Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus, I present myself to You.
I pray and ask Jesus to be Lord over my life. I believe it in my heart, so I say it with my mouth: 'Jesus has been raised from the dead.' This moment, I make Him the Lord over my life.
Jesus, come into my heart. I believe this moment that I am saved. I say it now: 'I am reborn. I am a Christian. I am a child of Almighty God.'
Now, thank God for making you His child. You have just inherited the kingdom of God!
For Healing(How to pray for healing)
Father, I am your child. I am filled with your Spirit. I believe that Jesus bore my sickness and carried my diseases, and I believe that by His stripes I was healed 2,000 years ago.
Right now, I accept that fact by faith. I believe that I am healed now, in the Name of Jesus.
(or, use the following, or both combined...)
For Health and Healing (A prayer for health and healing)
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I confess Your Word concerning health and healing. As I do, I believe that Your Word will not return to You void, but will accomplish what it says.
In the Name of Jesus, I believe that I am healed according to 1 Peter 2:24. Your Word says that Jesus Himself took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses (Mat. 8:17). Therefore, with great boldness and confidence, I stand on the authority of Your Word and declare that I am redeemed from the curse of sickness. I refuse to tolerate its symptoms.
Satan, I speak to you in Jesus’ Name and I proclaim that your principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places are bound from operating against me in any way. I am loosed from your assignment. I am the property of Almighty God and I give you no place in me. I dwell in the secret place of the Most High God and I abide under the shadow of the Almighty, whose power no foe can withstand.
Now Father, I believe Your Word that says, ‘The angel of the Lord encamps round about me and delivers me from every evil work. No evil shall befall me, no plague or calamity shall come near my dwelling.’
I confess that the Word abides in me and it is life and medicine to my flesh. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus operates in me, making me free from the law of sin and death.
I hold fast to my confession of Your Word and I stand immovable, knowing that health and healing are mine NOW, in Jesus' Name.
For Baptism in the Holy Spirit (How to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit)
My heavenly Father, I am a believer. I am Your child and You are my Father. Jesus is my Lord. I believe with all my heart, that Your Word is true.
Your Word says that if I ask, I will receive the Holy Spirit, so in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, I am asking You to fill me to overflowing with Your precious Holy Spirit.
Jesus, baptize me in the Holy Spirit. Because of Your Word, I believe that I now receive and I thank You for it. I believe that the Holy Spirit is within me and by faith I accept it.
Now, Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise my God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as you give me the utterance.
To Make Jesus the Lord of Your Life
Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus, I present myself to You. I pray and ask Jesus to be Lord over my life. I believe it in my heart, so I say it with my mouth: Jesus has been raised from the dead. This moment, I make Him the Lord over my life.
Jesus, come into my heart. I believe this moment that I am saved.
I say it now: I am reborn. I am a Christian. I am a child of Almighty God.
John 1:12; 3:16; 6:37; 10:10; John 14:6; John 16:8-9; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9-10, 13; 2 Corinthians 5:1, 7, 19, 21;
To Be Filled With the Holy Spirit
My heavenly Father, I am a believer. I am Your child and You are my Father. Jesus is my Lord. I believe with all my heart that Your Word is true.
Your Word says, that if I will ask, I will receive the Holy Spirit, so in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, I am asking You to fill me to overflowing with Your precious Holy Spirit. Jesus, baptize me in the Holy Spirit.
Because of Your Word, I believe that I now receive and I thank You for it. I believe that the Holy Spirit is within me and, by faith, I accept it.
Now, Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise my God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues, as You give me the utterance.
Luke 11:9-13; John 14:10, 12, 16-17; Acts 1:8, 2:4, 32-33, 39; 8:12-1, 7, 10:44-46, 19:2, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 14:2-15, 18, 27; Ephesians 6:18; Jude 20.
A Prayer for Salvation in Behalf of Others
Father, I come before You in prayer and in faith, believing. Your Word says that You desire all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth, so I bring _______________ (name) before You this day.
I break the power of Satan from his assignments and activities in _______________'s life in the Name of Jesus. Now, while Satan is bound, I ask that You send forth the perfect laborers to share the good news of the gospel in such a way that he (she) will listen and understand it. As the truth is ministered, I believe _______________ will come to his (her) senses and come out of the snare of the devil and make Jesus the Lord of his (her) life.
Father, I ask that You fill _______________ with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. As I intercede in his (her) behalf, I believe that the power of the Holy Spirit is activated and from this moment on, I shall praise and thank You for _______________'s salvation. I am confident that You are alert and active, watching over Your Word to perform it. It will not return to You void. It will accomplish that which You please and prosper in the thing whereto it was sent.
