Every relationship goes through hard times. The key is finding ways to navigate these moments, even when they feel like they will last forever. The foundation of any successful long-distance relationship is communication, compromise and trust. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s worth it in the end.
Prayer For Long Distance Relationships
Prayer for Strength
Jesus, my Savior, being in a long-distance relationship is hard. It’s hard to trust, to ignore doubts and let go of fears. You say to be strong and courageous. You say that I should not tremble or be dismayed because You are with me wherever I go. I know that, Jesus, but please help my unbelief. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit in my loneliness. Comfort me whenever I have a fight. Help me feel Your presence and comfort my needy soul. Amen.
Prayer to Defeat Temptation
God of Heaven’s Armies, You say that no temptation will overtake me except what is common to mankind. You say that You will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I can bear. Help me, God. It is difficult to be so many miles away from my loved one, unable to see his/her face and feel his/her warm embrace. Forge my strength against temptations of the flesh in his/her absence. Convict me with peace about the faithfulness of my loved one. Drive out jealousy, fear of the unknown and lack of trust from my mind. For both of us, I pray that when we are tempted, You provide a way out so that we can endure the temptation and move beyond it, remaining faithful to each other. Amen.
Prayer to Trust in God
Righteous Savior, I pray that I trust in You with all my heart, especially regarding my long-distance relationship. I pray that I do not lean on my own understanding because You see, hear and know all things. I am but a mere mortal, Jesus. You are all-powerful! Inspire me to trust You with my relationship and with my journey because You know what’s best for me. Mold me into Your image so that I can trust and acknowledge You to guide my path. Thank You, Jesus, for Your everlasting direction. Amen.
Prayer for Love to Conquer All
Lord of Power, I thank You for my long-distance relationship because I know that You have blessed me with this relationship. Show me how to continue to love and crush any bad feelings that may creep up within me because of doubt over such a long distance. You say that hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. Crush any hatred, jealousy, anger or bitterness in our relationship. Fill our hearts with agape love. Inspire within us a love that knows no distances or boundaries, that shines to the ends of this earth. Amen.
Prayer for Patience
God of Mercy and Love, give me the patience to endure the distance between myself and my loved one. You say that love is patient, and I am struggling to see an end to the distance that separates me from my loved one. Keep our love alive and strong while we have to be apart. Teach us how to love like You love Your children. Teach us to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. With love, I know that our love will conquer the miles that separate us. Thank You for the blessing of this relationship, Father. I pray that it will forever be kept in love. Amen.
Prayer for a Future
God my Great Provider, I thank You for my long-distance relationship. I place it in Your righteous hands and ask that You guide both me and my partner in our relationship. You know that plans that You have for us, Your plans are to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. I pray that if this relationship is in line with Your will, that You will show us what to do for the long-term health of our relationship. Lead us in our actions so we can protect this blessing we have received from You in each other. Direct us so that we may fulfill the plans that You have for our lives. Amen.
Prayer to Grow
Almighty and Everlasting Jesus, I give You thanks and I lift up Your precious name. You tell me to put away anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from my mouth. You tell me to be kind, humble, meek and patient. I try, dear Jesus! But I am so far from perfect. I have to get better at this and mature for my long-distance relationship to work. Help me to become mature in You, to pray with all my heart, and to adopt Your spirit of forgiveness. Mold me into Your image, and make me Your vessel. Amen.
Wailing or Worshiping?
I’m convicted by Hosea 7:14, which says: “They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds.”
I’ve spent many nights crying and crying on my bed. Many nights, these cries have been sincere, and I’ve felt God’s comfort.
But reflecting on other nights, I have to wonder: Was I crying out to God? Or was I just crying inconsolably?
There’s a healthy place for lament in the Christian life — especially prayers of lament in a long-distance relationship. You should cast “all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). We need to be honest with God even when we’re upset.
But we can’t stop there. Our lament must have an aim. We must ask God to turn our wailing into worship.
The worship may be tear-stained, throat-choked, and tight-fisted. You may feel helpless and close to hopeless.
That’s okay. God intends to change your heart through prayer. His compassion compels him to lead you to himself.
How to Get from Wail to Worship
In my experience, I’m not always ready to worship authentically when I begin praying. I need to start where I am and ask God to bring my heart up to speed with the truth.
