Prayer Guide: It Is Well

Music and Lyrics by Horatio Gates Stafford and Philip Paul Bliss. ©Public Domain

The prayer prompters below are suggestions to choose from in the context of corporate prayer or worship. Usually only one or two would be utilized, but we have provided a variety of ideas to choose from, or to use as inspiration to create your own.



When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

  • I praise You Lord for the promise of Your peace today as I face…
  • I praise You for the peace You gave me when…
  • I pray You will give supernatural peace to ____________ (name) in this time of sorrow.
  • I pray that You will teach _____________ (name) to find true wellness of soul as they face….


It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

  • Because You are ____________ (attribute of God), I know all is well.
  • Even though _____________ (situation), I praise You that I can proclaim “It is well.” 


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

  • Thank You for the assurance You gave me when Satan tried to…
  • Lord Jesus Christ, thank You that Your salvation and power are greater than Satan’s efforts to…
  • I pray You will give powerful assurance to ____________ (name) in this time of trial.
  • I pray that ____________ (name) will see their helplessness and call on You for salvation. 


My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

  • I praise You that all my sin, even _____________, has been nailed to the cross. 
    • Antiphonal response: “Praise the Lord”
  • I praise You Lord that, because of the cross, I no longer bear the burden of…
  • I pray that _____________ (name) will turn to the cross and be free from the burden of…


And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

  • Until that day when my “faith becomes sight”, help me to trust You for…
  • I praise You Lord that when You return, we will… (a promise of heaven, redemption, etc.)
    • Antiphonal: “It is well!”