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!
- 1 Here are 10 Prayers for Healing you can use today to speak life and hope into your situation.
- 2 1. A Prayer for Personal Healing
- 3 2. A Short Prayer for Healing for Friends
- 4 3. A Prayer for Healing and Grace
- 5 4. A Prayer for Healing Sick Family and Friends
- 6 5. A Prayer to Heal the Hurt
- 7 6. A Prayer for Forgiveness
- 8 7. A Prayer for Those Who Feel Wounded
- 9 8. A Prayer to Heal a Struggling Relationship
- 10 9. A Prayer for When Time Doesn’t Heal a Broken Heart
- 11 10. A Prayer to Heal from Depression
- 12 How to Pray for Healing – Max Lucado
- 13 Healing Bible Verses
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
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
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.
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.
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
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.
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As one wanders through the walks of his life, one is mostly occupied with the overlapping aspects of life, such as work, family, education, children, etc. No doubt that this generally involves some problems, worries, or anxieties. One feels that he is in a pressing need to some occasional spiritual intervals to unburden these worries, help him get rid of his anxieties and relieve and revive his soul. Moreover, one lacks a helping hand to overcome such things beyond his capacities and reassure him about the unknown future which he hopes to be promising. As a Muslim, you are lucky!!
Find your rest in the prayer.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) would say to Bilal, “O Bilal, proclaim iqamah (call for starting prayer): give us comfort by it.” Abu Dawud
The Prophet’s concerns about the whole ummah (Muslim nation), the burdens of his message and the occupations of his mission will be alleviated once he stood in prayer. Prayer is a worldly link between man and his Lord, the Creator and the One who manages the whole universe. He holds absolute control upon everything and none of the whole being sets out without His permission. When one stands before Him, with complete and unshaken faith and trust in His Omnipotence, Mercifulness, Graciousness and Kindness, one can satisfactorily lay his burdens and leave his concerns, and He will surely help him.
Prayer was the joy of the Prophet’s eye and the source of his relief and happiness. It was narrated that Anas said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: ‘Women and perfume have been made dear to me, but my comfort has been provided in prayer.’” (An-Nasa’i) He loved prayer as he attained his comfort, healing, and relief in it. For this reason, abundant reports show that the Prophet (peace be upon him) would stand in prayer for very long hours reciting the Qur’an and contemplating on its precious meanings. Al-Mughira ibn Shu`ba narrated: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to pray so much that his feet used to become edematous or swollen, and when he was asked as to why he prays so much, he would say, “Shall I not be a thankful slave (to Allah)?” (Al-Bukhari)
Also, Hudhaifah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “I performed Prayer with the Prophet (peace be upon him) one night, and he started reciting Surat Al-Baqarah. I thought that he would go in ruku` (bowing posture in prayer) at the end of one hundred verse, but he continued (reciting); and I thought that he would perhaps recite (this Surah) in the whole rak`ah (prayer), but he continued the recitation; I thought he would perhaps bow on completing (this Surah). He (peace be upon him) then started reciting Surat An-Nisaa’ which he followed with Surat Aal-`Imran. He recited leisurely. When he recited a verse which mentioned the tasbih, he would say Subhan Allah and when he recited the verse which tells how God is to be asked, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would then ask from Him; and when he (peace be upon him) recited a verse asking one to seek protection of Allah, he would seek protection of Allah. Then he bowed and said, “Subhana Rabbiyal-Azhim (My God the Great is free from imperfection)”; his bowing lasted about the same length of time as his standing, (and then on returning to the standing posture after ruku`) he would say, “Sami` Allahu liman hamidah, Rabbana lakal-hamd (Allah listens to him who praises Him. Praise be to You, Our Lord!),” and he would then stand about the same length of time as he had spent in bowing. He would then prostrate himself and say, “Subhana Rabbiyal-A`la (My God the Supreme is free from imperfection),” and his prostration lasted nearly the same length of time as his standing (qiyam). (Muslim)
Prayer washes one’s soul as much as it washes out one’s sins. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, ” “Do you think that if there was a river by the door of any one of you, and he bathed in it five times each day, would there be any trace of dirt left on him?” They said: “No trace of dirt would be left on him.” He said: “That is the likeness of the five daily prayers; by means of them Allah erases sins.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Almighty Allah has strictly commanded the Muslims to observe prayer and praised those who perform it in its due times. He (Glory be to Him) says,
