Praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

praying for cancer healing

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

praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

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praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

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.

praying for cancer healing

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You may be faced with a strange and destructive illness like cancer. Read on to be guided on how to pray healing for cancer.

Millions of people all over the world are faced with incurable and chronic illnesses. No matter how sophisticated or advance science and the medical profession are, how replete the resources, and how determined people battle sicknesses, still there are many unable to find cure or resolve.

One of the most devastating and threatening diseases is cancer. You may know of any family member, relative or friend suffering from this. Cancer is “known medically as a malignant neoplasm, is a broad group of various diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body.” (Wikipedia)

Majority of cancer victims die of this debilitating disease while a small number succeed in fighting this problem. How do you pray to heal cancer?

The curses and sicknesses from the generational family lines are at times the cause of illnesses. Our forefathers or ancestors may have sinned against God and men thereby defiling the bloodline of the succeeding generations. You may ask your pastor or anyone from your church to pray this through.

If this has been dealt with, you may begin searching or examining your heart for any un-confessed sins which will become the entry point of the enemy to your life. You my pray something along this line, “Lord, here are all my sins: _____. If there are any more sins, by faith I am forgiven completely and unconditionally. Wash me with your blood and forgive my sins. Cleanse me through and through. Amen.” Also, see this Prayer for Release From the Past

Next you should do a spiritual housecleaning in your own life and your household and your home. You may examine whether in your mind, heart, will, emotions, soul, spirit, and body you have ungodly beliefs and practices. You may be overcome with fear, doubts, and anxiety. Or you may be exposing yourself to ungodly sounds, images or habits. Or you may still be in bondage with addictions, strongholds, and mental structures that have to be broken.

Take a look at your own family. Pray through for areas where each member is sinning or struggling. Remove anything in your house that glorifies the occult, cults, violence, sexual sins, or any object that are an abomination in God’s sight.

When you have cleansed yourself, family, home, and your generational lines, you may begin uttering Healing Prayers. The Scriptures is filled with verses on healing, passages of miraculous intervention, and Bible characters who received their healing.

You may declare and believe these Healing Scriptures For Cancer—

Exodus 23:25
25 “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

Exodus 15:26
26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

Proverbs 4:20-22

 20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.

Psalm 107:19-21
19 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
20 He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 30:2
2 O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.

Isaiah 53:4-5

4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

Psalm 91:3-4

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
Proverbs 17:22
22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.

Psalm 103:2-5
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

For the practical side of it, consult any medical practitioner so that you may know how to strategically care for this sickness. Take care of your health. Eat the right diet. Rest and exercise and sleep on time. You may opt to choose an organic lifestyle.

It is God’s perfect will to heal. He can heal any form of illness. Take God at His Word and believe that your healing is now taking place as you use God’s word to manifest healing in your life and body.

It is encouraged to tame your tongue and only speak positive and life-giving words. Do not declare sickness, death, and fear but only use words that align with the Scriptures.

Bless your body and command healing over it. Take authority over this sickness.

You may pray this prayer for healing cancer now –

“Abba Father, I almost reached the end of the rope. Forgive me, my family, and our forefathers for transgressing you. Cancel now and reverse all the curses against my family lines with the blood of Jesus Christ. Forgive me for my personal sins and close the legal access of the enemy upon my life.

Cleanse our body, soul, and spirit with the blood of Jesus also. I speak life to my body. By the authority given to me by God, I cancel the attempt of the enemy to kill, steal, and destroy. I speak healing upon my body for by the stripes of Jesus, I am healed and made whole.

I declare blessing upon my body to function to the way God originally intended for it to function. I speak life to my immune system and for all the healthy cells to digest all the bad and sickly cells.

Thank You, Lord for healing me now. I appropriate the word of God, blood of Jesus, power of the Holy Spirit to heal me completely.

I speak shalom, rest and fullest recovery for my body. I cancel the diagnosis of the doctors and believe God’s word instead. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

If you have prayed this prayer for healing cancer, be assured that your healing begins. Do not lose hope. God is still the God of miracles. Just believe in Him and take heart. When fears, doubts, and apprehensions begin setting in, go back to this prayer for healing cancer.

If you do not have cancer and know of anyone suffering from it, pray for him/her, anoint her with oil and lay hands on her. If she is not strong enough to pray for herself, do pray for her.

Remember if the Lord has healed you, then you are healed; therefore, there is no fear for cancer in remission. Don’t speak this over yourself or anyone else.  You are healed and that’s that.

