Going into surgery can stir up a lot of anxiety and fears in our hearts. As Christians, one way to calm our restless hearts is to pray to God before surgery.
What can Christians pray before surgery? Christians can pray for protection, health, and safety before surgery. Christians can also ask the Lord to guide the surgeon’s hand and give doctors and nurses wisdom on how to proceed before the operation. We can pray scripture over our loved ones and ourselves to remind us of who God is and what He has promised us. Christians can also pray and ask for reminders that the Lord is with them before going into surgery.
There are many prayers we can pray for our loved ones, family members, friends, acquaintances, and ourselves before going into surgery. Here are 10 prayers Christians can pray before surgery.
1. Prayer to Pray Before Surgery
Here is a prayer you can repeat before a surgery.
Dear God, today, I am facing a surgery that makes me feel anxious and afraid. I ask for Your protection as I enter the surgery room and the doctors work on my body. Please guide the surgeon’s hand as they perform the task that is set before them. Give them wisdom in every decision they make and help me to rely on You for strength.
Let me feel Your presence go with me as I go into the doctor’s office today. Be with me as You have promised. You have promised never to leave nor forsake me. Stay with me when I wake and go through the healing and recovery process.
Thank You that I do not have to fear anything because You are with me. Please allow this surgery to go well and let me serve You all the rest of the days of my life. Help me to endure until the end when Jesus returns. I trust You, Lord, in every season and every moment. Be with me today, in Jesus’ name,Amen.
God promises He will be with you in every circumstance. He knows and understands your worries and your fears. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you in your time of need.
Memorize and repeat this verse as a reminder of His promises to you.
“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
2. Prayer of Surrender Before Surgery
We can pray for our loved ones and friends before they go into surgery. You can repeat this prayer before surgery and then pray into what God is putting onto your heart.
Dear God, I surrender my loved one to You today. Thank You for the gift that they are to me. I trust You are in control over everything and that You will be in the surgery room with them when I cannot.
You are the Creator and Author of life. Nothing is sustained without You. Our very next breath comes only from You. Keep my loved one in the palm of Your hand today.
No matter what happens, I trust in You, for You are my God. Please let this surgery go smoothly and without any complications. Let the healing process be quick, restful, and without pain. In Jesus’ name,Amen.
Surrendering our family, friends, and ourselves to the Lord shows that we absolutely trust Him with who He says He is and have faith that He will do what He says He will.
We must daily surrender to His plans and His ways and remain confident in Him and His promises.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.Psalms 37:5 ESV
3. Prayer of Thanksgiving Before Surgery
Below is a prayer of thanksgiving to say before a surgery.
Dear God, thank you for being with me today before I go into surgery. In Your Word, You have promised that it is You who goes before me. Even though I cannot always feel You near to me, I know and trust that You are here.
Thank You for the surgery that is happening today. Thank You that when I am unconscious in the operation room, Your Presence will be surrounding me and comforting my mind. I am so thankful that You are always with me.
Thank You for the doctors and nurses who will be working on me. Bless them today and let me be a reflection of Your grace towards them. May You receive all the glory for how well this surgery goes today.
Thank You for taking care of me. Thank You for promising me that You will be with me and will not leave me or forsake me. Remind me of this truth constantly. Thank You for Your precious promises. In Jesus’ name,Amen.
When we acknowledge the Lord and thank Him for who He is, it brings into our remembrance all that He has done in our lives. It also reminds us of how wonderful and faithful He is to accomplish all that He has already set out to do.
We can give thanks to Lord daily. Not only for the things that He has already given us but for the things that He has promised us. Prayers of thanksgiving can be incorporated into every area of our lives.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
4. Prayer Acknowledging God’s Sovereignty Before Surgery
Here is a prayer you can say about how God is sovereign before surgery.
Dear God, I know that You alone have created and are in control over all things. The outcome of my surgery is one thing that I cannot control, and often, my anxiety and worries get the best of me.
I need to feel Your presence today and be reminded of the truth: that You have everything in Your hand. Today, I commit myself to Your sovereignty as I lie under the surgeon’s hand and my body begins the healing process.
Lord, I believe You are Sovereign over all things and my Healing Physician. Help me to rely on Your strength and not my own. In Jesus’ name,Amen.
Reminding ourselves that God is sovereign helps us to relax and trust in Him. Because He is in control of all things, we do not have to fear what the future holds for us. Instead, we can let Him be both Lord and Savior over every area of our lives.
“I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.Job 42:2 NKJV
5. Prayer for Your Spouse Before Surgery
Having your spouse go through surgery can bring up lots of fears and anxieties. If your spouse is having surgery, here is a prayer you can say.
Dear God, today my spouse is going in for surgery. Help me to support them well in every step of the process and be a reflection of Your unconditional love to them during this time. Thank You for bringing them into my life and for the constant reminder of Your love they are to me.
Please give the doctors wisdom today on how to do my spouse’s surgery. Please heal my spouse quickly and give them grace for themselves in this next season of healing.
Let Your presence be near to them right now. Give them peace as they prepare for surgery and remind them that You are with them. Thank You for comforting us both today with Your Presence. In Jesus’ name,Amen.
