Catholic prayers for healing relationships

(New Delhi)

Dear God,

I sincerely pray for healing to finally come into my relationship with the love of my life. Please come into both our hearts and make us feel again that one true, sacred love that brought us together in the first place.

I know that if a love is really true, then it will always be there, perhaps just buried under the pain, hurt, fear, doubt and all other negativity that hound us flawed beings at times. May we both realize that what we have is worth fighting for and to simply let go is taking the easy way out. Please make us realize that we can go through this together, holding hands, with Your love and guidance.

I love him so much, dear God, and for us to be together in love’s purest form is the greatest offering that we could ever give you and the world. Please heal us of both our ‘pathologies’ and personal demons and make us realize that we glorify you and your Love by strengthening this bond and connection that we share, by not taking each other for granted, and by holding on to each other at this most critical of times.

Please, dear God, all my life I’ve searched for this one true, great love and I know deep in my heart and in the serenity of my soul that I have found it in him, my best friend and love. Thank you for the blessings and for the gift of love. Amen

Have you experienced having broken or wounded relationships? Do you want God to heal those relationships?

Every person is unique and created differently by God. Each of us has a distinguishing mark, quality or characteristic in our body, temperament or personality make-up, mindset, habits, inclinations, and choices. No two persons are created exactly the same even identical twins. As such, we carry ourselves differently and approach things and life accordingly.

Inside the basic unit of the society which is the family, the married couple relate to each other as husband and wife. Out of this covenantal union before God, they produce offspring. Parents relate in a certain way to children and vice versa. Depending on the spiritual maturity and character of parents, they rear, nurture, and nourish their sons and daughters in the ways they were raised up by their own parents. They have a set of beliefs, guidelines, and standards in enacting discipline and instilling good moral and spiritual values to their kids.

However, as their children reach a transition called adolescence, more often than not, they act out and rebel against their parents and family for one reason or another. Relationship between parents to children is affected. If left unresolved, the son or daughter will reach adulthood and build his own family having a wounded relationship with father or mother or both and worse yet, with other siblings.

Either the husband or wife within the marriage life will encounter problems perhaps with the health, career, finances, or personal struggles within. Relationships will be challenged as each spouse struggle to remain or leave the marriage. Divorce, legal separation or annulment is the result of marital conflicts. Each in turn re-marries repeating cycles of pattern that last a lifetime.

Relationships with relatives, in-laws, and extended families are also severed as hurting people hurt people. Causes of relational problems include the areas of money or inheritance, legal conflicts, jealousy, envy, greed, miscommunication and misunderstanding, breached confidences, gossip, slander, conspiracy, division, abuse (verbal, physical, sexual included), sickness, shame, dignity, honor, and generational /family issues.

Every individual attended school, contracted work or built up a business. Relationships developed within these spheres can also be wounded with another set of causes or reasons. It can be competition, favoritism, performance-orientation, success drive, crab mentality, violations inside contracts or mere misunderstandings among students, classmates, teachers, employers, employees, clients, and contractors.

When we step inside the church or ministry, relationships among believers, ministers and church leaders, co-workers and attendees are not also perfect. Usually inside the Christian circles, the conflicts are because of sins, judgments, accusation, condemnation, self-righteousness, spiritual arrogance, questioned integrity, controversial doctrines and disciplines and immorality, among others.

Friendships created since childhood until later age are not exempted from wounding. In fact, the most painful of all relationships is the one where lies, betrayal, loss, abuse, and desertion between friends took place. Even Jesus Himself was betrayed and left by His supposed to be loyal disciples and friends.

If you have experienced wounded relationships, there is still hope for you. God is still in the business of redeeming and restoring relationships.

The first step towards healing broken relationships is to reconcile with God by accepting His Son Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior. When He has entered your heart, He can help you heal the first relationship you need to start with—with Father God.

Get to know Him through His Word and His presence. Establish a deeper relationship with Him. When you set your heart and relationship at right with God (vertical relationship—you and God), He will fix and heal your wounded relationships (horizontal relationship – you and others)

As you commune with God day by day, He will heal your own wounds. Once you are healed and made whole, you will be able to pray about your broken relationships. Humility, sincere forgiveness, and wholehearted love are needed to be released to those who offended you and those you have hurt.

