A Prayer for The Sick
O Heavenly Father, we thank Thee in this morning hour that though sin has come into the world and is bound by Thine own law to bring the body down to death, that Thou art the Word of Life, and that through Thy Son, Jesus Christ, the sick can again rise, and that through Him, those that have sinned may have forgiveness. We thank Thee that the time will come when in body and soul we shall all rise before Thee at Thy Word; and as we are still in this world of sin and sickness, we pray Thee that Thou wilt make our hearts large by the largeness of the heart of Jesus Christ; that Thou wilt enlarge our love by the love that poured its life out that we might have life; that Thou wilt enlarge our benevolence because we have been brought to Him who can make those to walk home with their beds on their backs who were carried into Thy presence. Give Thy special blessing to all our sick and afflicted today. We ask it all in the name of Him who taught us to pray:
Our Father, who art in heaven: Hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us, this day, our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
From “Sick Sinners”, a sermon on Matthew 9:1-8 in The Great Gospel by Simon Peter Long, published 1904 by The Lutheran Book Concern, Columbus, Ohio.