Healing and restoration

Please pray for me I’m struggling with heartache and loneliness. I loved a girl very much and we were going to get married. She ended things between us months ago but I just feel so empty and broken now. Like I still love her, but I know she doesn’t love me. I feel like part of me died when she left… like she took my heart with her and I feel hollow now. I also feel tremendous guilt because while we were dating we sinned… we didn’t remain sexually pure because we thought we were going to be together forever. But then one day she said she didn’t love me anymore and that she wanted to ‘live life’ and she didn’t want to be tied down to me and she was happy being on her own. So on top of the heartache and emptiness I’m feeling I have this guilt from the sin I committed… and I feel like I don’t deserve to ever find love even though I desperately want too. I feel I don’t deserve a girl now because I didn’t keep myself pure, and even though I’ve prayed I feel so far from God and broken. Please pray for me that God will restore me to Him and bring me peace first. And then bring healing to my broken heart even though its my own fault for making foolish choices. And that God would help me be a good man and that He would please bless me with someone that will love me as much as I love her. I have so much love in my heart and I want to be special to someone again… and to share my life with a girl and make her feel happy and beautiful and loved in a way she has never known. I’m just so broken right now please pray for me that God will restore my joy and hope and fix the mess I’ve made of my life. I confess my sins and I want to live a pure and holy life. I struggle with memories of what it was like with my ex… and I fight to keep my thoughts pure but it is difficult because those memories of being together with her when I felt loved and accepted by her in such a deep way seem to be all that make the pain stop when I can’t sleep. But I don’t want to think about sinful things so it puts me in constant turmoil. I need peace, forgiveness, healing and restoration. And either for this girl to come back into my life, or for God to bring me someone new who will be gracious to forgive my past and make a new life with me and love me and never leave me.

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Are you facing a difficult disease, illness or malady and want to cry out to God for healing but don’t know what to pray? If you feel scared, alone, unsure of the future, or don’t understand how healing works, pray these words below in faith today! Below are four prayers for healing, an interview with Max Lucado explaining how we should pray for healing, and some of our favorite Bible verses on healing.

God tells us that through prayer, He can speak to us and use us to work miracles for His glory. When you use this prayer for healing you are coming to God completely surrendered and expectant to let His Holy Spirit work in and through you. I pray that you will find miraculous healing as you seek God’s plan for your life – His plan to prosper you and to give you a hope and future!

Here are 10 Prayers for Healing you can use today to speak life and hope into your situation.

1. A Prayer for Personal Healing

God, you know me so well. You created me. You know the number of hairs on my head, and you even know the thoughts conceived in my heart before I ever vocalize them. You’ve told us to come to you and ask for every need of life. You are Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals, and you have the final word on my destiny, the number of years I’ll live and serve you on earth.

I’m coming to you today as your child, longing to hear from you and asking for your divine healing. There’s so much I don’t understand about life. But I do know that with one touch, one word, you can make me whole. Please forgive me of my sins, cleanse me of my unrighteousness, and begin your healing from the inside out.

I don’t always know what your will is Lord, especially in times like now, when I desperately seek your face. I offer you no promises, no bargains, no deals to exchange for my health. I simply bow my heart before you to tell you the desire of my heart: that I want to spend as many years as I can loving you here, loving others, and wanting to become more like you. However you choose to accomplish that is up to you—and okay with me. If you use doctors to provide healing, give them wisdom to know what to do. Regardless of how you accomplish it, the healing you give is always miraculous. And you deserve all the praise.

I absolutely believe you have the power to heal. You demonstrated that on earth, and you still heal in miraculous ways today. Even when my faith is weak, you say it is enough, and my love for you is strong. And I know you already hold my heart and life in your hands. It’s up to you. If I can bring you more glory through healing, then that’s what I ask for. That’s what I desire.

