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Prayers & Scriptures for Time of Illness

A collection of prayers appropriate for times of illness from  ­Come Healing God, by Joan Guntzelman and Lou Guntzelman (Liguori, Mo: Liguori, 2005).

Prayers for Time of Illness

Answers to Prayer

Answers to Prayer

The God of loves says:

My people, there are not two, but three
answers to prayer:
Yes! No! and Wait!

Yes!  At times you are so attuned to my will,
that what you ask of me is exactly what I want
for you. Sometimes I give without your asking.
At other times, asking increases your openness
and the recognition of our relationship.  It helps
you realize that you are my creature and I am
Your Lord.

No! Though you see something as being for
your good and happiness, I may see that it is
not so.  My providence may see it as a peril, a
danger to your life with me.  I cannot say yes
when my love says no.

Wait! Time is a great teacher.  Time is needed
for growth and to reach wholeness.  “Wait until
you grow up,” you say to your children.  I say
the same to mine.  The frustration of not being
immediately gratified, of asking, waiting, and
still hoping, often leads to much wisdom.



God of healing, God of hope, God of
love, heal me as you will and give me hope.
You meet me in all my weaknesses and broken
places.  Those are the spots where I am
Most vulnerable, least able to defend or protect
myself.  Yet that’s where you find entry.
Help me to know your wholeness and power
and love there.  Let me realize that you are
there waiting for me.  May my helplessness
challenge me to find strength and healing in

I am the resurrection and the life.
Those who believe in me, even though they
die, will live…Do you believe this?  (John 11:25-26)

In Terminal Illness

In Terminal Illness

Terminal is the word I was told, gracious
God.  I will die soon.  Since my birth I have
Been on a journey toward my death.  I usually
have kept myself from realizing it because
I want so much to live forever.  I cannot
envision myself not existing.

Now I realize my fragile mortality more
than I ever have before.  I am stunned to
discover it, shocked that it means me, not just
other people.  I feel angry, insulted, sad,
confused.  I even question your goodness. 
Traces of doubts surface in my soul.  I worry
about how much I will suffer before I die, and
what I will find after I die.  Is what I have
believed true?  Or are all my beliefs wishful

Through the Scriptures you ask me, “Do
you believe this?”  Do I believe with convic-
tion that you live and that I will live, too? 
Though my faith is far from strong, I honestly
say, “I do!”  Like the unnamed man in
the Gospels, I say, “I do believe, help my
unbelief!”  I entrust myself to you, sinful
though I am.  Take my hand, O Christ, and
when the day of my death arrives, lead me
into that true, intense life that is not terminal,
that is your life – and  mine!

Wherever We Are

Wherever We Are

Wherever we are, God is.

Whatever is going on in our body,
in our mind,
in our spirit,
God is in it with us.

Nothing can separate us from God,
Who is closer to us than we are to ourselves.

Scriptures for Time of Illness 

Psalm 23: The Lord, Shepherd and Host

The Lord, Shepherd and Host

The Lord is my shepherd;
            there is nothing I lack.

In green pastures you let me graze;
            to safe waters you lead me;
            you restore my strength.

You guide me along the right path
            for the sake of our name.

Even when I walk through a dark valley,
            I fear no harm for you are at my side;
            your rod and staff give me courage.

You set a table before me
            as my enemies watch;

You anoint my head with oil;
            my cup overflows.

Only goodness and love will pursue me
            all the days of my life;

I will dwell in the house of the Lord
            for years to come

Psalm 27: Trust in God

Trust in God

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
            whom do I fear?

The Lord is my life's refuge;
            of whom am I afraid?

When evildoers come at me
            To devour my flesh,

These my enemies and foes
            Themselves stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
            My heart does not fear;

Though war be waged against me,
            Even then do I trust.

One thing I ask of the Lord;
            this I seek:

To dwell in the Lord's house
            all the days of my life,

To gaze on the Lord's beauty,
            to visit his temple.

For God will hide me in his shelter
            in time of trouble,

Will conceal me in the cover of his tent;
            and set me high upon a rock.

Even now my head is held high
            above my enemies on every side!

I will offer in his tent
            sacrifices with shouts of joy;
            I will sing and chant praise to the Lord.

Hear my voice, Lord, when I call;
            have mercy on me and answer me.

"Come," says my heart, "Seek God's face";
            your face, Lord, do I seek!

Do not hide your face from me;
            do not repel your servant in anger.

You are my help; do not cast me off;
            do not forsake me, God my savior!

Even if my father and mother forsake me,
            the Lord will take me in.

Lord, show me your way;
            lead me on a level path
            because of my enemies.

Do not abandon me to the will of my foes;
            malicious and lying witnesses have risen against me.

But I believe I shall enjoy the Lord's goodness
            in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord, take courage;
            be stouthearted, wait for the Lord!

Psalm 121: The Lord My Guardian

The Lord My Guardian

I raise my eyes toward the mountains.
            From where will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,
            the maker of heaven and earth.


God will not allow your foot to slip;
            your guardian does not sleep

Truly, the guardian of Israel
            never slumbers nor sleeps.

The Lord is your guardian;
            the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

By day the sun cannot harm you,
            nor the moon by night.

The Lord will guard you from all evil, 
            will always guard your life.

The Lord will guard your coming and going
            both now and forever. 

Isaiah 40:28-31 God's Care

God's Care

Do you not know
            or have you not heard?

The Lord is the eternal God,
            creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint nor grow weary,
            and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.

He gives strength to the fainting;
            for the weak he makes vigor abound.

Though young men faint and grow weary,
            and youths stagger and fall,

They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength,
            they will soar as with eagle's wings;

They will run and not grow weary,
            walk and not grow faint.

John 14:1-4 Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God;
            have faith also in me.

In my Father's house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
            would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

And if I go and prepare a place for you,
            I will come back again and take you to myself,
            so that where I am you also may be.

Where I am going you know the way.

Used by permission from Liguori Publications, Liguori, MO  63057, 1-800-325-9521,