Is it just me, or are there way too many friends and loved ones currently struggling with medical challenges? I so often feel helpless to make their situation better, to offer hope, to find provision for their needs, even though I would do anything to heal them if I could.
One day some friends of a paraplegic man tried desperately to get him close to Jesus for healing, but were prevented by the crowds. Cleverly, they took his stretcher to the roof, made a hole in the ceiling, and lowered this paralyzed man to the feet of Jesus! Not only did Jesus forgive and heal the man completely, but he was impressed with the friends’ boldness. (Luke 5)
What can we do when someone is sick?
Carry them to Jesus. Consult the Great Physician. And by this, I mean we can intercede in prayer on their behalf. Boldly.
I have often shared this prayer to those undergoing medical treatment and I’m passing it along so you can do the same:
A Liturgy for the Morning of a Medical Procedure
You designed our bodies, O Lord, with wondrous capacity for regeneration and healing. You give wisdom and knowledge and skill to those who by long training in their professions learn to diagnose and treat ailments of the body. And you, by your Spirit, sometimes effect miracles of healing that even the most skilled of practitioners cannot duplicate.
Today, as I submit myself to this procedure, I ask, O Lord, that by all means your care toward me would be manifest, for I am utterly dependent upon you. Give to my body immunity and vitality that I might recover quickly. Give me strength and health to resist complications. Give to my medical providers wisdom, skill, and insight. And by your Spirit, transcend even what body and medicine at their best might do. Where it is needed, bring the healing of your own touch to bear in my mortal frame.
Be merciful, O God.
Show your goodness to me, and to those who share my concern. Be now my physician, my mender, my healer. Even in the midst of this procedure, let me rest in you.
As I approach this procedure I acknowledge my own fears at the possibility of outcomes I cannot control.
O God unshaken by any circumstance, be now my rock and my refuge.
Still my racing thoughts. Speak peace to this gale-storm of my insecurities.
Give me also grace to trust, to rest my trepidations in you, for your purposes and your presence transcend all possible outcomes.
Whether the end result of this procedure brings news that is good, bad, or uncertain, nothing that is essential or eternal will have changed.
My great hope is secure. Let me rest in that.
At the end of this day, I will still be your child, utterly dependent on you, utterly loved by you.
At the end of this day, my life will yet be hidden with Christ, even as it now is. I will remain an heir to the promise that this imperfect, mortal body, though it faces temporary decline, will one day be swallowed up in a glorious immortality.
We pray for good outcomes from this procedure, O Lord.
But we know that regardless of the tidings to come, you are tender and present and sovereign over all circumstance, and what is more you love us fiercely and eternally.
Therefore I will trust you to lead me well along the paths of any wild and perilous country. You are my Shepherd. This day will hold no surprises for you. Let me rest in that. AMEN.
©2017 “Every Moment Holy” Douglas McKelvey (Rabbit Room Press)
And now, in closing, since your are my people, may I humbly ask…
Will You Carry Me to Jesus – in Prayer?
I am currently undergoing some medical challenges, and do so appreciate your prayers as I seek diagnosis, treatment, and healing. Will share more as I can. God is close beside me.
“Therefore I will trust you to lead me well along the paths of any wild and perilous country. You are my Shepherd. This day will hold no surprises for you. Let me rest in that. Amen.“
Hineni, Here I am.
Every Blessing, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength”
©2022 Lucinda Secrest McDowell www.LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com
Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” A graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, she has authored 16 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” , “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most,” “God’s Purpose for You,” and “The Courage to Write.” (Purchasing my books here benefits me as an Amazon associate.) She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouraging words weekly at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com