living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer for healing for a friend

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Gathered together on this page are several inspiring prayers and quotes for those seeking God's healing and restoration. There is a short prayer for healing for a sick friend, a prayer for recovery from cancer, and a beautiful get well message suitable for including in a card or text. There is also a prayer for those undergoing surgery, and three encouraging bible verses about healing. May your heart be uplifted now as you pray for your dear friend.

Prayer for a friend's healing
(a prayer for restoration for a friend who is ill)

You are soft like a pillow, come comfort her (his) mind.
You are warm like a blanket, wrap her safely inside.
You are bright like the sunlight, let hope fill her heart.
You are soothing like birdsong, bring joy make her laugh.
You are cleansing like water, flood through and restore.
You are healing, Lord Jesus in your name and power.

Prayer for Healing

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Prayer for healing of cancer for a friend

Almighty God,

You are the beginning and the end
You hold all things together.
You are love released and redeemed
You are the rock on which we stand.
You are the hope we ride upon
You are the power of life over death.
You are the one to whom we cry “Abba”
Abba, Abba Father, be near my beloved friend.
Come and touch the cancerous cells
Each part that has disorder
Each fragment that needs to shrink
Each mass that must go!

Lord, we love you and we wait upon you.


Prayer for surgery and healing
(a prayer for a successful recovery after an operation)

O Lord,

Be so close beside my dear one. Come whisper words of great hope into their hearts. Shut out the pain, the worry and fear and wrap them up within your soft, gentle love.
Bless the efforts of the surgeons who have worked to bring life and healing to his/her body. Please protect and keep him/her in your rest and care. May they know your presence close by each day.


How to Pray for a Friend in Need

Julie Palmer shares four creative ideas on how to pray for a friend in need of God's strength or healing:-

"You are love released and redeemed"

Get well soon prayer

(a blessing suitable for a greeting card or message)

May you have rest and peace in your heart.
May angels surround your bed through the night.
May each day bring healing with the dawn,
Restore your energy, and heal your wounds.
May hope remain within your heart,
As you find new strength and make a new start.
I pray you'll soon be well,
To love and live and enjoy life again.


bible verses on God's healing

"Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord."

(James 5:14, NIV)

"The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness."

(Psalm 41:3, NIV)

"Praise the Lord, 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
and crowns you with love and compassion"

(Psalm 103:2-4, NIV)