Prayers for Suicidal Thoughts: 15 Powerful Hopeful

By David •  Updated: 05/04/22 •  11 min read

Do you or a loved one struggle with suicidal thoughts? I want to let you know that you are not alone because the Lord loves and cares for you.

It’s important that you draw closer to God in prayer to feel His love and healing presence.

This is what these 15 prayers for suicidal thoughts seek to achieve in your life. I have included scriptural references to help you pray according to God’s word.

May you have victory as you engage God in these prayers and meditate on these scriptures. I pray that through these prayers, God will restore hope and bring back sparkles into your eyes.

Here are 15 Prayers for Suicidal Thoughts.

  1. Prayer for Suicidal Thoughts.

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV) – This day, I call the heavens and the earth as witness against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now Choose life so that you and your children will live.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you because I know that it is your will for me to live life and to live it abundantly. Though you have set the option of life or death before me, and you urge me to choose life.

This warms my heart and gives me hope when I have no reason to stay hopeful. It gives me the assurance that you love and care about my well-being.

So I ask that you take over my thought process and fill it with reasons to want to live.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Most Powerful Prayers for Depression.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) – But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness so that Christ’s power may rest upon me.

Sovereign Lord, I come before you today asking that your mercy will speak for me, especially now.

You have commanded that we can obtain mercy and grace to help us when we come to you. So, I ask that your mercy will be sufficient for me in my present weakness.

Lord, I ask that you fill me with hope through your love. May your love and grace sustain and pull me out of the pit of destruction.

I speak life and healing into my heart right now. Lastly, I pray that you shine your light into my heart and dispel every darkness in it.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayers for a Child with Suicidal Thoughts.

John 1:4-5 (NIV) – In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Mighty Redeemer, thank you for the gift of life and salvation you have given my baby. Your word says that the life he now lives is not his but the life of Christ. As he struggles with suicidal thoughts, I ask that you remind him of this.

Help him understand that he doesn’t own himself anymore, so he has no right to take his life. I pray that the life of Christ in him will overcome every darkness in his heart. May this light inspire hope and newness in his heart and mind.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayers for Depression and Suicidal Thoughts.

John 10:10 (NIV) – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.

My Divine Helper, through your word, I have come to know the devil’s plan in my life. He intends to steal, kill and destroy me.

For so long, he has succeeded in my life. He has stolen my joy and killed hope in me. But I pray that you will not let him destroy me.

Uphold me in your mercy. Cause me to begin to see reasons to live again. I ask that I will not just live but I will enjoy my life to the fullest. Lastly, I ask that you restore my joy and renew my heart with hope.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayers for Fighting Suicidal Thoughts.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV) – Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about those things.

Heavenly Father, your word says that a man is the product of his own thinking. For days now, I have overwhelmed myself with negative thoughts that have caused me to desire death. Please deliver me from those kinds of thoughts.

Holy Spirit, help me take charge of my thought process. Please assist me in focusing on positive and renewing thoughts. Lastly, fill my heart with your words, study constantly and meditate on your words daily.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  1. Prayer for Friend with Suicidal Thoughts.

Psalm 33:20-22 (NIV) – We wait for the Lord; he is our hope and our shield.

In him, our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

Dear God, you are our life and hope. Those who trust in you are neither moved nor shaken because their hearts are firm on you. So, I pray for my friend today, and I ask that you help his heart trust in you.

Father, I ask that you forgive him for failing to acknowledge you in his situation. In your mercy, restore hope and cause his heart to be glad again. Above all, be with him as he put his hope in you in your unfailing love.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Someone Having Suicidal Thoughts.

Psalm 6:9 (NIV) – The Lord heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayers.

Eternal God, I commit ____ into your caring hands. I pray that you hear her prayers and cry for help. I’m aware she groans in deep agony every night, and her struggles at night often wear her out.

Lord Jesus, I have seen a recent change in her behavior; I fear she will take her life if you don’t intervene. I don’t know what drove her into this state, but I know you do. So I pray you to show her mercy and come quickly to her help.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Suicidal Brother.

Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV) – How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death. 

Merciful Lord, I fear for my brother. I have noticed how withdrawn he has been of late, and I fear he is contemplating suicide.

This has been a particularly rough year for him, so I fear he may want to escape his pains.

Lord, I ask that you do not stay silent and watch him succeed in this. Please restore light and hope in his life. Most importantly, help him trust you and wait upon you until his change comes.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Suicidal Daughter.

Psalm 94: 17-19 (NIV) – Unless that Lord has given me help, I will soon have dwelt in the silence of death.

When I said my foot is slipping, your unfailing love, Lord, supported me, and your consolation brought me joy.

Heavenly Father, my help comes from you because you are my ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, I come to you about my daughter, who is suicidal. I ask that you help her because I can’t help her right now.

Lord Jesus, uphold her and do not let her slip. I ask that you support and sustain her in your unfailing love. Lastly, comfort her so that your consolations will fill her with joy and strength.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Suicidal Husband.

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons; neither the present nor the future; nor any powers,

neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gracious God, my husband, often feels out of place in this world. He constantly struggles to fit in, and right now, he is tired of struggling. I feel like he is about to throw in the towel and end his struggle.

Lord, I ask that you help him see his worth and value as a believer. Remind him of who he is and the price you paid for his life.

Most importantly, may this knowledge inspire hope in him and assist him in taking his place in this world.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Suicidal Son.

John 16:33 (NIV) – 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.

Almighty God, please hear my cry for help over my son, who has suicidal thoughts. I have sought professional help for him, but he will not even speak to the therapist. I want to be there for him, but I don’t have the right words.

So I ask that you come to him and help him. I pray that you fill his heart with your peace. Please be with him when he is alone and don’t let him take his own life. Lastly, I ask that you help him know that he is loved, seen, and heard.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Suicidal Teenager.

Psalm 3:3 (NIV) – But you are a shield around me, O Lord, you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

Faithful God, I miss my very lively baby. I look at my little boy, and I can’t help but cry. This is because the sparkles that were once in his eyes are no more there.

Lord, I ask that you bestow glory on him and cause him to radiate in your love again. I ask that you lift his head and crown him with the oil of gladness. Instead of a heavy spirit, please fill his heart with peace, love, and joy.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Those with Suicidal Thoughts.

Joshua 1:9 (NIV) – Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For the Lord, your God will be with you wherever you go.

Abba Father, I feel so dissatisfied and discouraged with life. I feel worthless, alone, and abandoned. My heart is so heavy, and the pain I feel is so great.

Lord Jesus, I feel like I am drowning, and I don’t even want to fight for my life. I don’t see any reason to.

Therefore, Lord, I ask that you give me a reason to want to live again. I ask that you encourage me and help me to be strong.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer to Remove Suicidal Thoughts.

Psalm 40:1-2 (NIV) – He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Holy Father, I come to you because I am in a dark place now. I’m engulfed in the darkness, so I can’t find my way to light. I just want to end it all right now to be free from my misery and suffering.

Dear Lord, I ask that your light will overshadow this darkness. Help me to stop falling for the tricks the devil is playing with my life.

I also ask that you will not let me give in to his scheming. Rather help me to know the truth so that the truth will set me free.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayers for Suicidal Loved One.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Loving Father, I know that it is difficult to pray when one is consumed with suicidal thoughts. This is why I come to you on behalf of (insert name). Right now, I know that praying is the very last thing on her mind.

So I ask that you will help and strengthen her. I ask that you be close to her right now, whispering words of hope and affection. Touch her heart and help her to open up.

Lastly, I ask that as she casts her burdens on you that you will care for her.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Conclusion

I hope you find healing and hope through these powerful prayers for suicidal thoughts. Let God help you through these prayers as you reach out to Him.

I pray above all things that you will understand and accept God’s infinite love for you. Amen!

David

Is an Ordained Minister and Life Coach. He is an ordained minister since 1988. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his personal savior, he answered the call to ministry.