9 Encouraging Prayers For a Child Having Surgery

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Is your child facing surgery soon?  Does your baby have to have surgery and you are nervous about it?

Are you unsure as to what to pray or how to start praying for your toddler’s surgery?

We never like to face the reality that our child has to have surgery.  It just doesn’t seem like that is supposed to happen.  They are too new to the world and so young, so how could anything be wrong with their health that it requires surgery?

But we also know that we live in an imperfect world and sickness, disease and broken bones are present, even in our children, be they babies, toddlers, or a little older.  And so, we want to face this with God behind us and before us in prayer.

We hope these nine encouraging prayers will prove helpful to you as you pray for your child having surgery.  They cover before, during, and after the surgery.  There are prayers for babies, toddlers, and young children.  You can easily change the words of any prayer so that it fits your particular circumstances.

Think of these nine prayers as starters to get you going in your prayers to God.  When faced with such a serious situation, sometimes our thoughts are scattered.  We may not know where to begin in the stress and chaos we face.

As well, these scriptures can be helpful as encouragement to strengthen you, and remind you of God’s love and care for you and your child.  You may want to read them out loud before and after you pray.

If you are feeling anxious about your child’s surgery, this scripture may bring peace to you:

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5.7, NIV).

Depending on how involved or major your child’s surgery may be, these words from the Psalmist send comfort to your heart and mind:

“Call on me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50.15, NIV).

God is still a healing God and can (and does) heal through medicine and surgery.  Even as you recite these truths to yourself, you also may wish to claim them for your child in surgery:

“He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147.3, NIV).

And also:

“But I will restore you to health
    and heal your wounds,’
declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 30.17, NIV).

Now that you are fortified with scripture and standing on a strong foundation of God’s Word, you can begin to pray for your child and their surgery.  As you pray, may you be filled with God’s peace and comfort.  Please share your requests and comments at the end of this article.

Short Prayer For a Baby Having Surgery

Dear God, I pray for my baby who is in surgery right now.  The doctors said this surgery is fairly normal for the breathing problem my baby has, but I’m still nervous.  I just want her to be able to breathe normally and grow healthy.

I pray for the surgeon and the nurses in the operating room right now, for them to have clear thinking and action.  I pray for (baby’s name) to already receive the healing this surgery brings.  Thank you for the provision you have given us Lord to have this surgery and not have to wait.  I give you thanks in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Prayer Before a Baby Has Surgery

Dear Lord, I pray for our baby.  She has surgery early tomorrow morning.  I pray we all get restoring rest tonight because tomorrow is going to be a long day.  It hurts my heart to see my baby girl in health distress, so I pray this surgery goes well.

It will do my heart good to know she is fine when this is all over.  But for now, I pray that everything go smoothly tomorrow.  May we arrive on time and have no complications to her getting better through this surgery.  I make this prayer in the healing power and name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayer After a Baby Has Surgery

Thank you Lord, that my baby came through surgery okay!  There were no problems during the surgery and the doctor said the procedure fixed the situation in her kidney.  We give you thanks and praise for giving healing to our daughter.

I am overwhelmed at how many people were praying for our daughter.  Thank you for the kindness of the hospital staff while we were here.  I’m so glad to have her back home with us and watching her grow each day.  Thank you Lord Jesus, Amen!

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Prayer For a Young Child Having Surgery

Dear God, our first grader is in the midst of surgery right now.  He didn’t like that he would be missing school but he understands this is needed to help him get better.  Thank you for the fact that this surgery is pretty straightforward and should take care of the problem.

As I sit here in the waiting room, I pray for the whole team in the operating room. I pray against any infections in my son’s body. I pray for a smooth recovery. I give you thanks for the support I have while this is happening.  I pray all of this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer Before a Young Child Has Surgery

Lord God, I come to you in prayer for my son.  He has to have surgery in two days and I’m starting to get nervous about it.  He’s in elementary school now but he’s still my baby boy!  I don’t want this to slow down all the progress he’s made in school up to now.

I know this surgery is needed and ultimately will help my boy grow as he needs to grow, but I wish it didn’t have to happen.  I didn’t think he’d have to be in the hospital at this age.  Please help me remain calm with him as we count down to surgery day.  I ask for your healing hand upon him, and your hand of peace upon me.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Prayer After a Young Child Has Surgery

O God in heaven, I give you thanks for my son’s surgery!  It went perfectly!  He’s free and can resume normal activity in the next week!  I’m so happy for him and so grateful to you for how you brought us through all of this.

Thank you Lord for our doctor who recognized the problem quickly.  Thank you for the successful surgery and for a pretty easy recovery.  We are so relieved now and filled with gratitude.  In the name of Jesus I pray and give you praise, Amen.

Prayer For a Toddler Having Surgery

Jesus, I pray for my daughter, who is in surgery even as I pray right now.  I can’t believe this is happening.  She was just beginning to walk not long ago and then something went wrong and here we are.  Everything has happened so quickly I can barely think straight, not to mention pray properly.

I just pray for this to go well and for her to be healed.  I trust you and that you can work through the doctors and medicine, so please heal her Lord.  I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer Before a Toddler Has Surgery

Dear God, my little baby is not a baby anymore–he’s up and walking around now.  And he has to have surgery soon.  I didn’t really think that surgery was a milestone I’d have to mark off for his life at this point.  I’m praying to you because I’m concerned, even though I know this is the best option.

He doesn’t seem too bothered by it–he thinks it’s a great adventure and he gets to be hooked up to all these cool machines.  I pray I can be as unbothered by it as he is!  Please bring about your healing through all of this.  In the name of Jesus I lift this prayer to you, Amen.

Prayer After a Toddler Has Surgery

God, did it!  You healed my little buddy through surgery!  Little man is recovering nicely and the doctors said we can go home tomorrow, so that is good news!  I’m so thankful for all of the people who prayed for my son and me during all of this.

Thank you Lord for entering into our situation and giving us your presence and your peace.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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Final Thoughts

Whether our child is a baby, a toddler, or a bit older, we want them to be safe and healthy, and protected.  Yet, when something happens in their body to require surgery, it can bring up worrisome thoughts about what could happen.

It is in prayer that we can set aside that worry.  It is in prayer that we can relinquish control.  It is in prayer that we remind ourselves that God is above all and we place our trust in him.  It is in prayer that we can best express our love for our child by bringing our child to God in prayer, covering them in God’s love and mercy.

The prophet Isaiah spoke to the Hebrew people in the midst of negative circumstances and yet even in those prophetic words, he also spoke encouragement to his people from God.

As you may worry or fret about your child’s surgery, be certain in God, about God.

“You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26.3, NIV).

As well, let God fill you with strength you do not have right now.  Allow the Almighty to lift you up in your emotionally weakened situation and carry you.  Remind yourself of God’s presence with you, even now:

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41.10, NIV).

God’s promises are true and always come to fruition, even in ways we don’t expect or can foresee.  May your child come through surgery well, may their recovery be smooth, and may God receive glory!

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