The Lord knows how precious your spouse is to you. He is the one who fills your heart daily with His unconditional love so that you can show Christ’s love to them. He will be with them when you cannot during the little time you are separated.
They are in His safe and caring hands.
“Those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”Psalms 9:10 ESV
6. Prayer for Your Child Before Their Surgery
God knows how anxious you are about having your child go into surgery. You can go before God with your fears about the surgery. Here is a prayer you can repeat:
Dear God, I commit my child into Your hands as they prepare to go into surgery. Thank you so much for all of the fun times we have shared and for the joy they bring into my life. Please take care of them while I am separated from them for a little while.
Heal whatever is ailing them and guide the doctor’s and nurse’s hands to skillfully, carefully, and quickly do what they need to do. Help my child to not be afraid and to feel Your hand resting upon them as they are left alone with strangers in a strange room.
Protect them and watch over them and keep them healthy. Let their healing process be quick and without any further complications. Thank You, Lord, for being with us both today. In Jesus’ name,Amen.
God loves children. They often show us what it means to be a child of God and how to simply place our faith in Him.
Encourage your child during this time to trust in Jesus and pray to Him. If they are scared and afraid, remind them that Jesus is with them to help them. He wants them to come to Him.
Here is a simple prayer you can lead your child in before surgery.
Dear God, please help me to trust in You. Help me to be brave and strong. Help my mommy and daddy to be brave and strong too. Thank You for being with me today. In Jesus’ name,Amen.
7. Prayer for Your Grandparents Before Surgery
If you have a grandparent who is having surgery soon, this prayer is for you to say.
Dear God, today my grandparent is going into surgery and I am anxious about them. Please give my grandparents peace right now as they prepare to go into surgery.
Put Your healing hand upon them and keep the surgeon’s hand steady as they carefully mend what is causing trouble for my grandparent.
Please let my grandparent have a quick and full recovery and for there to be no complications. Show them how loved they are by both their family and friends and use this to draw them closer to You. May You get all the glory, Lord.
Thank You so much for blessing me with the gift of having grandparents and for their impact on my life. Let them impact and encourage more people on this earth. In Jesus’ name,Amen.
Encourage your grandparent as much as possible before and after their surgery. Pray with them, send Bible verses to them, run errands for them, and let them know how much you love them.
If they are not believers, pray for their salvation as well, and let them know how much God loves and cares for them.
8. Prayer to Pray Before a Friend’s Surgery
Below is a prayer for a friend’s surgery.
Dear God, Please watch over my dear friend as they go into surgery. Give them peace and still their anxious heart. Direct the doctor’s hands skillfully as they undergo surgery on my friend.
Let my friend feel Your hand upon them and let them be comforted by Your presence in the operation room. Allow Your light to shine through my friend to the doctors and nurses around them. Let them see Your joy and peace upon their face.
Thank You, Lord, for my friend and for the encouragement they have been to me. Please show me how to best support and love them during this time and afterward. In Jesus’s name,Amen.
Having a friend go into surgery can be difficult, but you can know and trust the Lord to be with them at all times. Remember that the Lord hears your voice and that He is already moving to bring restoration and healing to your friend.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Whether you are praying for a family member, friend, acquaintance, or your own surgery, it is always important to acknowledge the Lord’s hand in every step of the process.
He loves to be invited into what is happening in every area of our lives. Here are a few more prayers for during and after surgery.
9. Prayer for During Surgery
If you know someone who is currently in a surgery, you can say the prayer below.
Dear God, please be with ________ (person’s name) right now. Even though they are unconscious, I ask that they would feel Your peace that surpasses all understanding standing right beside them and that Your comforting presence would fill the room.
Be with the surgeon, doctors, and nurses as they make decisions and proceed with the operation of one who is precious to me. Watch over them and protect them. I submit them into Your hands. In Jesus’ name,Amen.
Remember God does hear your prayers and He will answer them. He is with that person in surgery right now. He will not leave their side, and neither will He leave your side.
Continue to pray, thanking God for His presence and protection over that person who is having surgery.
10. Prayer of Thanks for After Surgery
After surgery, remember to give thanks to God. Thank Him for who He is and all that He has done for your family, friends, and you!
Dear God, thank You so much for ________ (person’s name) surgery going well and without any complications. Even when there were complications, thank You for guiding the doctor’s hands and giving them wisdom.
Thank You for being with ________ (person’s name) during their surgery. Please let there be a quick and full recovery. Let them rest and relax in the days and months to come. May You receive all the glory for their healing. In Jesus’ name,Amen.
Scripture to Include in Prayers For Surgery
Prayer should always be our first response when facing fears and anxieties before surgery. Praise and thanksgiving can also be included in our prayers as we pour out our hearts before the Lord to remind ourselves of His goodness and faithfulness.
We can also pray scripture over our loved ones and friends before, during, and after they go into surgery. These passages can help remind us that when we pray and give God our troubles, He will take care of all of our worries and fears.
They also help us remember who God is and what He has promised us.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.2 Timothy 1:7
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.Isaiah 40:29
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
Let us remember that the Lord Jesus is our perfect Healer. To God be the glory!