Because we often don’t know how to pray as we ought, especially for the sick, I thought I’d leave you with this one. Although God does not always give the “Holy Yes” to our requests for physical healing, our prayers nonetheless help in other ways and may be used to heal relationships, or past regrets, or secret shames, or doubts and fears, or any number of things borne on the hearts of our dear ones. Only God knows what a person really needs and our prayers are acts of trust that He will do what most needs doing.
Gracious God, you know the prayers we bear on our hearts, the prayers for the sick and for the hurting. You know the ones we think about day and night and you know the full extent of our worries for them.
We can do nothing, but you can do everything, for you are the one with limitless power, even beyond the grave.
And so we name them to you now in our hearts and with our lips. We ask for healing in whatever form that may take: physical, emotional, social, relational and spiritual. We ask and we trust in the overflow of your compassion.
We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father…”