Christian prayers for the sick are offered to God as an appeal for healing and redemption from diseases.
It is easy to lose sight of our faith when hardships come our way. Diseases befalling our family and friends and even ourselves can be scary and frustrating. Sickness can cause physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual scarring. Regardless of the seriousness of the disease, anyone can feel hopeless in varying degrees.
Despite feeling scared, we must remember that we are not alone in this battle. Especially when the disease is an incurable one, only one thing can lift our spirit – the healing power our Lord sustains. Saying a healing prayer for the sick can help us weather the storm and relieve some of the pain caused by it.
What are Christian Prayers for the Sick?
Christian prayers for the sick are offered to God as an appeal for healing and redemption from diseases. May it be a physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual sickness, talking to God through healing prayers can help us on the long road of recovery. Even a quick or short prayer for the sick can offer hope and strength to those who are sick.
Prayers for healing can also be prayed on behalf of someone. When a family member or a friend gets sick, the quick response for most of us is to visit them and offer financial help or in-kind for their daily necessities. But offering healing prayers on their behalf can also be a great help to them. After all, the Bible tells us in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Whether you are searching for the perfect prayer for the healing of your sickness or keeping a sick friend or family in your prayer life, this article might help you with these prayers for healing.
What Do Christians Pray for the Sick?
Prayers for the sick can vary for all cases of sickness one is having. While there are no prayers for healing that apply to all, here is what Christians pray for the sick. You might want to include these in your prayers and let the miraculous healing begin.
Deliverance from sickness in Jesus’ Name
Christ Jesus’ name is so powerful that can also bring healing to us. Remember when He faced His passion on the cross to redeem us from our sins? Guess what: He also redeemed us from all impurities, including our sicknesses. We could pray for deliverance from sickness in Jesus’ name and receive true joy and healing from our savior.
Seeking comfort in sickness
Being sick or seeing someone we love suffer can cause a broken heart. The road to recovery can look different for everyone. Some can be back on their feet quickly, while others can stay sick a little longer. In all human frailty and limitations of medical procedures, we can turn to God to seek comfort in sickness, if recovery and complete healing cannot be seen soon.
Appealing to God’s mercy
Amid sickness, sometimes we think that God imposed on us our sickness to reprimand us. Thus, appealing to God’s mercy can be easily construed incorrectly. We need to remember that God treats us with compassionate regard.
God does not put you in sickness to test you or lure you to come back to Him in faith. Our God is a merciful God and His mercy is always there for your taking. Thus, appealing to God’s mercy is a way to pray and help us learn how to receive healing from Him.
Request for patience in sickness
With all the physical pain and emotional toll that sickness do on us or our loved ones, patience is a luxury trait to bear. Thus, requesting patience in condition from God is an important thing to include in our prayers for healing.
To mirror God’s patient and loving attitude, we too should strive to keep composure amidst our adversities. We should request patience to overcome diseases and the courage to finish the road to recovery.
Petition for healing from sickness
The most important part of prayer for the sick is the actual supplication of healing sickness. You must understand that God’s mighty power can heal you from all your diseases. Nothing is impossible to God and in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. He can send out the Holy Spirit to touch us and bring healing and an end to our pains and sufferings from sicknesses.
Conquering Sickness in the Bible
We have accepted Jesus Christ our Lord as our savior. And all things come to light when we believe that nothing is impossible with God and in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. Even incurable diseases and instant healing power that are beyond human science are possible with God. Here are three miraculous healing stories in the Bible during Jesus’ ministry on earth.
The lady who touched Jesus’ garment
In the early times, a woman with unusual bloody discharge is considered impure or unclean (Leviticus 15:25-30). Thus, when a woman who had been bleeding profusely for twelve years came up to Jesus and touched the fringe of His garment, it was considered impolite. Not only that she is considered unclean, but all she touches or touches her is considered unclean too.
But the woman has two things with her: desperation and true faith. She said for herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” In the same story in the other gospel account in Luke 8:46, Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” From the story, we know that Jesus’ healing touch does not only apply when Jesus reaches out to us. We can receive Jesus’ healing grace when we turn to him.
The lady who touched Christ Jesus’ garment with the faith in her that she will be healed is a representation of all of us. If we turn to Jesus with true faith and surrender ourselves to His healing hand, we too can be cured in whatever it is we are going through.
