Prayers for Use

Collect of St Luke’s Day   (18 October)

Almighty God, you called Luke the physician, whose praise is in the gospel, to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:

By the grace of the Spirit and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,

give your church the same love and power to heal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayers for the Sick

Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

Our only help in time of need,

we humbly ask you to relieve those who are suffering or are ill.

Remembering especially today……………

Be merciful to them and comfort themwith your grace and peace.

Guide them away from temptation and give them patience under their affliction.

In your time, restore them to health; enable them to lead the rest of their lives in your fear and love and to your glory

Grant that finally they may dwell with you in your everlasting life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

OR

Blessed Jesus, we bring into your loving care and protection all those who are sick in body, mind or spirit.

Remembering especially today……………….

Take from them their fear and help them to put their trust in you,

that they may know your grace and peace.

Cleanse them of all jealousy, envy and self-pity, pride,  anger, or retention of guilt,

or anything that might block your healing touch.

Fill them with your Spirit that they may experience your Kingdom in their hearts.

Touch them with your divine, transforming power, that they may be healed and glorify you;

Use them to build your kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

For Healing Communities and Centres

We thank you heavenly Father for the work of Christian Healing Centres.

Inspired and strengthened by your Spirit, and under your guidance, may they be havens of your peace and tranquillity in all the pressure and busy-ness of the world around.

Bless those who work in them, ministering healing in your name and providing environments for healing, and enable them to bring your kingdom to the suffering and needy,

for your praise and glory.

Amen

For Hospices and Those who Work in Them

We ask you to bless them as they seek to make the last days of their patients more comfortable and pleasant.

Grant them fulfilment and contentment in the tasks they undertake, and may those in their care enjoy a final period of their lives in an atmosphere of happiness and peace,

Above all may they be places where your love is evident and your Spirit seen in control,

so that death may not be the end but the start of eternal life, which is ours through the resurrection of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Lord Jesus,

alone in Gethsemane and forsaken by your friends you faced the agony of crucifixion and death,

obeying the Father’s will and enduring pain and suffering so that we might be made whole.

We ask you to bless all whose inner lives are in turmoil and crisis,

or who feel they just cannot cope with the surrounding pressures and difficulties.

May they find you to be the Light of the world,

who shines in the darkness of their depression and fear, and rest in your unchanging love.

Help them to recognise their need or your healing touch,

and to open their lives to receive your blessing, that they may be restored to full health again in body, mind and spirit.
Amen.

 

For the Terminally Ill and those Near Death

Father God, you are the first and the last,

and you alone know the beginning from the end,

We pray for those whose lives are approaching their close or whose condition has no known cure (especially……..).

May they know the peace of your Holy Spirit which overcomes human despair, and your perfect peace which casts our all fear,

putting their trust in Christ,  who by his death has conquered death and opened the gate to everlasting life;

and we ask in Jesus’ precious name.

Amen.
A Prayer before Surgery

Loving Father,

as I face this new experience in these different surroundings,

I come to you for courage, wisdom and peace of mind.

I know that your healing power is here both in me and in those around me.

Your presence together with their skills, their wisdom and their care, allows me to grow and be healed.

Dear God, take over this operation and let your power be felt through every moment of the changes today.

Let your perfect wholeness fill my spirit, that I may live to glorify you in every area of my life.

I pray all this in the name of Jesus, my Saviour and Redeemer.

Amen.

A Personal Prayer for Healing

Lord Jesus Christ,

touch me with your healing, encircle me in your love, and enfold me in your peace:

So that I may live this day in quietness of mind and tranquillity of spirit,

and may your name be glorified above all for ever.

Amen.