When a family is broken or there is physical or emotional pain, the best thing you can do for them is to pray and seek the help of the Lord. These great recovery prayers for family healing and for sick family members will bring comfort and encouragement for their full recovery.
Bitterness Healing Prayer
Oh, Jesus, my Great Healer, I come to you today on behalf of my family. We have gone through a lot of challenges in the past. All these bad experiences have left us wounded and fearful. Jesus, let your healing hand be upon us. Remove bitterness caused by past wounds from our hearts. Relieve us from fear and anxiety and grant us quiet minds. Mend our hearts and fill us with peace and joy. Lead us in this journey of healing and recovery and fill us with your light and hope. In your precious name, I believe and pray. Amen.
Unhealthy Attachments Prayer
Compassionate and Gracious God, you tell us not to give in to sin and sinners when they entice us. Sadly, some of our family members have set their foot on their paths. They are now in trouble and have been betrayed by the very people who pretended to be their friends. Dear Lord, you are a merciful God, that is why we come to you today to ask you for forgiveness on behalf of our family members. Open their eyes that they may learn from their mistakes. Be a shield to them and help them to recover from the betrayal that they have faced. Lord, break all unhealthy attachments that have been formed with these wicked people and bring healing to them. Shut every demonic door and cut evil soul ties. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
O Lord of my Salvation, I thank you for your mercies for they are new every morning. Thank you for your healing mercies that you have bestowed upon my family. Lord, we have offended you by our thoughts, actions and words as a family. Forgive us and restore us. Heal us from prayerlessness, selfishness and pride. Forgive us for being self-centered as a family and individually. Give my family and me the grace to put you first in everything that we do for the glory of your name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Spiritual Healing Prayer
Father of Mercy and Love, my family and I have acted wickedly towards you. We have forgotten the great things you have done in our lives and have chased after worthless things that have opened doors for the enemy to control us. Lord forgive us. Turn our hearts away from all evil and help us to seek you alone. Where we have lost because of foolishness and sin, Lord, bring healing and cause us to prosper. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Painful Memories Prayer
Dear God of All Comfort, so many bad things have been happening to us as a family. We have lost people we love dearly tragically, and we have struggled with generational curses of sickness and diseases. Our relatives and friends have rejected us. Lord, bring healing in our hearts. Heal us from all these painful memories. Purify our hearts with your love and let the bad memories be replaced by the truth that is found in your word. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
King of Glory, your word says that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but you deliver him from them all. Lord, you are the deliverer of this family. Deliver us from all the hardships that we are going through. Bring healing to this family and restore everything we have lost. May each one of us be filled with your love. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Heal Our Hearts Prayer
O Jehovah, my God, I come to your throne with a broken heart. My family is tearing apart. We have been hurting each other out of bitterness. Lord, forgive us. Heal each one of us and help us to forgive one another. Bind us with cords of love and give us the grace to love each other again. Uphold this family with your generous spirit and help us to rejoice always in you. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray. Amen.
Heal Our Brokenness Prayer
Father of love, we need healing from this brokenness in our family relationships. Forgive us for the lack of harmony in our family and heal us from its unhappy consequences. Forgive us for our sin that has caused a lack of unity with those we ought to love most. Help us to genuinely repent and seek forgiveness from family members we have hurt. Empower us to forgive those who have wronged us. May the oil of your Holy Spirit flow through each of us, bringing refreshment to our souls. Amen.
Heal Our Dysfunction Prayer
Jesus, our strong Deliverer, free us from these harmful patterns that are causing brokenness in our family. Heal our dysfunction and teach us how to relate to each other in healthy and loving ways. In the name of Jesus, we command all bullying and blaming behaviors to stop right now. We also come against a victim mindset and attention-seeking behaviors. Holy Father, purge these from our minds and our actions. Help us to stop nagging and criticizing each other constantly. Empower us to respond to each other with respect and affection. Amen.
Prayer Against Arguments
Lord, our Protector, defend our family from division and arguments. Remind us that we need to affirm and love and understand each other, not constantly be arguing and disagreeing with each other. Help us not feel like we must cling to our own point of view but be willing to understand where the other is coming from. Empower us to let go of resentment and instead be flooded with calmness and peace and unity. Remind us to apologize when we hurt our family members and strive to be peacemakers. Amen.
