Are you looking for ways to pray for your sick mom? When our moms go through a difficult time with their health all we have is the power of prayer to hold on to. To help you find encouragement and lift your voice to God on her behalf, I have put together 17 powerful prayers to pray when your mom is sick.
I dreaded the call from my mom when she told me she had tested positive for Covid. I worried because she is no spring chicken and I wish I could be there to do something. She did put me through nursing school after all.
But, living three stays away left me with little options other than to check in on her by calling, Facetime, or ordering her groceries on Instacart.
It can be difficult when you do not live near your mom and are not able to jump right in to help when she does not feel well. But one thing I knew I could do, and that was to pray.
In that moment I was reminded that God is present though I am not. God is able when I am not. And God is a God of miracles. I am not. So I called up other family members and friends, and we got busy praying.
How do I pray for my mother to heal?
Have a heart of expectancy
Expecting God to heal your mother comes with faith. Sometimes this can be tough when the news from the doctor is not good.
But, one of the names of God is Jehovah Rapha, The God Who Heals. His healing is for us today, not just for the times of the Bible.
However, He heals in His way and in His time. It is important to not give up or stop praying when we don’t see anything changing in our prayer request.
We must trust in the power of His divine intervention, and that often is not based on what we see or feel. It is simply believing and coming to Him with a heart of expectancy.
Pray without ceasing
The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 to pray without ceasing. This means don’t stop praying.
Pray with other believers like your mother’s friends or call the elders of the church she may attend and join together in believing for a full recovery. Remember, our feelings can be fleeting and change based on what is happening in the moment.
Don’t let this stop you from keeping on in your prayer for your sick mom.
Prayers for healing don’t have to be long. You can cry out to the Great Healer anytime and anywhere.
The best way to do that is to simply say “God, you know this need for healing in my mom’s body, be with her and let her feel your heavenly touch, Amen”.
Pray with thankfulness
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 also tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. Giving thanks to God for who He is and the work he is doing is His will.
It pleases Him and it focuses our attention off of ourselves and our need but on to Him and His goodness.
There is power when we come to Him in prayer for our sick mother with a heart of thanksgiving and gratitude.
Bible Verses to pray when your mother is sick
Sometimes when I don’t know what to pray, I will go to Scripture for help and pray the Words straight from the Bible.
Isaiah 53: 5 says “But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed” (ESV).
Personalize this Scripture as a prayer and replace the words “our” and “us” and insert your mother’s name.
Another verse to cling to when you have a heavy heart when your mother is sick is 1 Peter 2:24 which says “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” (ESV).
He took our sins upon Himself for righteousness sake, or spiritual healing, AND the wounds He suffered was for our physical healing. God is so good.
Prayers for my mom for strength and healing
Prayer for relief from pain
Some sicknesses and diseases can cause physical pain in the body. Even when medicine does not have much effect, pray this prayer for relief of much pain and suffering:
Dear Father, sickness has caused physical pain in my mom’s body. I pray for relief of discomfort and pain in my mom today. Even now Lord, let her feel a let up in the pain she is experiencing and be comfortable knowing you are working in and throughout her body. Let the pain subside and leave her now. Thank you, Jesus for this miracle.
Prayer for a miracle healing
While we trust doctors and nurses to bless our mom with medical well being, we know that life changing healing comes from our Heavenly Father. Pray this powerful healing prayer:
Great Physician, you are able to restore my mom to perfect health. I pray now that you would work a miracle healing in her body that she may be well and whole, free of all sickness and disease.
Prayer against fear and anxiety
Fear and anxiety can easily take hold when we have a loved one like our mom who is sick. Pray this prayer when fear and anxiety about her sickness becomes overwhelming for her (or you):
Dear Jesus, I pray against all fear and anxiety that is trying to cripple my mom’s mind about the diagnosis she received. Holy Spirit, guard her mind from negative thoughts and attacks from the enemy she may be experiencing. Father God, may your perfect peace surround her even now as I pray.
Prayer against hopelessness
Receiving a diagnosis can come as a shock and lead to feelings of hopelessness. Pray this prayer when your mom who is sick is feeling hopeless and wanting to give up:
Dear God, you are in control of every situation, including when our bodies are sick. I pray God that you would help my mom to cling you as her source of hope. You are unchanging regardless of what is going on around her and in her body. In the powerful name of the Lord I ask this. Amen.
Prayer for Strength
If your mom is experiencing weakness in her physical body from being sick, pray this prayer for strength and endurance:
God I pray for your healing touch in my mother’s weakness. Lord, I ask that you would heal her and strengthen her weariness and fatigue so she can go about doing things that bring her joy and delight. Give her energy when she is weak Lord Jesus and restore her vitality. Amen.
Prayer for times of loneliness
Feelings of loneliness and isolation can happen when your mom is sick and she is unable to go anywhere or see a lot of people for a long time. Pray this prayer for when your mom feels alone and isolated:
Dear Lord, I pray that you would bring comfort to my mom during this hard time when she is sick. Please let her feel your presence while she is recovery from being sick and let her know you are near.
