6 Common Prayers & Meditations for Those Who Are Sick

When you have a family member or friend who is sick, you might feel a bit lost or helpless. You want to do anything you can to help, but don’t know what to do or say to make a difference.

In fact, the act of sitting down and praying or meditating can provide a great comfort, to both you and your loved one. Here are some simple words and prayers that other CaringBridge users have used personally and within prayer chains when a loved one is in need of healing.

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—

    he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel

    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—

    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,

    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—

    he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

    both now and forevermore.

Originally from Jewish Book of Psalms

May You Be Well

May you be well.

May you be cleansed and purified of all that isn’t health.

May every cell in your body wake up and fight.

May the powerful light of healing move into every part of you.

May you return to being purely you.

May you be well.

By Joanna Fuchs, American poet

Every Day and All Day

Lord, your life on Earth was filled with concern for the sick. Have compassion now on all who share your pain. Give them healing of mind and body, restore their strength and spirit. May they be comforted in the knowledge that we are praying for them and have peace by a sense of your presence.

By the Rev. Leonard Foley, editor of St. Anthony Messenger

Mi Shebeirach

May the Source of strength

Who blessed the ones before us,

Help us find the courage

To make our lives a blessing,

And let us say, Amen.

Bless those in need of healing

With r’fuah sh’leimah,

The renewal of body,

The renewal of spirit,

And let us say: Amen.

A Jewish prayer for healing

The Breath of Freedom

Fill those lungs

With strength

With courage

With glorious guidance

Of universal mystery

For it is the power of life

The breath of freedom

For your voice can sing

To change the world

Non-denominational message of healing

The Talqeen (Islamic Prayer for the Dying)

The leader of the Talqeen recites, “Allah, ease upon him his matters, and make light for him whatever comes hereafter, and honor him with your meeting and make that which he has gone to better than that which he has come from.”

Islamic prayer for the dying

Gayatri Mantra

God, my Lord, you are my savior, the destroyer of all distress, the mitigator of all pain and suffering, and the bestower of bliss, peace and tranquility. I surrender myself to you, oh, Lord, who are my father and my mother. Shower your grace on me, your child.

Hindu prayer of healing

What Words Do You Lean On?

What words have you shared or received that have given you a sense of comfort and healing? Feel free to share your prayers, meditations and well wishes in the comments below.

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  • Lucy Kelley

    Excellent suggestions. Thank you.

  • Betty Begeal

    Thank you. All your suggested healing words are wonderful resources for us to have as we make the journeys will our ill friends and family members.

  • Eva Grayzel

    When you are sick, you pray whether you believe in God or not. Lying on that gurney awaiting my fate, my surgery for stage IV oral cancer, there was no bargaining, no deals to be brokered or promises to be kept. My prayers were of gratitude for my family, appreciation for the skill of the world renown surgeon at my side and the hope for a tomorrow.

  • PAUL ROBERTSON

    When vising fellow Catholics in the hospital or who are homebound, I recited a morning prayer I adapted from Goffine’s Devout Instructions.
    Lord Jesus, we ask you to bless and heal [name] and guide the doctors and nurses to whom you have entrusted his/her care. Help him/her to see your will in this and to unite his/her suffering to your suffering and offer it up for your glory, in gratitude for so many benefits received from you, in atonement for his/her sins and to obtain your holy grace that he/she may overcome his/her sins and acquire the virtues he/she needs, Look upon us Lord Jesus in Your mercy. Amen.

  • Patrick Canchari

    Awesome thanks! Very uplifting

  • Eileen Silvers

    I have survived breast cancer twice and finally had bilateral mastectomies. I have had lung cancer twice and have been in remission for three years. I am now dealing with cardiac issues. Prayer is my best friend and comforter. I pray for others every day and know they also pray for me. Thank you for sending me these six prayers. I find great comfort in their words and will share them with others.

  • Erika Leigh Maier

    These are all wonderful, thank you so much.

  • Lucinda Damon-Bach

    My friend Jan, a Hodgkin’s survivor, sent me this lovely and uplifting prayer when she found out I had breast cancer:

    “I arise today
    through a mighty strength:
    Love’s power to guide me,
    Love’s might to uphold me,
    Love’s eyes to watch over me,
    Love’s ear to hear me,
    Love’s word to give me speech,
    Love’s hand to guard me,
    Love’s way to lie before me,
    Love’s shield to shelter me,
    Love’s host to secure me.”

    (adapted from a prayer by Bridgid of Gael, first millennium)