New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

28 Days of Prayer: Praying Through a Child’s Illness

28 Days of Prayer

Wessel Bentley • July 2011

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Can I trust God when my child is seriously ill? Wessel Bentley knows the agony of this question, and he writes from his own experience of having a child with severe heart problems.

Bentley understands parents' need for spiritual support when they face the tough task of raising a child with a serious illness. He sensitively guides parents through a 28-day process of prayer, reflection, and practical suggestions for coping with their situation.

The four weeks of readings address these themes:

  • Week 1: How Can This Be?
  • Week 2: Who Can I Blame?
  • Week 3: What Can We Do?
  • Week 4: How Can We Live?

Each daily reading supports the weekly theme with a scripture passage, meditation, prayer, and suggestions for deeper thought or practical application. Reflection questions at the back of the book may be used for small-group discussion or further individual exploration.

Praying Through a Child's Illness is a must read for every family dealing with a seriously ill child. Bentley's sensitive reflections will help sustain you through your time of intense difficulty.

Wessel Bentley is a professor at the University of South Africa. He specializes in Science and Religion and Methodist theology. He is also an ordained minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, where he continues to lead regular services and Bible studies. Wessel is the author of Facing Financial Struggle, Praying Through a Child’s Illness, and The Miracles of Jesus. He and his wife, Natalie, have two sons, Matthew and Nathan. They live in Pretoria, South Africa.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1064-7

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1072-2

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1152-1

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: July 2011

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.25 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 72

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Prayer

BISAC1: REL012080



When our 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor, all of the years of ministry experience, study, and reason seemed incapable of offering us the courage and care we needed for the journey ahead. This book of prayers, reflections, and devotions offered us tangible hope and comfort in our time of crisis. Wessel Bentley has woven together a masterful set of inspiring and encouraging reflections that connect the reader with the truth of God’s healing power and sustaining love. I pray that you will find the support and hope that we discovered in these pages.
—Dr. Dion Forster Father, husband, theologian, and author Cape Town, South Africa *Praying Through a Child’s Illness** is a powerful, hope-filled book based on personal experience. I have no doubt that the heartfelt questions posed by Rev. Bentley will reverberate with many parents, grandparents, and family members. Having lived through the experience of a child who is very ill, he speaks with authentic feeling and sensitivity. This book will be an extremely helpful resource for parents all over the world who are facing similar health issues alongside their children.
—Roland Rink Director, Africa Upper Room Ministries Johannesburg, South Africa As much as Wessel Bentley is a deep theologian, he is also a loving, devoted, and down-to-earth father. He is able to share the reality of the huge concerns and worries about his son Matthew’s condition. He then guides parents with ill children through a simple yet amazingly effective, systematic 28-day prayer process of allowing God’s powerful, healing presence to restore peace, faith, hope, and love in every situation and concern. This book is an essential resource for all those who are dealing with family members who are ill.
—Renny Stoltz Friend and congregation member at Glen Methodist Church Pretoria, South Africa This is a book of prayer, insight, and support. It is written by a parent who experienced shock, doubt, and helplessness when he discovered that his child was seriously ill. He does not insult the reader with simplistic or unfeeling answers but invites the reader to draw on the strength, love, presence, and wisdom of God. In many practical ways he offers emotional and relational insights that can assist those who are living with the daily pain of a sick and vulnerable child. These meditations can help sustain you in a time of intense difficulty.
—Louise Kretzschmar Professor of Theological Ethics University of South Africa