Practice of prayer
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Prayer is a process of communication between a person and who or what that person believes to be their higher power. For Christians, the essence of prayer is belief in a God who cares and wants to support us in our daily walk. Prayer is an integral part of healing, health and wholeness. We offer several options for prayer practice at Porter which include:
A Prayer Team of close to 50 people prays daily for specific prayer requests, patient and hospital needs. Requests for prayer may be submitted in writing by placing a prayer request in the prayer box in the hospital chapel, completing the prayer request form found in each patient room, or e-mailing a request to SamMiller@Centura.org.
Prayer is the Answer, Ellen G. White (Author and one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. What is an Adventist?):
“Prayer is the answer to every problem in life. It puts us in tune with divine wisdom, which knows how to adjust everything perfectly. So often, we do not pray in certain situations because from our standpoint the outlook is hopeless. But nothing is impossible with God. Nothing is so entangled that it cannot be remedied. No human relation is too strained for God to bring about reconciliation and understanding. No habit is so deeply rooted that it cannot be overcome. No one is so weak that he cannot be made strong. Whatever we need or desire, if we trust God, He will supply it. If anything is causing worry and anxiety, let us stop rehearsing the difficulty and trust God for healing, love, and power."
Mission Possible, Becky Tirabassi (speaker and author on the subject of prayer):
“Lord, I make a decision to pray for one hour a day for the rest of my life." On that Saturday in February 1984, Becky Tirabassi made a non-negotiable time commitment with God. She was convinced she could not be all that she desired to be for God if she was not regularly alone with Him. Through five practical and manageable principles, her prayer life has come alive:
Ask of God in prayer
Listen for God in prayer
Include God’s Word in prayer
Visit with God in written prayer
Expect God in prayer
Becky Tirabassi offers some other thoughts about prayer –
- One step I often overlooked was to watch and wait for God’s answers.
- When I fail to listen, I slip into doubt and disappointment over unanswered prayer.
- If I want to hear his voice, I must read the Bible daily to let him speak to me.
- Guarding my visits with God has become the key to my daily discipline. I view my time with God as important as any other appointment on my schedule.
- Expect the unexpected. Ask these questions: Do I expect God to speak to me and to answer my prayers? Do I trust him? Do I believe he is powerful enough to change circumstances, hearts and lives? Do I want to hear his answer? Will I obey, no matter what he tells me to do?
- Prayer is a conversation between two people who love each other.
- Prayer comes alive through asking, listening, including the Word, visiting and expecting. Prayer is an adventure of God’s power being released in my life.
- Everyone can experience this same power – through prayer!
Spending one hour each day with God, John Freedman (pastor who, in addition to his parish ministry, offers workshops on the topic of prayer):
- Personal Reflection (5 minutes). Reflect on how God was involved in your life yesterday. Write down some thoughts.
- Scripture Meditation (10 minutes). Read and meditate on the scripture used in any daily devotional book for this day. Write down some thoughts.
- Prayer Time (20 minutes).
“You have not because you ask not." James 4:2
Praise! Psalm 146:1,2
Answers to Prayer Psalm 100:4
Personal Needs Philippians 4:19
Pray for one another Galatians 6:2
- Quiet Time (5 minutes). Listen for God’s voice, impressions and leadings. List them.
- Personal Reflection (5 minutes). Reflect on whom the Lord is impressing you to minister to today. Write down when and how you will contact them.
- Prayer Time (10 minutes). Declare God’s will to be done in your life, your family, your church and your nation. Put on the whole armor of God: belt, breastplate, shield, helmet and sword (Ephesians 6:13-18). Plead for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
- Scripture Meditation (5 minutes). Read John 3:16 and replace the words “the world" and “whoever"... with your name.
Prayer Examples (Courtesy of the Pastoral Care Department at Loyola University Health System website)
Eternal God, source of life and love, I turn to you in my illness. Grant me the courage to grow though this experience and the confidence to trust in your continued presence. Blessed are you, eternal God, the source of all healing. Amen.
May love hold you, Peace enfold you. May you be held In the palm of God’s hand. Amen
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