When I was in junior high I was made fun of for spacing out all the time. I would be talking and just forget what I was talking about. Reading aloud in class was a nightmare since I didn’t always know whether or not I finished a sentence.
Then I met my new band director who explained to us that she had a form of epilepsy where she spaced out for minutes or hours at a time. I started to get made fun of because people joked that I had this same condition.
I cried and denied it, but after a few doctor visits and some tests, it was confirmed that I did, indeed, have epilepsy as well. To this day I am on medication to control my absence seizures.
Several years later my absence seizures were out of control. I was having several a minute and couldn’t form a coherent sentence. I asked my fiancé, now husband, to drop me off at my apartment so I could sleep it off.
He insisted on walking me up and making sure I was safe. It was the grace of God that he was persistent in protecting me because I had a grand mal seizure as I entered my apartment. He caught me as I fell to the ground, spasmed out of control, and foamed at the mouth.
It was a terrifying experience for my fiancé, but the Lord knew it would bring us closer together as a couple and prepare us better for our married life.
The next 6 months were challenging as I wasn’t allowed to drive, but my fiancé and friends became the face, hands, and feet of Jesus for me to attend to my responsibilities.
Luckily, for those of us who suffer from epilepsy or know someone who suffers from epilepsy we can turn to Scripture for consolation.
In the book of Matthew we hear a father tell Jesus, “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly” (Matthew 17: 15, NIV). Jesus “rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment” (Matthew 17:18, NIV).
Jesus sees and hears your pain. Feel free to customize these prayers for your situation, but I will give you 5 prayers for epilepsy.
A Short Prayer for Epilepsy
Lord, epilepsy is sometimes a frightening condition to live with. I never know when the seizures will occur. I hope that my medication is controlling them the way it is supposed to. Please guide the medical professionals who are working to help me.
If it is your will O Lord, please heal me of my afflictions. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for a Child with Epilepsy
Jesus, I’m scared. My (son/daughter) has started to have seizures. They just came out of no where and we have no idea what is causing them. It’s scary to watch my child helplessly when they are not in control of their own body.
I worry constantly that I won’t be around when the next one happens. How can I ever let them go out into the world with the fear of their epilepsy hanging over my head? I know this is an invitation to trust in You. Help me to say yes to this offer.
Thank you for your never ending guidance. Help me to be attentive to Your voice as we work with medical professionals to control (name’s) condition.
In the Scriptures a father asks you to heal his son of epilepsy and I come to you with the same prayer. If it is Your will Lord, please heal my child from their epilepsy. If it is not Your will then let us use this opportunity to glorify You. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for a Parent with Epilepsy
God, my (mom/dad) is struggling with epilepsy. It’s hard for me to deal with because it requires a lot of attention from me. I’m just a kid and I feel like I have to be the parent in this situation. It’s overwhelming. I need your guidance and strength.
Please assist the doctors who are working on my (mom/dad). Help them to know the right medications and proper dosage so they can be seizure free.
In the Scriptures a father asks you to heal his son of epilepsy. I come to you with a similar prayer. If it is Your will Lord, please heal my (mom/dad) from their epilepsy. If it is not Your will then let us use this opportunity to glorify You.
If (mom/dad) has an episode please be with me and act through me so I can give (her/him) the proper care. I love my (mom/dad) so much. I just want them to be safe. You are the ultimate protector so I trust in You. In Your name, I pray. Amen
Prayer for a Friend with Epilepsy
Holy God, I praise Your Name. I witnessed my friend have a seizure and it was a very scary experience. Thank you for placing me there to help (him/her). I felt Your presence. I know in those moments I was Your face, hands, and feet, to (name).
Now, (he/she) is unable to drive for 6 months. I know this is very hard and frustrating for them as they need to get to work, get groceries, and go to doctor appointments. I just ask that (he/she) has no more issues with their epilepsy so that the 6 months does not have to reset.
Help me to continue to allow you to work through me and be the friend that they need right now. In Your Name, we pray. Amen.
Prayer for Those Suffering From Grand Mal Seizures
Lord, I had another grand mal seizure recently. It’s such a scary experience. I’m thankful for the friends I had around me who were able to help me. I’m embarrassed they had to see me in this state.
Even though it was an awful experience, You were there through it all. You put the right people there to help me so I didn’t get seriously injured. Thank you for working through the first responders who helped to get me under control.
I have called my doctor and have plans to see them soon to reassess my medication. May you guide the doctor and give (him/her) the wisdom they need to best serve my medical needs. Help me to be strong and advocate for myself if necessary.
I’m really frustrated. I thought I had my epilepsy under control. Sometimes I wonder why You let this happen to me. Why do I have to live with this condition? I know that’s not fair to say. It’s not right for me to take my anger out on You. You have given me life. Let me use this life to glorify You despite my challenges.
I know you are a miracle worker my God so please help me to be seizure free from now on. I don’t want to live in fear of my epilepsy. Heal me if it is Your will. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Those Suffering From Absence Seizures
Good and gracious God. I’m struggling with my absence seizures again. This form of epilepsy is hard to live with. It’s hard to know if I’m seizure free because each episode is so short. I don’t think I’m doing well, but it’s hard to say.
I also don’t want to lose my license again so I’m scared to tell my neurologist that I’m having seizures again. I know that I can’t get better if I’m not honest with my medical provider. (He/She) works hard to help me and they can’t help me if I’m not sharing all the information.
Give me the desire to make the changes that I need to to get this condition under control again. I know I need to be more diligent about taking my medicine at the proper times each day. The fatigue and stress I’m under exacerbate my episodes. I know getting my mental health under control will help my physical health as well.
Give me the fortitude to keep battling my epilepsy. Help me to use it as a vessel to glorify You. You are my Protector and Redeemer. I trust you to protect me and guide me on the path to health. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
Although living with epilepsy can be a somewhat dangerous and frustrating, we can look at it as a cross to bear to honor and glorify God. Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23, NIV).
It’s not an easy task to offer our sufferings up to God, but it’s our call as Christians. Always know that in your sufferings, Jesus suffers with you. He wants you to talk to Him about your afflictions and, if it is His will, heal you of your afflictions just as He did the boy in the Gospel of Matthew.