Three Prayers for Healing Inspired by John 4 and John 5

Healing at the Pool of Bethesda by Carl Bloch

Jesus, Come by Lisa Degrenia
The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” – John 4:49-50

Jesus, come
my son is dying
so is my daughter, with skin like mahogany
so is my child, pinned down in a school shooting
so is my sibling, a victim of dictators and droughts

Jesus, come
see my dear one with no shelter
my beloved with no access to needed meds 
the heart of my heart who bearly survives the bombs

Jesus, come
add your own petitions here for people and situations 

Jesus, you hear our cries for life
heal them, help them
and help me help them, too

Made Well by Lisa Degrenia
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”- John 5:6

Jesus asks, “Do you want to be made well?”

Do I? Do I really?

I’ve been this way so long
It’s what people expect of me
It’s what I expect of me

I know this life
I’m getting by

Is it good? No
Is it whole? No

But I know this life
It’s my normal
Can I imagine another way?

Others seem to get there
but not me
I have no help
I have no one
I can’t… I can’t… I can’t…

Jesus, you imagine the new for me

You see me
The me that I really am
At your word I trust and stand
At your word I am well

You Heal by Lisa Degrenia
Jesus, we’ve been ill a long time
a lifetime

Circumstances block the way to wholeness
Someone pushes in to take what we need
We block the way, too

You make the way, clear the way, to new life
Body… Soul… Mind… Spirit
Relationships… Systems… Communities… Creation …

You heal


I’ll be posting prayers based on the Gospel of John throughout Lent this year as part of our Lenten Reading Plan. Here’s your invitation to join us for this reading plan.  

Three Prayers for Healing © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting without asking permission. It’s always a treat to hear from you if you’re using it. Leave a comment for information and permission to publish this work in a book, blog, etc.

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