Bible verses that got me through medical school

It has been a while since I wrote a religious post. So this is just a disclaimer to anyone who may shun me for shoving my religious views down their throats! As it is the start of the new academic year, I thought I would share some of the bible verses and prayers that got me through/is getting me through medical school.

A prayer before sitting down to study

Normally, I try to say the following prayer before I start any work:

Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly.

Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. 

Point out the beginning, direct the progress and help the completion. 

I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.



  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” – John 14:27
  • “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed” – Proverbs 16:3
  • “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong. Do all your work in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13
  • “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
  • “I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near and nothing can shake me.” – Psalms 16:8

Fear of failing?

  • “I trust in God and am not afraid” – Psalms 56:4
  • “Do not be afraid, I am with you! I am your God let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you.” – Isiaiah 41:10
  • “People may plan all kinds of things, but the Lord’s will is going to be done.” – Proverbs 19:21
  • “Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
  • “Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

Overcoming failure

  • “No matter how often honest people fall, they always get up again; but disaster destroys the wicked.” – Proverbs 24:16
  • “Trust in the Lord. Have faith, do not despair. Trust in the Lord.” – Psalms 27:14
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do and he will show you the right way.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
  • “Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid of them. Your God, the Lord himself will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
  • “Of course my brothers and sister, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. So I run straight towards the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Jesus Christ to the life above.” – Philippians 3:13-14

In need of motivation?

  • “This is impossible for human beings, but not for God; everything is possible for God.” – Mark 10:27
  • “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.” – Philippians 4:13
  • “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” – Mathew 11:28
  • “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.” – Jeremiah 29:11
  • “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Last but not least, the following prayer is for exams

You can choose one or the other depending on how well you can remember them

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino, who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.

Through Christ our Lord.

St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.


O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination eg. History paper I ) examination.

In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.

O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.


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