Praying for healing can be difficult, whether you’re praying for yourself, or for your loved ones. To help you, the Bible has multiple verses about healing to encourage you in your prayers so that you can experience God’s comfort, peace, and closeness no matter how hard life gets.
What are the best prayers for healing? The best prayers for healing are prayers centered on God’s word, His characteristics, and are spoken in Jesus’ name. These prayers can be prayed over believers and unbelievers, and are prayers for healing physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. All of these ways of praying are powerful because it’s focused on the most powerful God and His words, not man’s.
When you’re praying, know that the Holy Spirit is praying with you and that Jesus is right beside you.
1) A Prayer For Healing In Jesus’ Name
Sometimes, all you can get out is “Jesus” and that’s ok because Jesus’ name is the most powerful name there is.
While you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.Acts 4:30 ESV
Father, I pray that like this verse, you would stretch out your hand to heal in Jesus’ name.
2) A Prayer For Healing To Pray With Other Believers
The Bible tells us to pray with others and even elders of the church, because when two or more are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is there and will grant their requests.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.James 5:14 ESV
Dear Father, your word says to pray together for those who are sick, so we are here together as brothers and sisters in Christ. We ask you to anoint the sick with your oil of healing, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
3) A Prayer For God’s Will To Be Done In Healing
Dear Father, you are good, even when we don’t see it or feel like it. We know that you bring more good out of painful situations than if the pain had never existed. Because of this, your will be done, your kingdom come, in our bodies as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.
4) A Prayer To Praise God Even When It’s Hard In Healing
Heavenly Father, we worship you in this illness because you are always worthy. You sustain us with the breath in our lungs, even though we don’t deserve it. Thank you for promising us ultimate healing in heaven, but we ask in Jesus’ name for you to heal us on this earth to, according to your glorious kindness.
Glorify your worthy name in us. Amen.
7 Scriptures To Pray For Healing Over Believers
If you know a believer who is struggling with illnesses or can’t find healing, here are the best scriptures and prayers to pray over them:
5.) 3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.3 John 1:2 ESV
6) John 15:7
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.John 15:7
Father, let this believer abide in you and abide in your word, and heal them through your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.
7) James 5:16
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.James 5:16 ESV
Heavenly Father, according to this verse give this believer strength to confess their sins. If you are calling them to confess with others, let them do so that so they may be healed physically, and more importantly spiritually.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
8) Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19 ESV
9) Romans 8:32
He did not even spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything?Romans 8:32 CSB
10) Pslam 91:1-16
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by dayPsalm 91:1-16
11) Ephesians 16-19
According to the riches of his glory, he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.Ephesians 3:16-19 ESV
4 Scriptures To Pray For Healing Over Unbelievers
Praying for physical healing is important no matter who you are, but when praying for unbelievers, there’s nothing more important than praying God’s word over their spiritual health as well.
12) Matthew 10:7
And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.Matthew 10:7-8 ESV
Dear Father, you call us to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Please give me the opportunities to do this with unbelievers who are sick and to pray for their healing in your name Jesus. Amen.
13) 2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV
14) Psalm 107:20
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.Psalm 107:20 ESV
15) Isaiah 57:18-19
I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,’ says the Lord, ‘and I will heal him.Isaiah 57:18-19 ESV
7 Scriptures To Pray For Physical Healing
These next several verses display how the Bible encourages us to pray for our own physical healing.
16) Psalm 6:2
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.Psalm 6:2 ESV
17) Psalm 103:2-4
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,Psalm 103:2-4 ESV
18) Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.Jeremiah 17:14 ESV
19) Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10 ESV
20) Mark 10:27
Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’Mark 10:27 ESV
Dear Father, nothing is impossible for you. You can heal me and others in this moment, so I pray in faith that you heal me in Jesus’ name. I believe, but help my unbelief Father, and glorify your name in me so that I can proclaim your goodness. Amen.
21) Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.Isaiah 40:29 ESV
22) Romans 8:26
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.Romans 8:26 ESV
6 Scriptures To Pray For Spiritual Healing
Spiritual wounds often times hurt more than physical wounds. If you or someone who know is struggling with spiritual healing and asking God for forgiveness, you can pray through these verses:
23) 1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.1 Peter 2:24 ESV
24) Jeremiah 33:6-8
Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me.Jeremiah 33:6-8 ESV
25) James 5:15
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.James 5:15 ESV
26) Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.Isaiah 53:4-5
27) Isaiah 58:8
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.Isaiah 58:8 ESV
28) Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.Psalm 51:10 ESV
7 Scriptures To Pray For Mental Healing
Many Christians today forget that God deeply cares for their mental health. They know to pray for physical and spiritual health, but the Bible still encourages us to pray for every spectrum of healing. So if you’re struggling with mental health, you can pray through these verses and know that God sees you.
29) 1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 ESV
30) Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
31) Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.Romans 12:2 ESV
32) Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
Father, with all these verses, help my mind to be centered on the fruit of the Spirit. You gave me this mind to use for you, so save me from any attacks that may come against my mind and protect my mental health. I trust in you God. In Jesus’ name, amen.
33) Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.Philippians 4:8 ESV
34) Romans 8:6
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.Romans 8:6 ESV
Father, through your Spirit, give me the ability to set my mind on you, your life, and your peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.
35) Jonah 2:5-7
The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.Jonah 2:5-7 ESV
5 Scriptures To Pray For Emotional Healing
Along with physical, spiritual, and mental healing, know that God loves you and wants to heal you emotionally too. Here are the best Bible verses to pray over for your emotional health:
36) Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.Psalm 147:3
37) Jeremiah 30:17
For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’Jeremiah 30:17 ESV
38) Psalm 34:17-20
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.Psalm 34:17-20 ESV
39) John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.John 14:27 ESV
40) Psalm 23:1-3
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Psalm 23:1-3 ESV
Dear Father, you are the Good Shepherd. Restore my soul, because you are the only one who can save me, give me rest, and sustain me emotionally. Lead me on your paths Lord, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
5 Praying For Healing Through The Names Of God
Praying through the names of God can be the most powerful thing to do when you need healing.
God is the Healer, the Provider, the Almighty. Nothing is impossible with Him, and the same God who raised Jesus from the dead is the God who is with us.
He is our peace. Because of that, we can remind ourselves of His characteristics and how His name and power can heal our bodies and souls.
Father, you are Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals.
Lord, Teach me how to want you, the Healer, more than I want to be healed. But I do want the healing, and I know you care for me. I will praise your name come what may because you have healed and are healing my soul more than anything. In Jesus’ name heal my body, and I will sing your praises. Amen.
Father, you are Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides.
Provide healing for me. Provide healing for my friends and family. Provide the care and resources that we need. According to your unending love Jehovah-Jireh, provide wisdom to the doctors and people involved in this healing process and give me the strength to rely on you.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Father, you are Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord who is there.
Lord, you are here, with me. Thank you for never leaving me or forsaking me. I know your presence is healing, so I pray for a filling of more of your Holy Spirit.
Fill me and heal me, satisfy me with your presence, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Father, you are Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord of Peace.
Father you know that I need healing, comfort, and peace. I am exhausted and full of pain, but with your Spirit I know I can experience peace. Let your peace that surpasses all understanding come over me, even when I am anxious about my sickness and don’t know how I will be healed.
You are Jehovah-Shalom, my peace, and I pray these things in Jesus’ name amen.
45) El Shaddai
Father, you are the Lord God Almighty.
You know this pain is unbearable for me. But I know that you can heal me in an instant. Even if you don’t, I will serve you. You are a good Father, and you work all things for my good. I know that you are using this sickness to draw me closer to you and that is what I want more than anything.
You are my strength, and you fight my battles. You are stronger than anything else in all creation and I put my trust in your Almighty name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Praying For Healing Matters
Praying for healing matters because by faith, God will heal us and those we love. We can even pray for those who don’t know Jesus to experience His love through healing and pray that they would be healed of their biggest sickness: sin.
Although we may not always see the healing we pray for, we can look forward to the day when our bodies are made new in eternity.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’Revelation 21:4 ESV