Karen Tripp’s BLOG Speaker, Author, Counselor www.Godisbiggerthan.com
Things I learned from Cancer Patients… They need more prayer than you think.
I know that seems like a silly statement. Of course cancer patients need prayer, LOTS of prayer. But the multiple areas of their lives that need prayer may not be so obvious. Here are a few often overlooked topics you might use as you pray for someone you know with cancer.
Pray for miracles. After hearing a love one is diagnosed with cancer we typically feel lead to pray for healing. That’s a good thing. Often we see the healing ways of Christ through modern medicine. But once you begin hanging around the cancer community you begin to hear about Christ’s miracles.
- “The doctor said I had 6-12 months to live. That was 5 years ago.”
- The first scan and the biopsy said it was cancer. They scheduled the surgery but then the final scans and tests said it was all gone.”
Pray for the discernment and the healing hands of the physicians but don’t underestimate the purely miraculous healing of Christ. In God’s will, ask Christ for a miracle. Your faith in a miracle may be just the hope the cancer patient needs.
Pray for healings along the way. Through the course of treatment, there are countless opportunities to pray for smaller healings along the way.
- For an appetite so they can keep their counts up.
- For the new medicine to make the tumor smaller.
- For the radiation not to cause unexpected damage.
- For them to feel good enough to go to small group.
Like all of us, cancer patients need answered prayers to strengthen their faith. These answered prayers allow them to celebrate the victory of Christ throughout treatment.
Pray for their relationships. It’s bad enough that cancer attacks a person’s body but it is devastating when it tears at their closest relationships. Cancer is a true test of friendship, devotion and love. Pray that their love ones overcome their own struggles to provide genuine, honest, support.
Pray for the caregiver. It’s frightening how many caregivers get sick while caring for their love one. They need prayers for their physical health as well as their emotional health. Caregivers often feel trapped. The cancer can drain them physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually yet how can they complain? A flood of friends are needed not to simply support the patient but to support the caregiver. Pray that friends will return after they drop off the casserole.
Pray for the things that stresses the patient. All the things that were stresses to the patient before the diagnosis are still there. Cars still breakdown, children still misbehave in school, and bills still come in the mail. Even though the stress of cancer is now taking a front seat, cancer patients need the relief of knowing you are praying for the burdens of their heart as well as their health.
Pray with them. Even the strongest prayer warriors need someone to pray with them. Do more than tell them you are praying for them. Share your prayers. Pray for them on the phone, write a prayer in a card, send a prayer by email. Best of all, pray by their side.
As we lift up these prayers, the Lord will lift up our eyes to see how we are to be His body and touch the lives of these cancer patients.