Monday, July 27, 2009

Somebody ill? Please Pray Using God's Scriptural Promises to the Sick

I am a Vietnam Marine veteran suffering from lung cancer with one remaining lung that has severe copd, heart disease with two stents, diabetes, hypertension, gout, diabetic and chemo neuropathies, and more. In the last 3 years I have been in the hospital for 50 days and home recovering for about 100 days. I just came home after surgery removing my cecum, illium-cecum valve, appendix and a benign mass that had a 99% probability of being malignant. Supposedly, I have had less than a 33% chance of making it this far after the lung cancer.

Praise the Lord! I get up every day raring to see what it will bring, feeling far better than I deserve. Mainly, I want to hope that I am doing what He has kept me here to do. Since the beginning of all of this, prayers by my wife and hundreds of Christian brothers and sisters have led the way. It is obvious to me that He has heard them all!

Please use the Scriptures below to pray for your loved ones! You are also strongly encouraged to post a prayer for the sick in the Comments section below!

"And He said, 'If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.'" Exodus 15:26

"Who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases." Psalms 103:3

"He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." Psalms 107:20

"But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

"Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are my praise." Jeremiah 17:14 (Read my wife's lovely post about this scripture recurring as we underwent my cancer journey.)

"For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds, declares the LORD." Jeremiah 30:17

"My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body." Proverbs 4:20-22

"But the centurion said, 'Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.'" Matthew 8:8

"Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness." Matthew 9:35

"And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all." Luke 6:19

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8

"Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him." James 5:14-15

"And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed." 1 Peter 2:24

"Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John 1:2