In times of suffering from terminal illness, looking to the Lord is the best way to offer comfort and spiritual healing. Here is a look at some great prayers for the terminally ill that may help to offer some perspective and comfort.
Lord Jesus, you overpowered
the control that sickness had
by curing people of their illnesses.
Those who were disabled
were freed to walk again.
You calmed the sea
and showed that you had control
even over nature.
You rose to a new way of living
and showed that not even death
had power over you.
With your power in our lives,
everything that happens to us
can be turned to good.
And so I ask you this day
to help me to transform my difficulties
and draw goodness
out of what is negative in my life,
knowing that there is nothing
in life or in death
that can ever separate me
from your love. Amen.
I thank you, Father,
for the touch of your hand
on the clay of the earth
that formed my body,
and for the breath of your Spirit
giving life to my flesh.
I thank you, Father,
that you so loved our world
that you sent your Son
to live fully amongst us:
Jesus, your Word made flesh,
whose image you see
whenever you look at us.
Lead me now to treasure
what is most deeply human,
and grow in my remaining time
as the person
you call me to be.
I can think of your people down the ages
who have travelled over life’s stormy sea
and, in dying, have reached the harbour
of peace, light and happiness.
As you calmed the sea,
I ask you to be with me
and bring peace in my life each day,
because the boat of my own life
and the ocean is very large.
As you have set my course,
I ask you to steer my life
towards the shore of everlasting life.
Brings me, at last,
along with all who are dear to me,
to the quiet rest that I seek,
where you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty Lord, Physician of souls and bodies, You humble
and lift up, You reprimand and heal, visit N. with your mercy
for she is suffering. Stretch forth Your arm which is so full of
healing and health, and cure him/her, raising him/her from
his/her bed and pain. Reprove the spirit of weakness which
is in him/her and drive far from him/her pain, wounds, chills,
fever and weakness. If he/she has sins or transgressions,
loosen, remit and forgive them in Your love for mankind. O
Lord, have compassion on Your creation, in Christ Jesus our
Lord, with whom You are blessed, together with Your all holy,
good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of
O Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we
pray to You for Your servant N. whose sickness is bringing
him/her to the end of his/her earthly life. You are the God
whose only-begotten Son taught us that not even the
smallest sparrow can fall without Your knowledge, and that
You hold all creation in Your merciful arms. Look upon Your
servant N. and allow this illness to be for the death only of
those things which are the result of evil and sin. Let his/her
thoughts be quieted with the peace and confidence of his/
her final deliverance into the fullness of Your love. Keep his/
her soul and body pure, and sanctify them during the time
he/she remains among us, that on the last day he/she may
be raised up with all Your saints to live with You in neverending
glory. For to You belong praise and worship, to the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, for the sake of Your most holy
wounds, hear our prayer and forgive all the transgressions of
Your humble servant, N. At the moment of his/her death,
accept into Your merciful bands his/her soul cleansed of all
stains of sin, and place him/her with Your Saints in the
resplendent light of Your kingdom. For You are our salvation
and redemption, and we give glory to You, together with Your
eternal Father, and Your all-holy, gracious, and life-giving
Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.
Here is a look at some evening vespers being shared that are dedicated to those that are terminally ill.
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Prayers for healing can illustrate firsthand the incredible power of prayer. Through prayer for the sick and poor in health, we can find comfort in the most trying of times. Use these prayers, and keep them in your heart so they can remind you of God’s nearness.
The following prayers have been curated by pastors and clergy, while some come from rare, out-of-print prayer books.
God has been in the business of answering prayers for healing for a long time. Use these prayers as examples, and submit your own public prayer request at the bottom of this page.
Table of contents
- 1 Renew My Mind, Body and Soul
- 2 To Heal a Friend
- 3 A Prayer for Healing a Loved One
- 4 A Prayer to Jesus for Healing
- 5 A Prayer Against Disease
- 6 My Lighthouse of Hope
- 7 A Prayer for Doctor’s Wisdom
- 8 A Prayer to Ease Pain
- 9 What does the Bible say about healing?
- 10 Prayer Request: Post Your Own “Prayers for Healing”
- 11 Recent prayer requests…
- 12 How to pronounce a prayer for the ill
- 13 prayer for the health of the sick
- 14 How to come to terms with a serious disease
- 15 Listen to Mi Sheberach (courtesy of Mechon Hadar)
- 16 Mi Sheberach in English Translation
- 17 Mi Sheberach in Hebrew Transliteration
- 18 Different Musical Versions of Mi Sheberach
Renew My Mind, Body and Soul
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 come to you with grace.
You gave us life, and you also give us 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, Amen.
To Heal a Friend
Think, o God, of our friend who is ill, whom we now commend to Your compassionate regard.
Comfort him upon his sickbed, and ease his suffering. We beg for deliverance, and submit
that no healing is too hard for the Lord, if it be His will.
