In all my years of ministry, I have helped countless sick church members through tough times, specifically illness. From what I have seen, such scenarios take a toll on everyone, especially relatives. Countless helpless and distressed family members have come to me over the years seeking solace. But do you know the number one thing I recommend to these relatives? Prayer. I have seen God restore and heal through the prayers of family members. These prayers also give enormous comfort to everyone affected. I can testify to the powers in miracle prayers for healing a family member as I have seen them firsthand.
Miracle prayers for healing a family member are great avenues for seeking God’s healing. One of the most popular simple prayers is from Circle of Prayer. It says, “Heavenly Father, we lift (name of person) who is facing (name of illness). Give them the hope and courage they need today and every day. Comfort their pain, calm their fears, and surround them with Your peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
This article will provide the perfect guidance to those with ailing family members. As many Christians do not know how to pray for healing or how to phrase their prayers, this piece will give all the needed information. It also has fantastic Biblical references and 10 sample prayers that one can use. Every Christian with an ill relative should read this article.
How Can You Pray for Healing?
One can pray for healing by including some key prayer points. Prayer is a crucial element in all Christians’ journey of faith. It is especially helpful during hard times, such as when a loved one is sick or suffering. Not only does prayer call for God’s healing and restoration, but it also provides comfort to the person praying. But many Christians do not know the essentials of these types of prayers. There are some prayer points that one can integrate into healing prayers to make them effective and direct.
Here are some of the important features according to the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, that can be added to prayers that ask for healing when a family member is suffering:
- Adoration – Start by praising God for His Good Nature and All-Mighty Power
- Confession – Confess that You and the sick relative are sinners
- Thanksgiving – Be grateful for all that God has done even in this period of illness
- Supplication – Finish by asking God for healing in your loved one’s life
Which Psalm Is A Prayer for Healing?
Psalm 107:19-20 states that those who seek healing from God will receive it. It reads, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” The Book of Psalms is a great biblical reference when thinking of healing prayers for family members. In fact, the book has numerous direct scriptures that can be used as healing prayers to the Lord. Here are some of them:
- Psalm 16:1-2: “Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you, I have no good thing.” This a psalm that asks for God’s safety and refuge.
- Psalm 30:1-2: “I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” We can use this verse as a prayer to thank and adore the Lord for His healing.
- Psalm 6:2: “Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.” This is a cry to God for alluviation of physical pain.
- Psalm 31:7-8: “I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.” This psalm asks the Lord for healing from mental and emotional anguish.
9 Miracle Prayers for Healing A Family Member
Now that we have learned how to pray for healing, and looked at some healing prayers from the Bible, let’s consider some sample prayers. These prayers can be used as references for making your healing prayers or can even be used as is.
Here are 9 miracle prayers that the faithful can use to call on God’s Divine Healing of a family member:
A Prayer for A Physically Ill Family Member
Almighty Lord and ultimate Healer, we know of your great healing power and mercy. We beseech that you visit (name of person), who is ailing from (name of the illness). Send down your Healing Hand and give life and health, get him/her up from their sick bed, and completely cure them. Remove all sickness, pain, and fever and if they have sinned against you, grant them mercy and forgiveness. Show your pity for us O Lord through the love of your only begotten Son and life-giving spirit. Amen. – Inspired by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Just as was instructed in James 5:14-15, we are called on to pray for the sick. This is a fantastic prayer for the sick as it directly and concisely calls for healing within a family member.
Prayer for Healing of Mental and Emotional Healing
Our Father in Heaven, giver of all life. Bring relief to (name of the person) who is currently facing serious and challenging mental and emotional illness. Give your healing power to him/her and give them strength. We know you will show us your love and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Inspired by NAMI
This is a prayer for deliverance from mental and emotional anguish. It is concerning the promise that God made to bear our griefs, weaknesses, and distresses in Isaiah 53:4-5.
Prayer for God’s Healing and the Medical Team
In my heart, I hold a prayer for (name of the person) that I bring to the feet of the Lord. With hope, I request that he/she will see your Healing power. I trust that You, Abba Father will give them comfort and relief. Bless the hands of the medical team. From the nurses to the doctors, give them a caring spirit. (Name of person), I will be beside you, hold your hand, and pray with you. I send my love thoughts and prayers to you. Amen. – Inspired by Lord’s Prayer Words
This prayer is a direct cry for God’s deliverance and healing. It can be likened to Psalms 107:20 where God sent His word and healed them with it.
