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It seems like whenever someone asks me to pray for them, it is because they are facing an illness of some kind. Well, either they are sick or someone they love is. Sometimes it is so overwhelming–I just feel so helpless. I mean, what can I do about it anyway?
When I started leading a small group Bible study for women, I was shocked by the number of members who were dealing with major medical problems. Seriously, the weight of it really piled on my shoulders—the responsibility entrusted to me—I didn’t know how to deal with it.
The only answer that even measures up? The only thing that can even begin to take the edge off of the pain that long-term or terminal illness brings? Certainly not my words—but His.
Praying scriptures, and wrapping my loved ones up in God’s holy words. That is the only way to get through the devastation in my opinion.
Here are ten scriptures that to pray when someone you love is sick:
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.
1 Peter 1:6
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.[a]17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
I keep these verses tucked in my prayer journal and I pass them on whenever I get a chance. They each serve as a sweet reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is still Light. How awesome is that?!