It is difficult to witness someone, especially if they are close to you, with a severe illness approaching the end of their life. At some point, severe disease may not be curable, or patients may choose not to receive specific treatments.
This is where comes the acceptance of the situation, and you are not in charge anymore. But approaching this phase of life doesn't mean you are giving up.
It is simply an acceptance and surrender to the Great Power—the Lord God.
At some point, this is the best time to reunite with families, to bring out support and closure.
It is difficult, and you may feel that the Lord and the whole world are against you. Read Romans 8:35, 37-39, and relieve yourself from thinking you are not loved when you struggle.
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Lord doesn't wish you to be separated from his love. Neither were those who had to go through tribulations.
He will welcome your prayer, and he will gladly hear it.
The Lord doesn't answer your prayers based on their length or how deep your words are in them. Instead, he looks at the attitude and intent of your thoughts and heart.
Where is your faith in the ability to ask the Lord? Where is your faith in his goodness to you, to hear your prayer and move on your behalf?
Prayer is a way to communicate and have conversations with the Lord. And believing in his goodness, promises, grace, and mercy is essential.
Have that confidence in the Lord's love and goodness to hear your prayer and to move in for your life. And not the confidence in your ability to pray, words, or length.
In Mark 11:24, Jesus says, “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
God sees your cries. He hears your prayers.
He knows about your adversities and everything that you are facing. Therefore, fear nothing, for the Lord walks before you.
Pain will come, but he will restore your happiness. He will lift you higher than any of your obstacles.
Allow yourself to receive his grace, and God will allow your cup to overflow so that you can be a blessing to others. You are fearfully and wonderfully made with the love of the Lord!
Here are some prayers to ponder as you deal with the stress of caring for yourself or a loved one at the end of life.
Prayer for Dying Mother
If you are religious, you can find solace in prayer. It's an especially great way to find direction in a life situation where you feel like there's no escape.
Loss has its ways of triggering pain, anger, resentment, guilt, sadness, and loneliness, and losing a mother is one such moment. If you don't know where to go and you're feeling lost, religious traditions are good to help you cope.
My dear heavenly Father, I come to you today with faith and hope that you send an angel to my mother.
God, we know her time is short.
But I pray that her time will be as painless as possible.
God let her enjoy the rest of his time in this world, and let us enjoy her while we still have time.
God, only your comfort can help us.
I wish my mother and family peace as the last days approach.
My mom is a fighter and has lived longer than we expected.
God, I pray you will help her and our family find peace in her death.
We know she will be by your side, but it will be tough to accept that she will be gone forever.
Please help her to feel ready when the time comes, and we will be prepared to accept whatever your will is for her.
Allow her spirit to be confident in your grace and mercy.
Assure and comfort her and our family that death can be scary, but you promised eternal life.
Free her from the fear of death and the fires of hell.
God the Father, I commend my mother's life in your loving arms.
Carry this beautiful soul gently to your home, your Kingdom.
A place with peace only and no pain.
Prayer for Dying Parent
Pray this prayer focusing on asking God for compassion and honoring your father or mother. Spending your lifetime with someone as precious as your parent is a gift.
Be reminded that life is a gift, no matter how long.
A whisper of death is a significant change in your life. But your life should go on even if life doesn't feel the same with a parent dying.
Even if you are sad and everything feels heavy, pray this prayer in hopes that love will continue to fill the silence.
Lord, thank you for being with us now.
We admit that we don't understand why things happen the way they do.
We don't understand why illness enters our lives, but we know you will be with us every step of the way.
Remind your dying child that you are with them right now.
Remind them that you love them no matter what they've been through, who they are and what sins they have committed.
May they fear no evil and know you are with them to comfort them.
You hold them in your hands, and soon, they will be with you forever.
Let go of all fear and dread of the unknown and give them perfect peace in your heart as they rest in your love.
Lord, we lift all who face death today and ask that in Your love, You will carry them on Your shoulders as they cross the valley of the shadow of death.
Have compassion in their mercy on the souls of my father and mother and grant that I may see them in the joy of eternal brightness.
In just such a short time, you have lent us to each other, for we are formed in the actions you paint us, brought to life in your depictions, and breathed your song.
Thank you for this precious gift of life and memories.
We pray this honoring our mother or father and their life through Christ our Lord.
Prayer for Cancer Patient Dying
Cancer is a disease that causes heartache. It affects your life in many ways. But, of course, not only sick people are involved, and the effects can last for years.
Knowing somebody you know or close to you is dying from disease can leave you feeling frightened and defeated in awareness that you have no control over the situation. So, pray to remember the Lord's promise.
“Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:1-3)
Remembering God's promises to His people will not only comfort those who are grieving, but in many ways, through this trial, they will also create new perspectives on who God wants them to be.
As you read this prayer for someone dying of cancer, remember that God loves you and hears your prayers. Peace may not come quickly, but it will come.
Lord, we beg you, have mercy on the soul of your servant who is dying from cancer.
Please save them from the perils of this life and give her a share of eternal salvation.
Don't let their hearts be troubled, and remind them of your promise.
Those who believe and trust you may enter the Kingdom you have prepared for them.
Prepare them, Lord, that they may be ready to come to you so they will always be with you where you are.
Now, we are praying on behalf of my seriously ill loved one.
If it is your will for them to leave this earth now, ease their pain.
Calm their minds so they can sleep and release their body pain.
As the souls of our loved ones prepare to come to you to heaven, we ask that you bless their souls.
Protect their souls from the devil.
May their eyes and hopes be fixed on your mighty power.
Please forgive their sins and accept their soul in Heaven.
Let them find rest in body and soul when they leave their earthly life.
Help us remain spiritually strong to move forward through our grief.
We know that sadness is a sign that we love someone, and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be loved.
Bless their soul and body with peaceful rest and remind them of the promise of everlasting life.
I humbly offer this prayer in surrender and trust that you will not let your creation be separated from your love.