Therefore, my confession of faith is, "God has begun a good work in _______________'s life and He will perform it and bring it to full completion until the day of Jesus Christ, in Jesus' Name."
Scripture References from The Amplified Bible:
2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 18:18, 9:37-38; 2 Timothy 2:26; Jeremiah 1:12; Isaiah 55:11; Philippians 1:6.
A Prayer for a Harmonious Marriage
Father, in the Name of Jesus, it is written in Your Word that love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost Who is given to us. Because You are in us, we acknowledge that love reigns supreme.
We believe that love is displayed in full expression enfolding and knitting us together in truth, making us perfect for every good work to do Your will, working in us that which is well pleasing in Your sight.
We desire to live and conduct ourselves and our marriage honorably and becomingly. We esteem it as precious, worthy and of great price. We commit ourselves to live in mutual harmony and accord with one another, delighting in each other, being of the same mind and united in spirit.
Father, we believe and say that we are gentle, compassionate, courteous, tenderhearted and humble minded. We seek peace and it keeps our hearts in quietness and assurance. Because we follow after love and dwell in peace, our prayers are not hindered in any way in the Name of Jesus. We are heirs together of the grace of God.
We purpose together to live in agreement, to live in harmony, to live in peace, to live in power toward each other and toward all men. We confess that our marriage grows stronger day by day in the bond of unity because it is founded on Your Word and rooted and grounded in Your love. Father, we thank You for the performance of it in Jesus' Name.
Scripture References from The Amplified Bible:
Romans 5:5; Philippians 1:9; Colossians 3:14, 1:10; Philippians 2:13, 2:2; Ephesians 4:32; Isaiah 32:2; Philippians 4:7; 1 Peter 3:7; Ephesians 3:1, 7-18; Jeremiah 1:12.
A Prayer for Your Children
Father, Your Word is true and I believe it. Therefore, in the Name of Jesus, I believe in my heart and say with my mouth that the Word of God prevails over my children. Your Word says that You will pour out Your Spirit upon my offspring and Your blessing upon my descendants. I believe and say that my children are wise and they take heed to and are the fruit of godly instruction and correction. I love my children and I will diligently discipline them early. Because of that, they give me delight and rest.
Father, I take Your Word that says You will contend with him who contends with me and You give safety to my children and ease them day by day. I confess that You, Lord, give Your angels special charge over my children to accompany and defend and preserve them. I believe they find favor, good understanding and high esteem in Your sight Lord, and in the sight of man.
I confess that my children are disciples taught of the Lord and obedient to Your will. Great is their peace and undisturbed composure. I believe I receive wisdom and counsel in bringing up my children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. And Your Word declares that when they are old they will not depart from it. So, I commit them into Your keeping and I know and have confident trust that they are watched over and blessed of the Lord all the days of their lives, in Jesus' Name.
Scripture References from The Amplified Bible:
Mark 11:23; Isaiah 44:3; Proverbs 13:1, 24, 29:17; Isaiah 49:25; Psalm 91:12; Deuteronomy 28:13; Proverbs 3:4; Isaiah 54:13; Proverbs 2:6; Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 28:6. Also see Psalm 127:3-5; Jeremiah 1:12; Isaiah 55:11, not included in prayer
A Prayer for Our Government
Father, in Jesus' Name, I give thanks for our country and it's government. I hold up in prayer before You the men and women in positions of authority. I pray for all people in authority over us in any way. I pray that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon them.
I believe that skillful and godly wisdom has entered into the hearts of our leaders and knowledge is pleasant to them. Discretion watches over them; understanding keeps them and delivers them from the way of evil and from evil men.
Your Word declares that 'blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.' I receive Your blessing and declare with my mouth that Your people dwell safely in this land and that they prosper abundantly.
It is written in Your Word that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord and that You turn it whichever way You desire. I believe the heart of our leader is in Your hand and that his decisions are divinely directed of the Lord.
I give thanks unto You that the good news of the gospel is published in our land. The Word of the Lord prevails and grows mightily in the hearts and lives of the people. I give thanks for this land and the leaders You have given to us, in Jesus' Name.
I proclaim that Jesus is Lord over my country.
I Timothy 2:1-2; Proverbs 2:11-12. The Amplified Bible- Psalm 33:12; Proverbs 21:1. Also see Jeremiah 1:12 not included in prayer
To Walk in the Perfect Peace of God
Father, in Jesus' Name, I thank You that Your peace is my covenant right in Christ Jesus. I will keep my mind fixed on You Lord and trust in You and You will keep me in perfect peace.
