One of the hardest things in life is seeing someone we love fall ill, whether mentally or physically. Here are 24 encouraging prayers for a sick friend along with printable images to use or share.
God, be with my friend today. Their sickness is greater than they feel like they can handle, and their hope seems non-existent. They feel powerless, God, but You are ever-powerful. I pray that You give them comfort and strength in the knowledge that while they are weak, You are strong. There is nothing too big for You to handle. You are all the hope they need. Thank You for being mighty and ever-present. Amen.
Bring Relief Prayer
Jesus Christ, I pray that You bring relief to my sick friend. They have been sick for so long, and it is starting to get in the way of their ability to care for themselves and others who are dependent on them. Please be the strength, comfort, and healing within them, God. I ask that You help heal them and bring back their strength. Help their community come together to assist them until they are able to care for themselves again. Amen.
Your Healing Prayer
Lord, heal my friend from their sickness. There is no earthly disease, sickness, or disaster that is too big for You and Your healing, Lord. I pray that Your hand be at work in the life of my friend, and You guide the sickness out of their body. You are the Great Healer, and I have total faith that You can help relieve them of this. Thank You, Jesus, for Your mighty protection. Amen.
Unable on Our Own Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, we are a generation that prioritizes our own self-care and mental wellness. Still, we are not great at taking care of ourselves and often forget about You when sickness does pass through. God, forgive us. In Your forgiveness, please be with my sick friend, who is doing everything in their power to heal themselves. God, help them realize they are unable and turn to You. Be there for them. Heal them. Thank You. Amen.
Lord, please heal my friend of this depression. So many people around them do not believe that it is a real sickness because they cannot see the physical ramifications of it, and this is hurting my friend’s recovery. God, help them know that this is real and valid and help them know that You can make it better. God, I know that You don’t have to, and You might not. But God, if You are willing, please heal my friend and give him/her hope. Rid him/her mind of the darkness and emptiness. Amen.
You Understand Prayer
God, I cannot imagine what my sick friend is going through. The medication, the doctors, the pain—there is so much I will never understand. But God, You understand. I ask that You help my friend. I don’t even know what I need to be asking You or what sort of relief I want You to bring them. But God, You know, and because You do, I don’t have to. Please work in them, Lord. You know how. Amen.
Your Assistance Prayer
Jesus, I pray for the healing of my friend. My friend is sick and weak. I ask that You help him/her remember to come to You at this time and ask for Your assistance, help, and healing. Lord Jesus, please provide the strength he/she needs to get through this sickness. Make him/her new in You and fill him/her with new life. Your healing hand never fails, God. Be his/her strength and be his/her healing. Amen.
Your Strength Prayer
Heavenly Father, I ask that You give relief and healing to my friend today. They are feeling under the weather and need Your strength. I pray that You breathe Your breath into them and rid them of any sickness that is coming and trying to take over. Help their body stay strong and give their immune system all the strength it needs to fight off any cold or flu that is trying to come. You are in control, God. Thank You. Amen.
Honest Prayer of Anger and Frustration
Almighty God, I come to You in anger and frustration. I have prayed to You countless times asking You to heal my friend and their sickness. I do not understand why they have to suffer in this way and why You will not take that suffering away. God, I am angry. But You are still good. God, even in my anger, please heal my friend. Please help my friend. Please intervene in the sickness and bring Your restoration. Only You can restore them the way they need. Amen.
Small Favors Prayer
Lord, You allow us to come to You in times of small needs and great needs. My friend is coming down with a bad cough, and I ask that You take it away. While there is sometimes embarrassment in asking You for small favors, God, there is nothing too little for You to care because You love us. Be with my friend and help us trust in Your promise always. Amen.
Encourage and Heal Prayer
Good and Gracious God, I lift my friend to You today. Please be with my friend in his/her illness. God be the strength in his/her weakness, the hope in his doubt, the comfort in his/her strength. Lord, there is so little I can do to help him/her, but there is an unending amount that You can do. I ask that You act in his/her life today. Encourage him/her and heal him/her, Lord. Amen.
Be Hope Prayer
Father, my friend is sick and thinks that this illness is their fault and is proof that they let You down. Lord, my friend is running out of hope. I ask, God, that You be their hope even though they feel like all is hopeless. I pray that You be their encouragement in this time of hurt. And God, I ask that You reassure my friend that this is not their fault. Let them know that there is nothing they can do that can separate them from You. Redeem them, God, and let them find truth in You. Amen.
