Every aspect of cancer is scary and leaves the person battling cancer feeling scared and helpless, but we can pray for them and be there for them in the biggest fight of their life so that they know they aren’t in it alone. Here are 20 strong prayers for someone who is battling cancer. Along with the prayers are printable images for you to use or share.
A Prayer for My Chemo
Lord of Power, I pray that You will be with me when I start chemo this week. I am scared, Lord. I fear what it will do to my body. I know I am going to feel terrible. Lord, when I am in that chemo chair, wash Your peace over me. Comfort me. Flood me with Your love. When I feel the drugs in my veins, make me visualize and feel Your mighty power into my veins. Minimize the side effects and maximize the effectiveness. Quickly kill all the cancer cells in my body, Lord. Help me on the path to recovery soon. Protect me from secondary cancers from the chemo killing all the good cells, too. I need Your protection over my health now and for the rest of my life, dear Lord. Be one with me. Indwell Your Holy Spirit in me. Never leave me. Never ever leave me. Wrap me up and hold me, my Lord. I cry out to You. I need You now! Amen.
A Prayer for Perseverance
O God, my Strength, I pray You give me the perseverance to fight my cancer. Give me grit. Give me endurance. I am already feeling the life leave my body. I am losing the will to live. I don’t think I want to give up, but I am actually not thinking. I feel blank. I feel numb. I am starting to feel like the walking dead – hopeless and lifeless, but somehow still breathing. As I am flooded with bad news from the doctors, give me the will to live. When my body aches and I feel beaten up, motivate me to continue to fight. When my mind is overwhelmed with darkness and I cannot see light, shine Your radiance on me. Open my eyes to Your glory and fix my eyes on You. Fill me with a burning desire to outlive this cancer, and the strength to never give up. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Dealing with My Hair Loss
Jesus, the Great Physician, I am losing my hair as I go through chemo. I know, Jesus, that You can do all things. Help me not to be self-conscious about it. I have decided not to buy a wig. There are a ton of options, I don’t like the hairstyles, they are expensive, and supposedly hot and uncomfortable. Instead, give me the courage to go without hair and be proud of my battle scar that is my baldness. After the chemo is finished, please help my hair grow back, and grow back in an appearance and texture that looks good on me. This is really overwhelming me, Jesus. It is not enough that I have cancer, but it has to change the way I see myself every time I look in the mirror. It has to make me want to hide from the public so people cannot see how I look. Help me to see myself as Your child, and not a body with a head of hair. I am more than a head of hair. People will see me and they will understand. So many people have cancer. It is not just me. This is not just my cross. Make me proud to have lived through this nightmare, Jesus. Make me proud to have been spared from death. I am a warrior and You are my Savior. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Children after My Passing
Compassionate Father of All Comforts, I pray that You would be with my kids during this time. There is a real chance that I won’t make it, Lord, and I pray that You take care of them if I don’t. I know that You will be with them, but I worry about how they will feel and how they will cope. Wipe the tears from their eyes. Heal their emotional scars. Plant smiles in their hearts. Bring them the peace of knowing that I am happy, that I am next to You, and that they will see me again one day. Let them know I am lovingly watching them. Hug them with the arms of other people who love them. Give them the relationships they need to be able to endure in my absence. Bring into their lives another strong maternal figure to nurture them. Lead them to serve You all the days of their lives. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Keeping My Job During Treatment
God our Great Provider, I pray that my boss and colleagues will be patient and understanding as I have to miss so much work for all of these treatments. God, please help them to realize that this is temporary, and help me to keep my job. I don’t know what will happen if I lose it. I need it for the money for all the medical bills, and I need it for my sense of security. I know I should find my security in You, God, but my world has been turned upside down right now and I really can’t handle one more bad thing to happen to me. Calm me of my anxiety over this. Increase my trust in Your provision. You are God and You are good. You are with me and You are for me. There is nothing I need to fear. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Mom’s Chemo
God of Victory, I pray that You would be with my mom as she starts chemo today. This will be a season where we really need You, Lord. I pray that the chemo would be effective. I pray that my mom won’t get sick from it. I pray that she would be surrounded by Your loving grace. Inspire everyone to volunteer to take care of her so that we have an army of people providing for her and making her feel loved. Please comfort her body, and quiet her mind during this time. Fill her with Your peace, and Your strength. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Radiation
Almighty and Everlasting God, I pray that You bless me during my radiation treatment sessions. May the sessions draw me closer to You, God. May they increase my faith. You are not the God of sunshine and rainbows and butterflies only, God. You are the God who is sovereign over cancer and chemo and radiation. Keep my will strong all throughout this period so that I get enough rest, eat well and remember to stay out of the sun. Please make the radiation effective, and minimize the damage to my healthy tissue. Make me cancer-free soon. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Patience during My Treatment
O Jehovah, my God, I pray that You would give me extra patience as I have to spend the whole day at the doctor again. I have to go from test to test…to then waiting…and it takes so much time out of my day. I am not looking forward to it. Help me not to be irritable, but to exude a spirit of grace and humility. I pray, Lord, that You will be with me and help me use all the waiting time to read Your word and meditate on You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Good Results
Father, my Miracle-Worker, I pray that the results of the tests would be negative. I pray that the cancer would be gone and stay gone. I don’t want to have to do the most aggressive treatments, Lord. I pray that You would miraculously heal me of all cancer and make it so that I can testify of Your goodness. Give me patience as I wait and help my mind not to be overrun by anxiety. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Parent’s Prayer Against My Fear
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer, help me as I am reeling from the news that I have cancer. I have a pit in my stomach, Lord. I don’t know what to do. My children are still so small, I don’t want them to have to grow up without me. Help me in my fear. Overcome my fear, Lord. I need You. I don’t know what to do. I am so scared. I cannot think clearly. I need You to comfort me and calm me. Quiet my mind and to do something in my life to help me walk courageously through what lies ahead. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Help during My Treatment
Jesus, my Savior, please be with me as I go through cancer treatment. I am going to need so much help, Lord. I don’t know where my help is going to come from if not from You. Please work in the lives of the people around me. Please give me the strength to ask for help when I need it and to receive it humbly. I need You now, Lord, more than ever. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Wife’s Cancer
O Jehovah, my God, I pray that You would be with my wife during this time. I am sure she is afraid and wondering what to do now that we know she has cancer. Lord, I pray that the treatment works. Take the cancer out of her body, Lord. In the meantime, fill her up with Your Holy Spirit and shower us with Your grace. Make me the servant husband I need to be during this time and give my wife the strength she needs to endure. Give me the words to convince her that even in her weakest moment, even when she does not feel well and her hair is falling out, she is the most beautiful woman in the world to me. Help our children to deal with their grief in healthy ways and for their sadness to not be an additional source of stress on my wife. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Wife’s Peace of Mind
God of Compassion and Mercy, I pray that You would be with my wife. I know she is concerned about our life as a family if she doesn’t make it. The cancer is weakening her body, Lord, and she fears that I won’t be able to take care of the children well by myself. She fears that I will be lonely and that the children will be too much for me. I pray, Lord, that You would comfort her. Reassure her that the children will be happy, healthy, safe and nurtured under my care, and that I will be okay, so she can rest in peace. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Husband’s Cancer
God, my Fortress, I pray that You would be with my husband. I pray that You would keep him from getting discouraged. I pray that he would not lose heart when his hair falls out. I pray that I have the faith to serve him and to trust that You are going to heal him, Lord. Let me be a comfort to him when he sees me. Let me radiate my love for him and my love for You. In me, let him see my confidence that he will live. Lord God, I need You to work a miracle and heal my husband. I cannot bear this life without him, and cannot bear knowing that our children will grow up without their father. Come to our rescue now, dear God. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Son’s/Daughter’s Cancer
God of Heaven’s Armies, please save my son/daughter. He/She has cancer and he/she needs You. Only You can get us through this, Lord. I don’t know how I can endure it. I wish it was me instead. I wish I were sick, Lord. Please be with the doctors and help my son’s/daughter’s body to heal. Help us all to sleep. Help me to put on a reassuring and calm face for my son/daughter so that they do not see how afraid I am. Help me to be a comfort to him/her and not an additional source of stress. I hate cancer, Lord. I hate it. I can hardly think straight. I am so stricken with grief. I pray that You would heal my son/daughter. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Mom’s Cancer
Jehovah Rapha, my Healer, please be with my mom as she is grieving about her cancer diagnosis. I cannot imagine the fear and anxiety she is facing, Lord. Please comfort her. Make her see Your goodness even with this horrible news. Jesus, You can do anything. You have healed millions before. I pray You would do so again with my mom. Please give me and my family wisdom as we seek to be a source of comfort to her during her treatment and recovery. Amen.
A Prayer for My Dad’s Cancer
O Mighty God, please me with my dad. I just found out that he has cancer and I know that he is afraid. I’m afraid too, Lord. I pray that You bless him with confidence in You and faith in Your goodness. I pray that You give me ideas, Lord, for how I can be a blessing to him during this time. Please heal him, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Grandparent’s Cancer
God of Mercy and Love, I pray that You would heal my grandpa/grandma and help him/her to be cancer-free. I am so grateful for all of the time I have been able to spend with him/her lately, but I know that he/she must be afraid. I pray that together we would beat this cancer. Give the doctors wisdom and insight. Make all the treatments work. Comfort all of us. Be with my parents too. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for My Friend’s Cancer
Name above all Names, I pray that You would be with my friend who just got the devastating news that he/she has cancer. Indwell Your Holy Spirit in my friend. Lord, I pray for Your miraculous power to come upon him/her and heal him/her. I pray that he/she would be cancer-free again so soon. I pray that I would know how to serve him/her at this time. He/She has so much life left to live, Lord. Help him/her to make sense of all the fear running through his/her mind. Jesus, he/she needs the reassurance only You can give. You are the God who can do all things, and so I pray for healing, in the name of Jesus. Destroy the cancer in him/her, Lord, and make him/her whole. Amen.
A Prayer for a Neighbor’s Cancer
O Lord, my Healer, I pray that You would be with my neighbor who I just found out has cancer. I pray that they would be filled with all encouragement even during this difficult time. Lord, help the rest of us in the neighborhood organize and come around their family to support them. I pray that You would be glorified through this cancer and that Your mighty and merciful hand would reach down and touch him/her. In Jesus’ name, I pray, 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.