A prayer for recovery

You have real goodness inside you and you can achieve your goals – don’t let self-doubt and negative self-talk derail you from your full potential.

Recovery isn’t just about stopping the drugs or drinking (though that’s a substantial and necessary ingredient) it’s also about finding the courage to identify what you want in life and then working toward realizing your goals.

Life is movement and change. You can’t just float in the current…you’re either moving forward or you’re losing ground.

Living consciously takes effort and it requires self confidence and a belief that you can achieve your goals. When you don’t feel strong enough from within, ask for help from without.

Here’s a great prayer to recite whenever the negative voices in your head threaten to take over. 

Recite it any time you need a little help from your Higher Power.

The Knots Prayer

Dear God,

Please untie the knots in my mind,
my heart and my life.

Remove the have nots,
the can nots, and the do nots
that I have in my mind.

Erase the will nots,
may nots,
might nots that may find
a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots,
would nots and
should nots that obstruct my life.

And most of all,
Dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind,
my heart and my life all of the “am nots”
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought that
I am not good enough.



For the Recovery of a Sick Person

O  Merciful God, giver of life and health; Bless, I pray you, your servant, , and those who administer to with your healing gifts; that may be restored to health of body and of mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Prayer for Physical Renewal

Lord, I come before you today in need of your healing hand. In you all things are possible. Hold my heart within yours, and renew my mind, body, and soul.

I am lost, but I am singing. You gave me life, and you also give me the gift of infinite joy. Give me the strength to move forward on the path you’ve laid out for me. Guide me towards better health, and give me the wisdom to identify those you’ve placed around me to help me get better. In your name I pray,


For Recovery from Illness

O  Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, Physician of souls and bodies, who became human and suffered death on the Cross for our salvation; through your tender love and compassion, you healed all kinds of sickness and affliction; I pray that you will visit me in my suffering, and grant me grace and strength to bear this sickness with which I am afflicted, with Christian patience and submission to your will, trusting in your loving kindness and tender mercy.

Bless, I pray you, the means used for my recovery, and those who administer them. I know O Lord, that I justly deserve any punishment you may inflict upon me for, I have so often offended and sinned against you, in thought, word and deed. Therefore, I humbly pray to you to look upon my weakness, and deal with me not according to my sins, but according to the multitude of your mercies. Have compassion on me, and let mercy and justice meet; and deliver me from this sickness and suffering I am undergoing.

Grant that my sickness may be the means of my true repentance and amendment of my life according to your will, that I may spend the rest of my days in your love and fear: that my soul, being helped by your grace and sanctified by your holy Spirit, may be prepared for its passage to eternal life, in the company of the faithful, and may praise and glorify you, with your Eternal Father and life-giving Spirit.


For Someone Who Suffers Illness

O  FATHER of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need; I humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, and relieve those who suffer from illness of the body, mind, and spirit for whom our prayers are desired. Look upon with the eyes of thy mercy; comfort him with a sense of thy goodness; preserve him from the temptations of the enemy; and give him patience under his affliction. In thy good time, restore him to health, and enable him to lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory; and grant that finally he may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord


For Those Suffering from Mental Illness

O  HEAVENLY Father, I beseech you to have mercy upon all your children who are living with mental illnesses, . Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace; and if, because of their clouded minds, they are unable to pray for forgiveness of their sins, I pray that you will keep their souls pure and blameless, through the miraculous love of Jesus Christ our Lord.


For One about to Undergo Surgery

ALMIGHTY God our heavenly Father, I pray that you will comfort your servant in suffering, and will bless those who try to heal and the means they use. Fill heart with confidence, that even though is sometimes afraid, yet may put his trust in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Thanksgiving After Recovery from Sickness

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, source of life and fountain of all good things, I bless your Holy Name, and give you the most hearty thanks for having delivered me from my sickness and restored me to health. Grant me your continuing grace, that I may keep my good resolutions and correct the errors of my past life, and improve in virtue, and live a new life in dutiful fear of you, doing your will in all things, and devoting this new life which you have given me to your service: that living for you, I may be ready when it is your will to call me to you. All honor, praise, glory, and thanksgiving to you, heavenly Father, together with your blessed son Jesus and the Holy Comforter, now and forever.



Healing begins with our sensitivity, compassion, and concern for one another. Recovery begins in the individual person, supported by a community of care. Our well-being depends upon the knowledge, skills, and services of others, and on systems that provide treatment, aftercare, and a place for those in recovery to strengthen and grow. Health has to do both with individual lives and with the larger life of our neighborhoods, nation, and world. The petitions in the prayer below remind us that the work of healing involves many levels.


We pray for all who struggle with brain injuries, mental illness, addictions, trauma, and abuse; for all who are fearful and anxious, and for all who suffer in the health of their self and personhood.

We pray for our families in their love and care and limits as they seek to provide relief and foster recovery for loved ones.

We pray for counselors, nurses, doctors, therapists, psychologists, social workers, and case managers, for their good training; and for the administrators and support staff of mental health centers, clinics, and hospitals.

We pray for our neighborhoods, that in every community there may be effective outreach, doors that open readily to care, supportive housing, meaningful work, and opportunities to share in sport, craft, art, and fellowship.

We pray for our public servants, representatives, and leaders, that they may organize effective systems of service and care, blending well the strengths and power of local, county, state, national, and world resources, both public and private.

We pray for institutions of research and learning, so that the human community may advance in its understanding and treatment of mental disorders.

We pray for the conditions of peace, justice, and harmony necessary to the health of us all.

We pray for this congregation, and for all communities of faith, that we may continually take up the work of healing and care as we each are able.

We pray for all these things in Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.

Source: Presbyterians for Disability Concerns (PDC), PHEWA, Presbyterian Church (USA)


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