But if your answer is no, or not now, I know that your grace is sufficient for me. Ultimately, I want your will to be my will. I look forward to spending an eternity with you. But Lord, if you have planned still more for me to do here on this earth, I not only need and want your physical healing, Lord, but a thorough, deep-down cleansing and strengthening—a whole-hearted renewal of all that I am. Because all that I am is yours. Use this trial to strengthen me from a “what-if” faith to a “no-matter-what” faith. And no matter what, I choose to honor you and give you glory. In Jesus’s name, Amen. ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

2. A Short Prayer for Healing for Friends

Lord, your Word speaks promises of healing and restoration and I thank you for the miracles you still perform today. Today I claim those promises over my friend. I believe in the healing power of faith and prayer and I ask you to begin your mighty work in the life of my friend. Please reach down and surround my friend with supernatural peace and strength and give her the faith to believe that all things are possible for you. Protect her from Satan’s lies and discouragement and let her miraculous healing begin. Amen.

3. A Prayer for Healing and Grace

Dear God,
We confess our need for you today. We need your healing and your grace. We need hope restored. We need to be reminded that you work on behalf of those you love, constantly, powerfully, completely. Forgive us for trying to fix our situations all on our own. Forgive us for running all different directions and spinning our wheels to find help, when true help and healing must be found first in You. Forgive us for forgetting how much we need you, above everyone and everything else. We come to you and bring you the places we are hurting. You see where no one else is able to fully see or understand. You know the pain we’ve carried. The burdens. The cares. You know where we need to be set free. We ask for your healing and grace to cover every broken place. Every wound. Every heartache. Thank you that you are Able to do far more than we could ever imagine. Thank you for your Mighty Power that acts on behalf of your children. We reach out to you, and know that you are restoring and redeeming every place of difficulty, every battle, for your greater glory. Thank you that you will never waste our pain and suffering. We love you. We need you today.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen ~ Debbie McDaniel

4. A Prayer for Healing Sick Family and Friends

Lord Jesus, thank you that you love . I know that you hate what their illness is doing to them/me. I ask that you would heal this disease, that you would have compassion and bring healing from all sickness.

Your word says in Psalm 107:19-20 that when we call out to you the Eternal one you will give the order, heal and rescue us from certain death. In the Bible, I have read of miraculous healing and I believe that you still heal the same way today. I believe that there is no illness you cannot heal after all the bible tells of you raising people from the dead so I ask for your healing in this situation.

I also know from my experience of life on earth that not everyone is healed. If that happens here than keep my heart soft towards you, help me to understand your plan and help me to be excited about heaven.

God, I thank you that belongs to you and that you are in control of everything that happens from our first breath to our last sigh. Amen. ~ Wendy van Eyck

5. A Prayer to Heal the Hurt

Father, help me get my focus back on you. I know I need to stop dwelling on my hurts and frustrations. Help me be faithful in prayer and put my hope in you. May the Holy Spirit guide and comfort and strengthen me. In Jesus’ name, Amen. ~ Living Free Every Day Devotional

6. A Prayer for Forgiveness 

Dear God, I’m sorry for my sin. I ______________ (what you did), which was a sin against you, as well as a sin against __________ (who you hurt). Please help me turn from this behavior. I will begin ________________  (how you’ll change) instead of what I have done. Please forgive me and help me to grow in my relationship to you and _________, whom I’ve hurt. Thank you for your love and mercy. Thank you for forgiving me and choosing to forget my sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen. ~ Sue Schlesman

7. A Prayer for Those Who Feel Wounded

Dear God, We feel wounded, betrayed, and brokenhearted. We wonder sometimes if we can ever fully recover from the deep hurt we feel inside. Thank you that you know what we’ve been through and the struggles we still carry. Help us to forgive. Help us to let go. We know that we can move forward with you in peace and freedom. We pray for those who have hurt us right now, and ask for your power to work mightily within their lives. We leave them in your hands and find our comfort and strength in your spirit.

Thank you that you understand all that we’ve faced, that you see and you care. We ask that when the enemy taunts us with lies and tries to bring up the hurt of the past, you would silence his voice and allow us to walk free. We bring you all the stuff that he would use to try to trap us or stop us – the pain, the past, the mistakes, the struggles. And we lay it at your feet, again. Thank you for your healing, for your grace, for your hope. Thank you that you have set us free and will not waste the pain that we’ve carried. We look forward to the greater good and purpose you will bring through this struggle.

