A woman with her eyes closed and hands held by her face in prayer.

16 Soothing Prayers for Healing and Hope 

By: Arrica Hess 

One of the most helpless feelings in the world is when someone in your life is hurting and knowing you can’t stop the pain.

Hurt comes in many forms: physical, emotional, and spiritual. 

For me personally, I know I am deeply burdened when one of my children are sick or are emotionally hurt by a friend or another family member.

I would give anything to make it go away. 

We’ve all been there both personally and on behalf of others. We say, “The only thing I can do is pray.” The truth is that prayer is the MOST you can do.

When we pray, we are asking the God who created us to do what only He is able and to work a miracle to bring healing and hope to a desperate situation. 

A tree without leaves by a field with another tree with leaves in the background. And the words: In our most desperate situations, God is our source of healing and hope.

How does God give us hope?

First, God gives believers hope through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:3-4a states,  

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” 

Second, God gives hope as we cling to His word and the promises that we find there for our lives.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV says,  

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

Third, God gives us hope as we focus on not what is seen but what is unseen, spiritual blessings, and eternity in heaven. 

In Romans 8:23-25 NIV, we read,  

“Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” 

Smudges of blue and white. And the quote: The strongest prayer we can pray at any time is for God's will to be done. -Arrica Hess

What is the strongest prayer for healing?

The strongest prayer we can pray at any time is for God’s will to be done. The Lord knows what is best for His children and wants good for all people. 

Praying God’s word and particularly praying the psalms is a great way to know that we are asking in God’s will, and they help us express our hearts when we sometimes find words difficult in the midst of pain. 

Psalm 34 is one of the most powerful to cling to in times of hurting.  

In verses 17-20 NIV, David says: 

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; 
    he delivers them from all their troubles. 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted 
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  

The righteous person may have many troubles, 
    but the Lord delivers him from them all; 

he protects all his bones, 
    not one of them will be broken.” 

How do you pray for healing for someone else?

Praying on behalf of others is called intercession. “Intercession” is a Greek word and means “to meet with” or “come between.”

So when we pray for someone else, we are taking on the burden and privilege of meeting with God as their representative. 

James 5:15 NIV says,  

“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” So, our job is to pray by faith, strongly believing, that we are trusting in a God who is able to heal, but will ultimately do what is best. 

Praying in faith means leaving the details and results up to God.

We also must be ready for outcomes we don’t always want.

Sometimes the Lord allows us to go through suffering to make us more like Christ and sometimes our healing comes when we leave this world and enter heaven for eternity. 

A purple background with white whispy lines. And the words: Trust God. He will do what He knows is best.

16 Soothing Prayers for Healing and Hope

God says of Himself in Exodus 15:26, “I am the God who heals.” God is a good Father who longs to see His children whole and full of hope.  

Let’s explore some prayers that help us to focus on the Lord and draw strength from Him as we seek healing, strength, comfort, and hope for ourselves and others. 

Prayers for Physical Healing 

Scripture: “Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” -Psalm 30:2 NIV 

Praying for Yourself: Lord, You know my pain. You made my body and I am crying to you for help. Help me to focus on You in the midst of agony and to keep believing that you are the God who can heal. I praise you in advance for the way you will show Yourself mighty in my trial. Amen. 

Praying for Someone else: God, I lift up ______________ to you. You made them and are aware of the health challenges they face. Please give ____________ your supernatural strength and peace right now as they struggle. I am asking by faith in Jesus’ name for healing and complete restoration for their body. Amen. 

A sunrise over the water with overcast skies. And the verse: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5 NIV

Prayers for Emotional Healing

Scripture: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” -Psalm 42:5 NIV 

Praying for Yourself: Heavenly Father, I am weary and tired. I am overwhelmed with emotion and heartache. Please put your hope in my heart. I praise you that you know my sorrow and frustrations and that you listen when I cry. Please restore me to the joy of my salvation. Amen.

Praying for Someone else: Lord, my heart hurts on behalf of my friend. I ask that You heal ___________’s hurts so that they might praise You. Show them that you are a God of restoration and comfort and send your Spirit to strengthen them as they walk this emotional journey. Amen.

Prayers for Spiritual Healing

Scripture: “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” -Psalm 107:19-20 NIV 

Praying for Yourself: Jesus, I need You. I am desperate for you. I cry out in my trouble and distress and ask for healing and rescue. You are mighty to save and full of mercy and grace. Forgive my sins and heal my crushed Spirit as I seek You and the truths found in Your word. Amen.

Praying for Someone else: Lord, You know ___________ is spiritually far from you right now. Open their eyes to the truth from Your word. Help me to speak loving truth into them. I pray that they will see their need for You and Your saving grace. Amen. 