I will not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, I will continue to make my wants known to You, Father. And Your peace, which transcends all understanding, shall garrison and mount guard over my mind and heart in Christ Jesus. I fix my mind only on that which is worthy of reverence, honorable, just, pure, lovely, kind and gracious. If there is anything worthy of praise, I will think on and weigh and take account only of these things.
I will let the peace of God rule in my heart. As I do, I believe that my calm and undisturbed heart and mind are life and health to my physical body. I humble myself under the mighty hand of God, casting all of my concerns and anxieties on Him once and for all, because I know that He cares for me affectionately.
I thank You, Father, that You have not given me a spirit of timidity, of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear. The spirit I have of You is of power and love and of a calm and well balanced mind, of discipline and self control. You, Lord, are on my side; I will not fear. What can men do to me? You, Lord, are my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear or dread? You, Lord, are the refuge and stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? I love Your law, 0 Lord; nothing shall offend me or make me stumble; I walk in great peace, in Jesus' Name,
Isaiah 26:3. The Amplified Bible- Philippians 4:6-8; Colossians 3:15; Proverbs 14:30; 1 Peter 5:6-7; 2 Timothy 1:7; Psalms 118:6,119:165.
Walking in the Wisdom and Guidance of the Holy Spirit
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I realize that as a believer, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. My acknowledgment of His presence on a daily basis makes my faith in Him effectual. I believe that You, heavenly Father, are leading me and guiding me by the Holy Spirit through my spirit and illuminating my mind.
As I yield to the Holy Spirit, I believe that my steps are ordered of the Lord. Committing and trusting myself wholly to His guidance, I expect Him to cause my thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall my plans be established and succeed. I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. As I acknowledge Him, He directs me in paths of righteousness.
I confess that as I become more God inside minded, I can more easily recognize the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, and a stranger's voice I will not follow. I am aware that my spirit is the candle of the Lord.
I meditate in the Word day and night, not letting it depart from my mouth. I test my inward witness with the Word, for the Spirit and the Word agree. I am quick to act on the Word, as well as the prompting of my spirit. I am not a hearer only, but a doer. Therefore, I am blessed in all my deeds.
1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Philemon 6; John 16.13, Romans 8:14; Psalm 3 7.23; Proverbs 16:3, 3:5-6; Psalm 23:3; Romans 8:16; John 1027; Proverbs 20.27, Romans 8:5,8.2; Joshua 1:8; 1 John 5:7; James 1.25.
A Prayer for Your Finances
Heavenly Father, I have chosen Jesus as the Lord of my life and I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, believing that the material things I need will be supplied. I choose for my character and moral disposition to be free from the love of money, greed, lust and craving for earthly possessions. I am satisfied with my present circumstances and with what I have, being confident because You have promised that You will not in any way fail me, nor leave me without support. I am confident in Your faithfulness, that You will never leave me, nor forsake me, nor leave me helpless. I take comfort and am encouraged; I boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper, I will not be seized with alarm, I will not fear, or dread or be terrified.'
I believe, Father, that You wish above all things that I prosper and be in health even as my soul prospers. I will meditate in Your Word day and night, not letting it depart from my mouth, keeping it in the midst of my heart, observing to do all that is written therein. I believe that then I shall make my way prosperous and have good success. You have promised that as a doer of the Word I will be blessed in all of my deeds. I am assured that You will withhold no good thing from me as I walk uprightly. The uncompromising are never forsaken. I make it my ambition to live quietly and peacefully, to mind my own affairs, to work with my hands so that I may bear myself correctly and honorably and command the respect of the outside world, being self supporting, dependent on no one and having need of nothing.
Knowing through Your Word, Father, that You are the Lord my God who teaches me to profit and who leads me by the way I should go, I will put Your principles to work in my life regarding employment. I choose to apply myself to good deeds to honest labor and honorable employment, so that 1 may be able to meet necessary demands whenever the occasion may require and that I may not live an idle, uncultivated, unfruitful life, in Jesus' Name.
I labor so that I may walk honestly toward those who are without. As I give, it is given unto me again; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will men give into my bosom. I do not sow sparingly and grudgingly, but rather, I sow generously, blessing others. Therefore, I can expect to reap generously and with blessings.
Hebrews 13:5-6; Matthew 6:33; 3 John 2; Psalm 84:11; Joshua 1:8; James 1:25; Psalm 37:25; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12; Isaiah 48:17; Titus 3:14.
Overcoming Bad Habits
Father, I believe that my faith becomes effectual - divinely energized - by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in me in Christ Jesus. Through my union with Christ, I am a new creature, old things are passed away and all things have become new.
