A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 3 – for Those Who are Sick and Alone

Day 3, page 16 – second prayer

Prayer for Those Who are Sick and Alone

O Lord Jesus Christ, who passed through the valley of loneliness in the Garden of Gethsemane, we pray [Lord] to comfort all those who have suffered grief and pain alone.  Strengthen them to be brave and patient, and to cast all their burdens on [You].  Help them to [understand as holy] pain by the thought of [Christ’s] suffering, and in [Your] own good time, do [Lord] give them [happiness] out of all their afflictions. [Help us to understand that all things work together for good to them who are the called according to Your purpose, as we pray for Your Will be done in our lives and in the lives of those who are sick, in pain, and alone.] Grant this Lord of Love, for [Your] Own sake, Amen.


Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

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 

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7 ESV

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.  Joshua 1:5 ESV

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV 

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”  Genesis 2:18 ESV

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” …  Hebrews 13:1-25 ESV 

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 

Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20 ESV

 

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:35-39 ESV

 

At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.  2 Timothy 4:16-18 ESV 

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  John 14:18 ESV

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV

 

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.  1 John 4:13 ESV 

 

Psalms:

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. Psalm 23 ESV 

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.  Psalm 62:5 ESV

A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 ESV 

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah  Psalm 62:8 ESV

For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.  Psalm 27:10 ESV

O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.  Psalm 38:9 ESV

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In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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