In times of suffering from terminal illness, looking to the Lord is the best way to offer comfort and spiritual healing. Here is a look at some great prayers for the terminally ill that may help to offer some perspective and comfort.
Lord Jesus, you overpowered
the control that sickness had
by curing people of their illnesses.
Those who were disabled
were freed to walk again.
You calmed the sea
and showed that you had control
even over nature.
You rose to a new way of living
and showed that not even death
had power over you.
With your power in our lives,
everything that happens to us
can be turned to good.
And so I ask you this day
to help me to transform my difficulties
and draw goodness
out of what is negative in my life,
knowing that there is nothing
in life or in death
that can ever separate me
from your love. Amen.
I thank you, Father,
for the touch of your hand
on the clay of the earth
that formed my body,
and for the breath of your Spirit
giving life to my flesh.
I thank you, Father,
that you so loved our world
that you sent your Son
to live fully amongst us:
Jesus, your Word made flesh,
whose image you see
whenever you look at us.
Lead me now to treasure
what is most deeply human,
and grow in my remaining time
as the person
you call me to be.
I can think of your people down the ages
who have travelled over life’s stormy sea
and, in dying, have reached the harbour
of peace, light and happiness.
As you calmed the sea,
I ask you to be with me
and bring peace in my life each day,
because the boat of my own life
and the ocean is very large.
As you have set my course,
I ask you to steer my life
towards the shore of everlasting life.
Brings me, at last,
along with all who are dear to me,
to the quiet rest that I seek,
where you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty Lord, Physician of souls and bodies, You humble
and lift up, You reprimand and heal, visit N. with your mercy
for she is suffering. Stretch forth Your arm which is so full of
healing and health, and cure him/her, raising him/her from
his/her bed and pain. Reprove the spirit of weakness which
is in him/her and drive far from him/her pain, wounds, chills,
fever and weakness. If he/she has sins or transgressions,
loosen, remit and forgive them in Your love for mankind. O
Lord, have compassion on Your creation, in Christ Jesus our
Lord, with whom You are blessed, together with Your all holy,
good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of
O Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we
pray to You for Your servant N. whose sickness is bringing
him/her to the end of his/her earthly life. You are the God
whose only-begotten Son taught us that not even the
smallest sparrow can fall without Your knowledge, and that
You hold all creation in Your merciful arms. Look upon Your
servant N. and allow this illness to be for the death only of
those things which are the result of evil and sin. Let his/her
thoughts be quieted with the peace and confidence of his/
her final deliverance into the fullness of Your love. Keep his/
her soul and body pure, and sanctify them during the time
he/she remains among us, that on the last day he/she may
be raised up with all Your saints to live with You in neverending
glory. For to You belong praise and worship, to the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, for the sake of Your most holy
wounds, hear our prayer and forgive all the transgressions of
Your humble servant, N. At the moment of his/her death,
accept into Your merciful bands his/her soul cleansed of all
stains of sin, and place him/her with Your Saints in the
resplendent light of Your kingdom. For You are our salvation
and redemption, and we give glory to You, together with Your
eternal Father, and Your all-holy, gracious, and life-giving
Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.
Here is a look at some evening vespers being shared that are dedicated to those that are terminally ill.