A prayer for the sick

My friend, Edward Fudge, recently shared a prayer that he has developed for use with the sick. I think that it is well done, so I am happy to share it with others who may find it helpful, either as it is or as a stimulus to their own design of a liturgy for the sick.

Here is how Edward describes his purpose:

I wrote the following prayer for the sick to include reasons the Bible says that God/Christ heals. in this way, we base our petition on god’s known motives . . .

And here is the prayer he uses:

Edward FudgeMay the Almighty God—

who, from nothing but the power of his Word,
brought into being all that exists;

who, by merely inbreathing his Spirit/breath,
gives and sustains both mortal and immortal life;

who, through Mary’s womb became one of us and
one with us in the person of Jesus Christ;

who entered into the realm of death,
but not under the power of death;

who was raised out from death on the third day,
defeated the devil and burst the bonds of death;

who now lives forever in the power of an indestructible life
who on the last day will make us forever like himself
in the immortality of the resurrection body—

mercifully smile on our [brother/sister, NAME].

Pour your oil of anointing and of healing,
And your abundant grace on [NAME],
And so doing, may the everlasting God
show his kindness,
demonstrate his power,
manifest his kingdom,
display his goodness,
give occasion for giving thanks,
and bring praise to himself.

Through Jesus Christ.



By Terrance Tiessen

I am Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Providence Theological Seminary, Canada.

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