I was crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me. I was buried with Him in baptism, and raised together with Him by the power of the Holy Spirit so that I might habitually live and behave in newness of life. My old, unrenewed self was nailed to the Cross with Him in order that my body, which is the instrument of sin, might be made ineffective and inactive for evil and that I might no longer be the slave of sin.
Just as death no longer has power over Jesus Christ, neither does sin have dominion over me through my union with Him. I consider myself dead to sin and my relation to it broken. I am alive only to God, living in unbroken fellowship with Him, in Christ Jesus.
I have been delivered from the control and dominion of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of light. I have been raised together with Christ and am seated together with Him, far above principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and wicked spirits in high places. Sin shall no longer exert dominion over me, but I have dominion over sin. It is under my feet, in the Name of Jesus,
Philemon 6; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2.20, Romans 6:4,6, Romans 6:10-11; Colossians 1:1 3; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 1:21; Ephesians 6:12; Romans 6:14.
Heavenly Father, I cease not to pray for _______________ that You may grant him (her) a spirit of wisdom and revelation of insight into mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate knowledge of God, by having the eyes of his (her) heart flooded with light so that he (she) can know and understand the hope to which You have called him (her), and to know, how rich Your glorious inheritance is in the saints.
I pray that _______________ walks, lives and conducts himself (herself) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to You and desiring to please You in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in the knowledge of God. I pray that he (she) may be invigorated and strengthened with all power by Your Spirit to exercise every kind of endurance and patience, perseverance and forbearance with joy.
I believe that the good work You began in _______________ will continue, right up to the time of Jesus' return, perfecting it and bringing it to its full completion in him (her), in Jesus' Name.
Bill Gaultiere February 13, 2013
Category: Devotionals, Experiences For Retreats and Groups, Featured Experiences
Tags: Be Still, Healing Prayer, Pain, Praying Psalms
What have you done with the painful things you’ve experienced in your past? How might they be influencing you today?
We may try to forget painful memories and move on but in that case the problem lives on deep inside us, affecting how we relate to God, others, and ourselves in ways that we may not realize. Anxiety, depression, addiction, and chronic relationship problems usually have roots in a history of being rejected, abused, or growing up in a dysfunctional family.
Common problems like insecurity, anxiety, self-condemnation, or chronic tiredness may also be related to wounds or conflicts of the past that we haven’t healed from. Even physical problems ranging from serious illnesses to common headaches may be caused in part by internalized stress and repressed emotion. How we respond to the painful situations of life is a BIG deal.
Inner Healing Prayer
Inner Healing Prayer is a way to invite the Spirit of Christ to minister to the inner parts of our person that have been damaged. Sometimes this is called “Healing of Memory Prayer,” but usually the problem is less about the memory and more about the wounded or conflicted personality. (What makes the memory especially important is that it gives us access to the inner wound or conflict and how our personality may have been malformed.)
Typically inner healing prayer is done in conversation with a counselor or other prayer minister who offers God’s compassion and discernment under the leading of the Holy Spirit. The key to benefiting from this process is opening your mind and heart to Jesus to allow him to enter into the memory or hurt place to minister his grace and truth. Many people experience significant breakthroughs into personal freedom or healing by connecting profoundly with Jesus through this kind of inner healing prayer.
Another way that we have invited Jesus to heal our hearts and the hearts of people we minister to is through praying a Scripture passage contemplatively while remembering the painful event from the past. To pray contemplatively is to Be Still in God’s presence as you marinate yourself in the Word.
Drinking From the Psalm 46 “River That Makes Glad”
Psalm 46 is a wonderful tool for inner healing prayer. It is such a gift to us! It has some famous lines that are well-known by most earnest followers of Christ. But the real benefit comes when we meditate on the whole psalm, especially if we memorize it because that helps us to meditate further on it and makes it more profoundly available to us for personal prayer. If we take the words, insights, structure, and rhythms of Psalm 46 into our bodies and minds and then we open up our heart to God in a special time of prayer it is truly remarkable how God can use this psalm to bring us his healing!
1st Meditation: Listen for a Word
“There is a river that makes glad the city of God.” And it is here in Psalm 46!
Pray Psalm 46 s-l-o-w-l-y to help you drink from God’s living waters. As you do this, notice that there are three sections, each ending with a “Selah.” Selah means pause quietly to reflect and pray. Selah helps you to drink from the still waters of God’s love by hearing his Word to you. Selah helps you to be still and enjoy God’s presence.
As you read Psalm 46 now what word or phrase from Psalm 46 does the Holy Spirit especially impress upon your heart? Let this word come to life inside you…
2nd Meditation: Imagine the Scenes
Read and pray Psalm 46 again. This time use your imagination to picture the images and scenes of the Psalm. Notice the sharp contrasts between the distressing physical circumstances and the encouraging spiritual realities. Observe the differences between the government of people and that of God.