The paralyzed man whom Jesus commanded to walk
In this gospel story, there are two healing powers that Jesus gave the paralytic man. One is spiritual healing through the forgiveness of his sins. The other one is the physical healing of his paralysis. The determination of the paralytic man and his friends teaches us that when two or more are gathered in faith and believe in God’s miraculous healing, the Holy Spirit shall grant their desire. This is why praying in perfect confidence of God’s love for a sick friend or family member can help them in times of adversity.
The ten lepers who cried for Jesus’ mercy and recovered
The gospel story about the ten lepers was short but meaningful (Luke 17: 11-19). It is a typical healing story performed by our Lord Jesus Christ. But the thing that stands out from the story was when Jesus asked, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
It goes true for us all. When the Lord Jesus will heal sickness in our plight, do we turn and praise God for it? Or are we one of the nine? At the end of the story, Jesus told the samaritan, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” It is a reminder for all of us that the healing power of our heavenly Father can be achieved through acting on our faith.
Christian Prayers for the Sick
If you or anyone in your family and friends are sick, undergoing medication, or battling an incurable disease, here are different Christian prayers you can use today.
Prayer for healing sick family and friends
Together with your gracious Father, you have saved us. I thank you for the gifts and unseen blessings you gave me and my family, In this time of sickness that my loved one is currently suffering, I pray that you heal them and embrace them with your healing power. Your infinite power can heal and ease pain Almighty Father. Help my sick family and friends to overcome this disease and grant them good health, O Lord, and deliver them from great dangers,
Prayer for self-care and healing
My healing Almighty God,
Before you, all things tremble. Your word speaks of promises of love and care. I seek your healing hand today, to help me care for myself and heal me of all sicknesses. Help me walk closely beside Christ’s teachings and works so I may be a recipient of all His benefits.
Lord, in self-care and healing I can find only true peace. But only in your heavenly kingdom can I find eternal life. May your healing power surround me today and all the days to come,
Healing prayer of surrender
I glorify your name. I am grateful for the infinite joy you bring to my life. In this time of sickness, I pray for your healing touch. Envelope me in your supernatural peace and wipe worry from my heart. I surrender all my weariness before you. May my anxiety teach me that you are here with me now and forever, and help me to embrace your grace of everlasting life. These I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for comfort and complete recovery
I praise and glorify your name. In my suffering, I believe that you will extend your everlasting wings, to heal sickness and lift the burden in my situation. Please bring me comfort while I battle through my sickness and nourish my earthly body, Almighty God. And just as how the power of Christ breathed life in me, I pray that you guide those who help me medically and spiritually. May their hands be instruments of your grace for my complete recovery.
Help me remember that your healing hand is my shelter beneath this disease and that your love will see me through. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Prayer for restoring the faith of the sick
Creator of all things on earth and in heaven. Your power is immense and your love is pure. All your words speak promises and heal a broken heart. I come before you not as a righteous person, but as a sinner. Coupled with my prayer to heal my friends who are hospitalized, gracious Father, I also pray for the restoration of the faith of my friends.
Lord Jesus, make their journey to recovery short and complete so they may see your promise of everlasting life, Grant them discernment, O God, especially in these times of sickness, and turn them to the right path of your plan.
These all I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Bible Verses as Prayers for the Sick
The scripture is a rich source of prayer. If you are unsure what to pray for or need supplications for your prayers for the sick, here are five Bible verses you can use in your prayers.
“And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.”
“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.”
“Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved.”
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
Importance of Prayer for the Sick
Nowadays, science and medicine are so advanced that almost all sicknesses can not only be cured but can also be prevented. While it is as easy as one click of a button to have your medicines delivered wherever you are, it is not easy battling diseases on your own.
When you are sick, loneliness and hopelessness can easily find their way into your mental state. But remember that you are not alone! A divine physician is always there for you, grants you never-failing care, and can restore health instantly. Sincere prayer for healing appealed to God is as important as modern-day medicines in terms of mental and spiritual comfort.
Even with advanced science and technology and innovative medicines keeping up with healing diseases, humans still fall short of cures for other sicknesses. On the verge of hopelessness when one or one’s family and friends suffer from sickness, there is one thing that could instantly help them cast out their fears of the unknown.
Prayers for healing can be a way to connect with the Lord and find comfort and courage to fight through the sickness. Remember, when all seems to go down on you or your family when one suffers from a disease and you don’t know what to do, there is one certain thing. There is one God that is waiting for us to receive His gift of healing and everlasting life.
So the next time you are faced with an adversary that is a disease, buckle up and pray. Be a prayer warrior for anybody who is sick, and be the face of God’s mercy to help them battle through their sickness.
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