So, start your prayers with brutal honesty. Tell God how you’re feeling.
Then, recall truths about God — his character, his power or his purposes. Soak them in and praise God for them.
Finally, consider how these truths can redirect your wails to worship. Confess your resistance to God. Ask him to transform you and thank him for the work he’s already done.
Three Prayers for Long-Distance Relationships
Below are three examples of prayers for long-distance relationships. Each of them reflects difficult emotions I felt when my husband and I dated long-distance.
You can pray along or use them as inspiration for your own prayers.
Make sure to read the verse alongside each prayer, too. The Bible is one of God’s primary tools for molding our hearts and helping us find the answers we need.
A Prayer for When You Miss Your Long-Distance Boyfriend
Lord, you know I miss him so much. You know that his absence makes my heart ache.
I don’t understand why we have to be separated right now, but I trust that your plans are good, God. Your thoughts and ways are much higher, much wiser, much better than mine. Please help me believe that.
God, you are completely worthy of all my love and attention. You’re the creator of relationships, and your intention is that all these emotions would lead me back to you.
I thank you, Jesus, that I never need to miss you. You are always with me — what an incredible truth! You delight in being with me even when I don’t delight in being with you.
Because, God, I confess that I sometimes long for my boyfriend’s presence more than yours. Would you restructure my heart’s affections?
I need you, Jesus. Thank you for remaining with me no matter what.
“I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
A Prayer for When You’re Unsure About the Future of Your Long-Distance Relationship
Hey God, what do you think about our relationship? Is it healthy? Is it good? Will it last?
I wish you would leave me a message in the sky or the snow or the sand — anything to let me know what I’m supposed to do next.
I long for words from you, God, but you have already given me your words in the Bible. I admit I don’t always appreciate that opening your Book requires me to open my heart to you.
But that’s why the answers aren’t obvious, isn’t it? I can’t find peace until I’ve found you, the living Word. Thank you for allowing us to know you, God, because wisdom begins with knowing you.
Please help me desire you more every day, Jesus. Help me be attentive to how you desire me to honor you through this relationship.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Proverbs 9:10)
A Prayer for When You Wish You Were with Your Long-Distance Boyfriend
Lord, I am impatient and upset. I don’t want to wait any longer to see him.
Help me trust your timing, God. You are neither slow nor hasty. Your pace is just right.
Grow my capacity to wait for good things, God. Help me recognize all the good you’ve already given me. Let my hope in eternity with you be greater than my hope of seeing my boyfriend.
My impatience reveals I’m not content. Help me be content. Renew my joy in living life with you, Jesus, and remind me your grace is all I need.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Bible Verse For Long Distance Relationship
God cares about you and your long-distance relationship, and he’s spoken to you through his Word. His words written in the Bible promise joy in sadness, truth in uncertainty, and hope in discouragement.
I know because reading the Bible gave me both comfort and clarity when my husband and I dated long-distance. I didn’t find every answer I was looking for, but I discovered Christ, and he was all I needed.
These Bible verses for long-distance relationships can encourage you to seek Christ in this difficult season. But don’t stop there. Open a Bible and read the raw thoughts of love’s Author, and call out in prayer that you would know him more.
Key Bible Verses for Long-Distance
Bible verses are listed in the English Standard Version (ESV).
1. Proverbs 13:12: Why Distance Hurts
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
2. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7: Finding Comfort in Christ
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
“For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.”
3. Lamentations 3:22-26: Waiting With Hope
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.”
4. Lamentations 3:31-33: Sovereignty in Suffering
“For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.”
5. Colossians 2:5: Together While Apart
“For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.”
6. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: Description of Love
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
7. Genesis 29:20: Laboring for Love
“So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.”
8. Proverbs 19:2: Taking Your Relationship Slowly
“Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.”
9. Romans 8:18 and 24-25: Where Hope Is Found
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.”
“…Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
10. Ephesians 5:21-33: The Meaning of Marriage
“…Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
11. Song of Solomon 2:7: Waiting to Awaken Desire
“I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.”
12. 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7: Purity of Body
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.
“For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.”