While we don’t believe in praying to the saints, we would like to share the story of St. Peregrine who is considered the patron saint for sickness

St. Peregrine

and cancer.  Among the special penances of St. Peregrine was his decision to stand at all times with only a few occasions where he would sit. It is known that he didn’t sit for 30 years and subsequently he developed varicose veins which then led to cancer of the leg & foot. The lesions were so bad that the surgeon had made preparations to do an amputation.  Nevertheless, the night before the surgery, St. Peregrine began to drag himself to the foot of the cross in his church and stayed there praying for numerous hours. As he nodded off to sleep he was given a vision of Jesus touching his foot.  The next day the everyone saw that he was totally healed.

If God can do it for St. Peregrine, He can do it for you.  Just pray and believe in His power.

Here are other prayers and bible verses that you may find useful:

Bible Verses for Healing

Bible Verses about Forgiveness

Breakthrough Prayer and Scriptures

A Prayer for Healing against various diseases and illnesses

For more prayers, click our link.

Welcome to the PrayWithMe prayer for cancer page. Read this powerful prayer for cancer healing, and submit your prayer request at the bottom of the page. Through prayer, all things are possible.

This is a prayer for the healing and remission of cancerous tumors. May God hear our prayers for healing. In him, all things are possible.

A Prayer for Healing Cancer

Heavenly Father, I come before you with a
solemn heart and in need of your intercession.
I pray that the cancer that has come into my life
soon fades into a quick remission.

I believe in
your capacity for miracles, and ask for this on my
behalf. As we grow older, I know we become closer
to the day you accept us back into your kingdom.
I ask that you delay that holy union if it be your will.
In your name I pray,


Let us all pray for a permanent cure for cancer as soon as possible. With all of the new cancer treatments being developed each year, we will surely get there soon. God bless you, and may you or your loved one experience a speedy recovery.

For the latest cancer treatments, visit the National Cancer Institute.

Use the form below to post your cancer prayer request. Together, we can find comfort in prayer. To read a prayer for healing a loved one, visit these related prayers.

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(*** New *** Check out our article Overcoming the Seven Hallmarks of Cancer: A Guide for Christians.)

(*** Also new *** Check out How to Pray to be Healed of Cancer, Part 2.)

Life is short, science is long; opportunity is elusive, experience is dangerous, judgment is difficult. It is not enough for the physician to do what is necessary, but the patient and attendants must do their part as well, and circumstances must be favorable. –Hippocrates, from Aphorisms, Translated from the Greek by J. Chadwick and W. N. Mann. 

The idea of healing has never been completely medicalized. It is true that the surgeon’s knife can be called healing, but even surgeons will allow that whereas cutting may sometimes be necessary for healing it is never sufficient. This is because we are aware that healing involves our minds and our feeling—our spirits—as well as our bodies. –The Healing Arts, edited by R. S. Downie, p. 171.

From O. Henry’s The Last Leaf:

SUE: How is she, Doctor?

DOCTOR: Not good. Not good at all, I’m afraid. She has one chance in, let us say, ten. And that chance is for her to want to live.

SUE: Is there anything that I can do to help, Doctor?

DOCTOR: The little lady has made up her mind that she’s not going to get well. Has she anything on her mind?

SUE: She… well, she wanted to paint the Bay of Naples someday.

DOCTOR: Paint? What foolishness! Has she anything on her mind worth thinking about twice? A man, for instance?

SUE: A man? No, doctor, there’s nothing of that kind.

DOCTOR: Well, I’ll do everything that I can. But when a patient gives up hope, medicine doesn’t help much. What can you do to help? Well, if you can get her to show some interest in something, even the new winter styles in coat sleeves, then I’ll promise you a one-in-five chance for her, instead of one-in-ten.

Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health and former Director of the Human Genome Project, recently wrote:

It is still the case, nearly 40 years into the war on cancer, that most of the treatments we use represent blunt instruments. Yes, they attack the cancer cell by targeting its rapid growth, but they inflict serious collateral damage to other, normally growing cells, particularly in the bone marrow and in the gastrointestinal tract. Our cancer therapy is all too often like carpet bombing. Instead we need smart bombs. But a bomb can be smart only if you know the precise target. Until recently, we have had an inadequate understanding of what those ideal targets might be.  –The Language of Life, p. 126ff.

Medical science has learned that the weapons it uses today are not the only treatments, or even the most effective treatments, that could be used. For example, medical science has found that to be successful in combating cancer, cancer must be targeted more precisely than previous tools allowed. Medical researchers are continually in the process of developing new drugs and approaches to better target specific types of cancers. However, a multitude of problems face researchers, including the multitude of types of cancers, the costly and lengthy required patient trial periods, and the uncertain FDA approval process. While we need what medical science offers, we are not limited by what it cannot offer. In addition to the benefits of medical science, we can precisely target cancer through focused prayer.


