Why I Pray Over Medication

I was exhausted; by 10am in the morning I would be lying on the couch watching yet another episode of the Wiggles or Playschool with my energetic toddler and lamenting the fact that I couldn’t even think of something interesting to do with her.   I couldn’t remember pregnancy being this hard last time, or figure out why it was so hard other than dreadful heat and humidity; I wasn’t even on any medication!

‘Lack of iron’ my sister, the medical vet nurse, diagnosed one day after she had yet another morning of entertaining Miss 2.5, and sure enough a blood test confirmed it, and I groaned because last time the iron tablets had caused nausea and I’d conveniently forgotten where I’d put them.


I know there are supposed to be natural remedies for iron, but honestly I hadn’t found them to be working well, given how nutrient deficient our soils are these days. Plants and vegetables that were high in iron in the olden days, can only be high in iron if the soil where they are grown contains iron, and many times these plants are fertilised using a fertiliser containing only a very few of the minerals and vitamins we need.


So I toddled off to the pharmacy to get those nasty pills and sure enough they made me feel ill.  I began declaring over those tablets: “Thank you God that these tablets will do me good and not harm and not cause any negative side effects’ and within 2 days I could take those tablets after prayer with no side effects.


I’ve been declaring the same recently over my antibiotics from a birth infection, and taking Vitamin C and other immune boosting vitamins and minerals, because I know that antibiotics don’t just kill the good bacteria.


Many people say grace over their food, and in developing nations this is essential to avoiding food poisoning both from food and water sources.   Is there any difference in praying over our medications, vaccinations or even vitamins that are not so naturally sourced?


In the example of the iron tablets, I’ve noticed the difference that prayer can make.   Is this something you’ve ever tried or thought to do?   I’d love to hear from any body who tries this and notices a difference.

In our world where soil deficiency contributes to a serious lack of nutrition, I think it’s important to take supplements and where we need to medication.

Over the past few years since this blog post was initially written, I’ve journeyed through some serious autoimmune health challenges to the point where I was having allergic reactions to all foods bar 4.   I would love to share my journey to healing with you on the different Biblical Methods of Healing God used to restore me to full health.



About Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth Ainsworth, a wife and mother in QLD Australia who shares her ponderings of faith at Where Deep Calls to Deep

45 thoughts on “Why I Pray Over Medication

  1. I can’t believe I have never thought of praying over my medication. You are exactly right when you say we pray over food and that this is no different. Thanks for sharing. I will be praying for my meds and my family’s meds from now on.

  2. I prayed over my 1 year medication today before administering to him for the first time due to the side effects it could cause. I decided to research and see if this is what other believers do and to see some of their prayers.

  3. Wow! I’ve been taking antibiotics for 2 weeks and getting so sick while on them. Of course I asked God for healing and His strength while I’m sick, but never even thought to pray over the medications. I’m so thankful you wrote this! I will definitely be doing this daily until i finish the meds!

    1. Yeh, antibiotics can just wreak havoc. Try and get on some really good probiotics afterwards, as I neglected this and am really having to overhaul diet at the moment, and have had food poisoning once a month because of bad bacteria overgrowth. If you need to, check out the Gaps diet, it’s really helping us.

  4. My mom was a real prayer warrior and ALWAYS prayed over her medications, especially the Tamoxifen she took for 5 years to keep her breast cancer at bay. She lived to be 90!!!

  5. I have learnt to pray over my Mom and my medication. Have been doing this for more than 4 years. I should have done this when I was a nurse! Pity!
    Thanks for the testimony!

  6. Yes. Thank you I will start doing this. I do pray since I react to some medicines and have found God is always faithful!

    1. Health is such a journey, but we have found if we ask God He will give us the next step and the next, whatever that is. Sometimes it’s just directing us to a website about exactly the next key for our breakthrough or maybe a spice that can kill the bad bacteria. We’ve learnt so much this year about the medicines that God has provided for us and how to use them, eg spices.

  7. The idea of praying over my medication was one I grew up knowing but never really put it into practise until I went through a series of trials where I needed continuous medication. I then started praying over them every time I woukd take them. I prayed that the tablets would be the body of Christ and the water(which helped pushed it down) will be the Precious Blood of Jesus which is our healing Power. I always notice immediate change by doing that……thanks for sharing this.

    1. Wow,new revelation on how to pray when taking medications.i hv been on long term.
      Expectant of Gods total healing.

  8. Lizzy, I’ve never thought to pray over medication, (Rx for sleeping) other than there would be no side effects & this article is an encouragement to teach us to go deeper with our Lord & pray over everything; & we will grow in stature & wisdom. I would very much like to receive your article on Holy Communion & its healing benefits. Thank you so much & abundant blessings to you, your family & your ministry.
    Prov 3:8 Your Word shall be health to thy naval/body & marrow/nourishment to thy bones (your blood is made in the marrow of your bones & life is in the blood)
    Homework for everyone…Deuteronomy 30:19 Numbers 14:28 Proverbs 18:21 Proverbs 17:22

  9. Thanks for sharing this! I have multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia and take several meds but am unable to tolerate the meds needed to help with the pain and fatigue due to the nasty side effects. So much so my neurologist did a pharmacological DNA test a couple of years ago to try to find a med I could tolerate. Unfortunately the test did not show any meds that my body would tolerate. I pray for God’s strength, relief from pain and energy for each day. In the future I will begin praying regarding the meds I can take. Blessings!

