A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 7 – For the Sick

Day 7, page 38 – Second Prayer

For the Sick 

Breathe down, O Lord, upon all those who are bearing pain, [Your] Spirit of healing; [Your] Spirit of life; [Your] Spirit of peace and hope, of love and joy; [Your] Spirit of courage and endurance. Especially upon any who have to undergo an operation this day.  Cast out from then all thoughts of anxiety and fear, grant them perfect confidence and trust in [You Lord], that in [Your] light they may see light.   O Lord, hear, and answer this our prayer, for the sake of [Your] Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.  


Suggested Old and New Testament Verses 

“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

‭‭Job‬ ‭33:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,”

‭‭Job‬ ‭27:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

‭‭John‬ ‭20:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:38‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19‬ ‭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 Hospitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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