To be successful in combating cancer through prayer, we must target precisely also. In the past, we simply have not known how to target our prayers against cancer. Cancer has been an amorphous disease that resided somewhere in our body. Now, we understand most, if not all, of the genetic and biological processes that are involved in the development and sustainment of cancer in our body. If we can understand how our genetic and biological processes are causing vulnerabilities, we can pray specifically for those vulnerable processes to be strengthened.

Why do we need to pray specifically? When Jesus’ disciples realized they didn’t know how to pray, they asked Him to teach them. His response? “When you pray, pray like this…” He then shared a prayer with detailed requests to God for daily sustenance (specifically, bread), forgiveness for wrong actions, guidance to avoid temptations, and deliverance from the evil one (Matthew 6:9-13). James teaches us to confess our sins to one another that we may be healed (James 5:16). It is the specificity of confession that gives the prayer power, for a blanket confession—“I’m sorry if I did anything wrong”—contains no admission of guilt, offers no details and, as a result, provides no cleansing or healing.

The power of the Word of God is in its ability to intimately impact our lives. However, with no specificity there is little impact. We pray, making our requests known to God, in specifics, except when we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for. Does God hear our requests when we pray in broad generalities? Of course he does. But his request to us? Be more specific: You have not because you ask not (James 4:2).

So we need to be very specific when praying against cancer. To do that, we need to understand not only the genetic and biological processes of cancer, but we also need to recognize cancer’s apparent “malicious intent.” Cancer cells do not want to coexist with you in your body—they want to control and consume it. The goal of cancer is not to inconvenience you: Its purpose is to steal, kill and destroy your life. Your goal should never be to “learn to live with cancer.” Cancer cells are enemies of your body’s normal, healthy processes. Your goal should be to rid your body completely of these destructive invaders.

Beyond a Physical Cure

Because it is apparent there is a malevolent “intent” behind cancer, it should be obvious that medicine alone cannot win the battle. There is a deeper dimension involved—a spiritual dimension. The battle against cancer must be won in the spiritual dimension as well as in the physical dimension. This is why medicine alone is insufficient. Yes, the battle must be fought in the physical world. But “our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against principalities, against authorities, against the universal lords of this darkness, against spiritual powers of wickedness in the heavenlies” (Ephesians 6:10, Darby translation).

So we are going to learn how to pray specifically, so that we can fight the battle in the spiritual realm as well as in the physical body. And, in fact, our prayers are going to be very focused on physical processes that are malfunctioning (or, as we shall see, “superfunctioning”), operating outside the limits, controls and boundaries God created in our bodies as a defense against these very kinds of attacks.

Is There a Builder in the House?

However, before we discuss targeted prayer, let’s discuss why we should pray. Why is prayer even a viable option against something as formidable as cancer? In his groundbreaking book, One Renegade Cell: The Quest for the Origin of Cancer, medical researcher Robert Weinberg states that the body is “a highly complex society of rather autonomous cells” (p. 2). He goes on to say that the danger from cancer lies in the fact that there is an “absence of a single overseeing master builder, which seems to put the whole enterprise at risk” (p. 2). His point is that the body’s cells appear to primarily act under their own control or under the influence of other cells, but not under any identifiable centralized control. Because of this lack of oversight and control, cells can run amok without any accountability or correction.

If the lack of oversight and control by a single “master builder” is what provides the biological environment that cancer cells need to develop and flourish, then putting our body and its biological processes in the hands of a Master Builder through prayer, and envisioning the Master Builder doing the necessary “repair work,” can provide a remarkably different scenario. The confession of the Psalmist “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) acknowledges the Master Builder’s central role in our biological makeup.

And, as we will see, if the independent renegade activities of our cells are hallmarks of cancer development, then the dependent, obedient activities of our cells are hallmarks of bodily health. Just as rebellion in the spiritual realm leads to death and destruction, so also does rebellion in our physical body processes. And just as obedience and submission lead to spiritual wholeness and wellness, so also does yieldedness in our physical body processes. Jesus said, “You cannot serve two masters…” (Matthew 6:24) and “…a house divided against itself cannot stand” (Matthew 12:25b). This “rebellion” is the essence of cancer development. The targets of our prayers will vary; the purpose of our prayers will not: we are praying for our body and all its cells and processes to come into obedience to the Master Builder (2 Corinthians 10:5).