      1. Could you please send the links to me also. I was diagnosed with RA several years ago. I believe in the Power of Prayer and I pray over medications all the time. Thank you.

        1. Could you please send the links to me also. I was diagnosed with RA several years ago. I believe in the Power of Prayer and I pray over medications all the time. Thank you.

      2. Hi Lizzy I suffer from fybromyalgia & also have horrible side effects from the medication I’m being treated with. I will be grateful if you can send me those links too. Also the name of the book pls

  10. I find myself reading this while administering a breathing treatment and wArming up my tracheotomy humidifier. Couldn’t be timlier

  11. Wow, I’m a preacher’s kid and a preacher’s wife, and this is the first time I’ve heard about this. God has so graciously led me toward healing, showing me what to do and giving me discernment in my research, but lately I’ve felt at a stand still. I will be praying over the meds, before I go to PT and OT each week, and over the natural stuff I do each day. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. I think I give anything a go with prayer. I’ve written a few posts about some crazy prayers I’ve prayed too, and I have a few more blog posts about healing on here. Thanks for commenting!

  12. I have to take benzos due to a very difficult situation. I’m very scared about taking them, because I know that they can build up in the body and that there is a chance of getting addicted.
    I pray for every one of them and I take as less as possible. I really hope that God hears my prayers, understand my intention and make them safe for me.

    I ask that God fills them with his loving light, and that my body tolerates them and that they don’t poison me or cause side-effects. And I thank God for having them. If anyone wants to pray for me, please do. I’m really having a hard time. Thank you.

  13. Wow! I take several meds for HBP, diabetes, asthma, arthritis and thyroid electrolyte issues..at times I can’t keep up with all if them..but praying over this meds has never crossed my mind..I Pray for everything else.. So why not all these meds. I will start to do so..and share this with my family.

  14. Thank you so much! I’m a nurse and like so many others have said, I never thought about praying over my medication. Many years ago, when I had my first son, I was diagnosed with Iron deficiency anemia. I was suppose to take iron pills; but, due to the side effects I didn’t take them for years. I was recently diagnosed with left ventricular cardiomyopathy. I think this might be the cause of my new found heart condition. I’ve been tested to see if it’s genetic and it’s not. I never smoked or drank alcohol. I didn’t have a heart attack, stroke or blood clots. Overall, I was a healthy person; except for neck and back problems. Please pray for me! I’m following all of the doctors orders and going to all of my appointments. Thank you all for your comments.

    1. Praying for you! Another great thing to do would be to send in a prayer request to our church, Glory City Church in Brisbane. They pray for prayer requests every week and are always seeing people get healed from many different things. You can watch on YouTube live stream, just Google Glory City Church Brisbane.

  15. What a brilliant idea! I’m sitting here having read your pin and figuratively smacking myself in the head for being enough of a twit to not have thought of this before! Your post makes total sense; our Heavenly Father has blessed scientists and doctors with the intelligence and inspiration to develop medications to help the human race – so why wouldn’t He bless us that said medications will help our bodies and minds through our ailments? Of course He will – He’s just waiting for us to ask Him. God bless you, sister, in your recovery. Kind regards from Sth Australia.

  16. I have found prayer a powerful tool for coping with chronic illnesses, Hidradenitis Supprativa, Fibromyalgia, Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and some long standing (usually well managed) mental health stuff thrown in for good measure.
    No matter how awful I feel I always manage to care for my family’s needs, my Step Daughter always has clean School uniform, she’s always fed, she knows she is loved, we never miss Sunday Mass and we always read the readings of the day and prayer before we go to bed. Usually at the same time.
    I am on some pretty scary medications including a biological binder injection, but I give thanks everyday that they work and that the side effects are minimal and manageable.
    Yes I’ve had to make adjustments but the more I read about biblical parenting and womanhood (only been a parent a year) the more my new pattern makes sense.
    I wake up around 5 cos my pain meds have worn off, so I get up take my meds and have coffee with God before I start my day. Laundry out to dry, dishwasher emptied, little one up and off to school. Some days I need to go back to bed so I can cope with the evenings activities but that’s ok because I need to take care of me so I can take care of my family and sometimes snowy (SD’s very tired looking teddy) needs his snuggles topped up so I always nap with him.

  17. What a great idea. I never thought to pray over my meds. A lot of mine causes constipation and I have to counter that with Restoralax. Thank you so much for sharing that.

  18. I just started oral preventative chemo yesterday. The Holy Spirit inspired me to pray over my medication and also put a tiny little sprinkle of holy water on the pills. I was curious to see if there were any specific prayers for praying over medication or if this was even done. I googled it and found this snd other sources. God is good! He can work through anything of this world to bring Us ever closer to Him!

  19. What a powerful idea. However, putting in my two cents—I used to have problems taking iron. When I developed an ulcer and my doctor insisted I was iron deficient, he told me there are two kinds of iron supplements. The most common is ferrous sulfate which can be difficult for some people. The other is ferrous gluconate which many people can more easily tolerate. Sine 2014, I’ve been taking 25 mg tablets 2-3 times a day without any stomach upset. All this is not to say your prayers aren’t effective; just meant to share my experience.

  20. Really helps to give God the Glory for everything. Sometimes I feel so confused when Drs say one MUST stay on blood pressure meds forever. I feel to just ‘Stop’ and often ask the Lord to show if I should do that but get NO confirmation that that would be wise. Does anyone struggle with this? Thanks.

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