 Scriptures on managing finances here!
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Strengthened Relationships
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way…Isaiah 35:3
Prayer: Lord, this morning I pray that you will strengthen the relationships of my family and friends. Help us to communicate well with one another and to offer help and support to one another. Strengthen their relationships with extended family, friends, and members of their community. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers for Joy
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.Psalm 28:7
Whenever I think of joy, I am reminded of how Nehemiah encouraged the people of Israel. In Nehemiah chapter 8, Ezra the priest brought the book of the Law and read it before the people of Israel. He read the Law from morning till noon, and the people worshiped the Lord by lifting their hands and bowing down before the Lord (Nehemiah 8:6).
The people became so overwhelmed by the hearing of God’s Word that they began to weep (Nehemiah 8:9).
Here is where Nehemiah encouraged the Israelites:
“Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
The Hebrew word strength in this passage means “a place of safety, protection, and refuge” (source). Nehemiah encouraged the people to not mourn or grieve at the hearing of the Word of God, but to rejoice. The joy of the Lord was their strength, protection, and place of refuge.
May this joy be our place of refuge, protection, and strength today!
Prayer: Lord, this morning I ask for you to fill my family with joy. Even in the midst of difficult circumstances, we can still find true contentment and peace in you. Your joy brings us triumph over our enemies, and delight in the midst of despair. You know what my friends and family members are currently going through.
Meet them where they are, and surround them with your presence. We know that sometimes weeping endures for a night, but may your joy come in the morning–as strong and steadfast as the morning sun. Amen.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers for Love
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.Psalm 5:11
Prayer: Lord, I offer morning prayers to you for my family and friends. Surround them with your love and grace today. May they know and experience the amazing love that you have bestowed upon each of us. Help them to understand the depth and width of your love for them, and may they extend that love, mercy and grace to those around them. Amen.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers of Forgiveness
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the powerful forgiveness that we have through Jesus. Thank you for cleansing us from all unrighteousness. Today I pray for my family and friends, and I ask for them to forgive one another for the sins they have committed against one another. Help us all to live our lives after your example, by choosing to embrace each other with love and forgiveness. Amen.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Prayers for Unbelievers
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
If you are praying for an unsaved family member or friend, don’t give up hope! Pray that the Lord will open their spiritual eyes so that they can see the light of Christ, that they be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Lord, this morning I pray for my family members and friends who have not yet given their lives to you. Open their eyes so that they may see the beautiful light of your truth. I pray that they will believe in their hearts the message of the Gospel, and repent and follow you. Grant them salvation through the power of your Holy Spirit, and may they spend eternity with you forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Morning Prayers for Family and Friends–Free Printables
You can also download and print these powerful prayers by clicking on the links below!
How can we remain hopeful in the midst of the chaos and mayhem that seems to be all around us? We must keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
I hope that these morning prayers for family and friends are an encouragement to you as you seek the Lord each day on behalf of the loved ones in your life!
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