My Dad recently had a Nuclear Stress Test and the results showed that his heart isn’t functioning properly. He had not told us that he had been having some shortness of breath and palpitations and such…ugh… They aren’t sure what is wrong — if it’s something with his Quadruple Bypass (that they 10 years ago yesterday), or something new.
In order to discover that, today they will do a Cardiac Catheterization — during which a long thin tube, a catheter, will be inserted in an artery or vein in his groin and threaded through the blood vessels to his heart. This will show them what the issues are. He is deathly allergic to Iodine (which is why he can’t eat shellfish — hives, close his wind-pipe), so they have been prepping him before and will be ready during the surgery for that.
There is a chance when they are in there, that if he needs something done (like a stint), it may be taken care of at the time. Not sure.
Dad has been anxious about this. He’s been through it before, and not seamlessly I might add, but with Mom. Without her optimism and “everything will be fine” attitude, he’s certainly feeling it. My Florida brother and I are here, well, to just be here with him.
Dad has had trouble sleeping the past few nights. Before we went to bed last night, I searched for a prayer and found this short yet poignent prayer at Catholic.org:
Loving Father, I entrust myself to your care this day; guide with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of the medical people who minister in your Name, and grant that every cause of illness be removed, I may be restored to soundness of health and learn to live in more perfect harmony with you and with those around me. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Into your hands, I commend my body and my soul. Amen.
When we have health scares, it reminds us how out of control we are of our lives, how fragile life is, how quickly things can change. It also can reveal to us how great we are in need of a Savior, how grand our trust needs to be, how loving our family and friends are, and how we need to embrace life and do and say the things we need to right now…not wait for “someday”.
“God will take care of everything you need.” (Philippians 4:19 The Message)
How do we trust that God will take care of us as He does the birds and the trees? Believing God’s Word will fan the flame of our faith as we live it out in hard circumstances. When the ache of the unknown looms in front us as we place our lives in the hands of surgeons, prayer gives peace to our hearts and physically tired bodies. Use this prayer for yourself, or with friends and family before heading into surgery.
A Prayer for Surgery
Father, praise You for this life. As we prepare for surgery to the body You have given us, many things flow into our minds and out of our hearts as we lie in wait. Yet, You reassure us in Exodus 15:26: “I am the Lord who heals you.”
We have an end picture in our minds as to what “healed” looks like for us, and desperately look to You for assurance that our lives and our pain will be healed. You are above all, see all, know all, and are capable of healing all. When Jesus walked the earth, He healed by the touch of His hand and the sound of His voice. We pray to feel Your healing hand upon us, Lord, and hear Your voice of peace and tranquility boom over the loud pain that throbs through our minds and bodies.
Thank You for a life that is valuable to us and to those around us. We are worth enough to worry about, and thankful enough for the life we’ve been blessed with on this earth to covet our return to it and full restoration of it. With grateful hearts we come to You in praise for the gift of being able to trod this earth and experience Your love.
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Forgive us, Father, for doubting our purpose on earth. We confess just how often we run from what You are calling us to do because we feel it is too hard. And now, as we await the outcome of surgery, we feel compelled to reach back and grab every opportunity that has ever passed us by to walk behind Your Son in pursuit of Your will for our lives. Please forgive our disobedience, and lack of respect for Your timing and Your plans. Help us to place our current and future ambitions on bringing You glory, and the love of Your Son to all who know us.
Father, we trust You with our lives. For You promise us: “Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” (Psalm 30:2)
Bless the surgeons and medical staff that will operate on us. Be with them and equip them to be extensions of Your healing hand. Remain present with me, Lord, even when I fall asleep from the pain medication. Help me to feel Your presence, and remember that You are always with me. Never leaving. Always faithful. Loving me more than I’m capable of understanding.