In Psalm 46 we see and feel frightening images of an earthquake, tidal wave, uproar amongst the nations, and war. Maybe you have been through fearful things in your past? Maybe you are experiencing conflict or great stress now?
As we already said, Psalm 46 offers us the river that makes glad the city of God. This is part of the Kingdom of God, the ultimate and eternal refuge and fortress for all who call on the Lord. Indeed, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.”
But when we go through suffering it may feel like God hasn’t been our refuge. When do we experience God’s help? We find that indeed God is our refuge when we look beyond our circumstances into spiritual reality and submit to his kingdom rule. What blessed peace is ours when we see and trust the invisible Kingdom of God in the midst of our visible world at war! Indeed, our personal anxieties and hurts can give way to God’s word of peace: “Be still and know that I am God.”
Try imagining the scenes of Psalm 46, especially the Kingdom of God, as you re-read it now…
To help you enter more deeply into the Selah rest of Psalm 46 contemplate just these three key verses that minister God’s presence and kingdom to us:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble… Selah…
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God… Selah…
Be still and know that I am God… Selah…
Now it’s time to recall a painful memory or struggle and invite Jesus to minister God’s healing power to you. Ask God to help you…
Imagine what happened. See yourself as a child or vulnerable person in that situation and deep inside of you today. (The child of your history may be the child in your heart today.) Feel your emotions and needs…
Consider that during that painful situation the risen Christ was present with you in Spirit, but probably this was in ways that you didn’t notice or appreciate. At that time you weren’t able or didn’t know how to put your confidence fully in the Lord and enter into the spiritual reality that God’s kingdom truly is your refuge. God is in the eternal now, where past, present, and future are one, so ask the Lord Jesus to come to you in this memory and show you how he was and is present for you…
Take as much time as you need to be quiet and still before the Lord. You’re offering your painful memory to God as if it were a movie screen. Look and listen for Jesus, paying attention to any images, thoughts, or sensations that he may bring into your awareness…
It may help you to calm your thoughts and keep your mind and heart open to God if you return to contemplating on one of the lines the from Psalm 46 (e.g., “God is our refuge… There is a river… Be still…”)…
Continue in God’s Healing
Inner healing prayer for a particular memory, wound, or conflict is an ongoing process that deepens with time. So it’s helpful to repeat this Psalm 46 meditation. Furthermore, to fully absorb and integrate into your personality God’s blessing you need to appreciate it. So make sure to give thanks to God for any ways that your Psalm 46 meditation has helped you to experience him as your “refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.”
The other way to further your healing from Christ through this Psalm 46 meditation and prayer is to talk to someone you trust about your experience.
This healing prayer is with courtesy from Mary’s Rosary Chain.
Most people today are looking for healing. Whether it is healing of bodily ailments, emotional ailments or spiritual ailments, all these can be a burden on us.
Jesus, during his life time, healed people from all kinds of disease – body, mind and soul. People saw Jesus as a miracle worker. Even today, people come to Jesus looking for a miracle healing.
If you are expecting a miracle, through the healing prayer, following are a few factors that you first need to consider.
One factor is the human element. An action of faith is needed by us.
The Bible clearly shows this in the Gospel of Mark 2:3-5
And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “My son; your sins are forgiven.”
The human action of faith was, the group of men carrying the paralytic to the house and taking the trouble to lower him through the roof towards Jesus. They did not give up, just because the house was crowded and unable to get close.
It is not just the sick person, but others, such as relatives, friends and church communities also could pray for one’s healing. Jesus first saw their faith and only then uses his divine power to heal.
The divine power of Jesus which causes the miracle healing, comes only after the human desire and action of faith.
Jesus’ healing is wholesome. Jesus heals not only your body, but also your soul. Hence the words “Your sins are forgiven”.
Our ability to forgive others is another important factor before we say the healing prayer.
In order to pray for emotional healing and spiritual healing, it is important that we forgive those who hurt us. Jesus emphasises this in the Gospel of Mark 11:24-26
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
In order to experience spiritual healing or inner peace, forgiveness is essential.
I only could say this through personal experience. Looking at the current blessings I have with a beautiful family, one would not believe the emotional sufferings that I had been through in my life. Yet again they are nothing compared to Jesus’ sufferings.
As human beings, we feel that our own hurts, rejections and betrayals are unbearable. The only way I was able to free myself from those past hurts was, to forgive them who hurt me. When it is your family, it is even worse. You wonder how could someone you love so much, do such a thing.
