Seeing children sick with cancer is heartwrenching, but we know that our God is bigger than any cancer that this world can impose. Here are 20 strong prayers for children with cancer.
Prayer for Child Diagnosed with Cancer
God of Lovingkindness, we intercede for this child and her family who have just received this dreaded news of a cancer diagnosis. We pray for supernatural peace and calm to come over this family. We pray that You will quiet the child’s fears and relieve any pain. We pray for wisdom and guidance in the days to come, as more testing is done, and a treatment plan is begun. Heal this child, dear Lord, in Your great compassion. Amen.
Prayer for Infant with Cancer
Dear Lord, mighty to save, look with compassion on this baby who is sick with cancer. Breathe life into this child, we pray, and restore him to full health. Comfort and strengthen these parents. Guide the doctors in the best course of treatment. Be a shield around this family and the lifter of their heads. Let them know You are with them and that You answer when they call. Amen.
Prayer for Children of the Word
O Lord, our light in the darkness, we come to You regarding the children of our world who are suffering from cancer. We know many of them live in places where medical care is minimal. We pray You will touch these children with Your healing power. We pray for the parents of these children to have enough money to pay the hospital bills and buy medicine. Salvation belongs to You, O Lord; may Your blessing be on these children and their families. Amen.
Prayer for Healing
God of Salvation, we ask that You bring healing to our child who has received a diagnosis of cancer. In Your compassion, relieve her distress, show her grace, and hear our prayers. Answer us when we call, O Righteous God, our Healer. Shine the light of Your face upon us and pour out the awesome power of Your Holy Spirit. O Lord Jesus, surely You carried our sicknesses and pain and purchased our healing. May our prayer of faith raise her up to perfect health. Amen.
Prayer for Restoration
Lord our Miracle-Worker, we plead for our child whose body has been ravaged by cancer. The thief has come to steal, kill, and destroy, but we ask that You restore all that has been lost. Help him to regain his mobility and be able to eat and enjoy life. We pray for the restoration of his organs that have been affected by cancer and the treatment side-effects. We pray that he will be blessed with the abundant life that You came to give and walk in restored health. Amen.
Prayer for a Miracle
Lord our Healer, when everything looks dark from a human perspective, all things are possible with You. We need a miracle for our child. Be merciful to her and heal her. Deliver her because of Your loving devotion. We ask that You provide beyond the limits of what the doctors and medicine can do. Hear our prayer and heal our child for the glory of Your Holy Name. Amen.
Prayer for Peace
God our Refuge, we intercede for this child and his family who are going through this treatment for cancer. Lord, may You cover them with a blanket of peace. May this child and his parents rest in confidence that You are sovereign over this situation. Even though their life has been turned upside down and unsettling things are happening, remind them that You hold this child’s future. Let them know You love him and are caring for him. Amen.
Prayer to Ease Anxiety
God of Peace, we pray anxiety will not weigh down this child’s heart as she goes through treatment for cancer. We pray that all apprehension this child is experiencing from needles and exams and uncomfortable treatment will be dissolved. We pray You will ease the worries her parents are feeling due to their child’s ill health and decisions they need to make and financial concerns. Bring tranquility to this child and to her parents. Amen.
Prayer for Joy
Lord our Promise Keeper, we pray Your blessing of unspeakable joy will overflow in this dear child and his family. Even though the future is unknown regarding this child’s prognosis, may Your joy rise in their souls. May they be able to praise You as they pass through this storm of cancer. May this child be a radiant testimony for You. May sorrow and worry be eclipsed by the joy of the Lord, which is the strength of His people. Amen.
Prayer Against Sadness
Lord of love, we pray against sadness this child may be feeling due to this cancer diagnosis and treatment. Embrace her with Your love. Remove all fear and despair about this sickness and the outcome. Comfort her when she is sad about losing her hair or not being able to play with her friends. In Your mercy, restore all that has been lost, and bless this child with happiness. Amen.
