Yesterday, my husband received discouraging news from his doctor. The sort of news, when piled on top of all his other health issues, that makes you instantly angry, scared and depressed. We know more than we knew last week, but we know less than we need to know to deal rationally with the situation. Now a specialist is needed and more tests, all of which will not occur fast enough to suit either of us, especially with the delays in scheduling that the normally joyful holiday season will inflict on us. Just when you need it most, patience and peace flee before the storm of doubt and uncertainty.
So, I’m sending out an appeal to family and friends to prayer for healing and comfort for my husband.
Dear Lord of Mercy and Father of Comfort,
You are the One I turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need. I ask you to be with my husband during this illness. Psalm 107:20 says that you send out your Word and heal. So then, please send your healing Word to my husband. In the name of Jesus, the Great Physician, drive out all infirmity and sickness from his body.
Oh Lord, I ask that you turn this weakness into strength, this suffering into compassion, this sorrow into joy, and this pain into comfort for others. May my husband trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the midst of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.
Please restore my husband to full health, dearest Father. Remove all fear and doubt from his heart by the power of your Holy Spirit. And may you, Lord, be glorified through his life. As you heal and renew my husband, Lord, may he bless and praise you.
All of this I pray in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
15 And the prayer that is said with faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will heal that person. And if the person has sinned, the sins will be forgiven. 16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen.
James 5:15-16 (New Century Version)