Yet we have to remember that Jesus was betrayed and rejected by his closest friends, the Apostles whom he considered as family. In addition, the very people whom he healed on the streets, did not rescue him when he was brought for judgement by Pilot. Instead they shouted ‘crucify him’ (Gospel of Mark 15:9-13)
Who are we compared to Jesus? If someone as gentle as Jesus could be betrayed, why cannot we bear other people’s faults? If Jesus who is sinless can forgive those who hurt him, we who are sinful, should be able to forgive those who hurt us.
Forgiveness is crucial for inner healing. The ability to totally forgive, gives us a feeling of total freedom. The Healing Prayer, the miracle prayer and the Lord’s Prayer are prayers asking for this grace.
Teaching your children to forgive from a very young age, will set them on the right path to find inner peace and freedom. This may not be the case in today’s secular world. Hence the destructions caused by hatred, revenge and anger. These feelings keep people in bondage.
However, as a good Catholic parent or guardian, I am sure that you will guide your children in the right path towards inner healing and freedom.
Click here for another beautiful Prayer for Healing.
Return to Jesus the Healer.
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Return from Healing Prayer to Family Prayer.
Feel the Power of a Spiritual Healing Prayer
Reciting a spiritual healing prayer is a simple way to self healing that a spiritual path offers you. Prayers are said to have a deep impact on the psyche and the soul of the person. They provide strength and ability to heal.
Normally directed toward the Lord or a deity, prayers help people receive blessings. You can start praying from this very moment or you can say a spiritual healing prayer every day for long-term benefit. There are several different prayers that can help you attain spiritual healing.
What is Prayer ?
Some ways to spirituality are independent from religion, especially in the western society. They involve also meditation, and for these paths the intent of prayer can be different than a religious path.
The most heartfelt definition and description I have ever read about prayer is in this supplement of "A Course in Miracles": "Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice and The Song of Prayer".
According to this idea, prayer is a matter of relationship with our true nature, more than a request or an invocation. Its purpose is to learn to be an ally of mystery, instead of trying to drive life according to our need and interest or to get specific help.
In case you have a specific request that could be recovery or some other physical stuff, I invite you to consider spiritual affirmations. I found they are even more effective in this.
A spiritual prayer has the ability to connect you directly with Being and can also channelize positive energy in the mind and body, which helps in the healing process. There is a certain healing power that comes with a prayer, and the best way to understand this power is by knowing more about a spiritual healing prayer.
Prayers and their Healing Power
Healing prayers differ depending on the situation you are facing in life, on the step you are taking in your spiritual growth and on the level of your awareness. The power of a spiritual protection and healing prayer lies within yourself and your ability to connect to the Supreme Being.
In any case, your deep intent is at the basis of their power. The more your intention is aligned and strong and you know how to use it, the more prayer is powerful.
Praying like this can even lead to understand and realize the true power of spiritual healing.
Let us look at a healing prayer and understand how it can help you. I choose one that is pretty close to the concept of prayer that I mentioned at the beginning. It is also very human, humble, action oriented, and it talks to anyone, beyond religion.
Prayer of Saint Francis
make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me bring love;
Where there is injury, forgiveness;
Where there is discord, unity;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in forgiving that we are forgiven,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
This spiritual healing prayer is a means to receive the healing power from the Supreme Being, that extends from its peace.
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Prayers for Strength, Healing, and Coping With Life’s ChallengesIn This Article
A community of faith can provide more than support when we are in need of help.
The members of a faith community can strengthen our resolve to heal, can link their prayers to ours, and can restore us to faith. They can envelop us in caring and love.
Editor’s note: The special guest contributor of this article, Rabbi Naomi Levy, is the author of three best-selling books: Talking to God, To Begin Again, and Hope Will Find You. She is the spiritual leader of Nashuva in Los Angeles
When I was a teenager, my girlfriends and I were often trying to diet. Our motto was: A moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips. It meant that an act that took just an instant could remain with you forever. I like to apply this phrase to the process of prayer. A prayer takes just a matter of seconds to utter, but its influence in our lives, on our behavior, on our hearts, on our perceptions, can be permanent. A moment on our lips is a lifetime on our souls. A simple prayer can change us; can lead us on the path to healing ourselves and our world.
So pray. Pray for peace, pray for healing, pray for advances in science, pray for the strength to eradicate poverty and disease, pray for the courage to overcome injustice, pray for resolve, pray for others, pray for yourself. Pray to God with all your heart and soul, then gather up your might to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
Prayer is not a passive activity. Prayer alters us. It awakens us. Our eyes begin to notice beauty where we never noticed it before. Our hearts begin to feel compassion we never knew we had. Our priorities shift. As we talk to God, we receive the encouragement to live up to the potential inside us. Soon we start to see beyond ourselves into the world that is waiting for our help.
