Building Faith: How Prayer Helps Heartbreak

Building faith can be tough when you’re facing a difficult time, especially if you’re reeling after a heartbreaking loss, disappointment, or letdown.

Though it’s not a magical fix or an instant cure for what weighs us down, I’ve found that prayer helps heal heartbreak over time. Daily prayer is always a healthy habit, whether you’re a new believer or struggling with your faith.

Here are the ways I’ve noticed prayer has a positive impact on my life, even in dark or upsetting seasons of life.

Stopping to Reflect

The act of prayer gives us a chance to stop, be still, and reflect on what lies ahead (or what happened to us during the day). Even if we are not feeling particularly emotionally connected to God during our prayers, taking the time out of your day to pray allows you to center yourself, calm your breathing, and step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. That quiet time can help you find perspective during heartbreak and in the weeks and months following.

Honesty with God

A quick look through the Psalms shows us we don’t have to wait for prayer until we are feeling happy. Prayer is not reserved for those who feel especially close to God, nor those who feel spiritually strong and ready to take on anything.

While we can and should pray during happy times, prayer is always an option. No matter how you feel or what you’re facing, God loves you, and He is listening to your cries. Honesty with God about your heartbreak is healthy and safe, and it can be particularly healing during times when you are still struggling to be open about your heartbreak with people around you.

A Sense of Connection

Praying alone isn’t the only way to be comforted during heartbreak. Praying with others is a great way to foster a sense of connection so your heartbreak feels less isolating.

Whether praying for your friend to shift your focus to others, or opening up and asking someone to pray for you, prayer can bring people together and strengthen their friendships and relationships.

A Change of Heart

“Create in me a pure heart, O God. And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” - Psalm 51:10

Prayer doesn’t often reverse a situation or change things to be closer to exactly how we want them. But prayer does change us, even when our outward circumstances don’t appear to improve.

Praying regularly can help you cultivate the acceptance and courage you need to overcome heartbreak, even though it’s never an easy feat.

When we pray, we are asking God for help. And with His help, we can grow, mature, and become stronger no matter what life throws our way. Think about how you would like your heart to heal. Ask God to help you get there, and celebrate each victory along the way.

Remember, struggles can persist even when we make regular efforts to pray. Don’t despair; reach out to a Hope Coach at TheHopeLine. We offer support during heartbreak, and encouragement to help you keep moving forward. You don’t have to go through this alone.

When you’re brokenhearted and struggling, feeling God’s love is hard. Read this blog to find out how to continue loving God through painful times

Dawson McAllister
Dawson McAllister, also known as America's youth pastor, was an author, radio host, speaker, and founder of TheHopeLine. McAllister attended Bethel College in Minnesota for undergraduate work where he graduated in 1968, began graduate studies at Talbot School of Theology in California, and received an honorary doctorate from Biola University.
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