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How To Pray For A Friend Who Is Sick

Indeed, we will all encounter a moment when our friend is sick. It can be severe, or it can be trivial. However, as believers, we are called to pray for their well-being, including their physical well-being. One of the ways we put love into action is by praying for others and remembering them whenever we have prayer time with God (Romans 12:9-10).

Father in heaven, may I always be motivated by love as I minister and pray for healing upon my friend who is sick. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

What Can You Pray for When a Friend Is Sick?

Since your friend is sick, healing and quick recovery are some things you can pray for. In James 5:14-15, it is written that if anyone among us is sick, we are to call for the elders of the church, let them pray over the one who is sick, and anoint them with oil. Thus, the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick. Though the passage talks about elders, it’s also a call for the church community as a whole. Hence, when we know a friend is sick, we are to pray for their healing. Such prayer falls under Philippians 4:6-7, which says that we are to lift to God our prayer requests. Healing for a friend is a prayer request, and therefore, we should lift it to God in prayers.

How to Pray for a Friend Who Is Sick

How to Pray for a Friend Who Is Sick

When a friend is sick, what you pray for is not only limited to healing or good health. You can also pray for matters affected by their sickness. For example, if your friend has to be admitted to the hospital and spends several days there, you can pray for financial provision for their medical expenses. If they missed a lot in school due to being sick, you can request on their behalf the grace and understanding they need to catch up quickly. Also, if they’re about to undergo a medical operation, you can pray for a successful operation and wisdom and excellence upon the doctors as they perform it.

Hence, when we pray for a sick friend, we seek their well-being. That includes not just their physical well-being but also other aspects, like their mental, emotional, and even spiritual well-being, for they can be affected, too. Your friend can experience emotional turmoil and even faith struggles, especially if the sickness they’re battling is severe. However, we know that prayers are powerful (James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.).

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much

How to Pray for a Friend Who Is Sick

How Can I Pray for a Sick Friend?

The primary things you can pray for include healing, recovery, and good health. Financial provision for medical expenses weighs less compared to being healed. Hence, pray for healing upon your friend. Then, you may seek their well-being, addressing not just their physical well-being but mental and emotional, as well. For example, if your friend is worried about whether they can return to work right away, you can pray for peace upon their anxious thoughts and the wisdom to figure it out as they get back to work. 

There are several ways you can start praying for your sick friend. Begin by checking up on them. If you’ve heard they’re sick, you can message or call them and even send a prayer through message or pray for them on a call. Of course, you can also go to them, bring something they may need, ask how they’re doing, and then pray for their recovery or whatever else they need. You may learn about who is sick as you interact with church people. Right there and then, you can pray for healing upon them. For example, you get to talk to some churchmates after the worship service and learn that they are not feeling well or have been diagnosed with something, or perhaps their relative is sick. 

All it takes is to reach out to others and ask how they’re doing. In that regard, you can ask the Holy Spirit to help and empower you to be bold, compassionate, and gentle.

Father in heaven, I pray for my friend who is currently at home, recovering from being sick. I pray for a speedy recovery upon him in the name of Jesus. Give him the strength to return to work and the wisdom to catch up with the work he missed. Give him the emotional resilience to be strong despite the stress that he’s having due to being sick. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

How to Pray for a Friend Who Is Sick

How to Pray for a Friend Who Is Sick

You can also say such prayer for a friend who is an unbeliever. However, more than praying for their physical healing, it’s important to pray for their spiritual healing from sin. Pray for their spirit and soul to be restored and freed from sin by the redemptive blood of Christ through the Gospel. Keep their salvation in mind as you pray for their healing. It’s even better if you pray in front of them (1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.).

How to Pray for a Friend Who Is Sick

How to Pray for a Friend Who Is Sick

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