I believe God is listening. And I believe God answers us. God’s answer to our prayers may be very different from the answer we were searching for. God’s reply might come as the strength to fight on. It may come as the courage to face what we have been fearing. God’s answer may be the ability to accept what we have been denying. Or it may appear as hope in the face of despair. God is neither distant nor deaf. We are not alone. God is present in our lives. When we stop bargaining with God and start opening up our souls to God, our prayers suddenly start working. We can pray for strength and receive strength. Prayer is ultimately an experience, not a request. It is a sense of being connected, of being part of something larger than ourselves. It is an attempt to be in the presence of God.
Praying in a community
A community of faith can provide more than support when we are in need of help. The members of a faith community can strengthen our resolve to heal, can link their prayers to ours, and can restore us to faith. They can envelop us in caring and love.
Praying with a community alters us. Often when life hurts we pray by ourselves and assume that we are alone in our pain. When we enter a community to pray our eyes open up. We see that we are not alone in our pain—there are others who suffer too. And we also realize that we are not alone in the world, there are dozens of people praying for us, extending their arms to help. Suddenly the nature of our prayers begins to change. We stop drowning in self-pity. We stop praying for ourselves alone. Before long we begin adding others to our prayers. We begin praying for our world. We begin to see our own troubles in a new light. Perhaps things aren’t as bad as they seemed after all.
Mark was a man in my community who was depressed after heart surgery. He started losing weight and his doctors were concerned that he had given up on life. When I let some of my congregants know about Mark’s condition they moved into action. They began taking him meals, visiting him at home, offering prayers and blessings. Even though he protested a bit, one woman started driving him to synagogue where he was showered with blessings, prayers and song. Mark's transformation was remarkable. Suddenly he started to thrive, eating his meals and laughing again.
Sometimes a community’s prayers can literally save a life.
Only children look forward to getting older. The rest of us wish we could stop time. But we have no power over the aging process as it unfolds before us and upon us. We can spend a fortune on hair implants and plastic surgery, but these procedures can’t make us even one day younger. What we do have, though, is the power to choose how we respond to our own aging. We can dread it, or we can embrace all the gifts that our years have to offer.
Growing older can certainly feel like a curse, especially in a society that idolizes youth. Aging inevitably brings with it a series of losses: the loss of employment and identity; the loss of control, of physical strength and health; the loss of friends; the loss of an illusion of invincibility. But aging also bestows a vast array of blessings upon us: the freedom of life without work, the joys of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the identity as the elder of a family, the perspective on life that can only be gained through years, the awareness of human frailty, the link to the past that elders can offer, the wisdom that comes with age.
We can get older against our will and become frightened frustrated, and angry, or we can grow older and reap all the benefits of age. Growing older means that we actively choose to continue to develop and live and learn and give and teach and help and bless this world.
A prayer for aging with dignity
I don’t want to grow old God. I don’t want any part of it. But since I have no power to stop the clock, my prayer is this: Let me age with grace.
Show me the way, God. Be with me. Grant health to my body and clarity to my mind. Give me strength. Help me to overcome my vanity. Teach me to combat self-pity. Don’t allow me to become set in my ways. Shield me from isolation and from loneliness.
May the love of my family and friends be my reward for all the struggles of my youth.
Let all the blessings of age emanate from me. Let wisdom flow from my mouth, let compassion flow from my heart, let acts of kindness flow from my arms, let faith flow from my soul, let joy shine forth from my eyes. Amen.
We are never too old to make birthday wishes
Two months ago, when I took my children to the library, I watched a small, pale grey-haired woman hunched and wrinkled with years patiently teaching a woman in her thirties how to read. When I returned with my children the following week, they were there again. The old woman pointed to each word and encouraged as the young woman slowly sounded out syllable after syllable, whispering in a timid, embarrassed voice.
Week after week I’d find them sitting there at a low table in the children’s section, reading picture books amidst puppets and posters.
Last week when I came to the library, the two women were there working. But this time the young woman held her little boy on her lap. In a calm, confident voice she read to him from Goodnight Moon. He listened with rapt attention. The old woman looked on in delight. A mother’s shame had turned to pride.
Every day we are given the opportunity to remake ourselves and to remake this world. No matter what our age we have the potential to grow and learn and change. No matter what our age, we have the potential to give and teach and enlighten.
Never stop making birthday wishes.
A birthday prayer for the power to grow
I am a year older today, God, and my birthday wish is this: Let me keep growing.
I want to grow, God, not only in years but in strength, in wisdom, in love. I want to gain patience, I want to gain compassion and understanding. This year, please help me to realize the potential You have placed inside me.
