Receiving the news that you have a terminal illness, such as cancer can be devastating. As believer’s we want to believe that God has a purpose in our affliction. We can look to the Bible for inspiration when we know someone who is suffering or we ourselves have been diagnosed with cancer. I pray these Bible verses will inspire you as you wait on the Lord for peace, courage, comfort and deliverance.
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God is Big; Comfort & Rest for the Restless
Deuteronomy 31:6 “ …Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Psalms 138:3 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Matthew 11:28-29 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
God is Faithful; Calm for the Anxious
Psalms 18:6 In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
Psalms 33:20-22 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:6-7 …do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
God is Trustworthy; He Has a Plan for You
Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
John 14:1-3 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also…”
God is Hope; Even When it Seems Hopeless
Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
Resources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
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April 10-14 is National Cancer Registrars Week. Are you taking care of or know any patients who are battling the big C?
Despite the advanced technology and modern treatment plans, we, as nurses, should still value the proven benefits of prayers in healing our patients. We should take care of their faith and spiritual health as much as we care for their physical and mental needs.
Here are some of the most powerful healing prayers for cancer you can share.
A Healing Petition
May God heal me, body and soul. May my pain cease, may my strength increase, may my fears be released, May blessings, love, and joy surround me. Amen.
Prayer for Easing Pain
Father, with you nothing is impossible. You are God of all flesh; we love you and we are confident that no situation is too hard for you. We come to you on behalf of this dear one seeking healing from cancer. God, Jesus Christ has fully paid the price by the stripes He took; we therefore are asking that the devourer gets off from this child of yours in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Prayer for Healing
Father God, we humbly pray for all those who are fighting cancer. Give them the hope and courage they need each day. Comfort them in their pain and bless them with healing. Strengthen their family, friends, and caregivers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Cancer Fighters
Heavenly Father, Give all cancer fighters comfort when they are in pain. Lay your healing hand on all and remove every cancer cell so that they may be healed! Amen
Prayer for Physicians and Nurses
Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon your blessed name and we pray for your merciful heart to surround these with love, strength, and courage and we ask Your hands to touch them with the power of healing. May they be directed to the right treatment in Your blessed name as we ask You Lord to represent the physicians, nurses, and medical care aids and administer them in Your spirits. May every cancerous cell be cast out and replaced with good ones. May every spot of this deadly cell be wiped out by Your powerful hands.
Prayer through St. Jude
God of healing mercy, in Jesus your Son you stretch out your hand in compassion, restoring the sinner, healing the sick, and lifting up those bowed down. Embrace us now in your loving care, particularly those afflicted with cancer, for whom this intention is offered. May the Spirit of Jesus bring us all health in soul and body, that with joy and thanksgiving we may praise you for your goodness, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Prayer through Saint Peregrine
O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.
For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.
(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)
Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.
Prayer through Saint Agatha
Oh St. Agatha, who withstood the unwelcome advances from unwanted suitors, and suffered pain and torture for her devotion to Our Lord, we celebrate your faith, dignity, and martyrdom. Protect us against rape and other violations, guard us against breast cancer and other afflictions of women, and inspire us to overcome adversity. Oh St. Agatha, virgin and martyr, mercifully grant that we who venerate your sacrifice, may receive your intercession. Amen.
Prayer for Strength
Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel.
My heart is broken and my spirit mourns. All I know is that Your grace is sufficient. This day, this hour Moment by moment I choose to lean on You, For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest. I pour out my grief to You And praise You that on one glorious day When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered We shall walk together again.
A Simple Prayer for Healing
Lord of Heaven,
I rest underneath your mighty wings of love.I dwell within your gentle heart.I know there is healing in your touch.Through the sufferings of Christ I can ask for restoration And trust in your goodness.You are my Lord, my Saviour, My healer and my friend.I dwell within your gentle embrace.Amen.
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Under the wing of an angel, we feel protected.
Through prayers to God, we feel connected.
Peace is said to be offered on the wings of a dove.
Prayers can bring peace along with hope, faith, and love.
Wings of a jet plane provide a steady flight.
I pray you remain steady and strong through this fight.
Butterflies have wings to fly playfully free,
And free from this monster is what I pray you’ll soon be.
Birds spread their wings as they may leave their nest.
We’re spreading our prayers that you’ll always be blessed.
Go fight and win this battle you didn’t start.
On the wings of an angel and prayers from my heart.
Words of encouragement – inspiring wishes messages and quotes for cancer patients. All cancer patient needs too much support, love and encouragement from their family member and friends. During this time their mental situation doesn’t go well and they fall in miserable pain. But it’s our responsibility to motivate them and show the light of hope. If any of your family member or friend is fighting cancer then you may increase their hope and motivation by sending them inspirational messages for cancer patients and words of encouragement.
Best Wishes and Most Inspirational Messages For Cancer Patients.
Here are the most hopeful words which can increase the strength of mind and encourage the cancer patient to fight strongly against cancer and we hope that he/she will be a great survivor from this disease. Share these inspirational messages for cancer patients and be a helping hand of them to fight against cancer.
Going through the pain of fighting cancer is tough I know, and you are tough. I am here for you through it and will help you every step of the way.
