Thank You For Your Prayers: A Guide with 36 Examples

When someone prays for you, you may want to send a thank you for your prayers message. Even when the prayers are not answered the way we want, we can still express our gratitude to those who have been praying for us.

Sometimes the prayers are for specific reasons, such as when sick, having surgery, when a person passes away, or another challenging time.

There could also be family members or a friend that are praying for you every day because they love and care for you.

How To Say Thank You ForThe Prayers

When saying thank you for prayers, you can write a handwritten thank you note, send an email, or write a text message.

Here is a template thank you message for prayers.

[1] Dear [Person’s Name],

[2] Thank you for your prayers during [reason for the prayers]. I appreciate that you thought of me and [then provide an update on the situation]. You’re a great friend.

[3] God bless,

[4] [Your Name]

Template notes

[1] The Greeting. You can also remove the Dear and start with the person’s name.

[2] The Thank You. Write a short thank you message. If you are comfortable sharing, you can an update regarding the situation that was being prayed about. It’s also okay not to share about the situation. You can also include a compliment of the person if you’d like to.

[3] The Closing. Other closings could be My God bless you, Kind regards, Sincerely, or Thanks again.

[4] Your Name. Remember to sign your name!

If you want to include Bible verses in your note, I suggest Numbers 6:24-26:

24 The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.

If you send a text message, you probably do not need to start with a greeting, and you can remove the closing and your name. However, you can if you want to. Text messages are generally more casual than a written notecard.

A handwritten note will feel more personal and could be mailed or handed to the person (perhaps at church). There are plenty of choices of notecards. You can review my guide for choosing a note card.

The thanks for your prayers examples below will be only the “thank you” section (part 2) of the thank you note. They are grouped by possible situations to help you find the right words.

Short Thank You For Your Prayers Quotes

The messages in this section are only one or two sentences. They can be used as the start of a longer thank-you note. Or use them to say thank you for praying when you don’t want to share details or an update on the situation.

  1. Thanks for praying for me!
  2. Thank you for all the prayers during this difficult time.
  3. Thank you for your support and prayers.
  4. Thank you for the prayers. You’re a great friend.
  5. With a grateful heart, I want to thank you for your prayers.
  6. Thank you for thinking of me while I’ve been sick. I appreciated your prayers.
  7. Thank you for your good thoughts and prayers.
  8. I feel blessed knowing that you are praying for me. Thank you!
  9. Thank you for your prayers, love, and support. To God be the glory!
  10. Thank you for your prayers.

Also, I usually encourage people to be specific when writing thank you notes, sometimes, the situation being prayed for is too personal or upsetting to write about in a note. And it’s possible that the person praying for you doesn’t know the details (such as an unspoken prayer request). So, there will be examples below that are intentionally vague.

Thank You for Your Prayers and Thoughts Messages

Here are some longer example messages for saying thank you for your prayers.

#1 Thank you for your prayers and concern. The past few months have been challenging with my children. The situation is improving, and I appreciate your continued prayers.

#2 Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts. Your friendship means a lot to me, and I’m so thankful that you are my prayer partner. Knowing that you are praying for me helps me get through the day.

#3 I am writing to you today with a thankful heart! I want to thank you for praying for me and reminding me of God’s promises. I have so much joy and feel optimistic about what God has in store for my life.

#4 Thank you for your prayers and for sharing 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 with me. Even though the days feel tough, I am working on giving thanks in all circumstances. I am forever grateful to have you in my life.

#5 Thank you for your kind words and praying for me yesterday. The comforting words reminded me of God’s love. I’m feeling much more positive today. May God bless you!

#6 Thank you for all your prayers. I appreciate your support and kind words. I am happy to share that the situation is improving! Thank the good Lord.

#7 I feel blessed knowing that you are praying for me. I am grateful for your encouragement as well. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank You for All the Prayers, Love, and Support Messages

The thank you messages in this section are for thanking someone for the prayers, love, and support.

Related: Thank you for your support

#1 With all my heart, I thank you for your prayers, love, and support. I feel so blessed to have you in my life. The prayer you said for me last week at our small group was amazing. I will never forget your words. They are helping me to stay strong.

#2 Thanks for your prayers and support. I have so much gratitude for you and the love that we share. I thank God that you are part of my life. I pray for you daily as I know you are praying for me.

#3 Thank you for your prayers and financial support recently. The past month has been the most difficult time of my life. Your generosity and act of kindness by blessing me by paying my rent are very appreciated. I feel God’s presence as I pray and look to scripture for guidance. You’ve made a difference in my life, and I a grateful for you.

#4 I am so thankful for you! You are a true friend. I appreciate all the love, prayers, and support. Also, thank you for the reminder of all the positive things in my life. Your thoughtful words brought a smile to my face.