List down the names of each person and the issue or concern related. One by one through prayer, forgive, release, and declare a special blessing for each of them. Ask God also for forgiveness for your sinful reactions for their offense or sin. Remember not to blame, complain, criticize, judge, condemn, belittle, uncover, or curse them but just speak blessings to them.

Forgiveness does not depend on feelings if we want to forgive them or not but true forgiveness is an act of the will. We may truly forgive but do not force yourself to forget what happened. Do not re-live or contemplate on the painful memories. Ask God to remove the pain, trauma, shame, grief, terror shock associated with it.

You will know that you have truly forgiven if when you are reminded of the person and your heart will not throb so hard and you will not feel any agitation, irritation or untoward feelings. You will not even rehearse their litany of offenses. And when faced with that specific person, you are able to look him in the eye and feel light or normal towards him.

At this point, you need not approach each person you had problems with in the past. Allow God to change his heart and continue on praying and blessing him.

If you reached a point that you are then ready to face each person, strengthen your spirit, soul, and body and seek God’s will, heart and intention for that person. Surrender the relationship to God and He will go ahead of you to speaking to him that it is time to make right the relationship.

Like in the story of Jacob and Esau, Jacob cheated and stole the birthright and their father’s blessing from Esau, his older brother. Jacob had relationship problems also with his father-in-law, Laban. It is only when Jacob encountered God and wrestled and prevailed against God, that he was changed from being a cheater to becoming a prince of God. Even his name was changed to Israel that became the chosen nation. (Genesis 25)

Eventually, God has worked also in the hearts of Esau and Laban to reconcile with Jacob in the end.

Set your heart towards God and He will redeem your friendships and relationships. You may use this prayer for healing a relationships as a pattern—

“Almighty Creator and Father God, I humbly come before You now asking You to forgive me from all my sins. Set aright my heart towards You. I admit all my sins, weaknesses, and shortcomings, please cleanse my heart and spirit from all impurities like what You did in the heart of David in Psalm 51 when he confessed the sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah. Create in me a pure heart O God, renew a steadfast Spirit within me, cast me not away from Your presence and do not take away Your Holy Spirit from me.

I respond to Your invitation for an intimate relationship with You. Teach me so that I may know Your heart and show me Your ways everlasting.

I ask You now to heal all my wounded relationships—family, extended families, friendships, and those relationships at school, work, business, church, and ministry. I forgive them ___ (mention each name and each offense) and forgive me also for all my sinful judgments and reactions towards them ____ (mention your sinful reactions for each person).

Cleanse all of us now Lord and restore our relationships. Speak to me now and to them and I entrust to You each person that You will also heal them and they will forgive me as well. I declare blessings for them ____ (mention blessings for each person) and I thank You and glorify You for all the good things they have done for me and for my benefit _____ (mention each wonderful thing from each person).

By the blood of Jesus, we are now cleansed and healed. Continue doing Your work in our hearts until you set and appointed a time for us to meet face to face and redeem the relationships.

In humility, sincerity, and purity of heart, I bow down to You in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. I worship You, praise and adore You for Your goodness and kindness to all of us. Manifest Your presence and orchestrate events so that all wounded relationships will be healed from now on.

I pray for protection for these relationships being restored that the enemy will not enter to steal, kill, and destroy and will not retaliate and do backlash to any one of us. I plead the blood of Jesus to all of us and I declare Psalm 91 over our lives.

Thank You God for hiding us under Your wings. Come quickly to save and rescue us. I love You with everything within me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Rejoice right now as God begins to heal your being and your relationships with others. Leave us a comment below on how this prayer article ministered to you and your friends. We would love to hear from you and we will appreciate your ideas on prayers for healing you want us to include in the future in this website.

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We read in the book of Luke 7:20–23, When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” At that time, he cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind. And he said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.” Jesus Christ is indeed the Divine Physician and the source of all healing.

Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church regarding healing

The Catechism of the Catholic Church asserts that, “Christ’s compassion toward the sick and his many healings of every kind of infirmity are a resplendent sign that ‘God has visited his people’ and that the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Jesus has the power not only to heal, but also to forgive sins; he has come to heal the whole man, soul and body; he is the physician the sick have need of”(1503).