Cancer is a shipwreck but there are lifeboats called “HOPE” and “COURAGE” waiting to take you back to the mainland. All you have to do is swim to them and then paddle with all your heart.
Life after cancer: Eat, travel, read, laugh, have fun, cuddle, kiss, dance, exercise, work, play, write, run, sleep, ride, flirt, celebrate, love, smile, cook, hug – yes, it is all worth fighting for.
The battle with cancer is long and hard, but this is one battle you will be glad you fought.
Whatever you do, hold on to hope. The tiniest thread will twist into an unbreakable cord. Let hope anchor you in the possibility that this is not the end of your story, that change will bring you to peaceful shores.
No matter how dark a night, it must be followed by dawn. No matter how painful the fight, cancer must go so you can live on.
If your will to live is inspirational and your fight is motivational, your recovery will be sensational.
You are my inspiration because even as this illness ravages you I can see your strength in how you strengthen others and how you are holding on. I am praying for you, and I am also here for you.
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Being a cancer patient is all about rearranging just one word. Instead of thinking will I survive, you must say I will survive.
Cancer is a terrible disease and through your pain I want you to know that I am praying for you. May God of all comfort hold you up and give you strength to go through each day. I love you and care for you.
Fill your veins with medicines, fill your heart with love, fill your mind with determination and fill your soul with hope so that cancer has no place to stay in your life.
Choose hope over despair, choose love over hate. Choose smiles over frowns, choose laughs over cries. Choose acceptance over anger, choose optimism over pessimism. Choose life over cancer.
What Cancer Cannot Do – Cancer is so limited… It cannot cripple love, It cannot shatter hope, It cannot corrode faith, It cannot destroy peace, It cannot kill friendship, It cannot suppress memories, It cannot silence courage, It cannot invade the soul, It cannot steal eternal life, It cannot conquer the spirit.
Once diagnosed with cancer, life becomes quite simple and comes down to just two choices – give up or fight back with everything you’ve got.
You have faced many challenges in life and I have seen you fight and come out on top. This cancer is no different. You are a fighter and I know you will come out on top as always.
Cancer is painful and I know that it is sometimes overwhelming. My heart goes out to you and I am here for you. Please allow me to be your friend at this time and to hold you. Please lean on me.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. – Buddha
Keep walking, keep running and let cancer be the shadow that disappears when life turns a new day.
The difference between a bad and a good attitude is the difference between a bad and a good recovery. With cancer, attitude is everything.
Even through theses dark times that cancer is trying to bring upon you I see you shining like the sun. Keep shining, keep hoping and keep praying. This too shall pass.
Your strength to suffer pain today will be the pen that writes a new destiny. Just one month of being cancer-free will wipe away the pain of many years of chemotherapy.
Being a cancer patient is not about trying to beat the odds. It’s about knowing that the odds will beat you if you don’t give it your best.
All suffering is caused by the illusion of separateness, which generates fear and self-hatred, which eventually causes illness. You are the master of your life. You can do much more than you thought you could, including cure yourself of a “terminal illness”. – Barbara Brennan
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Being a cancer patient is like hitting a wall every single day. The only way to the other side is to become stronger until you can break the wall apart with your bare hands.
Your strong faith inspires me. I am blessed by being with you and seeing you cope with this cancer. This darkness shall not overwhelm you, nothing, not even cancer can keep a good person down. You will come shining through one day.
The only way to beat cancer is to accept the reality, embrace the pain and find the courage to move forward, one day at a time.
When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. – Barbara Bloom
If cancer can’t break you, nothing can. If cancer can’t kill you, nothing can. If you can have the courage to fight cancer, you will have the courage to fight anything.
When I see how strong you are as you lie there in pain fills me with hope. Many of us are praying for your quick recovery. Your smile is truly an inspiration.
The beginning of mind over matter is the beginning of the end of cancer within you.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.
No matter how frightening cancer sounds and is, I believe you and I can pull through. You have been through other situations that you conquered and you can conquer this illness also. We are praying for your quick recovery.
You can’t run from fear, you can’t escape it. But you can choose not to be afraid of fear, by having the courage to face it and move forward.
Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You may not be where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.
The fight with cancer isn’t easy, you knew this from the start. Now all you have to do is truly believe that you will recover, from the bottom of your heart.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Just because life is pinning you down right now doesn’t mean it won’t let you fly later. Just because cancer is beating you up right now doesn’t mean you won’t beat it later.
Winning over cancer is all about embracing one of the most innocent virtues of mankind – TRUST. Trust your doctors, trust your treatment, trust your family and most importantly, trust your prayers.
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Don’t let life during cancer be a regret about the way you lived life before cancer. Let it be a dream about the way you will live life after cancer.
Each and every morning I know that you wake up with anxiety. Cancer is scary and no one can truly understand what you are feeling. In all this I want you to know that you can count on me. Whenever you need me and for whatever reason I am here for you. Just lean on me.
Stop wasting your time thinking about how unlucky you are. You will get a lot of time to think about cancer once you recover. For now, start making the most of your time by thinking how courageous you are. Fight on my friend, get well soon.
All above’s messages are a great source of encouragement. Hope you find the most appropriate messages for cancer patients to share with them during their illness.