#5 Thank you for supporting me with constant prayers. I thank the Lord for you when I pray. You’ll be glad to hear that my relationship with my mom is improving. I’ve studied the scriptures that you recommended. I am grateful to you for pointing me in the right direction. Thank you for loving me so well.

#6 Thank you for praying for spiritual growth for my kids. I appreciate your support as they start on their Christian journey. 

Thank You For Your Condolences and Prayers messages

The thank you messages below will help you write a note to say thank you for condolences and prayers after someone passes.

Some of the examples would also work as a Facebook status post, as you may be overwhelmed with Facebook comments if you shared the loss of a loved one on Facebook.

Related: Thank you notes after funeral

#1 Thank you for your condolences and prayers during this difficult time. Your prayers and support were appreciated when Elwood was declining. We know he is free from pain with the Lord now.

#2 I was grateful for your prayers and condolences when Violet passed. Your thoughtful words were a reminder of the many supportive friends and family. Thank you for praying for me during this challenging time.

#3 Thank you for all your kind condolences and prayers. Losing Lina was hard, and we are thankful for all the people that prayed and sent sympathy messages.

#4 Thanks for the condolences and continued prayers. The family is still in shock regarding Jackson’s death following his heart attack. We appreciate all the support and love.

#5 Thank you for praying for me and for your condolence text messages when my aunt died. I’m still working through my grief and would appreciate any ongoing prayers. You are an awesome friend. Thank you for listening when I needed a shoulder to cry on last

#6 Thank you for your kind words of sympathy when my grandma died. I am grateful for all your prayers as well. As we continue to live our lives, I am thankful for all my friends and family.

Thank you for your prayers during my illness

Thank You for Your Prayers During My Illness or Surgery Messages

When you (or someone in your family) are sick or having surgery, friends, family, and people from your church may be praying for you. Here are some ways you can thank them for their prayers.

Related: Thank you for the food while sick or after surgery.

#1 Thank you for the prayers and get well wishes while I’ve been recovering from surgery. I am feeling much better and will be going back to work soon. Praise the Lord!

#2 Thank you for praying for [Name] while he’s been in the hospital. You are a good friend. We are taking each day one at a time and relying on our heavenly father. We remain hopeful for a full recovery.

#3 Your prayers are a precious gift. Thank you for uplifting my family and me in prayer while I’ve been struggling with this illness. I am grateful that the kids are old enough to care for themselves while I recover. Also, thank you for dropping off the casseroles. They have helped to ease the meal time stress. I appreciated all of your support. You are a true friend and mean the world to me.

#4 Thank you for your support and prayers while I nurse Bob back to good health. He is having a hard time being stuck in the house. I am glad that you are praying for both of us. You’ve been a blessing to both of us. We have hope that Bob will be better soon.

#5 Thank you for your prayers during my illness. My faith is in the Lord, and I look to Him during difficult times. Having so many people praying for me brings me joy. I thank God for my friends and family while facing an uncertain future.

#6 Your prayers have brought me comfort while I struggle with cancer. Thank you so much for consistently praying for my family and me. While we don’t know what the future holds, I am overflowing with gratitude for my life and strong relationships. With the grace of God, I have faith in a full recovery on earth or in Heaven. Again, I am thankful for all the prayers and support.

#7 I was thankful to hear from you last week and to learn that you’ve been praying for me all along. I had a checkup yesterday, and my recovery is headed in the right direction. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. I’m grateful to have you in my life.

Thank You Letter to the Church Family for the Prayers Example

When you or a family member go through a difficult time or illness, your church may be praying for you. Often there could be a prayer chain or a pastor offering up a prayer during a service on behalf of your family.

When a larger group from the church is praying, you can write a letter to the church to the pastor (or another appropriate contact). That person may choose to read your letter to the congregation.

You can add additional paragraphs as needed, depending on how in-depth you want to go. Also, your wording can change based on the outlook of the situation.

Dear Friends,

We want to thank everyone in our church family that has been praying for Jake and our entire family. Unfortunately, the last month has been difficult for our family with Jake’s health problems.

We appreciate every text message, prayer, good thought, and support while we weather this storm. We are blessed to have strong relationships with many others who follow Christ.

With love,

The Jones Family

Thank You For Your Prayers Summary

Knowing that someone is praying for you can feel fantastic. However, knowing what to say to express gratitude can sometimes be challenging.

The thank you for your prayers example messages and template will help you with the wording for a thank you note.

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Author: Heidi Bender

Title: Writer

Expertise: Thank You Notes


Heidi Bender is a writer and author who founded Tons of Thanks. She aims to help people write thank-you notes by providing examples and tips. She is the author of She is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes.