For some people, the thought of praying can be intimidating. To speak directly to God can leave you speechless, not sure what words to use, where to begin or how to end.
Often, prayer does not rely on words, but on a desire to be closer to God, reminded of God’s love and abiding care, and hopeful that God will give you the necessary strength to cope with life’s challenges and be healed.
We offer you the support of the following prayers to use or modify according to your own circumstances, beliefs and needs.
May they serve as a springboard for your own personal and spontaneous prayer.
You can find more prayers and meditations here.
God, source of all life and healing,
Who can help us grow in wholeness:
Be with me in this time of physical and emotional need.
Help me rest and cope with the challenges I am facing.
Comfort and encourage those who love and care for me
whose lives have been unsettled and disrupted
by my illness and hospitalization.
Guide and give wisdom to the healthcare personnel
who are committed to my treatment and well-being.
In this special moment of my need,
I pray for healing and for inner peace.
I pray for patience and for understanding.
I pray for a deepening of my faith and belief in you,
my loving God. Amen.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Loving and ever-present God, we believe that your grace is sufficient for all things. Comfort us anew by your presence. Allow that in our weakness we may be made strong, in our grief, consoled, and in our ignorance, wise. Protect and guide us that we may know the way to take and that at each crossroad of life we may see the right path to choose. Safeguard us by your power, uphold us your kindness, and warm us by your love. By your divine grace help us to do what is right, to act courageously, to love our neighbors, to forgive our enemies. By your grace, bless us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Venerable and hallowed are the memories of those who have died. We recall them with warmth and affection, grateful to G-d for the gift of their lives, for their faithful companionship, and for the cherished reminiscences which endure. May G-d comfort all who mourn. May G-d grant them strength to see beyond their sorrow, and sustain them in their grief. In solemn testimony to that unbroken faith which links our generations one to another, those observing Yahrzeit and those who mourn now rise to declare their faith in G-d, to magnify and sanctify G-d’s holy name. Amen
(Adapted from the Mourner’s Kaddish)
Exceed not in your religion the bounds of what is proper, trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went wrong in times gone by—who misled many and strayed themselves from the even way. (The Holy Qur’an, Surah 5:77)
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful. Praise be to Allah, the cherisher and sustainer of the worlds, most gracious, most merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment, you do we worship, and your aid do we seek. Show us the straight way: the way of those on whom you have bestowed your grace. We humbly ask that you shower blessings and restore peace to all those suffering loss, and grant all people wisdom and compassion. Amen