The Commander’s Intent

An example of an environment where there is a “master” whose will is to be obeyed by potentially rebellious subordinates is the military. Each soldier is “rather autonomous” and is free to make his/her own choices. However, unless each soldier follows orders, chaos and destruction can—and will—result. So how does the military maintain order in the face of attack? First, they train the soldiers to do their assigned tasks no matter what. Second, they clearly communicate the commander’s intent to the soldiers. What is the “commander’s intent”? Here’s how the United States Army puts it:

The commander’s intent describes the desired end state. It is a concise statement of the purpose of the operation and must be understood two echelons below the issuing commander…It is the single unifying focus for all subordinate elements…Its purpose is to focus subordinates on the desired end state.” (Source: FM 100-5 Operations, Department of the Army, 1993)

Misunderstanding the commander’s intent can lead to problems at all levels. At the staff level, if the staff as a whole or a particular staff section misunderstands the intent, they can waste an inordinate amount of time in developing courses of action that do not conform with how the commander visualizes the battle and how he sees his unit positioned to conduct future operations. At the subordinate commander level, misunderstanding of intent may lead to a subordinate unit plan that fails to achieve the superior commander’s goals for that operation. (Source: Evolution of Commander’s Intent in the US Military, Dr. Newton Howard,

So what is the “commander’s intent” for our body?

The commander’s intent for our body is that health and well-being pervade our being, both physically and spiritually. Our commander’s intent is written in 3 John 2 “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along.” Physical health and spiritual well-being go hand in hand. If we misunderstand the commander’s intent, we can end up wasting time and resources that delay or even thwart the fulfillment of the commander’s intent for our well-being.

Where to Focus?

Robert Weinberg describes how cancer develops in our body. In One Renegade Cell, he identifies the significant activities, or hallmarks, that must occur in our biological and genetic processes for cancer to exist. If these hallmarks are the processes that allow cancer to exist, then these hallmarks are the very processes where cancer development and sustainment can be stopped. If there are specific processes where focusing our prayer efforts can make the greatest impact, the hallmarks of cancer are the precise targets. Here are the processes where cancer, like water relentlessly seeking a path, continuously attacks our body until it finds its way through by overcoming and overpowering our body’s defenses.

It is here that we need to focus our prayers: that the defenses God has built into our body to protect us from destruction will be strengthened to do their work. Like Moses’ hands (Exodus 17:12), our body’s defenses need to be lifted up so they can prevail against the onslaught of the enemy.

Can—or maybe better, does—the enemy attack us at the microbiological level? Ralph Winter has made the following observations: “I used to be aware that we have a major enemy in this world, Satan, but I was unaware of the extent of his infiltration of God’s creation. In my earlier years I never stopped to think just exactly how God might be involved in the continuous creation of life, how His angels, at His bidding, might be constantly working at the DNA level to make modifications even as Satan’s dark angels were constantly working cleverly and ‘diabolically’ to tear down the marvelous beauty of God’s design” (  We have a diabolical enemy who comes to “steal, kill and destroy” us (John 10:10a), even by attacking us through our own DNA. We had better be both aware and armed to do battle. We have the promise of a savior who will fight with us and for us who came that we “might have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b).

The Weapons of Our Warfare

  1. Worshipful Prayer
  2. Persevering Prayer
  3. Envisioning Prayer
  4. Praying the Word

The Hallmarks of Cancer

Illustrated in Figure 1 are the seven hallmarks of cancer, six identified by Weinberg and Hanahan, and the seventh, Inflammatory Microenvironment, later identified by Alberto Montovani. While no hallmark is sufficient on its own to allow the production of cancer cells, a variety of sequences of the hallmarks’ processes is sufficient. However, our concern is not with the sequence of the processes. Rather, our concern is simple: we use the tools God has given us to put a stop to the malfunctioning of each of these processes in our body.

We will discuss each hallmark in detail so that you will understand 1) its proper functioning, 2) how its process is hijacked in cancer-making, 3) how medical science approaches a solution, and 4) what spiritual view we can take to restore our cells’ proper functioning. What Weinberg and Hanahan call hallmarks are, in reality, strongholds. These are the processes that allow cancer to begin and continue to grow in our body. These strongholds need to be overcome, or pulled down. The Bible says that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4, KJV). We need to understand both the strongholds and the weapons of our warfare so that the strongholds can be pulled down and our cells can return to their normal functioning.

We also need to understand how a spiritual view differs from the medical approach to overcome each stronghold, or hallmark. The approaches are different, but not oppositional. This means that the medical approach and the spiritual view to overcome each stronghold can complement each other. God has provided medical means as well as spiritual means as resources for us to become “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). We will first look at the medical approach to overcome each stronghold, or hallmark; then we will look at the spiritual view to overcome each stronghold.

