PRAYERS IN TIMES OF ILLNESS


FOR GRACE DURING ILLNESS

Merciful and loving God, in whose presence I bear my illness with faith and with fear: I thank you for the faith you have given me to entrust my healing and my health to you. May I ever be mindful that I am always in your hands and that, while I am there, I shall not be forsaken nor shall I be abandoned. As your grace accompanies me through paths I know not, embrace the questions I ask, the doubts I feel, the fears I know and the sufferings I dread. May these be my sacrifice and my offering today. If in my weak state my hope, too, weakens, strengthen me and renew my hope. If bitterness approaches me, draw nearer to revive my spirit and renew my joy; for as I rejoiced in you with my health, now may I also rejoice in you with my illness. When the time for my healing will have come, may I have the grace to accept it with gratitude, the spirit to celebrate it with joy, and the courage to serve you with humility. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

FOR FAITH DURING ILLNESS 

Lord God, great is your faithfulness and enduring your mercy to me: You are always more eager to receive me than I am to seek you. Now, I reach for you in my distress. Let your grace accompany me on my pilgrimage to health. If I depart from the way, remind me always that you are the way, and put me on the right path. If, because of the burden of my conscience, I flee from you, let me flee only into your presence, and when I am there, console me. If I hide from you because of my fears, find me and give me courage. If, in my illness, I rage against you, accept my rage as my prayer, and grant me healing. And, if I cannot receive your healing now, hold my illness before me as a blessing, until I am able. In my weakness teach me humility, and in my pain, gratitude. Grant me grace, so that I bear my illness faithfully and, if my faith fails, lift me up until I can believe again. Lord God, great is your faithfulness and enduring your mercy to me. Through Him who is my Beginning and my End, Jesus my Strength. Amen.

FOR HOPE WHEN ILLNESS COMES

Lord God, from whom come all good gifts to sustain me in my illness: you have given me grace sufficient to lift my heart in prayer. In your presence, I can bear my illness with gratitude and hope. I ask you to form my prayers today as you have already formed me. Know that when my words fail my life itself shall be your praise. When I call upon you, if I hear no answer, let your silence reassure me. And if your silence makes me afraid, may your love give me courage. Holy Spirit, refresh me with enthusiasm for work and service. Reform me with passion to live for your truth. Renew me with hope beyond this moment. And if ever my hope becomes unsure, hope for me the hope that never ends. All of this I ask in the Name above all Names, Jesus my Salvation. Amen!

 

 

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