We therefore pray that You bless our friend with Your loving care, renew his strength,
and heal what ails him in Your loving name.
Thank You, Lord.
A Prayer for Healing a Loved One
All our times are in Thy hand.
All diseases come at Thy call, and go at Thy bidding.
Thou redeemest our life from destruction, and crownest us with loving kindness and tender mercies.
We bless Thee, that Thou hast heard prayer, and commanded deliverances for our friend and
Thy servant, who has been under Thine afflicting hand.
He (or she) was brought low, but Thou hast helped him (her).
May he (she) not only live, but declare the works of the Lord!
As Thou hast delivered his eyes from tears, his feet from falling, and his soul from death,
may he daily inquire:What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me,and
resolve to offer unto Thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and to call upon the name of the Lord.
May we ever remember that recovery is only a reprieve and
that some day we will go to our rest in the Lord.
May we therefore secure the righteous path and live with eternity ever in our view.
A Prayer to Jesus for Healing
Dear Lord, You are the Just judge, Holy and True. You are the Most High God. You give us life.
You hold all power in your hands.
You are the Mighty one from God who carries the world, and is ruler over all the earth.
You Oh Most Blessed One are the giver of life. In you are only good things.
In you is mercy and love. In you is healing of the nations.
In you is freedom of worry and freedom of pain.
Lord Almighty, You loved us so much. You were sent from your Father,
sent to save us from destruction. We truly can never make it to Heaven without the help of Jesus the Son,
who was sent to earth to help us.
You, Lord are full of mercy and grace, please forgive us for our faults.
Lord Jesus, in you all healing is performed. You Lord are the miracle worker.
In your Spirit, your gift of healing is alive. In you Lord we can put our trust that you can heal us,
and protect us from the enemy, and death of our soul.
You, Lord are miracle worker for the sick, and for the lost souls.
You, Lord forgive us and save us from condemnation. You cleanse us and make us born again new.
You give us a clean heart full of peace. You Lord are the Light.
In You is all truth. Your way Lord is the way to Heavenly Hope.
Your hands Lord created the universe. You Lord are the True giver of Life.
Every child is a miracle of Life. Life rests in Your Hands.
Wrap us as a close knit family, draw us near to you Lord, and bind us with your Loving Hands.
Let us be drawn closer to You. You are the Vine, dear Lord and we are the branches.
You carry all knowledge and all power. You Lord are our medicine. Your Words Lord are Truth and Life.
Help us put our trust in You. You Lord are the greatest physician.
You heal, You protect, You care, You love, You are kind, You are patient,
You are thoughtful, You are strength. You Lord are our Creator.
You know our thoughts, our sighings and our cryings and every hair on our head.
You are Wonderful and make all good things for us. Heal us Lord, if it be Your will.
A Prayer Against Disease
Lord, Your scripture says that you heal all diseases and whoever believes in You will not perish but have an everlasting life. Strengthen me, Lord, in this time of illness. Sustain him as he lays sick in his bed. When You were on Earth, you did all things good and healed all kinds of sickness.
You healed those who had diseases. You died and rose for our sins and that we may have eternal life, Lord. I believe in my heart that You are here with us today and that with Your most holy power will remove all sicknesses and evils that roam the earth. Let it be done in Your glory, Lord.
We praise and glorify Your name, Amen.
My Lighthouse of Hope
Most gracious and loving Father, I want to thank You for all the blessings Youve given me, my family and friends and all those I hold dear.
Thank You Lord for giving me another day to see the beauty of your creations. You know the state of crisis that I am in now Lord. I want to be of use again to You, Lord. In the time of my hospitalization, You Lord remain as my rock and my anchor.
You stand as my lighthouse giving me hope. I pray Lord that you will heal me soon.
In Jesus name, Amen.
A Prayer for Doctor’s Wisdom
Dear Lord, Guide my doctor’s hands and give him wisdom.
Show him the way and help him to heal me.
I put my faith in you and the medical professionals that you have brought to me.
A Prayer to Ease Pain
Almighty Father, Thank you for your love, grace and mercy. I pray that my discomforts will turn to comforts, my pains to gains, my deprivation to more blessings, my losses to profits, my tear to smiles, my sorrows to pleasures, my illness to wellness, my debts to credits and my dreams to realities.
As the scripture said “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” And he “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
I trust in you Lord and in you alone to heal me with any form of skepticism towards blessing that you will be employed upon me. I trust, Lord, that this agony and suffering that is only in my head, will come to end and positivism will shine upon me as I read, hear, study and preach the truth in the Bible.
What does the Bible say about healing?
“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.”
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospelof the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”
“And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spoke unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.”
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous man is effective and has great strength.”
Often times, it is good to look towards the scriptures for truth and understanding of this world. Click here to read more Bible verses about Healing or Life.