We love you Lord, we need you, we trust you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Debbie McDaniel

8. A Prayer to Heal a Struggling Relationship

Dear God, I struggle in my relationship with ______. I need You to give me wisdom on how to love ____ well. You are my shield and defender. Show me how, when and where to erect boundaries in our relationship. I believe You are my healer and I trust You to guard my heart and mind. I need Your specific directions on how to interact with ______.

I want to love _____ with a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5) I forgive ______ for hurting me and forgive me for ______. Help me to love ______ courageously. Fill me with Your truth and compel me to fearlessly tell the truth with love. Let Your perfect love cast out all of my fears related to our relationship. I surrender what I think our relationship should be. Please transform it so that it honors You. In Jesus, I pray. Amen ~ Jennifer O. White

9. A Prayer for When Time Doesn’t Heal a Broken Heart

Lord, please heal my broken heart. Fill me with the peace and joy I know can only come from You during this hard time. Walk closely beside me during my journey to healing and recovery that I know is possible through Your power alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Tracie Miles

10. A Prayer to Heal from Depression

Lord, it seems as if my world has collapsed, hurling me into a deep, dark pit. I come to you in complete surrender. I am desperate for you, helpless and afraid. Please lift me out of this pit and show me the way, Lord.   In Jesus’ name, Amen ~ Mary Southerland

How to Pray for Healing – Max Lucado

Healing Bible Verses

Proverbs 4:20-22
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;  for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.

Psalm 107:19-20
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. 

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

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

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 

More Healing Scripture

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When the idea of writing about restoration and healing came to my mind, I had no idea where it would go. But God is good at directing our steps: I tried writing this a few days ago and struggled. Today, I sat down to help some of the station’s volunteers prepare a special Studio 44 Refit mailing. As I often do in group situations, I positioned myself as an observer, simply listening to the conversation unfold. At one point, they began to discuss individuals who had to get shots in their eyes.

FYI, my body tensed up simply typing that sentence. My friends and family know there are a handful of ways to really torture me. Two of them are to talk about shots or anything eye related. Here I was, hearing about those two fears combined. I thought to myself, “God would just have to heal me” rather than get a shot in my…yeah, I can’t even type it again!

It’s no coincidence this conversation happened the same morning I sat down again to write. While there are multiple spiritual gifts, Paul instructed us to seek the most desirable one (1 Corinthians 12:27-31). For a while, I’ve wanted to see the gift of healing manifested in my life.

It’s clear from the Word healing is available to us. I’m also a realist. After all, I’ve been seeking a particular healing in my life for several years now. Its absence makes me ask questions. What do I believe about restoration and healing? Are they the same thing? Does one follow the other? What do I really believe about healing? I shared recently about how God healed my daughter but one could attribute her recovery to the abilities of the skilled doctors and nurses.

What does scripture say?

While there are many verses about healing, I want to focus on James 5:13-18 today.

13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.
16 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 produces wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

In other words:

God is in the healing business!

Is there evidence of healing today?

Obviously, people are healed daily. Beyond the physical, emotional and spiritual restorations are just as much of a healing as blind eyes being opened. There have been testimonies at our church of test results changing. Marriages are restored, lives are changed, and bodies are healed all the time!

Nowhere in the Bible does it state we won’t have problems. Yes, God cares about our small things, otherwise, he wouldn’t have enabled an axe head to float. But at what point do we simply say “This is a part of life” and accept our problems?

Where does medicine come in?

I believe God gave us medicine. In fact, two of the gifts the Wise Men brought Jesus appear to have been given for medicinal purposes. I am not advocating in any way, shape, or form we shun medicine. After all, I’m typing this with glasses on. Medicine absolutely has its place.

Earlier I referenced a particular healing I’m seeking. Understand this is not a threat to my health, and it’s one a doctor could easily fix. In my frustration recently, I almost made an appointment to get it taken care of. I’m tired of dealing with it and the pain it causes. It affects my ability to run and I’m simply over it!

