A Prayer for Healing
You are good! You love me, and that is such a comfort to me!
You look out for me and You provide for me. Thank You!
But God, I’ve got to be honest with You about my health struggles.
Today I ask You to heal me. Heal my body, please!
It’s hard to understand what’s happening in my body, why and how one disease connects with another. Conflicting diagnosis and treatments mess with my body and my head. Who do I listen to? Where do I get help?
Where does my help come from? “My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth!” (Psalm 121:2)
And so I come to You, the all-knowing God. You created me. You created my body, every organ, limb, bone, nerve and muscle, all of it is known to You. You know how my body is supposed to function, and you know why it’s not. So, please, would heal it?
I know the story about Adam and Eve. They disobeyed You, and sin entered the world. “Nature fell out of whack, and the human body fell out of balance… Sin opened the door, and sickness walked in. ‘Sin came into the world because of what one man did, and with sin came death. This is why everyone must die – because everyone sinned (Romans 5:12)'”*
But You did have a solution. You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and for our sicknesses. Now both, sin and sickness, are “cured by the same Redeemer.”*
Father God, You bought my body with a high price (1 Corinthians 6:20). I confess to You, God, that I have not always honored You with my body. I have not always fed my body healthy and nourishing food, I have not always kept my body in shape. Forgive me, please!
I know You have not “ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. You have not turned Your back on them, but have listened to their cries for help.” Psalm 22:24
I know You hear my cries, too. I just don’t understand why You choose not to answer them. “My God, my God, why have You abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief.” Psalm 22:1-2
I don’t understand You, but I choose to trust You. I choose to believe You. I don’t ever want to forget the good things You’ve done for me. I want to remember how You answered my prayers in the past. I hold on to Your promises.
I acknowledge to You, my God, that You are sovereign in all Your decisions. And so I trust You.
I pray for the strength and courage to battle doubts and fear. I pray for Your peace to invade my whole body, mind and soul.
Father God, You are good! You love me!
I pray all these things in the name of Jesus, the only Redeemer and Savior and the true Healer! Amen
*Max Lucado in “Before Amen” (chapter 5 – Heal Me)