Birds flying with the sunset in the background. And the verse: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29 NIV

Prayers for Strength

Scripture: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” -Isaiah 40:29 NIV 

Praying for Yourself: God, I am so weak right now. I need your strength and power to move on. Please rejuvenate my body, soul, mind, and will so that I can grow my faith in You and accomplish daily tasks. Bring me others who can help bear my burdens and be my strength when I fail. Amen.

Praying for Someone else: Heavenly Father, ____________ is weary. They need your strength and a supernatural energy to continue to fight this battle. Be the Rock and Fortress they need to lean on and provide the extra help and hope they need through their family and friends. Amen.

A sunrise over the waters with clouds in the sky. And the quote: Lord, please heal the broken places and show me how to move forward in your love and hope. -Arrica Hess

Prayers for the Hurting and Broken

Scripture: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Psalm 147:3 NIV 

Praying for Yourself: God, I feel brokenhearted. I know that weeping only lasts for the night and joy comes in the morning but it seems that I am perpetually stuck feeling bruised. Please heal the broken places and show me how to move forward in your love and hope. Amen.

Praying for Someone else: Lord, _____________ is in a dark place. They feel alone and hurt. Please heal the wounds and put back together their broken pieces. Show me and others in their life how to best speak encouragement and how to serve them as they walk this broken path. Amen.

Short Prayers for Recovery for the Sick

Scripture: “Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.” -Psalm 6:2 NIV 

Praying for Yourself: Have mercy on me, Lord, I am sick and tired. Heal me as I hope in You. Amen.

Praying for Someone else: God, heal _____________ and give them Your peace and hope. Amen.

A night sky with trees in on the bottom. And the words: Lord, keep my eyes fixed on you!

Prayers for the Family of the Sick

Scripture: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV 

Praying for Yourself: God, I hate seeing my loved one suffer. I ask that you keep encouraging me and giving me the strength to take care of their needs. Please help me to remain joyful and steadfast in believing in You for their good. Keep my eyes fixed on You. Amen.

Praying for Someone else: Lord, I ask for energy, peace, comfort, and encouragement on behalf of ___________. Taking care of a sick loved one is never easy and they need You and others to build them up and sustain them. Give them Your hope in this trial! Amen.

A tall wave in the ocean and the quote: God longs to be with you in your struggle and show you how to let Him be your healing and hope. -Arrica Hess

Prayers for Comfort and Hope

Scripture: “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” -Psalm 119:76 NIV 

Praying for Yourself: My God, I need your unfailing love to be my comfort. As I read your word, give me promises to cling to and hope to hold on to. Help me not to focus on my pain or hurts but on Your healing power and amazing truths of who You are to me. Amen.

Praying for Someone else: Heavenly Father, I come requesting comfort and hope for _________. You know their suffering. Let your steadfast love and faithfulness be their anchor in this storm. Comfort and provide peace and hope as they endure. Amen. 

A woman with her eyes closed and hands held by her face in prayer. And the words 16 Soothing Prayers for Healing and Hope

Encouragement and Hope for the Hurting Today

Today, maybe right now, you find yourself in a place of hurting. You are broken and in pain. You see these scriptures and read the prayers, but you are desperate for something right this very moment and the future healing seems so far off. 

The good news is that God is not some distant deity who files you away or makes you wait to be next in line like some government agency. He hears you right now. He sees you where you are. He loves His children and wants to comfort them. 

Jesus encouraged his disciples in the Lord’s prayer to ask, “Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11 NIV) God wants to meet you in your need right now and in this moment.  

Maybe you don’t even know what you need because you are so numb and tired. It’s okay. The Lord knows exactly what you need and will honor that heartfelt plea: “Give me my daily bread”. 

  • You can also ask Him for His presence.
  • Ask Him to fill you with hope.
  • Ask Him to increase your faith or to help with your unbelief.

God longs to be with you in your struggle and show you how to let Him be your healing and hope. 

Lord, I hate to know that this precious soul is hurting and in pain. I pray for You to reveal Your presence with them right this very moment. Reassure them of your love. May these scriptures and prayers encourage, inspire, and renew their hope in your saving and healing power. I ask that you be their strength and comfort in sickness, recovery and distress. In the all powerful name of Jesus, amen. 

-Arrica Hess
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About the Author:

Arrica Hess is a follower of Jesus, church planting wife, and homeschooling mom of 4. Her passion is discipling and counselling women. She writes at a achildshallleadthemblog.com and prays she can help other Mommas find joy in their motherhood while serving their Savior. You can follow along on Facebook

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