And now for the hardest part: Truly trusting the outcome of my life in Your hands. For it’s when our plans for healing don’t look the same as Yours that we become frustrated, and faith threatens to pull out of our hearts. Doubt can seep in through the cracks in unexpected circumstances. In those moments, Lord Jesus, strengthen us to remember You. Your ways are not our ways, because only You can claim true love for us. Only You know what is perfect and just in the daily happenings of our lives. Our time here is so fleeting, but our belief in You, Jesus, sets us apart and ensures us life everlasting. Pain free and full of peace.
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Help us to hold on to that belief. To hold onto You. As we travel this road of uncertainty, send Your Holy Spirit to inspire our heart’s memory of Your sweet words of promise. Help us to recall and repeat the promises You have given us through Your Word. Be with our families and friends as they worry and wonder what the outcome will be. Inspire Your love in their hearts and assure them that my life is in Your hands.
Father, let all who know me witness my peace in this process, and know that it is from You. Thank You for life, God. Bless and heal me today through this surgery. Whether You bring me through these ailments to restore me upright on this earth, or take me through to You, I trust You… today, and always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Prayer Before Surgery
Before surgery, it’s important to turn to God and ask Him to enable you to trust in a good outcome. Call on God to help you contribute your own share of optimism and confidence. Also, call on God to keep far from you any presumptions that it all depends exclusively on you. Welcome His presence into your surgery. If you’re looking for strength and healing before a surgery, pray this prayer: Heavenly Father, grant me joyful acceptance of the surgery which awaits me, and let this be the relief and cure which I seek. Make skilled the work of the surgeon and that of his team for it is unto their knowledge and skill that I give myself for healing. I pray to You, O Lord, that this procedure will be without complication, and that my recovery will be speedy and complete. Amen.
Operation … This word scares even the brave men.Although modern medicine has reached unprecedented heights, we are afraid of medical intervention to tremble at the knees.Operations are different: under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, and many hours of challenging those who are held in 10-15 minutes.Any operation, the consequences of which – joy.For example, birth through Caesarean section, or healing from sickness, torment for years.Any operation, after which the need for a long time to rehabilitate and recover, to get used to a new life and prepare for the next surgery.In short, the situation can be very much.They are united by one thing – fear of the unknown person, and sometimes fear for their lives.It is at such moments that each of us understands how he is powerless and in need of God’s help.For these people, this article was written, in which he told about what effect a prayer before the operation as it should be.
What should be the prayer?
Prayer before the operation, and in genera
l, any prayer to God, is valid only when the soul of prayer is faith in the one to whom he refers to the petition.Christian prayer has nothing to do with the plot, mantras, attitudes.Prayer before surgery to true believer – is entrusting themselves in the hands of God, submission to His good will, the blessing of the hands of doctors who will touch your flesh.
Before you will be a prayer before surgery, think about the fact you Christian?Do you believe in the person to whom you pray?If your answer is – yes, then pray with all your heart, in your own words.If you’ve never done it before, using the template provided in this article.In the Bible, there is no clear indication of what words should be treated in a Christian prayer to the Lord, and thus allowed the use of prayers written by priests and prayer in simple words emanating from the heart.
Before praying …
confess before God for their sins, ask forgiveness for them.Forgive all those who hurt you.If possible, go to church and Communion, ask the priest to pray for the upcoming surgery.Come home, read the Gospel – there are many cases described how Christ healed disease.If you do all this, the prayer before the operation will give you the strength and confidence in a favorable outcome.
The same should be praying for the sick before the operation.However, if this person is far from faith in God, and pray for the salvation of his soul.
“In your hands, Lord Jesus Christ, I give you my spirit and my life.
I ask Thee, the Almighty, bless and have mercy on me. Give me, O Lord, life and long days before thee. Let there be mercyYour me. Forgive me my sins in the name of thy holy child Jesus. On Thee I hope and I trust my Lord and my God. For you in truth, one Christ, the Son of the living God, came into the world to save sinners of us. Let it be a blessingYour hands of doctors over what they will do. Thy will be done in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Now and ever and ever and ever. Amen. “
Can also be used prayer Luke Crimean before surgery.