Prayer for the work of the doctors and the medical team
Doctors and nurses have an incredible responsibility to care for the sick. Let’s lift them up as they help bring healing and restore our loved one to full health:
Gracious God, I pray for wisdom and knowledge for each and every doctor and nurse that lays hands on my mom. I pray that you would bring them clarity and understanding of their practice and knowledge of the disease my mother has. Please guide them as they create a plan of care that will alleviate suffering and bring comfort to my mom.
Prayer for appetite
Being sick can ruin appetite for food and nourishment. But, that is needed to help with energy and strength. Pray this prayer if your mom is experiencing a loss of appetite from being sick:
Lord Jesus, I pray that you would help my mom have a good and hearty appetite so she can be nourished with good food. Please help her to taste her food so that she can enjoy the blessing of nutrition. Help her to keep her food down if she is having nausea and let her body well receive what she eats. In the name of Jesus I pray.
Prayer for financial well-being while my mom is sick
Doctor visits, hospitalizations, and medical procedures can add up financially. Medical bills can leave a lasting hardship and strain on household finances. Pray this prayer for financial well-being while your mother is being treated for an illness:
God of abundance, I pray that you would protect my mother’s financial resources while she is sick. Please help the doctors to use prudence and good judgement and only order and prescribe treatment that is necessary to her health and well-being. I pray for a financial miracle over her finances and that you would supply every need during this time.
Prayer for family unity while mom is sick
The shock of a diagnosis or illness can cause division in a family who is navigating and processing this news. Family members may not always agree on how to proceed with moving forward after receiving a negative prognosis. Pray this prayer for unity in your family who is processing the diagnosis and treatment options:
God of peace, I ask that you bring my family together as we learn of mom’s diagnosis and the options presented by the doctors. Help us to come together to support our mom and be strong for her during this time. We are all wanting her to be well and may not always agree on things. Please help us have respectful discussions when helping our mom make medical decisions. In Jesus name, amen.
Prayers for Dad while mother is sick
Having a spouse who is sick can be overwhelming and cause anxiety. If your Dad is experiencing these feelings while your mom is sick pray this prayer:
God, please be with Dad while our beloved mother is sick. Please give him rest and peace so he can be strong for her. Help him to share his feelings if he is scared or fearful of what is ahead for us in the future. Wrap him in your loving arms and may he know how much we love and care for him. Amen.
Prayer for good sleep and rest
Sleep and rest during a time of illness can help speed up recovery. Often, sleep is hard to come by when you don’t feel very well. Here is a prayer for good sleep and rest for your mom when she is sick:
Father, Your Word says that our sleep would be sweet (Proverbs 3:24) so I pray that you would give my mom sweet sleep. I pray that you would multiply her sleep so she can have clarity and feel rested in the morning. Keep her safe as she sleeps and let her dreams pleasant dreams about You, dear Lord.
Prayer against negative side effects from medicines
Some medicines can be harsh on the body and have unpleasant side effects. Pray this prayer if your mom is having negative side effects from the medication she is having to take:
Father of all comfort, I ask that you would alleviate the unpleasant side effects of the medication my mom is having to take to get better. Please protect her body from any harm they may cause her. Be with her as she must endure the prescribed treatment regimen from the doctor. Help any nausea, aches or pain that may occur as side effects from medicines to be gone in your name.
Prayer for recovery from surgery
If your mom is needing to have surgery, pray this prayer over her as she goes in for her procedure:
Christ our Healer, I pray over the surgeons and hospital staff in the operating room as my mom goes in for surgery today. Be with them and give them precision and focus as they operate on mom. I pray for your healing power to rest upon her even before she enters the recovery room. I pray for a speedy recovery as she leaves the hospital and goes home. Keep her pain and any discomfort under control and let no infection try to enter in her body. In Your powerful name, amen.
Prayer for mental health
Mental health is often impacted by physical health. Pray this prayer for your mom’s mental health and well-being as she walks through a time of sickness
God you desire for us to be whole physically and mentally. I lift up my mom’s mental health to you today. I call out any depression, anxiety, worry, or mood instability that may be trying to keep her from living in the fullness of joy and I tell you to leave her alone in the mighty name of Jesus. I pray for peace and a sound mind for my mom so she can fix her attention and gaze towards heaven.
Prayer to know God’s presence
Knowing God is near can bring a peace like no other, especially during this scary time. Pray for your mother to know God is near and with her during her health issue.
Jesus, please help my mom to know and feel your presence during this time. Be with her and minister your healing presence in her body and mind. May she feel that you are with her and bring her peace and wholeness. In Your precious name!
Prayer for good report on medical tests
Waiting for test and medical reports can seem like forever. Pray this over your mom when she is waiting to hear results from the doctor:
Precious Lord, I pray for good things to come from the doctor’s report. Be with my mom in the waiting, even when it seems long and daunting. Please let the news of her tests be good and let them speak of my mother’s healing. Work Your perfect plan in her body, even now Lord Jesus. Amen.
I pray that you will be blessed by these prayers as you stand before the Lord on behalf of your sweet mama. If I can join you in prayer please let me know in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org