I have a non-Jewish worker in my office who I have gotten to know very well over the years. Recently when I asked how he was doing he told me that his parents were very sick. When I told him that I would pray for them, he thanked me profusely.

We say that giving charity saves one from death. However, is there anything that he can do that will arouse/ merit רחמי שמים, so that his parents will have a speedy recovery?

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    Hi CT. This is purely speculative but all people regardless of background can pray directly to G-d. Your friend may simply pray to G-d asking for a full recovery for his parents. Jews often recite tehilim (psalms) when seeking resolve to extrodinary situations. point is, Hashem listens to everyone's prayers. May your friend's parents have a refuse sh'lamah (a ful rovers.)
    – JJLL
    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:44
  • @JJLL That is born out in several explicit verses. God “hears the prayers of every mouth.”
    – LN6595
    Mar 25, 2019 at 16:48
  • Strangely some nusach says כל פה עמל ישראל ברחמים
    – kouty
    Mar 25, 2019 at 19:40

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He should do acts of charity and kindness. Better yet, he should assist his parents to perform those acts. See Daniel 4:24:

24: Indeed, O king, may my counsel please you, and with charity you will remove your sin and your iniquity by showing mercy to the poor; perhaps your tranquility will last."

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    Though Daniel was punished for giving this advice to Nevuchadnezer...it was because it was effective, not ineffective.
    – LN6595
    Mar 25, 2019 at 16:46

He can visit elderly patients in hospital who do not have children to visit them.

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    How do you know 'that will arouse/ merit רחמי שמים, so that his parents will have a speedy recovery?'
    – Double AA
    Jul 6, 2016 at 2:50

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