8 Encouraging Prayers For Moving Away

Concerned about having to move away from where you live now?  Do you need to pray about it and are not sure where to begin?

There are many reasons for why people have to move away.  Any of them are worthy of lifting to God in prayer. You may need to pray specifically about moving to a new home. Perhaps you are needing to move for your spouse’s job.

Whatever your situation, these eight encouraging prayers about moving away are here for you to use and pray and live into, as you seek God’s guidance and direction.

Even in ancient times, the people of God sought out God to guide them to where they needed to go and live.  You will be joining a long tradition of trust and faith as you move.

“Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped” (Numbers 9.17, NIV).

You don’t need to worry if your situation is a little different than the prayers below. You can easily change the words of these prayers to fit your circumstance and make them personal to you and your family. Use these prayers to get you started in growing closer to God and letting your heart be known to God.

We look forward to hearing your prayer requests and answers to prayer in the comment section below as well!

Short Prayer for Moving Away

Dear God, I have to move away from where I’ve been living and while I’m excited about it, I also don’t want to leave where I know people and have lived for a few years. Please help me to let go and leave well. Also please help me embrace my new place and this new season of life where I am headed. In the strong name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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Prayer for Moving Away to College

Lord Jesus, I am leaving home soon to go off to college. I am scared a bit, but also know I need to go. I have graduated high school and going to college is the next step in my life of growing up.

It’s a whole new place and environment and I don’t really know anyone there. Help me to make some connections with people.  I hope and pray I can find a few people to become friends with and enjoy college with these next few years.

I need strength and confidence I don’t have at the moment so fill me with your Spirit of power and love and trust.  I’m already missing my family and I haven’t even left yet.  Help me not get overly homesick.  I pray this prayer, trusting in the grace and love of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer for Moving Away After Divorce

God, I am off to a new place to live, as my marriage has ended. I am devastated but it’s best if my wife, I mean my ex-wife stays in the house with the kids so they have stability. I already miss them.

I found an apartment close by so I can be involved in my children’s lives as much as possible. Help me to deal with the logistics of all this because I am still in a bit of a daze. I have to learn to live on my own again, now that I’m single. Protect my path and guide me in this new way. Please keep my new home safe when I am away.

Watch over my children and the woman I thought I’d be married to forever. I don’t really understand how we ended up here but I know I’m out of the house. Help me with all of the newness of moving away.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Prayer for Moving Away From Longtime Home

Dear Father God, our family is moving away from a town where we’ve lived for most of our lives together.  Circumstances are such that we cannot stay where we are, but have to move to another town, and another state.

There are lots of memories here, so help us carry them with us.  Please go ahead of us to our new place, our new home, and prepare the way for us.  Open the way for us to establish new friends and new connections.  Help us make that house our new home.

I don’t know how we’ll stay in touch deeply with all the people we know and love here, simply because of distance.  We trust you to help sort all of that out, so that the friendships that need to remain, will remain.  We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Moving Away as a Military Family

God in heaven, I have another deployment and that means another move for my family.  I’m grateful the military helps us try to make these frequent moves as seamless as possible, but it’s getting harder and harder to do these moves the older my children get.

I pray you protect them from any bitterness from having to uproot and leave friends they just made.  I pray that their sense of safety and routine are not damaged in the midst of all this chaos.  I pray for all of us to make this move with grace.  I also ask for a longer posting this time so we can have some sense of stability for a good season of life.

I follow the orders I’m given, Lord, and I know what I signed up for.  But I also want my family to enjoy our lives together, as unique as it is.  In the name of Jesus, I make this prayer to you, Amen.

Prayer for Moving Away as a Clergy Family

Dear God, my time here at this church has ended and we will be setting off to another church soon.  I am grateful for the several years we were able to stay here and enjoy good ministry with these wonderful followers of Jesus Christ.

I’m thankful my children were able to stay in one place long enough to graduate from the same school they started with and for the friendships they made.  It hadn’t always been that way in their lives.  May they take the good memories with them as we move.

I ask that you help us say goodbye with class and grace here.  Also, help us embrace the new church and the new people to whom you are sending us.  Thank you for all the opportunities for faith and trust in all of this.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Moving Away From My Parents

Father God, it’s time for me to move away from my parents as I move to a new place to be near my fiance` and for my new job.

There are a lot of life changes happening in a short time and I don’t want to become overwhelmed.  Help me digest all that is happening without freaking out.  I wish I could always be near my parents but for right now, I have to go where I’m going.  Help them understand and accept all of this.

Help them see that they raised me to be confident and independent and this is part of what they have given to me in life.  I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Prayer for Moving Away Because of a Job

God, you have provided for me with a new job!  I am so happy to have a solid offer and that I start in a few weeks.  At the same time, I’m a little sad because I have to move away for this job.  I’ve made some good friends here in this city.  I don’t want to lose those friendships, but it will be hard to keep up just on social media and with phone calls and texts.

Help me to find new friends as well in my new place.  I pray for my new boss and all of my co-workers whom I don’t even know yet.  I want this to be a good move and a good step forward for me in my life.  I trust in you as I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Final Thoughts

Moving away from a place where you have lived can involve a lot of emotions, all at once.  There’s excitement about a new place, yet sadness about leaving familiarity and comfort.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all you have to do to move.

I invite you to think of this circumstance as an opportunity to place even more trust in God.  Let this be a chance for you to live in the present moment, as Scripture reminds us to not look too far ahead.

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” James 4.13-14, NIV).

Praying to God about all of this can help you come to a place of peace in your heart and mind.  May your move go smoothly, and may God guide your steps!

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