Praying to God our Abba Father is an amazing privilege. Whether for ourselves or interceding for others,
God calls us to pray in all circumstances including sickness and suffering, be it physical, mental or spiritual.
I received an email the other day from someone who has cancer. She asked for prayer.
I was moved to write this post in her honor and for others I know just like her. For Sharon D, Kenedy K, Justin T, Christine H, Jessica W, Esther M, Elia D, the children and families of Camp Mati
and in memory of my mother and father,
I share these thoughts with you in hopes you are encouraged and will bless others through your prayers.
Prayers offered in faith are powerful.
God hears our prayers through Jesus who intercedes for us. Although God does not always answer our prayers in the manner or in the timing we desire, we can trust that His plans are greater than ours,
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord.
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:8-9
We find comfort in knowing "that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." -Romans 8:28.
I find great reassurance in this truth.
Below are my favorite Bible verses to meditate upon and pray for yourself or someone you know who is sick either physically, mentally or spiritually.
I intended to use only 10 verses; however, God's truth is so rich I had to include many more.
"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being,
praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits---
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
nd crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope
the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," 1 Peter 1:3
God is Always With You. See my post on Psalm 139 God is always with you.
"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast."
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me
your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
God will give you Peace as you trust him.
`"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. " '
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."
-2 Corinthians 1:3-4
"I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears."
Trust God's Greater Plan
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight."
"I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
- Philippians 4:13
"I am the Lord's servant,"
May it be to me as you have said"
And then the angel left her"
"I will say of the Lord,"He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
Let others know about your illness so they may pray for you! It will bless them for you to allow them this privilege.
"Is any one of you sick?
He should call the elders of the church to pray over him
and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord." -James 5:14
"Therefore confess your sins to each other
and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
God can heal if that is His will. Believe that he will heal, and pray that way.
"For nothing is impossible with God" -Luke 1:37
"As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out,
“Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them,
“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“According to your faith will it be done to you”;
These men were healed because they believed and had faith. There are many stories in the Bible of Jesus healing people.
"O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me."
"If any of you lacks wisdom,he should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to him.
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt,
because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
blown and tossed by the wind.
That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does."
"O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness
and your strong hand.
For what god is there in heaven or on earth
who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?"
God will hear your prayers!
"In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation."-Psalm 5:3
God in near.
"The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace
to help us in our time of need."
"On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me."
Gods strength and power is made perfect in weakness.
"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 about my weaknesses,
so that Christ's power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses,
in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong."
-2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Joy in these circumstances it is good for all.
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."
"A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?"
And finally, I just love the following verses and find comfort in them! I hope you do too.
"One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple"
"The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!"
If you do not know God, I want you to know he loves you and wants to have a relationship with you.
Read God is Love, How to Receive Eternal Salvation.
Camp Mati- check out this camp for families who have a Child with Cancer, established to rebuild families after suffering emotionally and financially while going through cancer treatments with a child in their family.
If you have a favorite verse for those who are sick, please share it via a comment below.
You will bless others.
To God be The Glory! - Julie
Scripture is from the NIV - New International Version