Heal Our Unhealthy Communication Prayer
Lord of peace, we confess the unhealthy communication that has fractured our family. Heal our communication with each other and heal our family. Empower us to develop open and honest ways of sharing our needs and desires and concerns. Help us resolve problems in a peaceful and kind way. Enable us to be clear and direct and avoid saying one thing when meaning another. Help us be intentional about spending time talking together without distractions like the TV or phones. Assist us in building intimacy through healthy communication. Amen.
Help Us Forgive Prayer
My God, Fountain of Living Water, we need your cleansing and refreshing for our family healing. We have been guilty of unforgiveness and holding grudges against one another. This is causing a breakdown in our family love and unity. Help us not hold onto these old grievances, because this negativity hurts everyone. Empower us to let go and forgive the wrongs that have been done to us. Do not let anger and hurt define us. Enable us to forgive the past and press on to a brighter future. Amen.
Prayer for Family Loyalty and Care
Father God, our Rock of refuge, forgive us for being disconnected as family members. We have strayed into a pattern of not really caring about our family unit. Help us return to that place of family loyalty and genuine care for one another. Restore the mutual commitment and closeness that we need. Enable us to be devoted to each other and supportive of each other’s needs. Show us ways to help and care for each other and build each other up, rather than ignoring our family members. Heal our family, Lord God. Amen.
Prayer Against Mistreatment
Our Lord and Redeemer, heal our family in the areas where we have been mistreating each other. We confess that we have been insulting, ridiculing, and hurting each other’s feelings. We’ve been giving the “silent treatment” when we should have been discussing issues and resolving them together. We repent of our sin and wish to turn things around in our hearts and with each other. Instead of insults and unkind words, remind us to encourage each other. Help us remember to show gratitude and love to each other. Amen.
Prayer to Heal Personality Clashes
God of all grace, heal the personality clashes that are disrupting our family. It often seems like we can’t agree on anything at all. We often feel helpless, isolated, overlooked, or suffocated. Help us find the things we have in common and focus on those things, not our differences. Assist us in respecting each other’s choices and really listening to each other and try to understand the others’ motivations. Remind us to acknowledge and accept each other’s needs and interests. Help us find ways to enjoy each other’s company. Amen.
Prayer to Evict Jealousy
Almighty God, the righteous One, our family unity has been undone by feelings of envy toward each other. Help us to be happy for each family member’s abilities and achievements and not constantly feel the need to compete with each other. In the name of Jesus, we evict jealousy’s evil influence on our family members. Help us not fixate on what we don’t have, but strive after God’s plan for us. Remind us not to compare ourselves with others but realize we each have different needs and interests. Amen.
Prayer to Be Active Listeners
Lord, our Helper, our family is becoming divided by conflict and misunderstanding because we’re not listening to each other well. Teach us to be active listeners – to focus on what our family members are saying and to make an effort to understand their message. Help us not get distracted by other things or be forming counter-arguments in our heads. Show us how to effectively acknowledge what the other is saying through our body language and responses. Remind us to ask questions so we can understand the whole story. Amen.
Healing the Wounds of Divorce Prayer
Abba Father, the Lifter of our heads, even though our family has been torn apart by divorce, help us to be restored in our emotions and healed in our hearts. May we not be ruled by anger over real or perceived injustices. Help us encourage each other through times of depression or emotional exhaustion or irritability. Enable us to accept these changes and move forward together into a new future of hope. Empower us to forgive and establish healthy communications and be on good terms with all family members. Amen.
Prayer Against Emotional Detachment
True God, our family is failing to connect with each other on an emotional level. We are not showing empathy and can’t seem to engage in the feelings of our other family members. We often seem preoccupied or unfeeling or uncaring. We’re not able to give or receive comfort from those who should be closest to us. Lord, teach us how to open up with each other. Help us not be afraid to show emotions, but to grow an atmosphere of safety and trust. Amen.
Prayer for New Blended Family
Lord, our Hope, we are all having trouble adjusting and adapting to this new family structure. We’re having to deal with different parenting and discipline styles. We’re having to get used to living with people we barely know. We’re still dealing with feelings of grief and loss. Lord, smooth the way for us by reminding us to respect each other. Help us accept differences in each other and learn to love each other. Enable us to resolve problems in a peaceful and kind way. Amen.
