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Prayers for Good Health

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When you feel overwhelmed with the anxiety of poor health - whether physical, emotional, or mental - God provides peace and healing. We can turn to God and pray for our health and the health of those we love. Daily life is littered with all sorts of sickness. Flu season hit my household this week, and according to the CDC, most of United States is in the midst of a “high activity” flu season. One does not realize the luxury of the average day until it’s besieged and de-railed by influenza. Life comes to a pause, and workloads pile up. 

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four adults had one or more chronic health conditions. Mental health is an astronomical concern in this country. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the US experience mental illness in a given year.  If our bodies and minds are ailing at such a high rate, it shouldn’t surprise us that our spiritual lives are unhealthy as well. Though we don’t have full control over flu germs, depression, and terminal disease, we can choose to read Scripture daily and to pray over our health.

Let’s pray for complete health, mind, body and soul. To seek His counsel in all things, and welcome the wisdom of the Holy Spirit into the part of our hearts that need healing. A healthy life is comprised of more than a fit physically body free of injury and illness. Here are 12 prayers you can use to pray over your health. 

A Prayer for Complete, Good Health

Father, 

Praise You for this, and every day that we get to wake up this side of heaven. Each day is laced with purpose, and we ask for Your wisdom and guidance through every one. Help us to live each day well, and for Your glory, from start to finish. 

Thank You for Your Word, which breathes life into our tired souls and minds. You promise to meet us there, in study and prayer. Thank You for the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, paying with His life for our ease of access to our Heavenly Father through prayer and Scripture. Each biblical story and truth weave in and out our lives in Your perfect timing. 

Father, You remind us throughout Scripture that You are faithful to Your people. Jeremiah 33:6 says, “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” So often, as in the Old Testament, we rebel, neglect to care for ourselves as You do, and end up tired and sick. But Father You are faithful to enwrap us in Your healing love each time we turn back to You. 

Forgive us for neglecting to care for the life You have entrusted us with. The life that You have purposed specifically to do more than we can ask for or imagine. When we go our own way, we wear ourselves down, physically and mentally. Other times, we train physically but neglect our psyche. We often neglect our spiritual life. 

Father, strengthen us to hold captive the joy You bless our lives with daily. Help us to walk freely in Your love. For as Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy 4:8 (VOICE), “Although training your body has certain payoffs, godliness benefits all things--holding promise for life here and now and promise for the life that is coming.” Send us more of Your Holy Spirit, to help us focus on Your Word daily. Give us hearts like Jesus.

Give us the wisdom to seek You first each day, before each decision. It’s often the little thoughts and daily decisions that lead us into a sudden spiral of bad health. Enlighten us and guide us through Your Word. Let our hearts burn for more of You each day. 

Help us endure the pain of chronic conditions, some of which will not find healing in this broken and sinful world. We know that You work all things for good, but in those moments of chronic pain and suffering, it can be impossible to understand Your perfect and just hand in it all. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Additional Prayers for Good Health:

Prayer for Healing and Restoration

Lord, your Word speaks promises of healing and restoration and I thank you for the miracles you still perform today. Today I claim those promises over my friend. I believe in the healing power of faith and prayer and I ask you to begin your mighty work in the life of my friend. Please reach down and surround my friend with supernatural peace and strength and give her the faith to believe that all things are possible for you. Protect her from Satan's lies and discouragement and let her miraculous healing begin. Amen.

Miracles and Health

Heavenly Father, Thank You for answering my prayers and performing miracles in my life every day. Just the fact that I woke up this morning and can take a breath is a gift from You. Help me to never take my health and loved ones for granted. Help me to always stand in faith and keep my focus on You when unexpected circumstances arise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. - Leah Dipascal

For Unhealthy Habits

Lord, I release my unhealthy habits and attitudes about my body to You. I ask for help to honor You by nourishing my body well, seeing myself through Your eyes and trusting You with the timing and results. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. - Danna Demetre

Gift of Health

Lord, I recognize my physical body as the temple of God. I commit to taking better care of my body by getting more rest, eating healthier foods, and getting more exercise. I will make better choices about how to spend my time in order to make health a higher priority in my daily life. I praise You for the gift of health and celebrate the gift of life each day holds. I trust You with my health as an act of obedience and worship. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. - Mary Southerland

For Medical Workers

Father God, You are the true and only healer.  Thank You for these medical workers who sacrifice time, sleep, family time and in some cases, their lives, to bring healing to those who need it.  When people are sick or hurt they just want to be well and whole.  Thank You for the knowledge, discernment and quick wisdom that these doctors use to help heal people so they can be well enough to be open to hearing the Gospel.  By providing healing they are sharing Your Son.  What a joy and a blessing!  Amen! - Dawn Mast

For Strength 

Dear Jesus, this health issue in my life is bigger than I am. I desperately need the strength and help You offer me. Help me fill my heart with Your truth and step forward into healing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Great Physician

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You today and ask that You bring about true joy into my life.   I know that I cannot control the storms that come into my life, but I do have a choice on how I will respond to them.   I know that You are the Great Physician and Your prescription for each one of us is to have a cheerful heart.   I pray that You will help me to incorporate that into my day no matter what circumstances I am facing.  I also pray that You would use me to bring joy and sunshine into the lives of those around me.  In Jesus’ Precious Name, Amen. - Jamy Whitaker

For Good Health 

Dear Lord, thank you for the provision of my body and the variety of foods that fuels it.  Forgive me for dishonoring you, at times, by not taking care of this body.  Forgive me also for making certain foods an idol.  May I remember that my body is your dwelling place, and treat it accordingly.  Help me to make better choices as I eat, and as I feed my friends and family.  In Christ’s name I pray. amen. - Rachel Olsen

When Health Feels Under Attack

Precious Heavenly Father, You are so mighty to protect us from the schemes of the devil - whether spiritual or physical. Let us never take your protection for granted. Continue to surround Your children with a hedge, and guard us against sickness and disease. In the blessed name of Jesus, amen.

Honor in Healthy Living

Father, I celebrate the amazing truth that You chose to live in me and that my body is Your temple. Please forgive me when I abuse that temple. Forgive me when I fail to spend time in Your Word and at Your feet in prayer. I need Your strength and power to practice Godly discipline. I want to become healthy in every area of my life – for my good and for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. - Mary Southerland

Body Temple Rebuild

Lord, I humbly repent of the sin of neglect, abuse, or disuse that may have caused my physical body to become broken down. Today I want to takes steps towards improved health—first, for your Kingdom’s sake here on earth, and then for my own personal benefit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. - Lisa Morrone

Bible Verses for Good Health & Healing

  • "Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." ~ Jeremiah 17:14
  • "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 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." ~ James 5:14-15
  • "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~ Isaiah 41:10
  • "But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD" ~ Jeremiah 30:17
  • "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." ~ James 5:6
  • "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. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind." ~ Psalms 107:19-21
  • "Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion." ~ Psalms 103:2-4

- read more Healing Scriptures at BibleStudyTools.com

Meg Bucher (Meg) encourages others to seek Him first through her life as a stay-at-home mom, career as a freelance writer, teaching Emoti-moms Weekly Bible Study, and leading the kids worship teams at her local church. She resides in a small, Northern lake town with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle. Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, http://sunnyand80.org

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