In Figure 1 below, the outer circle shows the Seven Hallmarks of Cancer. The inner circle shows the actions that a medical approach seeks to provide in order to overcome each stronghold.

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The Seven Hallmarks of Cancer, The Medical Approaches and The Spiritual Views


Hallmark 1: Self-Sufficiency in Growth Signals

The Problem Picture: The Accelerator is Stuck

The symbol of this hallmark is a bent arrow, indicating that a signal that was sent out was diverted. This hallmark is the “accelerator pedal” process. Cells are normally quiescent until they receive signals from outside themselves to replicate. Normal cells don’t initiate their own growth. However, with this hallmark, no outside signal is required to begin the growth cycle. The cell becomes self-sufficient, providing itself with its own growth signals. Even though all the signals to the cell signal “no growth,” the cell continues to divide. The accelerator is stuck to the floor. The cell continues to multiply because it no longer needs an external stimulus to signal growth.

The Medical Approach: Release the Accelerator

The Spiritual View: See How Much God Loves You

This target for prayer is to reorient the renegade cells to come under the lordship of Jesus. Our prayer focus is for cells to become obedient to Christ and follow only His direction for growth. The spiritual view does not deal with the mechanics of “unsticking” the accelerator; the spiritual view confronts the rebellious nature of the cells and sees them lining up in orderly obedience to Jesus. We see both the healing hand of Jesus and the stern command of Jesus enforcing the commander’s intent for the body created in His image.

God Revealed as: Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord is My Righteousness)

Biblical Paradigm: The Temptation, Fall, and Redemption

Scripture: Genesis 3:1-24; Matthew 1:21; Romans 5:17


Hallmark 2: Insensitivity to Growth Inhibitors

The Problem Picture: The Brakes Don’t Work

The symbol of this hallmark is a stop sign, with the circle-backslash symbol over it, indicating its intent has been canceled. The normal biological process of cell replication has two “pedals”: an accelerator and a brake. The brake pedal signifies the process that puts a stop to out-of-control cell replication. When the accelerator appears to be “stuck,” the braking process is initiated to stop the growth. However, what happens is that the brakes fail, and the growth process continues along uninhibited. If the braking process—growth inhibitors—works, then cancer cells cannot form.

The Medical Approach: Repair the Brakes

The Spiritual View: See God’s Protection

The second target of our prayer is for the success of the braking process in our body. Our prayer is that when cells begin to multiply, the growth inhibitor processes in our body function properly. We need to pray for the brakes to operate normally and put a halt to out of control growth.

God Revealed as: Jehovah Shalom (The Lord is My Peace)

Biblical Paradigm: Daniel in the Lions’ Den

Scripture: Daniel 6:1-27


Hallmark 3: Inflammatory Microenvironment

The Problem Picture: Elevated Tissue Temperatures

The Medical Approach: Reduce the Heat

The Spiritual View: See the Heat Held Harmless

God Revealed as: Jehovah Mephalti (The Lord is My Deliverer)

Biblical Paradigm: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Scripture: Daniel 3:13-29


Hallmark 4: Tissue Invasion and Metastasis

The Problem Picture: Cells Migrate across Boundaries

The Medical Approach: Remove the Tumor and Tissue

The Spiritual View: See a Standard Raised

God Revealed as: Jehovah Nissi (The Lord is My Banner)

Biblical Paradigm: Moses with Aaron and Hur

Scripture: Exodus 17:8-16


Hallmark 5: Evasion of Apoptosis

The Problem Picture: Invaded Cells Won’t Self-Destruct

The Medical Approach: Re-establish Cell Self-Sacrifice

The Spiritual View: See the Demise of the Ungodly

God Revealed as: Jehovah Makkeh (The Lord Who Smites)

Biblical Paradigm: Noah and the Flood

Scripture: Genesis 6:5, 7-8, 11-13; 7:21-23; 8:15-17; 9:1-2


Hallmark 6: Sustained Angiogenesis

The Problem Picture: New Blood Supply Keeps Coming

The Medical Approach: Retard the Blood Supply

The Spiritual View: See Strongholds Fall

God Revealed as: Jehovah Jireh (The Lord is My Provider)

Biblical Paradigm: Joshua and Jericho

Scripture: Joshua 6:1-27


Hallmark 7: Limitless Replicative Potential

The Problem Picture: Cells Multiply Endlessly

The Medical Approach: Reinstate Reproductive Limits

The Spiritual View: See the Enemy Turned On Itself

God Revealed as: Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord is My Protector)

Biblical Paradigm: Jehoshaphat

Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30


Go on to: How to Pray to be Healed of Cancer, Part 2

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