We have just learned that a dear friend has been diagnosed with cancer and we have been asked to pray. I expect many of those reading this blog know someone who has cancer or some other sickness and we often feel helpless and don’t know what to do or how to pray. Perhaps these ideas will help.
As Christians we pray in Jesus' name. Jesus gave us His authority, so it is not about you or what level of faith you may have, or the sick person's faith, or your ability to pray well -- it is about what He has already accomplished on Calvary.
- Order the cancer to leave and symptoms to abate and that the effected body parts return to normal.
- Curse the cancer cells and forbid them to multiply.
- Bless the healthy cells.
- Command fear to leave.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to come fill and encourage the person and to minister to them.
- Ask the Lord to come with His healing presence and complete the work in the sick person's body.
You don't even have to be a believer to pray. In fact, studies suggest that non-believers pray almost as often as believers. When we need help, we look for it wherever we think we might find it. How many times have you seen people calling on God when tragedy hits, but who claim not to believe under normal circumstances. Even a confirmed agnostic senses that there's some great power or energy or eternal force behind the universe.