Prayers for Healing

Say These Healing Prayers and Bible Verses for Someone You Love

Prayer for healing
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A cry for healing is among our most urgent prayers. When we are in pain, we can turn to the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, for healing. It doesn't matter whether we need help in our body or our spirit; God has the power to make us better. The Bible offers many verses we can incorporate into our prayers for healing:

LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. (Psalm 30:2, NIV)

The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. (Psalm 41:3, NIV)

During his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ said many prayers for healing, miraculously causing the sick to recover. Here are just a few of those episodes:

The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed." (Matthew 8:8, NIV)

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. (Matthew 9:35, NIV)

He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." (Mark 5:34, NIV)

... But the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. (Luke 9:11, NIV)

Today our Lord continues to pour out his healing balm when we pray for the sick:

“And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” (James 5:15-16, NLT)

Is there someone you know who needs God's healing touch? Do you wish to say a prayer for a sick friend or family member? Lift them up to the Great Physician, the Lord Jesus Christ, with these healing prayers and Bible verses.

Prayer for Healing the Sick

Dear Lord of Mercy and Father of Comfort,

You are the one I turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need.

I ask you to be with your servant in this illness. Psalm 107:20 says that you send out your Word and heal. So then, please send your healing Word to your servant. In the name of Jesus, drive out all infirmity and sickness from his body.

Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, this suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please restore your servant to full health, dear Father. Remove all fear and doubt from his heart by the power of your Holy Spirit, and may you, Lord, be glorified through his life.

As you heal and renew your servant, Lord, may he bless and praise you.

All of this, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Prayer for a Sick Friend

Dear Lord,

You know [name of friend or family member] so much better than I do. You know his/her sickness and the burden he carries. You also know his heart. Lord, I ask you to be with my friend now as you work in his life.

Lord, let your will be done in my friend's life. If there is a sin that needs to be confessed and forgiven, please help him to see his need and confess.

Lord, I pray for my friend just as your Word tells me to pray, for healing. I believe you hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of your promise. I have faith in you, Lord, to heal my friend, but I also trust in the plan you have for his life.

Lord, I don't always understand your ways. I don't know why my friend has to suffer, but I trust you. I ask that you look with mercy and grace toward my friend. Nourish his spirit and soul in this time of suffering and comfort him with your presence.

Let my friend know you are there with him through this difficulty. Give him strength. And may you, through this difficulty, be glorified in his life and also in mine.

Amen.

Spiritual Healing

Even more critical than physical healing, we humans are in need of spiritual healing. Spiritual healing comes when we are made whole or "born again" through accepting God's forgiveness and receiving salvation in Jesus Christ.

Here are verses about spiritual healing to include in your prayers:

Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. (Jeremiah 17:14, NIV)

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, NIV)

I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. (Hosea 14:4, NIV)

Emotional Healing

Another type of healing we can pray for is emotional, or healing of the soul. Because we live in a fallen world with imperfect people, emotional wounds are inevitable. But God offers healing from those scars:

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3, NIV)