Comfort for the Sick and Shut In

Comfort for the Sick and Shut In

Personalized Scripture Prayers for Those Who Are Sick

Father, we are not surprised at the painful trials we are suffering, as though something strange were happening to us. We rejoice that we participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that we may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12, 13)

We humble ourselves, therefore, under your mighty hand, that you may lift us up in due time. We cast all our anxiety on you because you care for us. (1 Peter 5:6, 7)

We praise you, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from you. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, you loved us and by your grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope. Encourage our hearts and strengthen us in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17)

Free us from the love of money and cause us to be content with what we have, because you, God, have said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5, 6)

We shout for joy with the heavens, rejoice with the earth, and burst into song with the mountains! For you, Lord, comfort your people and will have compassion on your afflicted ones. (Isaiah 49:13)

You stilled the storm to a whisper and the waves of the sea were hushed. We were glad when it grew calm, and you guided us to our desired haven. (Psalm 107:29, 30)

We remember your word to your servants, for you have given us hope. Our comfort in our suffering is this: your promise preserves our lives. (Psalm 119:49, 50)

We lift up our eyes to the hills—where does our help come from? Our help comes from you, Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. You will not let our feet slip—you who watches over us will not slumber; indeed, you who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. You, Lord, watch over us—you, Lord, are our shade at our right hand; the sun will not harm us by day, nor the moon by night. You. Lord will keep us from all harm—you will watch over our lives; you, Lord, will watch over our coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

You, Lord, are our shepherd, we shall not be in want. You make us lie down in green pastures, you lead us beside quiet waters, you restore our souls. You guide us in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil, for you are with us; your rod and your staff, they comfort us.

You prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies. You anoint our heads with oil; our cups overflow. Surely goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives, and we will dwell in your house, Lord, forever. (Psalm 23)

You, Lord, are our light and our salvation—whom shall we fear? You, Lord, are the stronghold of our lives—of whom shall we be afraid? When evil men advance against us to devour our flesh, when our enemies and our foes attack us, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege us, our hearts will not fear; though war break out against us, even then will we be confident. One thing we ask, Lord, this is what we seek: that we may dwell in your house, Lord, all the days of our lives, to gaze upon your beauty, Lord, and to seek you in your temple. For in the day of trouble you will keep us safe in your dwelling; you will hide us in the shelter of your tabernacle and set us high upon a rock. Then our heads will be exalted above our enemies who surround us; at your tabernacle will we sacrifice with shouts of joy; we will sing and make music to you, Lord. (Psalm 27:1-6)

For New Believers

Lord Jesus, you are the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

You are the gate. We entered through you will be saved. We come in and go out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

We believe in you, Lord Jesus, and we want to be saved—us and our households. (Acts 16:31)

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out our transgressions. Wash away all our iniquity and cleanse our from our sins. For we know our transgressions, and our sins are always before us.

Against you, you only, have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

Surely, we were sinful at birth, sinful from the time our mothers conceived us. Surely you desire truth in our inner parts; you teach us wisdom in the inmost place.

Cleanse us with hyssop, and we will be clean; wash us, and we will be whiter than snow.

Let us hear joy and sadness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from our sins and blot out all our iniquities.

Create in us pure hearts, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Do not cast us from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and grant us a willing spirit, to sustain us.

Then we will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Save us from bloodguilt, O God, our God who saves us, and our tongues will sing of your righteousness. O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths will declare your praise.

You do not delight in sacrifice, or we would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices your desire, God, are broken spirits; broken and contrite hearts, O God, you will not despise.

In your good pleasure make us prosper in your love; build up our defenses against the evil one. Then we will offer up righteous sacrifices of our whole hearts to delight in you. (Psalm 51)

Lord, you invited us to come and reason together. You promised us even though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Jesus, you were oppressed and afflicted, yet you did not open your mouth; you were led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so you did not open your mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)

Jesus, if we had a hundred sheep and lost one of them, we would leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until we find it. And when we found it, we would joyfully put it on our shoulders and go home. Then we would call our friends and neighbors together and say, ‘Rejoice with us; we have found our lost sheep.’ We realize, in the same way, there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine self-righteous people who do not believe they need to repent. (Luke 15:3-7)

Lord, like the Prodigal Son, we have come to our senses. We realize that your servants have food to spare, and here we were starving to death! We set out and come back to you, Father, and say to you: ‘Father, we have sinned against heaven and against you. we are no longer worthy to be called your children; make us like your servants.’ So, we got up and headed home to you, Father. But while we were still a long way off, you, Father saw us, and were filled with compassion for us; you ran to us, threw your arms around us and kissed us. (Luke 15:17-20)

For you, God, so loved the world that you gave your one and only Son, that we who believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For you, God, did not send your Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16, 17)

Therefore, since we are in Christ, we are new creations; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from you, God, who reconciled us to you through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that you, God, were reconciling the world to yourself in Christ, not counting our sins against us. And you have committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though you, God, were making your appeal through us. We implore others, on Christ’s behalf, to be reconciled to you, God. You made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become your righteous ones. As your fellow workers we urge other not to receive your grace in vain. For in the time of your favor you heard us, and in the day of salvation you helped us. We tell others, now is the time of you favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 5:17–6:2)

For Those Who Are Shut-in Or in Nursing Homes

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn men back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.” For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning—though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered.

