Prayers for the Sick

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Whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional there are many times in all of our lives when we find ourselves in need of healing. When we face a challenge, we often reach within ourselves to find the inner strength or reach out to others for help to overcome our difficulties. While relying on our inner resolve and turning to others for support and guidance is helpful, we mustn’t forget an important first step: turning to the Master Healer: God.

Whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional there are many times in all of our lives when we find ourselves in need of healing. When we face a challenge, we often reach within ourselves to find the inner strength or reach out to others for help to overcome our difficulties. While relying on our inner resolve and turning to others for support and guidance is helpful, we mustn’t forget an important first step: turning to the Master Healer: God.

“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them…” (Psalm 107:19-21).

Jesus reminds us many times to turn to Him for healing

Throughout the Bible, there are many instances of Jesus going from town to town healing “…every disease and sickness..." (Matthew 9:35), and those who were oppressed by the devil..."(Acts 10:38). God is waiting and available to each of us 24 hours a day, 7 day a week (including holidays) as our healer. He is there to heal us not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well.

How do we turn to God for healing?

It’s simple: Go to Him in prayer and speak to Him! Go to Him when you’re broken and lost and in pain; when you find yourself exhausted by your troubles; when your spirit and heart is broken. Lay yourself at His feet, for He tells us loud and clear:

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. (Matthew 11:28-30).

Be patient

If only God’s healing worked as instantaneously as an ATM. Unfortunately, that’s not how it goes. We often need to go through an extended period of adversity before we see a change in the right direction. This never means God has forgotten us or is tending to “more important” people. God makes no mistakes and forgets no one—ever. There’s a reason why our healing is delayed.

When you grow weary and impatient from waiting, and wonder if you’ve been forgotten, remember what Jesus told a group of people gathering to listen to Him in Luke 12:24: "Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” When we keep reminding ourselves that God—the One who is “all powerful and all knowing”—is looking out for us, we can gain the peace and patience we need to hold on. That’s a part of our faith: believing even when we don’t see or don’t understand.

Looking for a healing prayer? Two samples below are perfect examples:

Healing Prayer #1

Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to you. Allow Your healing Hand to heal me. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others; touch my heart with Your courage and infinite Love for all; touch my mind with Your Wisdom, and may my mouth always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in all my needs, and help me to lead others to You by my example.
Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength. Touch gently this life which you have created, now and forever.
Amen.

Healing Prayer #2

Gentle Jesus, who cured the sick and laid a healing hand upon the lame, the blind and the handicapped, look with compassion upon me in my suffering. If it is not Your will to cure me, then give me strength to bear my burden and offer it up to You. You suffered so much for me. Give me grace to offer my sufferings in union with Your own, in reparation for my sins and those of others, for the needs of this troubled world, and for the release of the souls in purgatory. Mary, compassionate Mother, pray for your weary child. Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for me. Amen.

Sources:

http://catholicexchange.com/healing-power-jesus

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Author: Laura Magnifico

Laura A. Magnifico is a freelance copywriter from Connecticut. She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school from kindergarten through high school. As an adult, she continues to practice her faith and enjoys writing on Catholic topics.

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