Guard strictly the prayers especially the middle Prayer (i.e. the ‘Asr “Afternoon Prayer”). And stand before Allah with obedience. (Al-Baqarah 2:238)
And those who strictly guard their prayers (at their fixed stated hours). These are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever. (Al-Mu’minun 23:9-11)
`Ubadah ibn As-Samit said: I bear witness that I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: “Allah, the Exalted, has made five prayers obligatory. If anyone performs ablution for them well, offers them at their (right) time, and observes perfectly their bowing and submissiveness in them, it is the guarantee of Allah that He will pardon him; if anyone does not do so, there is no guarantee for him on the part of Allah; He may pardon him if He wills, and punish him if He wills.” (Abu Dawud)
Then, the Qur’an finally teaches that the one who performs prayer perfectly, observing its due rights, offering its pillars and actions correctly and perfectly and joins the congregational prayer will surely have his behavior rectified and amended. Prayer will leave a pleasant and positive impact on his character and set aright his conduct. It will protect the Muslim against the insinuations of Satan and the seduction of evil desires. As Almighty Allah says,
And establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing. (Al-`Ankabut 29:45)
This indeed is the good result of prayer when it touches the heart of the praying person and when it is offered with submission and reverence. It safeguards the person and community against evil deeds and immoralities and saves the person from the misguided ways of Satan.
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God Is Our HopeGod is our hope and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof rage and swell,
and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same.
There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God,
the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
— Book of Common Prayer 1979
From Death to Immortality From the unreal lead us to the Real,
From darkness lead us to Light.
From death lead us to immortality.
Prayer for Those Affected by the Tsunami DisasterFather/Mother Creator,
Please heal those who have been affected by this quake and tidal wave. Let those who have died now be in peace and in happiness.
Please comfort the peoples affected by this disaster. Bring their communities together in love, in prayer, and help them care well for each other.
Let the world community pray and assist the people who were affected by this disaster with much compassion and show their caring in practical and abundant ways.
Let those affected by this earthquake and tidal wave rebuild better than before. Let them be strong. May good come out of this time of sorrow.
Bless the earth. Bring peace and harmony to the lands, to the sky, to the waters… If there be a need for the earth to release its tensions in the future, let it do so in a way that is gentle and harms no one. Let the waters return to their natural ebb and flow. Let the earth be calm.
Peace, Peace, Peace… Be calm. Be still. Let the healing begin…
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Prayer for Those Whose Loved Ones Are MissingLoving God, the hope and protector of all humankind; bless those whose loved ones are missing. The agony of not knowing whether someone is living or dead is a daily torture. The uncertainty of life’s future relationships hangs in limbo. Hope rides a roller coaster. Yet each day must be lived. Give unto your people the blessing of your grace that they may face each day with courage and hope. Guard their families from further danger and harm and hold them in the blessing of your love. Amen.
— Vienna Cobb Anderson, from “Prayers of Our Hearts” c 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.
Cure For All Sorts of Pains I seek protection for my soul in the Lord of the earth and the Lord of the heavens. I seek protection for my soul in the One in whose name no sickness can hurt. I seek protection for my soul in the One whose name is Blessed and a Cure.
U`idhoo nafsee birabbil-ardhi wa rabbis-samaa’ U`idhoo nafsee billadhee laa yadhurru ma`a-smihi daa’ U`idhoo nafsee billadhee-smuhu barakatun washifaa’–Imam Ar Ridha(as), Duas.org
Meditation in Affliction Assailed by afflictions, we discover Dharma
And find the way to liberation. Thank you, evil forces!
When sorrows invade the mind, we discover Dharma
And find lasting happiness. Thank you, sorrows!
Through harm caused by spirits we discover Dharma
And find fearlessness. Thank you, ghosts and demons!
Through people’s hate we discover Dharma
And find benefits and happiness. Thank you, those who hate us!
Through cruel adversity, we discover Dharma
And find the unchanging way. Thank you, adversity!
Through being impelled to by others, we discover Dharma
And find the essential meaning. Thank you, all who drive us on!
We dedicate our merit to you all, to repay your kindness.
Prayer for Those Who MournExalted and honored, adored and acclaimed be Your name, O Holy One, blessed are You, whose glory transcends all praises, songs, and blessings voiced in the world, and let us say, Amen.