We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Who knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Relent, O Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90)

As the deer pants for streams of water, so our souls pant for you, O God. Our souls thirst for you, the living God. When can we go and meet with you? Our tears have been our food day and night, while men say to us all day long, “Where is your God?” These things we remember as we pour out my soul: how we used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to your house, O God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.

Why would our souls be downcast? Why would they be disturbed within us? We put our hope in you, God, for we praise you, our Savior and our God. (Psalm 42:1-6)

We praise you, Lord with all our inmost being, we praise your holy name. We praise and forget not all your benefits—who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases, who redeems our lives from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion, who satisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

You, Lord, work righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. You made known your ways to Moses, your deeds to the people of Israel: You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. You will not always accuse, nor will you harbor your anger forever; you do not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is your love for us who fear you; as far as the east is from the west, so far have you removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so you, Lord, have compassion on us who fear him; for you know how we are formed, you remember that we are dust.

As for man, our days are like grass, we flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting your love is with us who fear you, and your righteousness with our children’s children—with us who keep your covenant and remember to obey your precepts.

You, Lord, have established your throne in heaven, and your kingdom rules over all. We praise you, Lord, along with your angels, your mighty ones who do your bidding, who obey your word.

We praise you, Lord, along with all your heavenly hosts and your servants who do your will. We praise you, Lord, all your works everywhere in your dominion. We praise the Lord, from the depths of our souls. (Psalm 103)

And we know that in all things you, God, work for the good of us who love him, who have been called according to you purpose. For we whom you foreknew you also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of your Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those you predestined, you also called; those you called, you also justified; those you justified, you also glorified.

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If you are for us, who can be against us?

You who did not spare your own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will you not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against us whom God has chosen? It is you, God, who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at your right hand and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from your love, Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through you who loved us. For we are convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from your love, God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:28-39)

We shout for joy with the heavens; we rejoice with the earth; we burst into song with the mountains! For you, Lord, comfort your people and will have compassion on your afflicted ones. (Isaiah 49:13)

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with you, God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of your glory, God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because you, God, have poured out your love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom you have given us. (Romans 5:1-5)

We listen to you, all of us who remain of the house of Israel, we whom you have upheld since we were conceived, and have carried since our birth. Even to our old age and gray hairs you are the one who sustains us. You have made us and you will carry us; you will sustain us and you will rescue us.” (Isaiah 46:3, 4)

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body your death, Jesus, so that the your life may also be revealed in our bodies. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for your sake, so that your life may be revealed in our mortal bodies. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in our listeners.

We believe; therefore, we speak. With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised you, Lord Jesus, from the dead will also raise us with you and present us with you in his presence. All this is for our benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the your glory.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:8-18)

We praise you, Lord. We extol you with all our hearts in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are your works, Lord; they are pondered by all of us who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are your deeds, and your righteousness endures forever.

You have caused your wonders to be remembered; you are gracious and compassionate. You provide food for those of us who fear you; you remember your covenant forever. You have shown your people the power of your works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of your hands are faithful and just; all your precepts are trustworthy. They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. You provided redemption for your people; you ordained your covenant forever—holy and awesome is your name. The fear of you, Lord, is the beginning of wisdom; all of us who follow your precepts have good understanding. To you belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111)

In the desert we prepare the way for you, Lord; we make straight in the wilderness a highway for you, our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And your glory, Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For your mouth, Lord, has spoken.”

You tend your flock like a shepherd: you gather the lambs in your arms and carry them close to your heart; you gently lead those that have young.

You give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but we who hope in you, Lord, will renew our strength. We will soar on wings like eagles; we will run and not grow weary, we will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:3-5, 11, 29-31)

You are the good shepherd who laid down your life for your sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

You are the good shepherd; you know my sheep and your sheep know you—just as the Father knows you and you know the Father—and you laid down my life for the sheep. You have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. You must bring them also. They too will listen to your voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason our Father loves you is that you laid down your life—only to take it up again. No one took it from you, but you laid it down of your own accord. You have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command you received from your Father.” (John 10:11-18)

We look forward to the day when we can see the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from you, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Your dwelling will be with us, and you will live with them. We will be your people, and you will be with us and be our God. You will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:2-4)