Six Broken Places: Pain

What Does the Bible Say About Pain?

You can’t read any of the books in the Bible that tell us about the life of Jesus without seeing Jesus’ concern and compassion for those in pain. In fact, the picture that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John paint of Jesus is one of him continually healing people.

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. Matthew 9:35

Why is Healing Pain Important to God?

Pain surrounds us! Our bodies are in pain due to disease, injury, and chronic health issues. Our minds are broken due to anxiety and depression. And, our spirits are suffering due to guilt, shame, and fear. But this was never God's intention for His people.

Healing the Broken Place of Pain Do you feel other’s pain deep within your soul?

Does the agony of others aggravate you? 

If so, you might be a Healer. Being a healer does not mean that you have to be a medical expert. Healers are the kingdom army of praying, caring, embracing, listening, diagnosing, and loving people that bring healing to this broken place. They live their lives like Jesus and show compassion and care to all. 

Resources for Healers

Check out these resources to help you walk the difficult path of those who are in pain and/or experiencing loss, trauma, and tragedy. 

Check out these resources to begin your path of leading others out of pain.

Below are a list of conversations starters and talking points for those experiencing pain, loss, abuse, suffering, etc. We hope these can serve help you walk with others through difficult times and provide a safe space for them to process.


  • Pray, listen, and ask questions.
  • Do NOT preach at them, try to rescue/fix them, or blame them.
  • Avoid questions that make them relive the experience.
  • Encourage the person and be empathetic.


  • Show your concern for someone who is struggling.
  • Open up a dialogue about their mental state and ask empathetic questions about their mental health, physical health, activity level, relationships, etc.
  • Encourage them to reflect on their overall well-being.
  • Prompt or encourage them to seek out professional help if it is necessary.


  • I am so glad you had the courage to reach out during your loss. I know that wasn’t easy. I’m sorry that you are even at this place where you need a mentor in the area of grief and loss.
  • Tell me about the loved one that you lost. 
  • What was one of your favorite memories of your loved one?
  • What you miss the most about your loved one?
  • What is the most difficult thing for you right now?
  • What are some of the other emotions that you have felt during this grieving process?


  • Tell me your story.
  • Listen and validate their feelings.
  • How can I best support you?
  • Who/what is hurting you?
  • What are some things I can do to follow-up with you?

Are you looking for someone who can help you or a loved one walk through a difficult period or circumstance? We have a list of counselors by specialty. 

Counselor List

You may wonder, "What do I pray for?" when someone you love is suffering? Or you may be suffering and are at an impasse of what to do or how to pray. Pain looks different from person to person and situation to situation. Check out our Prayer Toolbox to help you walk through various ways to pray with someone who is hurting and/or for yourself. 

Prayer Toolbox

How You Can Get Started Pain is Everywhere

Pain occurs when people endure brokenness of their minds, bodies, and/or spirits. It's no coincidence that the first time Jesus sent his disciples out on their own, His marching orders were, "Heal the sick and tell them the kingdom of God is near you now!" (Luke 10:9) Such was Jesus’ heart towards those in pain and he's asking you now: are you going to heal my people? 

Are you someone whose heart beats faster when you see all the brokenness from pain in the world? Are you a person who feels others’ suffering deep within your soul? Are you driven by destiny to bring healing to others' affliction? Jesus is calling you to step into these places.

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