Prayers for healing for a friend in need of recovery and strength can be welcomed and appreciated. How often do we say “I’ll pray for you.”? Have you spoken those words and then, forgot to pray? Our intentions are good. We want to pray for our friends, but we sometimes get sidelined with a list of tasks. A friend is in need, battling a difficult diagnosis or traumatic situation, and requests prayer. Perhaps the friend has contacted you and asked for specific prayers. Or maybe, you see the name on a list from the church. Possibly, a name has been mentioned in casual conversation. There are times someone may not wish to ask for prayer. Maybe their faith has weakened or the embarrassment of not wanting anyone to know what is happening causes the person to be apprehensive about reaching out and requesting prayer.

When we make the statement, “I will pray for you.”, let’s follow through on praying. Don’t put off going to God in prayer until a “convenient time”. God is ready for us to share time with Him.

We find comfort knowing God hears our prayers. He is listening as we ask Him for healing for our friend, according to His plan. Going to God in prayer strengthens the relationship between the person praying and the person we are praying for. Whether we pray in a group or pray alone, God listens. He does not turn away when we have a conversation with Him.

Scripture tells us that when we pray for others, God hears (Ephesians 6:18). Pray on all occasions. Pray in good times, pray in bad times. Pray out loud, pray quietly. Pray for the healing of friends. In prayer, give thanks for healing. Give thanks to God for His love and mercy. God will answer in His way. The answer may be yes, no, or not now. His plan is always best. He is with us when we pray. He is with us when we mourn. He is with us when we rejoice. Read these prayers and know that God hears.

Prayer Message for a Sick Friend

Dear friend, I want you to know that today and every day, prayers are being said for you. I pray during the day and at night. My prayers for you never end. Our Heavenly Father is listening. He hears the words, as friends, family, and strangers pray for your comfort and healing, according to the plan God has for you (James 5:14-15). 

Friend, I pray that today you will feel the love and peace of God surround your entire body. I pray this sickness will leave and never return. I pray that God will renew your body and mind and you will find strength and healing. Father God, please cover my friend with the love, mercy, and peace that only You can provide. Thank You, Lord, Amen.

Prayer for Healing for A Friend Bible Verses

The Bible is filled with prayers for healing for a friend. Look at the Scripture and share with a friend who needs healing. Hope is found in His Word. Reading the Bible with friends can help bring us to a closer relationship with the Lord.

Take a look at Isaiah 53:4-5, Jeremiah 30:17, Jeremiah 33:6, Philippians 4:19, and Revelations 21:4.

Urgent Prayer for Healing of a Friend

Dear God, today I was informed of a friend who needs urgent prayers. I am coming to You, dear Father, and lifting up my friend in prayer. I’m not sure of all the details. You know what is happening. You know what is needed to heal this person, whether here on this earth or complete healing with You in Heaven. The answer is found only in You. Please cover my friend with Your healing, mercy, and grace. Please take away any apprehension and worry while decisions are being made and the correct path is followed. Lord, please guide my friend to a closer relationship with You (Psalm 23). May we have peace with Your answer, Lord. Thank You, Father. In the name of Your Son Jesus, Amen.

Prayer for a Friend in Need of Healing

Father, my friend needs healing. Healing of mind, body, and spirit. Heartbreaking events have led them to stray from You. Their body is weak. Their mind is filled with unrest. Turmoil rules their life. Peace seems far away. My friend seems to have given up on experiencing the joy You provide in life. I’m praying, Father, for You to heal my friend. Please fill them with Your love and glory. Help my friend to have restored faith, a renewed spirit, and the desire to share Your love with others. Please remove their sadness and turn their sorrow into joy (Psalms 30:11). Thank You for hearing my prayers, Amen.

Prayer for a Friend with Coronavirus

Lord, Thank You for loving us. Thank You for hearing our prayers. Thank you, God, that we can approach You in every moment and find comfort in worrisome situations. There is a friend who has been diagnosed with coronavirus. This awful sickness is affecting many people. The unknowns are weighing us down and bringing out fear and sadness. Every day, we learn of more people diagnosed with coronavirus. Each moment brings more unsettling news. My friend is scared. Family and friends are trying to help, but they are not sure what to do. Father, You know the suffering of the people. Father, You know when we rise and when we sleep. You know our spiritual, mental, and physical needs. Please give medical professionals the knowledge and wisdom to help my friend and all who are suffering from this sickness. Please bring the supplies needed to combat the coronavirus. Father, we need You. Please give my friend peace and comfort as they experience this unforeseen journey. Cover them with Your love and peace. In Your Name, Amen.

Prayer for Children Affected by Coronavirus

Dear God, our children are listening and watching. They hear the news and see the worried looks on our faces. The children have learned the word “coronavirus.” Even the youngest ones know this is a bad thing. Schools are closed. Playdates have been canceled. Libraries are closed. Masks are covering our faces. Conversations tend to navigate toward the daily diagnosis counts and/or deaths. Please remind us to be careful when we speak in front of the children. They are listening, even when we think they are not. Please give the children Your comfort and peace. Help us to remind each one that they are loved and cherished. Help us to show the children ways to find joy in the simple moments of life. I ask You, Father, to give them hope and peace. Heal all affected by this virus. Thank You, Lord, Amen (3 John 1:2).

Each of these prayers can be adjusted to use in individual situations. When we pray for others, we are interceding on their behalf. We are sharing the love God has shown us and we are covering our friends with His peace and glory. As we pray for friends, may we find calm in knowing we are being prayed for, too. Prayer partners across the globe are sharing conversation with God. What a wonderful picture!

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Arise authorAward-winning author Melissa Henderson writes inspirational messages sometimes laced with a bit of humor. With stories in books, magazines, devotionals, and more, Melissa hopes to encourage readers. Melissa is the author of Licky the Lizard and Grumpy the Gator. Her passions are helping in the community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon, and Stephen Minister. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and at

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