19 Sincere Ways to Say “Thank You for Your Prayers and Thoughts”

Woman kneeling at her bedside to pray

A person of faith, regardless of religion, will tell you that prayer is one of the most powerful things on earth.

It softens hearts and eases pain. It offers hope in the darkest points of life and connects us to those for whom we pray.

Even in the realm of psychology, prayer is recognized as a way of reducing feelings of anxiety and isolation.[1]

When someone offers a prayer on your behalf, it can be hard to put your gratitude into words, especially during difficult and emotional times.

We offer the list of ways to thank someone for their prayers and thoughts in situations such as this.

We also provide advice for choosing the one just right for you.

  1. Thank you for your continued prayers during these difficult times. My family and I are truly grateful for your words and thoughts and pray God will watch over you.
  2. I’m overwhelmed by the goodness of God today as I announce that [self or loved one] is doing well and will make a full recovery. I know beyond any doubt that your prayers have had a major hand in this great miracle. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
  3. I wanted to send a note to thank you for taking the time to pray for our family this week. Your help was needed and appreciated. I pray that the Lord will receive the thoughtfulness you gave us as an act of service for Him. God bless you![2]
  4. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts. I’ve truly felt your love. You’ve helped to make the hardest time in my life more bearable and I’ll never forget the love you’ve shown to me.
  5. Thank you for your prayers and kind words. You’ve been a true guardian angel in my life.
  6. The kindness and well wishes you’ve shown to me while I’ve been sick were an answer to my prayers. You’ve been a godsend. Thank you for everything.
  7. I want to thank all of you for your love and service, and especially for your prayers to help me get through the loss of my [loved one].
  8. God has truly blessed my life through your prayers and selfless acts of service, for which I am eternally grateful.
  9. There’s nothing like being able to come home to recover! I’m taking it easy for a while and letting others do the work. They hope I don’t get used to it. Thanks for all your prayers — they are working![2]
  10. Friends like you are such a blessing, especially in times of loss. Thank you for all your prayers and for always being there for me.
  11. [Insert name here] is doing so much better, thanks to your prayers and the wonderful medical staff here at [hospital name]. We’ll never be able to repay your kindness, but we pray the Lord will bless you for everything you’ve done.
  12. Sometimes, all someone needs to get better is a good prayer to the Lord from another person on his/her behalf. Thank you.[3]
  13. Our baby’s delivery went well without any complications. Mother and baby are doing fine. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your prayers.
  14. Your prayers have been a tremendous comfort and strength to me. Thank you for your love and support.
  15. I can’t imagine how I would have gotten through my illness without your prayers. Thank you for being such a great blessing in my life.
  16. You and I know that prayers often work better than pills, and I’m living proof. Thank you for your prayers during my illness; the doctor couldn’t believe I recovered so quickly and fully.[2]
  17. You stuck by my side when no one else did and kept me in your prayers. Saying thank you doesn’t even begin to describe my gratitude. Just know how much you mean to me.
  18. You’ve been a shining example of our Savior, praying and caring for me in my time of need. Thank you, dearest friend.
  19. Thank you, [name here], for all your prayers and well wishes. It means the world and has made a huge difference in my life.

Tips for Choosing the Right “Thank You for Your Prayers” Message

The perfect message to share will depend on the specifics of your situation and how close you are to the person (or people) who’ve been offering their prayers and thoughts.

If you’re struggling to decide which message to share, here are some tips for making the choice.

  • Consider the circumstances. Oftentimes, prayer on another’s behalf is very specific. Someone might pray for another person’s recovery from illness, success in their job search, or comfort during grief, among other situations. Include a message that gives thanks for prayers for your individual needs.
  • Keep your relationship with the person in mind. Thanking a sibling is a lot different than thanking a colleague or your pastor. Thinking of who the message is for will help narrow down your choices and find the right tone.
  • What speaks to you? Make a note of messages that you feel a connection to. Then ponder each one, weeding out the messages you feel a weaker response to until you’re down to a couple.
  • Feel free to switch around words. If you see a message you like, but it doesn’t quite sound right coming from you or doesn’t precisely fit your situation, change the words around. Add some descriptive words and let the receiver know if you have a list of things for which to be thankful. Make the message your own.
  1. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/17/health/benefits-of-prayer-wellness/index.html[]
  2. “Thank You For Your Prayers: Acknowledge Well-Wishers,” Write Thank You Notes[][][]
  3. “25 Grateful Thank You Notes for Prayers and Support During Illness,” Tosaylib[]

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