All Is Possible Prayer
Father, I have a friend who just found out that there is no cure for their sickness. God, they are confused, hurting, and unsure of how to move forward. God, I ask that if it is Your will that You heal them regardless of what doctors say. In You, all is possible. If it is not Your will, God, I ask that You give them comfort in this news. Fill them with peace in this time of confusion and hardship. And let them rest in the promise of eternal life. Amen.
Not a Slave to Sickness Prayer
God, please provide protection and healing for my sick friend. Because of You, God, we are not slaves to sickness but are able to overcome anything. Please help them overcome the sickness that has taken over their body and give them rest and renewed health. Protect them from any other illness that they could catch while their immune system is weak. Thank You, God. Amen.
Full Health and Strength Prayer
Lord, please bring healing and relief from this sickness for my friend. Restore their body to full health and strength, God, and allow their mental and emotional health to be restored as well. Jesus, You are the perfect healer and can heal with just a command from Your mouth, a touch of Your hand, and a thought in Your mind. There is none like You, God. Please provide the healing that only You can. Amen.
Mental Well-Being Prayer
Father God, I pray for the mental well-being of my friend. They are sick and it is hurting them badly. God, they are struggling to get out of bed, to focus, and to take care of themselves. God, please help them and care for them. God, You have the power to take this illness away from them and restore peace to their mind. Please care for them in the ways they are unable to care for themselves. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Ultimate Joy Prayer
God, I am hurting for my friend. I can see the amount of pain and hardship that this sickness has caused them in their life. Heavenly Father, I ask that You take this sickness away from them. I ask that You ease the pain if it is Your will. Help them be joyful through the pain and sickness until Your healing comes. You, God, are the ultimate joy and there is no feeling like the feeling of being filled with Your joy. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Surround My Friend Prayer
Lord Jesus, I come to You as a humble servant and ask that You surround my friend in Your love and majesty. My friend is sick and needs to taste and see Your goodness. Allow Your presence to be felt and allow Your healing hand to be at work. God, we are unworthy of Your love. Thank You for Your miraculous mercy and Your boundless grace. Amen.
Great Supporter Prayer
Jesus Christ, please be compassionate on my friend and be their great supporter. God, there is only so much that we can do to support our friend in their sickness. Give us the ability to support them in every way we can. But, God, at the end of the day, You are the best support they could have. Allow my friend to lean on You and feel the safety and protection of Your presence. Amen.
Your Help Prayer
Jesus, I ask that You help the medication my friend is taking for her sickness to kick in quickly. Lord, help it do what it is supposed to do and minimize any side effects that they could experience. Jesus, let this be the right medication. Let this be what works. I ask that You watch over her, and if it is not the right medication, please help the doctors quickly realize that. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Stop the Sickness Prayer
Father, I see my friend get frustrated because he/she has been sick for so long. He/she sees all the ways that being sick has gotten in the way of his/her routines and plans, and this causes a lot of frustration. Lord, I ask that You bring relief to my friend and help him/her stop being sick. Please help bring him/her clarity, too, and allow him/her to see the ways that being sick has helped him/her slow down and return his/her focus to You. Thank You, God, for Your mercy. Amen.
Breathe New Breath Prayer
Jesus, I come to You humbly in prayer and ask that You breathe new breath into my friend. The longer he/she is sick, the more and more his/her body feels the impact that being sick has had on his/her body and the more downtrodden he/she becomes. Refresh his/her soul, his/her body, and his/her mind, God. Bring new life, hope, and joy. Be the healing that he/she needs—both physically and spiritually. Amen.
Power of Your Name Prayer
Jesus, the sound of Your name has the power to change lives, cast out demons, and heal sickness. You are so mighty and so magnificent. Lord, please lay Your healing hand on my sick friend and allow them to see the wonders of Your magnificence. God, You are so powerful. In Your name, I ask that You fully heal my friend from this sickness and allow their body to be restored. Thank You for caring enough about mankind to listen to our prayers. We love You, God, and are unworthy of Your goodness. Amen.
Mighty Power Be Seen Prayer
Jesus, allow my sick friend to experience the mighty power of Your healing hand. Their body is weaker and more vulnerable than usual, Heavenly Father, and they have treated it the best they can by earthly standards. I know that earthly standards are nothing compared to You. Treat my friend with Your power and restore their health. Bring relief, rest, and comfort, God. You are bigger than any sickness. You are generous and good. Let Your mighty power be seen, God. Thank You. 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.