Instead, I had my children anoint me with oil and pray it would be healed. Nothing has changed; is there possibly a reason why?

Restoration and Healing

I believe James 5:16 is key for all of us. Being a “word guy”, I looked up the original word used for sins. Strong’s G3900 “paraptōma” is what James used here. Looking at its definition, as well as its usage across the New Testament, it’s clear we’re talking about wrongful actions: sins, trespasses, offenses, and so on.

Who have we offended? Our Heavenly Father. Flashback for a moment to the Old Testament and think about how important holiness was to entering God’s presence. While Jesus paid the price for our sins, there’s still a part we have to do.


Here is where restoration and healing are linked. When we have an accountability partner who can keep us in line or call us out when we’re slipping, we’re taking an active step in realigning our spiritual lives with God’s expectations.

Now I want to be crystal clear: I am in no way advocating people get sick because they sinned. Nor am I saying everyone who has a need is harboring sin.

I am of the belief that sometimes we stay sick because we haven’t followed the Biblically prescribed methods of spiritual restoration.

The next step

However, I don’t believe James is instructing us to broadcast our faults on Facebook. Rather, the context of James 5:16 is small group accountability. In April we’ll be talking more about being accountable, so today I want you to start thinking about who in your circle is someone you can really rely on. Could they become an accountability partner for you? Could you grow together in your walk, praying for each other for restoration and healing?

We were made to serve others, and doing so in a small group (even as few as two) is one way to see God do great things in your life!

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The Restoration discipline is the mastery of the spell effects of the College of Restoration, but it is not considered to be one of the “great schools” by the Mages Guild. Restoration spells heal, restore, and fortify the body’s attributes and abilities, cure disease, and protect it from other malign influences. The primary spells of this college heal wounds, cure disease, and restore lost vitality, but can also augment strength, endurance, intelligence, agility, and other bodily attributes. Absorption skills are also sometimes considered part of this college, although they may also be classed as Mysticism magic.

Despite the incredible utility of Restoration spells, knowledge of them seems to have formed more recently those of other schools: as late as the Second Era, even spells to cure disease seem to have been rarities. In 3E 431, the Council of Mages decided that Restoration magic in Cyrodiil was to become the responsibility of the guildhall in the town of Anvil. Because of the benevolent nature of this school, Restoration magic is very popular among religious workers.

  • Healing and restoration spells replace aspects of the target that have become reduced through combat, illness or other damage. Most obviously this is used to restore health after combat, but skills and other attributes can also be affected.
  • Fortification spells temporarily boost the same skills.
  • Restoration magic can enhance a body’s resistance to attacks based on elements such as cold or heat, and can add to a target’s magical resistance or its resistance to disease.
  • It can also be used to completely cure the effects such as disease, paralysis or poison.
  • Absorption spells enable the caster to transfer energy directly from the target to him or herself. The spell may target attributes, skills, health, magicka, or any other aspect of the target’s form.
  • Wards can be placed to nullify any incoming hostile magic.
  • Spells that cause undead to flee are sometimes considered to be part of the restoration school.
  • Spells that deal sun damage to undead are also considered to be part of the restoration school, but appear to be a later addition to it, first appearing in the Fourth Era.


1Inherited from Mysticism school

2Moved into Mysticism, then back into Restoration, then into Destruction3Inherited from Alteration school4Moved into Mysticism school5Shared with Alteration and Thaumaturgy schools6Inherited from Conjuration school

In addition to the flagship titles, other games have had effects in the Restoration school:

See Also

  • Game-specific information for Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim.


  • Cantillon’s Correspondence by Margaux Cantillon — A letter from a renowned Restoration healer regarding a gifted staff
  • Journal of Thracius Mento by Thracius Mento — The journal of a priest of the Divines
  • Notes on Racial Phylogeny by the Council of Healers, Imperial University — About the similarities and differences between the races of Tamriel
  • Rituals of the Harmonious Masters by Aritanwe of Lillandril — Religious doctrine surrounding Stendarr and the promotion of his healing magic


  1. ^ ab Mages Guild Charter
  2. ^ Feyfolken I — Waughin Jarth


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