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Prayer Guide: How to Pray for the sick

Have you ever felt inadequate to pray for someone’s healing? Have you experienced doubts if the need is a big one? Here is a simple method to help you.

Listen. The first step is to know what to pray for. Sometimes people will tell you of a health problem or complain from symptoms of the problem. Sometimes they won’t tell you directly, but you will overhear them talking to someone else about their situation.
Ask.
The second step centers around this word. If you know what to pray for, then ask the person if it would be okay to pray now, not later when you get home. If a person comes to you and asks you to pray for his/her healing, ask what the condi- tion is so that you can specifically target the need.
Build Faith.
Step three can be as simple as speaking a few sentences to help build expec- tant faith. Tell the person of a prayer that has been answered recently after you prayed. Share a bibli- cal example of healing after prayer. Build your faith too as you share.
Be Bold.
Now it’s time for prayer. • Pray as specifically as possible. • Pray in the name of Jesus. • Pray using bold thoughts and words such as the word,
“now!” .After prayer, ask the person how he/she feels. If need-
ed, pray again…and again as you are led by your faith to contend for their need.

Pray like this..

  • Lord, You created ___. You formed him/her. You knit his/her inward parts in the womb. You alone know how to make what is wrong right in ____ ’s body. You alone know how to heal ___. As his/her Creator, I pray that You would grant healing to ___. Let Your power envelop him/her and bring the healing that is needed (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 139).
  • You are the God of healing. Your name declares that You are the Healer. I plead with You to be true to Your name and Your nature. I ask You to release healing into ___’s life. Reveal Yourself to be the God of healing by touching and transforming ___ (Exodus 15:26).
  • I praise You, Jesus, that one of Your first revelations about Yourself is that You are a God who heals and makes whole. The essence of who You are is to heal and make whole. I plead in Your name that You would heal and make ___ whole (Exodus 15:26).
  • Lord, Your Word says that You heal all our diseases. I plead in Jesus’ name that You will heal ___ of ___. Drive this completely out of his/her body (Psalm 103:1-4).


  • Jesus, You said “according to your faith, let it be unto you.” I pray that You would grant ___ the faith in order to believe Your Word for his/her healing (Matthew 9:29).
  • Like the woman in the crowd who touched the hem of Your garment and was healed, I pray that ___ would reach out to You. Your heal- ing virtue is available to those who reach out to You. I ask that ___ would experience this healing power when he/she reaches out to You (Mark 5:24-34).
  • Lord, when doubt or unbelief starts to fill ___’s mind and heart con- cerning healing, I pray that he/she will focus on Your words, “Do not be afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36).
  • Jesus, You have been exalted as Lord over all. This includes all sick- ness and disease. In Your name and through Your power, I pray that You would remove ___ from ___’s life (Philippians 2:9-11).
  • Lord, because of Your shed blood, I plead that You would bind any evil spirits that are involved in ___’s condition. Bind the spirit of fear that says he/she will only get worse (Matthew 16:19).
  • Jesus, I plead that You would remove any obstacle in ___’s mind or life that would prevent him/her from receiving healing (James 5:16).
  • Father, I pray that You would pour out Your mercy and grace on ___ during this time of sickness. Let Your power sustain him/her until healing comes to his/her life (II Corinthians 12:9).
  • Lord, in the midst of the pain with no outward improvements, enable ___ to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in love and obedience for You. I plead that ___ will keep his/her eyes fixed on You (I Corinthians 15:58).
  • You, Jesus, are full of mercy and compassion for ___. He/She is suffering and needs Your healing. Because of Your unfailing mercy and compassion, release Your healing power in ___’s life. I ask that You would heal ___ as a concrete expression of Your mercy and compassion (Lamentations 3:22-23; II Corinthians 1:3).
  • Your word, Lord, teaches me to ask, seek, and knock. I ask You to grant healing to ___. I seek You for the release of Your power into his/her life. I am knocking for the blessing of physical and spiritu- al wholeness in ___’s life (Matthew 7:7).
  • Jesus, I ask You to heal ___ so that You might be glorified. Grant healing to ___ so that people might praise You and honor You for Your love, compassion, and power (John 11:4; Acts 4:21).
  • Just as the people who brought the blind man of Bethsaida, I bring ___ to You. I lift him/her up to You in prayer for a divine interven- tion (Mark 8:22-25).
  • Father, I believe that You are willing to heal. I believe that You have the power to heal. Because of this, I pray that You would heal ___. In faith, I ask You to release Your healing power in his/her life (Matthew 9:2, 15:28).
  • O God, I plead that ___ would cry out to You and that You would heal ___ in response to his/her cries to You (Psalm 30:2).
  • Jesus, I pray that You would strengthen ___ on his/her bed of ill- ness. I plead with You to sustain him/her on his sickbed. I pray that You would grant Your healing in Your time and way in his/her life (Psalm 41:3).
  • Father, I pray that You would heal ___ of ___ so that he/she can declare Your mighty works to others (Psalm 118:17).

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