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Pray for Healing

Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Modern medicine continues to yield increasingly powerful outcomes. Yet the power of prayer can deliver the ultimate comfort and healing to humankind. Through prayer, you can reach out to God and seek help for yourself, for loved ones—even for people whom you don’t know—who are in need of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

The need for healing and prayer

God allows misery

Why do bad things happen to good people? Though God does not like to see His children sad or in pain, He knows that having difficult experiences is a powerful way to learn and grow. People get sick. Parents lose children. Natural disasters destroy property. Loved ones die. You get through it—and you can become stronger as a result. God does not shield His children from all effects of the natural world. Sickness and sorrow help you better appreciate happiness because you understand its opposite. 

God desires your happiness

God’s ultimate desire is for you to return to Him as a better person, and so He has prepared a plan to help you accomplish that. During your life, you are given the ability to make choices, to discover God and His blessings, and to be happy. In God’s master plan, “men [and women] are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25).

God honors agency

This gift to choose, called agency, is a blessing, but it also has consequences. God does not force you to be righteous or to sin, to worship or to malign. He does not make anyone dress, eat, or act in any particular way. However, each choice you make has an outcome—sometimes desirable, sometimes not. Suffering may be the consequence of personal choices—or the choices of others. And sometimes, bad things simply happen due to the unpredictable nature of life.


Whatever the cause of the pain you experience, God loves you, and He offers healing and comfort when you turn to Him in prayer.

The power of healing prayer

Prayer can bring physical healing

God is a God of miracles. Physical healing happens today as readily as it happened in biblical times for those who pray in faith. “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 30:17). God desires to bless His children and can, and often does, answer those prayers of faith with physical healing.

During His ministry, Jesus frequently offered physical healing to those He encountered: “Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy” (3 Nephi 17:7). This invitation is still extended to you when you seek God through prayer.

Your Heavenly Father will always hear your prayers for healing, but He may not always—or immediately take away your challenges. When physical healing is not part of God’s plan at that time, He offers healing in other ways.

Prayer brings emotional healing

Beyond physical suffering, God can also alleviate heartache and sorrow through prayer. Even Jesus felt alone and in need of comfort when He suffered for the sins of all in Gethsemane. He cried, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39). God the Father did not take away Jesus’s trial, which involved suffering for the sins of all mankind, but He answered the prayer of His Son by providing emotional support: “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him” (Luke 22:43).

Jesus has promised us this same comfort if we seek it: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). When you speak to your Heavenly Father in humble prayer for healing, you can feel the peace Jesus offers and it can heal you emotionally regardless of your physical circumstances. 

Prayer brings spiritual healing

When we feel sorrow, anger, hatred, hurt—this is all injury to the soul. And unlike physical healing, which may not happen during mortal life, God promises that your spirit can be completely whole, if you let Him heal you.

This is possible because Jesus Christ paid the price and has felt the spiritual sorrow of every sin already. When you put your faith in Jesus Christ and sincerely repent, your spiritual pain can disappear. That process also takes healing prayer.

Christ asks, “Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?” (3 Nephi 9:13). If you accept His invitation and repent through prayer, He will say to you, as He said to King Hezekiah in the Old Testament, “I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee” (2 Kings 20:5).

God hears every prayer. Although His response may not always be what you expected or even wanted, His answer will always come, and it will be for your ultimate good. Through prayer to God, you can experience the promised “healing in his wings” (Malachi 4:2).

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The scriptures are full of people who sought healing—for body and soul. Request a Bible or Book of Mormon to learn more. 

There is always someone willing to pray with you or on your behalf. Ask the missionaries to offer a healing prayer in your home.