In the book, Instruction on Prayers for Healing, published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, we read, “Christ’s meeting with the sick is one of the most human aspects we find in the Gospels. This meeting is for the total, global salvation of the person, and not only to bring bodily health alone, overcome physical sickness and hence avoid ‘becoming bogged down in the impossible aim of finally defeating death.’ The meeting between Christ and the sick, is, both in the Gospels and still today, to heal the person in his or her totality, and hence with a dimension of eternity.”

Pope Benedict XVI, in his book, Jesus of Nazareth, writes that “Healing is an essential dimension of the apostolic mission and of Christian faith in general. It can even be said that Christianity is a ‘therapeutic religion, a religion of healing.’”

According to Guidelines of Prayer For Healing, a booklet published by the Doctrinal Commission of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS), there are four basic categories of healing, namely physical healing: the healing from physical sickness and disability; psychological healing: the healing of wounds to the human psyche, including emotional wounds; spiritual healing: this means, above all, the “healing from sin” that restores a person to a relationship with God; and exorcism and deliverance.

How to pray for healing and achieve results:

In exercising the ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing in many countries throughout the world, I can attest that healing the sick in the name of Jesus is one of the most effective tools for evangelization. I have witnessed people who came to know the loving and the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ through the ministry of healing.

“These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages, they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mk 16:17-18). In the light of what Jesus said, any baptized believer can pray for the sick. While it is true and generally recognized that there are particular charisms of healings given only to some, this should not preclude any baptized Christian from praying for the sick.

The following are some of the ways of praying for healing, especially physical healing, to achieve results. This list is by no means exhaustive nor exclusive:

  • Have a constant, personal, intimate, day by day and moment by moment relationship and fellowship with the Lord. Without this kind of relationship with him, one’s life is devoid of real power. In John 15:5, 7, Jesus asserts, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” ”If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you will, and it will be given unto you.”
  • Avail yourself of the sacraments of the Church, especially the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. The healing minister may encourage the sick to do the same.
    • These are the most powerful sources of healing, including the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The Catechism (1509) states, “The Church believes in the life-giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies. This presence is particularly active through the sacraments, and in an altogether special way through the Eucharist, the bread that gives eternal life and that St. Paul suggests is connected with bodily health.”
  • Always say a ”protective” prayer before the healing session to prevent any contamination or transference of spirits of affliction and infirmity into anyone. A prayer of command invoking the name and the blood of Jesus for protection and to bind any spirit of harassment or retaliation is recommended.
  • Invoke Mary and the Holy Angels for their intercession and protection.
  • Have an expectant faith. “I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’”(Lk 17:6). Have faith that the Lord can work in and through you for his glory.
  • Ask questions and listen attentively to the person to whom you are ministering before you start praying. Information such as the kind of sickness the person is suffering from, the doctor’s diagnosis, the person’s faith in the healing power of Jesus, may guide you on how to proceed in praying for the sick.
  • Lay hands on the sick. Jesus laid hands on the sick and healed them. However, proper discretion should be used with the laying on of hands.
  • Use the name of Jesus. There is power in the name of Jesus. “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it” (Jn 14:14).
  • Be open to the Holy Spirit and his gifts, especially prophecy, word of knowledge, and discernment of spirits. These are great tools in conducting the ministry of healing.
  • Obey the voice of the Lord. Obey the leadings and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. “Obedience is better than sacrifice, submission than the fat of rams” (1 Sm 15:22).
  • “Call the things that are not as though they were” (Rom 4:17). I personally describe it as a “build up prayer.” An example of this is a prayer asking the Lord for brand new eyes for the blind or brand new eardrums and auditory nerves for the deaf and so forth. “For God, nothing is impossible at all” (Lk 1:37).
  • Ask Jesus to apply his precious blood and his healing touch into the diseased parts of the person’s body. “By his stripes, we were healed” (Is 53:5).
  • “Seal” the healing with the blood and the name of Jesus and the mantle of the Virgin Mary so that the healing may last. This could prevent symptoms and the sickness itself from recurring.
  • Pray a “cleansing prayer” after the healing session. This prayer is intended to prevent any entity or spirit of infirmity and/or spirit of retaliation to attach itself to anyone involved in the healing prayer. Prayers for refreshment of mind and body and renewed anointing from the Holy Spirit are also desirable at this time.
  • Give praise to God’s goodness and his healing love. “Through him, let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name” (Heb 13:15).

Bob Canton

Bob Canton is a Council Member for the Vatican based ICCRS representing the English-speaking North America, Central America and Caribbean Countries.

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