13. Proverbs 4:23: Purity of Heart
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
14. Philippians 4:8: Purity of Mind
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
15. 1 Timothy 4:12: Reveal Christ by Your Conduct
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
16. 2 Timothy 2:22: Be Passionate About Righteousness
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”
Patience & Perseverance
17. 1 Peter 1:6-7: The Purifying Power of Trials
“. . . In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
18. Philippians 2:14: Refraining From Complaining
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing.”
19. Psalm 27:14: Waiting For God
“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”
20. Romans 12:12: What To Do While You’re Waiting
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
21. 2 Corinthians 4:16: Fixing Your Eyes on Eternity
“This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Conflict & Communication
22. Proverbs 15:1: The Power of Words
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
23. James 1:19-20: The Pace of Words
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
24. Colossians 3:13: Forgiving Each Other
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
25. Ephesians 4:31-32: Motivation for Love
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Making Decisions About The Future
26. Ephesians 5:15-17: Kingdom-Minded Living
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
27. Proverbs 3:5-7: Trusting in the Lord
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.”
28. Proverbs 15:22: The Value of Seeking Advice
“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”
29. Proverbs 1:7: Where Wisdom Begins
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
30. James 3:17: Characteristics of Wise Decisions
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”
Prayer For Long Distance Marriage
1 Corinthians 13:7
O Lord, I understand that love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. In aa long-distance relationship, it sometimes gets hard to endure patiently every issue (whether major or minor), it also gets hard to have faith in my other half at all times, as well as to expect certain things from my partner. I pray that in every situation (in my long-distance relationship), I demonstrate this love that Your word talks about, Amen.
God of Peace, just as Your word tells me that You are absent in flesh, yet You are with me in spirit so that I can be joyful and behold You, I pray that I can also remain joyful even though my partner is absent in flesh. I pray for joy in my long-distance relationship; I pray that just as I am faithful to You who is not physically with me, let me be the same also for my partner, Amen.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6
God of Love help me to be more loving in my long-distance relationship. Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; doesn’t rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth. I pray that this type of love remains at the centre of my long-distance relationship so that it can flourish, Amen.
Lord of All, I pray that You watch between me and my partner, when we are absent from one another. I declare that in our long-distance relationship we will acknowledge that You see us both and will behave according to this standard. Let us not be double-sided in this relationship, I proclaim that the way I act when my partner is around and when he/she is not around will be the same, Amen.
Holy God, Your word declares that two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, one will lift us the other: but the one that is alone has no hand to help him up when he falls. Father, I pray that even though I am in a long-distance relationship, let my partner feel like they can lean on me. Let the two of us together be like one: unified and steadfast, Amen.
Righteous God, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevails against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. I thank You for the bond that I have with my long-distance partner and I pray that this bond is not quickly broken. I pray that we continue to support one another and uplift one another, Amen.
Awesome God, I bless Your Name. I praise You because You are worthy to be praised! I thank You, my Lord, upon every remembrance of my long-distance partner. Although my partner is absent in the flesh, I do not take it for granted that You have blessed me with them! I thank You for placing such a special person in my life. I declare protection and provision over their life, Amen.
Eternal God, I trust in You with all my heart; and lean not on my own understanding. In all of my ways I will acknowledge You, and You shall direct my paths. I know that my long-distance relationship is only by Your grace towards me. I pray that my partner and I continue to not be wise in our own eyes, instead we shall fear You and depart from evil for our own health. Continue to guide us both as we journey far from each other, Amen.
Precious God, this long distance relationship can be so draining at times. It is hard to show affection when my partner is absent in the flesh. It is sometimes hard to trust when I cannot see what he/she is doing. But Lord, I pray against my insecurities right now. I know and believe that this relationship can flourish, because You are the Lord, the God of all flesh. There is nothing too hard for You! Amen.
Eternal God, I thank You for my long-distance relationship because I know that it is by Your grace and mercy that I have this relationship. Let Your love be the foundation of this relationship because hatred only stirs up strife, but love covers all offences. I declare that in my relationship we will not give in to jealousy, nor will we respond out of anger. Instead we will reflect and act out of love at all times because love is the most important thing, Amen.
Beautiful One, I pray that my partner and I use our words to build one another in our long-distance relationship. I declare that we will put away anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from our mouths. We cannot show our affection via action as we live many miles apart but I pray that our words show true God-like compassion. I pray that we do not hold onto our complaints but forgive each other, as You have forgiven us, therefore we must also forgive, Amen.