Prayer to Relieve Pain
God of deliverance, we intercede for our child and ask that You relieve this pain he is suffering. We pray that all discomfort from the effects of the cancer and the treatment would leave his body right now. We pray You would take away his fear of the needles and the pain they cause. Give him comfort in this affliction, we pray. Out of Your abundant love, deliver him from all distress and discomfort, and restore peace and health, we pray. Amen.
Prayer for Strength to Fight
Awesome Champion, come to the aid of our child right now, we pray. Give her the strength to keep on fighting this battle against cancer. Encourage her soul and let her go from strength to strength. As she waits on You and trusts You, renew her resolve to not give up but to persevere in the fight. Conquer any feelings of hopelessness or dejection she may be feeling. Give power in her weakness, Precious Lord. Give her resilience to press on, and full confidence in You. Amen.
Prayer to Trust in God
God our Defense, we ask You to help us and our child to trust You fully through this journey of defeating cancer. Thank You that we can come boldly and confidently into Your presence with our requests. Our faith easily falters when faced with these grim medical reports. And yet, You alone are our refuge, our place of safety. You are our God, and we trust You. Amen.
Prayer for Child in Hospital
Lord of steadfast love, we ask that You give peace to our child while he is staying in the hospital. He is missing all the comforts of home and going through an uncomfortable time. Ease his distress and help him to feel safe and loved. Take away any worries he might have. And Lord, help us as parents to be able to stay cheerful and confident while we are with him and to be prayer warriors for him through this. May he be able to come home soon, we pray. Amen.
Prayer for Oncologist
Lord of light, we pray that You will enlighten the mind of our child’s oncologist. Give her guidance as she reviews all the tests and scans to make the most precise diagnosis. Give her wisdom to devise the best treatment plan for our child. And we pray that You will give her an understanding of our child. May she focus on him as a child and compassionately recognize his needs as an individual. Amen.
Prayer for Protection from Side-effects of Treatment
Mighty God, we ask that You protect our child as he goes through chemotherapy to treat this cancer. We pray against any side-effects from this treatment, especially secondary cancers such as leukemia. We pray that You will divinely direct each decision his medical team makes in choosing the right medicines and determining dosage and length of treatment. In Your mercy, may the primary cancer be cured without causing other significant problems. Amen.
Prayer for Wisdom for Parents
Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider, we deeply desire Your wisdom in making decisions. We’re having to deal with so much information and are overwhelmed. We are terrified of making the wrong call with our child’s cancer treatment. Calm our hearts, precious Lord, and help us to focus on You and Your guidance. May we not be driven by emotion, but by the best medical information and, most importantly, by Your Spirit’s guidance. Bless us with wisdom. Amen.
Prayer for Hope
Lord, our Way Maker, help us to not abandon hope during this fierce war against cancer. We pray that our child and we as her parents will be filled with confident expectation in Your promises. As we journey through this season of suffering, may it produce perseverance within us, and character, and hope – hope that does not disappoint. May our united hope carry us through this valley of the shadow and into triumph. May we be able to share this hope with others. Amen.
Prayer for Faith
Lord of Life, as we lean in for our child’s healing, we pray that You will help us activate our faith. You told us that if we have faith even as small as a mustard seed, we can move mountains. And we need to move this mountain of cancer! May our faith not be overwhelmed by our circumstances, but may our circumstances be conquered through our faith. Help us to build up our faith through prayer, praise, listening to testimonies, and resting in You. Amen.
Prayer for Unity
Lord of Love, we ask that You bind our family together as one. Our differing opinions on the many decisions we must make about this cancer are driving a wall between us. Help us not to take out all this stress on each other. Instead, help us focus on encouraging each other. Bring us together in godly unity, where we all listen and honor the others’ opinions. Help us to respect our child’s wishes and to respect each other, even when we don’t always agree. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.