Prayer for Peace and Calm During Suffering
All Powerful Lord, You are the only source of healing and restoration. You provide peace and calm to us all. Let all your children know of Your presence and give us confidence in You. Teach our hearts to always trust in you during times of weariness and fear. Teach us how to find peace in your everlasting love and care. We trust in your wisdom and are confident that you shall restore health and strength in Your Divine Timing; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen – Inspired by The Nazarene, Volumes 7-9 (1922)
Psalm 147:3 explains that God helps the brokenhearted and heals their wounds. This prayer is a plea for this peace during times of anxiety felt by relatives of the sick.
Prayer to End Worry and Anxiety During Suffering
Dear God, take away my fear. Put a stop to my anxiety. Erase all the worry in my heart. Please bestow on my loved one health and complete recovery. Show your Almighty Healing power and give us comfort in your embrace. Give us a calm and restorative tomorrow and allow us peace as we know You will heal. Amen. – Inspired by 1 Peter 5:7
It is declared in 1 Peter 5:7 that the Lord takes care of the anxious and worried. This prayer asks for that deliverance.
Prayer for Speedy Recovery
Living God, your perfect love has held (name of the person) and kept them through their suffering. It is our hope and prayer that you will lead them to healing and restoration quickly. Let Your healing oil flow freely over (name of person) like a stream and let him/her bathe in your restoring light each day. Keep your eyes on (name of person) and give them back their health. They rest in your peace and tightly hold on to your promises. We all do. We wait on you. Amen. – Inspired by Jesuit Resource
This prayer beseeches the Lord for not just healing but a speedy recovery. It is helpful especially when you are desperate or when the illness is fast-growing
Prayer for God’s Will for A Sick Family Member
Almighty God, who lives and reigns forever, before you I surrender to your will, way, and timing. May Your will be done in (name of the person)’s life today. Dear Jehovah, the God of healing, heal (name of the person). I trust that you will choose the best path for them, whether it be Heaven or earth. I glorify and praise you no matter the outcome. I pray for strength, peace, and joy during this hard time. In Jesus’ name, Amen. – Inspired by Jeremiah 29:11
God says that He has a plan for us all in Jeremiah 29:11. This prayer accepts the decision that He will make to heal or not to heal one’s loved one.
Prayer for Healing Long Time Illness
Dear God, we give you thanks for always being there for us during the good and bad times of life. You know that (name of the person) has been struggling with (name of illness) for a long time and there is little to no progress under the medical team but you Almighty God, know exactly why they are ill. We believe that he/she is fearfully and wonderfully made and that You know every part of their body. We come to you now requesting that you perform a miracle on (name of person) so that they may make a full recovery. Cure them of whatever is causing this perpetual problem. We pray that in your mercy, you give them their health, life, and strength back. Guide us during this time and may your will be done. – Inspired by Exodus 15:26
Just as the Lord promises to heal in Exodus 15:26, this prayer calls on Him to fulfill His promise and show mercy.
Prayer for Healing and Recovery
Healing Father, by the light and truth of Jesus, I place (name of person) in your hands. Redeemer, I pray and hope for your healing power in their life. Let them reach a break through. By your grace and peace O Living God, cover them in your blood and take care of them. By the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ Our Lord, you redeemed the world and all of us, sinners. Redeem (name of person) and show your glory once more. May your restoration flow through him/her by the power of this prayer. Give us the strength and courage to take care of them in your honor for I know you are taking care of them from up above. I place my trust and faith in you and believe that (name of person) will be fully healed. Amen. – Inspired by Lord’s Prayer Words
This prayer expresses faith that God will restore and heal. Similarly, in James 5:15, it is promised that a prayer of faith will cure the sick.
Does Healing Happen Instantly with Miracle Healing Prayers?
According to Bible in One Year, not all miracle healing prayers result in instant healing. It is important to state that instant miracles with healing prayers can happen in modern times. They cannot be completely ruled out. If it is God’s wish, your family member be immediately healed after prayers. However, it is paramount that Christians exercise patience and keep their faith strong. Sometimes, God waits to answer our prayers so that we can build our trust in Him. Other times, He may answer our prayers and not give us the response we hoped for. Our loved ones may, unfortunately, pass on or never be restored to their optimum health. But no matter the outcome, God always hears our healing prayers. This is according to 1 Peter 3: 12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” It is also reiterated in Psalm 139:4, “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” For that reason, Christians should never give up praying.
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