For years my husband cared little about exercise. I would give lectures and meaningful talks, leave magazine articles in his path, and plead and cry about how I didn’t want to be a widow, but it all fell on glazed eyes and deaf ears. Then one day I got the brilliant idea that if praying worked for other parts of his life, it might work for this, too. I decided to employ my “shut up and pray” method and ask God to give him the desire and motivation to exercise regularly. I prayed for a number of months without any results, but then one morning I heard an unfamiliar noise coming from another room. I followed the sound and, much to my amazement, it was my husband on the treadmill. I didn’t say a word. He started using the treadmill and lifting weights two or three days a week. When he later remarked how much better he was feeling and wished he had started doing it sooner, I exercised admirable restraint and didn’t even allow the words “I told you so” to be formed with my mouth. To this day he doesn’t know I prayed.
Your husband’s health is not something to take for granted, no matter what his age or condition. Pray for him to learn to take proper care of himself, and if he becomes ill, pray for him to be healed. I’ve seen too many answers to prayers for healing in my life and the lives of others to doubt that the God who healed in the Bible is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I believe that when God said, “I am the LORD who heals You,” He meant it (Exodus 15:26). I have the same faith as Jeremiah who prayed, “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed” (Jeremiah 17:14). I trust His Word when it promises “I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds” (Jeremiah 30:17).
Jesus “took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17). He gave His disciples power to “heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease” (Matthew 10:1). He said “These signs will follow those who believe. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18). It seems to me that God is interested in healing, and He didn’t put a time limit on it; only a faith limit (Matthew 9:22).
My husband told me that my prayers for his healing had the biggest impact on him in the mid eighties. When he discovered several lumps on his body and the doctor believed they were cancerous. A second doctor also suspected it was cancer, so a biopsy was taken. During those days of waiting to find out the results, Michael was tempted to worry. He said my prayers for his good health and peace sustained him until he found out it wasn’t cancer at all. He had the lumps removed and they did not return.
Remember, however, that even though we pray and have faith, the outcome and timing are God’s decisions. He says there is “a time to heal” (Ecclesiastes 3:3). If you pray for healing and nothing happens, don’t beat yourself up for it. God sometimes uses a man’s physical ailments to get his attention so He can speak to him. Keep praying, but know God’s decision is the bottom line.
The same is true when praying that God will save someone’s life. We don’t have the final say over anyone’s hour of death. The Bible says there is “a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2), and we are not the ones who decide that; God does. And we must accept it. We can pray, but He determines the outcome. We have to give Him that privilege without resenting, faulting, or getting angry at Him. Pray for your husband’s health, but leave it in God’s hands.
Lord, I pray for Your healing touch on (husband’s name).
Make every part of his body function the way You designed it to. Wherever there is anything out of balance, set it in perfect working order. Heal him of any disease, illness, injury, infirmity, or weakness. Strengthen his body to successfully endure his workload, and when he sleeps may he wake up completely rested, rejuvenated, and refreshed. Give him a strong heart that doesn’t fail. I don’t want him to have heart failure at any time.
I pray that he will have the desire to take care of his body, to eat the kind of food that brings health, to get regular exercise, and avoid anything that would be harmful to him. Help him to understand that his body is Your temple and he should care for it as such (1 Corinthians 3:16). I pray that he will present it as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You (Romans 12:1).
When he is ill, I pray You will sustain him and heal him. Fill him with your joy to give him strength. Specifically, I pray for (mention any area of concern). Give him faith to say, “ ‘O LORD my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me’ [Psalm 30:2]. Thank You, Lord, that You are my healer ” I pray that my husband will live a long and healthy life and when death does come, may it be accompanied by peace and not unbearable suffering and agony. Thank You, Lord, that You will be there to welcome him into Your presence, and not a moment before Your appointed hour.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.
They cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.
He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you.
2 KINGS 20:5
Your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
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