5 Powerful Prayers for Healing of a Sick Friend

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Is your friend sick and in need of healing?  Looking for healing prayers for your friend who is ill?

These five powerful prayers are here for you to use to pray for your sick friend.  I’ve chosen a few different scenarios in which you might find yourself praying.  You can easily modify any of the prayers here to fit your particular prayer need or circumstance that you need for your friend.

You may wonder if you have the ability to pray for a friend’s healing.  If you are feeling unsure, then that’s why these prayers are here–for you to use!  Think about it in this way:  If you were the sick friend, wouldn’t you want someone to pray for you, even if they weren’t fully sure how to pray?

You can pray for your friend at any time of course, but why not begin to pray for them right now?  Invite the power and presence of God into your friend’s situation, even with this scripture,

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 1.2, NIV).

Since we don’t know everything, we pray for healing for our friends in faith that God will work out things according to his good purpose and his will.  We don’t have to concern ourselves with whether our prayers for healing “worked” or not. It also doesn’t matter what we’re asking to be healed.  Neither do we have to be intimidated by the thought of praying for someone’s healing.  Sometimes it may not make sense to us, but then God is God and we are not, and that is why we worship God above all!

“Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you” (Exodus 23.25, NIV).

As you pray for a friend who is under the weather or dealing with something much more serious realize that praying is a way to connect to God and grow in your relationship to him.  With this mindset, you can pray more easily, as you grasp that God hears you and wants to be in relationship with you.

You may find that as you pray these prayers for your friend, your own requests for prayer may rise up. We invite you to write them at the end of this article.  Keep praying!

A Short Prayer for Healing of a Sick Friend

Dear God, I pray for my friend (name) who is sick right now.  She’s feeling bad and can’t get to the doctor just yet, so I lift her sick body and sore muscles to you, O Lord.  Touch her with your healing hand and restore her to good health and function.  Ease the weariness and soreness from her body, in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Prayer for Healing of a Sick Friend in the Hospital

Lord God, I want to come to you in prayer for my friend (name) who is in the hospital right now.  They are running a bunch of tests to figure out what is wrong with him, but we’re waiting at the moment.

In this waiting time, I pray you will bring healing to his body, into his cells and blood and lungs and organs.  I pray you strengthen his immune system to fight this invasion of sickness that is wracking his body presently.  I pray the antibiotics they are giving him enable his body to ward off any further sickness.

I pray for the doctors to have clarity when they review all the tests and blood work so they can diagnose specifically and quickly.  I know you heal through many means, Lord, including modern medicine.  Bring your healing to (name) that he might be well again, and you be glorified through it all.

I pray for his family who is quite concerned.  Give them peace as they support him while he is in the hospital.

I lift this prayer to you, the Mighty Healer, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayer for Healing of a Sick Friend at Home

God in heaven, my best friend is at home sick this week.  His doctor told him he was contagious so he has to stay home and not be around other people for awhile.  I pray you help (name) feel your presence with him during this time of illness.

I pray for him to take advantage of the time to rest his body and mind.  Let him get deep and renewing and restorative sleep each night.  May he eat healthy this week, in order to give his body all the best nutrients possible. I especially pray that he does what his doctor says, as (name) can be a bit stubborn sometimes.  So, instill in him the desire to take all of his medicine!

I don’t know what else to do, so that’s why I’m praying.  I dropped off a care package of food on his porch this morning to help tide him over since he can’t go to the grocery store.  Help my friend to heal, O God.  I make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Prayer for Healing of a Sick Friend From Work

My friend at work is sick Lord, and I pray you bring healing to her.  It looks like she will be out for a couple of days and she’s pretty bummed out about not being here.  We’ve told her to stay home and rest up and get better–we’ll cover for her while she’s gone.

I pray you give her reassurance while she is healing at home.  Help each of us at the office to split up her duties evenly so nothing falls all on one person.  (Name) is such a vital part of what we do here, Lord, so I pray you help her body heal soon.

Let the rest she is getting restore her immunity.  May she follow her doctor’s instructions so her sickness won’t be prolonged any further.  Bring healing to (name) through the power of the Almighty God.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Prayer for Healing of a Sick Friend From Social Media

Dear Lord, I don’t know (name) all that well, except through our connection on social media.  They just posted a request for prayer for themselves, so I want to respond with an actual prayer.

Lord, I pray that you bring healing to (name) in their illness.  Let the medicines they are taking work as formulated and may their body get rest.  As they rest, strengthen their immune system to kick into gear and overpower this illness.

I pray this in the healing name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Concluding Thoughts

It’s easy enough to tell a friend who is under the weather, “Hey, I’ll be praying for you.”  It’s another thing to actually pray for your friend.  I’ve found it helpful to pray for them in that moment and don’t postpone it to bedtime or the next morning. Perhaps you are texting your friend and they share they are sick.  You can text back a prayer of healing for them right then.

Or you can do the same thing if you are communicating by email or phone or direct messaging, or even in person.  By praying in the immediacy of the moment, you accomplish two things.  First, you do what you said you would do, which is pray for the person.  Second, you give your friend a boost of encouragement as you pray for them.

It’s taking advantage of being faithful in the present moment. You will find that the more you pray in this way, the easier it becomes, and the more naturally confident you become in doing so.  Remember, nothing is too small or too large to bring to God in prayer, so take advantage of the reality that you can pray to the Creator of the universe at any time, about any thing, including the healing of your sick friend.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5.15-16, NIV).

As you pray for healing of a sick friend, you need to know that the outcome is in God’s hands, so you can pray with peace and confidence that you are doing the proper action.  Praying for another person can do as much good in you as it does in the person for whom you are praying.

Besides, who else besides God could be pray to for healing?  Who else besides God could bring healing?  Who else, besides God, can we place our faith and hope in for such situations?  We pray in trust with God and giving God glory in all things:

“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;  save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise” (Jeremiah 17.14, NIV).

We trust you will pray these prayers for healing as you need to in the coming days and weeks.  Please share them with your friends, so as to increase the number of people praying.  Thank you for reading, and praying.  Feel free to share your own prayer requests down below in the comments section.

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