Prayer for Problem Behaviors
Lord, our Keeper, we pray that you hold our family together as we endure the stress of dealing with our children’s problem behaviors. Help us to agree on the most effective strategies for correcting these behaviors that are causing problems for everyone. Remind us to model the behaviors we want to see in our children. Help us remember to affirm and encourage good behaviors rather than always fixating on unwanted behaviors. Empower us to be lovingly firm with our children and to set proper boundaries for them. Amen.
Prayer for Healthy Boundaries
Lord, our Stronghold, guide us in setting and guarding healthy boundaries for our family. Help each of us to recognize that we are important and deserve to be treated well and with dignity. Enable each of us to be clear about our needs and communicate that in a kind way to other family members. Remind us about what is appropriate in relations between parents and children, and between siblings. Help each of us understand the suitable behavior and responsibilities for our position in the family. Amen.
Prayer Against Deception
Father God, Holy One, forgive us for the ways we are harming our family through deceiving ourselves and deceiving each other. We confess that we have been living in denial about the truth, we’ve been keeping secrets, and we’ve been telling lies. We repent and wish to have truth be the standard for our family. Secrets keep us sick, and hiding problems just makes them worse. We know that pretending everything is fine only enables harmful behaviors. Help us overcome our fears of confronting issues we need to deal with. Empower us toward openness and transparency so we can heal. Amen.
Free Us from Perfectionism Prayer
Lord, our Hiding Place, we pray that you would set our family free from an obsessive need for perfectionism. Help us realize that we don’t have to be perfect for others or even for ourselves. May we recognize that it’s one thing to do our best but another thing to be overly competitive and set goals we can never achieve. Assist us in accepting each other for who we are and not create anxiety over failures. May we encourage persistence and commitment without being devastated if we don’t measure up to unrealistic expectations. Amen.
Prayer to Center on God
Lord, our Fortress, we confess that we’ve been overly centered on ourselves and haven’t been focusing on you. We realize that we will never heal from brokenness as a family unless we make you the center of our family. Help us remember to just rest and spend time together worshiping you. Remind us that we were created to live out your destiny for our lives. All that we do as individuals and as a family should be guided by our faith in you. May we each strive to be more like you every day. Amen.
Prayer Against Enabling Behaviors
Lord, you are the strength of your people, and we need your power to recognize and get rid of enabling behaviors in our family. Help each of us remember that it isn’t our responsibility to fix the behavior of our siblings or parents or spouse. Remind us that making excuses for a family member or trying to cover up their actions only enables them to continue in a negative and harmful lifestyle. Empower us to lovingly and appropriately confront issues that are hurting the family and work toward healing and wholeness. Amen.
Lord, Chain-Breaker, I come bodily before your throne of grace on behalf of my family. Lord, save and heal us from this family bondage. Set us free from the bondage of failure and poverty. Grant us double for all the trouble that we have been through in the past. Let your glory fill this family that we may be able to prosper in all that we do and may those who know us testify that we serve the God of restoration. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray. Amen.
Healing from Physical Illness Prayer
Jesus, the Great Physician, I worship you today for you are the God who forgives all sins and heals all our diseases. Jesus, our family, has been facing attacks from the enemy in the form of sickness and disease. Your word says that by your stripes, we are healed. We come against every attack from the camp of the enemy, and we command every sickness and disease to dry up by its roots. Heal us, dear Jesus, and we shall be healed, for you are the one we praise. I pray for healing, wholeness and restoration for every member of this family. In your merciful name, we pray. Amen.
Physical Healing from Family Genetic Health Issues Prayer
Jehovah Rapha, my Healer, you were wounded for our transgression, crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon you, and by your stripes, we are healed. We stand firm on your word, dear Lord, and pray that our family is healed. Sickness and diseases that have been in this family from generation to generation are not our portions. Jesus, you have set us free from all curses, and today we stand firm in that freedom as a family and start walking in divine health. No member of this family will die young. We will live to praise the glorious work of the Lord. In your powerful name. Amen.
O Lord, Creator and Sustainer, we are covered with shame today. Our children have strayed from your commands and are now after worldly pleasures. They have become drug addicts. Lord, be merciful unto them even though they have rebelled against you. Break the evil chains of addiction, in Jesus’ name. Protect their bodies from the effects of drugs and wash away the desire for drugs with your blood. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.