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When a husband or wife leaves the family, the spouse left behind is broken and torn into pieces. The children may be scared and confused about what is happening. You may also be feeling these frustrations and depressive symptoms. The future may look grim. How do you handle having someone who was the love of your life walk away? How will you protect your children? What about your home? All of these questions can leave you feeling hopeless. One simple way to heal is to turn to God. God is the rock and foundation of all the things we do in our lives, and no matter what happens in life, nothing can shake him. You never have to be alone when God is on your side. Here are 6 prayers to get you through the difficult days after a spouse leaves the family.

Prayer for the Children

Lord,

The children are confused, scared and miss their Father. They wonder where he has gone and why he isn’t tucking them in at night. They are asking me the toughest questions and I am having a hard time finding the best way to answer them. I do not want them to feel abandoned, unloved or unwanted. I do not want them to think this is their fault. I ask you tonight to give me guidance. I ask that you cradle them in your arms during this difficult time. Please anoint them with strength and remind them that your love conquers all. Fill them up with the light of your son Jesus Christ.

Amen

Prayer for the Spouse’s Wellbeing

Holy Father,

I do not understand why he left our family. We feel abandoned and unwanted. I know, though, that something strong and evil is residing in him. Because of that, please keep the enemy away from my spouse. Even with the terrible choices he is making, I know he can be restored and come back to you Lord. Please do not give up on him. Evil and darkness is plaguing his mind. Please keep him healthy, strong, and watch over him during this tragic time. I know he has made mistakes but I would like no harm to come to my family. Despite my feelings of anger and resentment, I want to show love and ask that you protect his wellbeing. All of this is happening for a reason, and I will continue to work to show love and understanding as you would want me to.

Amen

Prayer for Bringing the Family Back Together

Heavenly Father,

I cry out to you today filled with sorrow and despair. Please return my family back together. I am lost that they walked out on our family. Please help me in repairing my marriage. I am open to change. I pray for help to see my faults and shortcomings. Help me become a healer for our family and bring peace and serenity back into our home. Give me the power of the Holy Spirit to change positively each day. I wish to grow and flourish in my marriage and beg for its reconciliation. Lead me to what you think is right. I will trust in your to change me and teach me. God, I believe in forgiveness and my family.

Amen

Prayer for the Heartbreak

Lord,

I ask you to heal my wounded heart. I surrender all the broken pieces to you for healing. Don’t allow me to let bitterness live here. Help me remember that I have a beautiful purpose for my life – living for you. My loving family, children and friends are more than I could ask for and let their love embrace me during this difficult time. I don’t understand how this is happening, but I believe that you are working through me and have a plan for my life. Help me to see your diving purpose in all of this. Let my heart be filled with your purpose. Help me to never speak negatively about my spouse, and instead be filled with peace and serenity. This won’t come quickly, but with your help my heart will be whole again. I believe in that and I believe in You. You gave your Son for me, I will give you my trust and heart.

In Jesus’ Name We Pray,

Amen

Prayer when You Need Strength

Lord,

I spend my days pretending things are fine. I use all my energy to put on a smiling face and show my children that I am strong and we will be able to get through this. But I am running out of strength. I am feeling defeated and broken down. It’s getting harder with each passing day to get out of bed. The world seems grim and my future too dark. Please fill my heart with the knowledge of your love, your goodness and your faithfulness. Remind me that it is okay to cry, that it is okay to let out my frustrations and ask for your help. Remind me how valuable I am to you. I want to feel your loving arms surround me and lift me up from the dark hole I am in. I want to use this time to draw closer to you and gain a stronger relationship! I do not want this pain to tear me down. Give me the strength to continue on. I entrust my life with you.

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