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Session 23

Dear God, someone I love is sick

Read: Romans 15:13, Psalm 27:13-14, James 5:13-18

Watching someone you love suffer with a serious or chronic illness hurts. Maybe you’re sad, scared, or feel helpless. You can’t take away their illness, but you can be there for them, and you can pray. 

Jesus’ brother James says to pray for people when they are sick. And he says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). That doesn’t mean we have to be perfect to pray. God considers us righteous because of our faith in Jesus.

Jesus promises to heal all of us — either in this life or the next. He also promises that we will see His goodness in this life (Psalm 27:13). And He promises to be with us, comfort us, and provide for us. We can overflow with hope when we trust Jesus and put our faith in Him (Romans 15:13). 

 

Celebrate

  • How have you seen Jesus bring comfort to and provide for your loved one in their illness? Thank Him for fulfilling His promises. 

Anticipate 

  • What parts of God’s goodness are you looking forward to experiencing during this illness? Thank Him in advance for what He is going to do.
  • One day your loved one will be healed, either on earth, or in heaven. Talk to God about what you are hoping for that person.

Ask 

  • What illness is your loved one facing? What would complete healing look like? Ask God specifically to heal and restore him or her completely.
  • Is there a sin in your life you need to make right with God? Confess and ask God for forgiveness. 
  • Is there a treatment your loved one is facing? Ask God to protect him or her from side effects and to guide those involved in his or her care.

1

Dear God, help me become more like Jesus

Dear God, help me become more like Jesus

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2

Dear God, guide my career choices

Dear God, guide my career choices

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3

Dear God, show me your presence today

Dear God, show me your presence today

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4

Dear God, I need you to come through big time

Dear God, I need you to come through big time

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5

Dear God, heal my body

Dear God, heal my body

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6

Dear God, help me to trust you with my money

Dear God, help me to trust you with my money

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7

Dear God, free me from this financial or relational burden

Dear God, free me from this financial or relational burden

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8

Dear God, I feel so alone

Dear God, I feel so alone

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9

Dear God, unite me and my spouse

Dear God, unite me and my spouse

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10

Dear God, guide my kids

Dear God, guide my kids

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11

Dear God, help me to believe for that relationship I’ve been waiting on

Dear God, help me to believe for that relationship I’ve been waiting on

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12

Dear God, help me to forgive others

Dear God, help me to forgive others

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13

Dear God, I’m worried about my friends

Dear God, I’m worried about my friends

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14

Dear God, help me to not give up on others

Dear God, help me to not give up on others

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15

Dear God, bless my pastors and church leaders

Dear God, bless my pastors and church leaders

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16

Dear God, save people in this place

Dear God, save people in this place

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17

Dear God, send people to do your work and give us opportunities to serve

Dear God, send people to do your work and give us opportunities to serve

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18

Dear God, may there be unity in the church

Dear God, may there be unity in the church

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19

Dear God, would you change the lives of the people in my group?

Dear God, would you change the lives of the people in my group?

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20

Dear God, help us to be bold when it comes to sharing the Gospel

Dear God, help us to be bold when it comes to sharing the Gospel

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21

Dear God, help me make sense of current events

Dear God, help me make sense of current events

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22

Dear God, hear my prayers for our nation’s leaders

Dear God, hear my prayers for our nation’s leaders

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23

Dear God, someone I love is sick

Dear God, someone I love is sick

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24

Dear God, where are you in natural disasters?

Dear God, where are you in natural disasters?

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25

Dear God, stop the violence

Dear God, stop the violence

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26

Dear God, deepen my love and appreciation of your Word

Dear God, deepen my love and appreciation of your Word

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27

Dear God, help me to not lose sight of your presence when things are going well

Dear God, help me to not lose sight of your presence when things are going well

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