Prayer Request: Post Your Own “Prayers for Healing”
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What to himself internally “in place” to put, and to heal the baby?The first thing to understand – this is what happens to us happens next depends on our spiritual condition.We are your thoughts create certain situations and attract negativity.This occurs when thoughts are filled with black.So, first you need to stop this terrible stream.This greatly helps prayer for the ill.The process of casting her inner panic stop, give strength to believe in the best.
How to pronounce a prayer for the ill
your words should be the essence of faith.That is no doubt the Supreme help, you have no right to prevent.The ability to trust that you can not feel (and this is the faith) – a kind of gift.It is all given from birth.But in the process of forming a secular upbringing attitude of mind that seeks to question everything.It is normal for work, but not for faith.
So, the prayer for suffering should be pronounced in a state where all the doubts disabled.The only certainty in the existence and immense goodness o
f the Most High shall reign in the soul.Prayer for healing the sick is sure to help.You yourself will see it at least by the fact that they themselves get rid of panic and come to the state in which will be able to make informed decisions.
prayer for the health of the sick
But this is just the first step.Often, in order to restore health, it requires a lot of time and effort.However, the main problems lie in the person afflicted with illness.Of course, he will need support.From a physical or material support everything is clear: drugs are bought, procedures are carried out and so on.But there is another aspect.If the spirit of man cracked under the weight of the test, then back to health will be extremely problematic.So often the most important support in this situation becomes a spiritual support.It is recommended that as much as possible to apply to the Lord, trust in his kindness.The more often you will guide your inner eye to support the spirit of the individual, the easier it will be.Read prayers, go to church.Your efforts will certainly lead to positive results.
Prayer for the ill pronounced before the icon of the Virgin.She gave her kindness, a helping hand.And please note that the disease of the body is a reflection of the spirit of infirmity.So fill your prayer request to show that you need to correct the pain is gone forever.
How to come to terms with a serious disease
The suffering is very often unbearable burden for the individual.He is in the doldrums, even without attempting to deal with the problem.This is a road to nowhere.In fact, the step to healing will be an understanding of why you have been given disease.
Lord incredibly kind.He can not do wrong with his creation.Once he decided to send you this test, then he tries to steer you in the right direction.However, he knows exactly what you have to understand His power and overcome obstacles.You just need to properly understand this lesson.Thanking God for his care.And then, by all means ask for your soul that He will help you pass the test.Believing in His boundless love, you stand in the way of healing!
One of the central Jewish prayers for those who are ill or recovering from illness or accidents is the Mi Sheberach. The name is taken from its first two Hebrew words. With a holistic view of humankind, it prays for physical cure as well as spiritual healing, asking for blessing, compassion, restoration, and strength, within the community of others facing illness as well as all Jews, all human beings.
Traditionally, the Mi Sheberach is said in synagogue when the Torah is read. If the patient herself/himself cannot be at services, a close relative or friend might be called up to the Torah for an honor, and the one leading services will offer this prayer, filling in the name of the one who is ill and her/his parents. Many congregations sing the version of the Mi Sheberach written by Debbie Friedman, a popular Jewish folk musician who focused on liturgical music. (That version can heard in the video, and its lyrics read, at the top of this article.)
Increasingly, the Mi Sheberach has moved into other settings and other junctures. Chaplains, doctors, nurses, and social workers are now joining patients and those close to them in saying the Mi Sheberach at various junctures—before and after surgery, during treatments, upon admission or discharge, on the anniversary of diagnosis, and more. We present it to you here, in English translation and in transliteration from the Hebrew, as a resource for you as you confront the challenges of illness. The Hebrew text can be found here.
Listen to Mi Sheberach (courtesy of Mechon Hadar)
Mi Sheberach in English Translation
May the One who blessed our ancestors —
Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
Matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah —
bless and heal the one who is ill:
________________ son/daughter of ________________ .
May the Holy Blessed One
overflow with compassion upon him/her,
to restore him/her,
to heal him/her,
to strengthen him/her,
to enliven him/her.
The One will send him/her, speedily,
a complete healing —
healing of the soul and healing of the body —
along with all the ill,
among the people of Israel and all humankind,
and let us all say: Amen!
Mi Sheberach in Hebrew Transliteration
The transliterated text below presents the prayer with correct pronouns for male and female patients. The word before the slash is for males, the one after for females.
Avoteinu: Avraham, Yitzhak, v’Yaakov,
v’Imoteinu: Sarah, Rivka, Rachel v’Leah,
Hu yivarech virapei
et hacholeh/hacholah _____________ ben/bat ______________
HaKadosh Baruch Hu
yimalei rachamim alav/aleha,
V’yishlach lo/lah bim-hera
r’fu-at hanefesh u-r’fu-at hagoof,
b’toch sh’ar cholei Yisrael v’cholei yoshvei tevel,
hashta ba’agalah u-vizman kariv,
Reprinted with permission of the National Center for Jewish Healing, a program of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.
Different Musical Versions of Mi Sheberach
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