Thank You, God, for giving me precious life. Amen.
Strength through faith: realizing our dreams no matter what our age
We do have the power to recapture our longings and to realize them. It is never too late to do that. It was Goldie Shore who taught me this lesson.
Five years ago Goldie approached me after services. “Rabbi,” she said, “I’ll be eighty-four this year, and I want to have a bat mitzvah.” I said, “Of course, Goldie. But it’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have to study with me every week for a year.” She said, “This is something I’ve always wanted for myself. And besides, what do I have better to do?” The very next Tuesday, Goldie showed up in my study with a big shopping bag filled with papers, fruits and vegetables, a handkerchief, a sweater, a scarf, a Bible, two pairs of eyeglasses, another sweater in case it got chilly, and a tape recorder—not one of those small handheld models but a big, old, heavy one about the size of a large shoe box. I asked, “Goldie, how did you get here with such a heavy bag?” She answered, “With my feet. I walked.” Then she sat down and told me all about her childhood in Europe. How she wanted to learn Torah with her brothers but was not allowed. “It’s not for girls,” the rabbi told her. So she used to stand by the door and eavesdrop as her brothers studied. As a result, she picked up bits and pieces of Hebrew and prayers. One of her brothers became a Torah scholar, but when she tried to get him to teach her, he too refused, using the same refrain: “It’s not for girls.”
Week after week Goldie faithfully appeared at my door with her heavy shopping bag. The work was not simple. There was the Hebrew reading to master, as well as all the blessings and the melody of the haftorah. Not to mention the fact that Goldie had difficulty hearing. But she kept toiling away. One time it was cold and rainy outside, so I called her and said, “Maybe we should skip this week.” But the next thing I knew there she was at my door. She said, “I’ve waited eighty-four years to hear Torah from inside the door, and I’m not going to miss a class now.” Then Goldie added, “I want you to know that I take your tape with me to bed. It helps me to fall asleep when I have indigestion.” I told Goldie how well she was progressing, and she replied, “I know. I’ve got talent, don’t I?”
Goldie had more than talent, she had a real gift. She was one of my best students. It was as if she had known the material before, as if she had learned it once and now all she needed was to simply refresh her memory.
When the bat mitzvah day arrived, three of her children and four grandchildren flew in for the occasion. Goldie was beaming. At the appointed time, she slowly made her way up to the pulpit. Wrapped in a tallis, a prayer shawl, she opened the well-worn text she had studied from for a year, looked out upon the congregation with the mischievous smile of someone who is about to share a secret, and began to chant. Her chanting sounded like music from another world. It was as if all the women of her generation who had never been permitted to chant our prayers were rolled up into one voice. A voice that seemed to say, “I am here.”
A prayer for the strength to realize our dreams
You have blessed me with many gifts, God, but I know it is my task to realize them. May I never underestimate my potential, may I never lose hope. May I find the strength to strive for better, the courage to be different, the energy to give all that I have to offer. Amen.
Prayer can transform our lives
When we wake up in the morning, we remember to prepare our bodies for the day ahead of us. We wash, we dress, we eat. Would you ever think of leaving the house without brushing your teeth? And yet we rarely take the time to prepare our souls for the day ahead of us. It doesn’t need to take very long. Just a minute or two each morning. But a simple morning prayer can literally transform the way we think, feel, behave, and work. A morning prayer helps to remind us how blessed we are—even on those days when you sleep through the alarm, when the coffee spills on your lap, when the toast burns, when the kids are whining, when nothing seems to be going right. Even brief prayer can give us the courage to confront a difficult day, and it can give us the insight to recognize a miraculous one.
Before you race out the door, take a moment. Take a deep breath in, let a deep breath out, and talk to God. Tell God your hopes for the new day and your worries too. And don’t forget to notice something to be thankful for this day.
A morning prayer
There are so many things I take for granted. May I not ignore them today.
Just for today, help me, God, to remember that my life is a gift, that my health is a blessing, that this new day is filled with awesome potential, that I have the capacity to bring something wholly new and unique and good into this world.
Just for today, help me, God, to remember to be kind and patient to the people who love me, and to those who work with me too. Teach me to see all the beauty that I so often ignore, and to listen to the silent longing of my own soul.
Just for today, help me, God, to remember You.
Let this be a good day, God, full of joy and love. Amen.
A prayer for the body
Thank You, God, for the body You have given me. Most of the time I take my health for granted. I forget how fortunate I am to live without pain or disability, how blessed I am to be able to see and hear and walk and eat. I forget that this body of mine, with all its imperfections is a gift from You.
When I am critical of my appearance, remind me, God, that I am created in Your holy image. If I become jealous of someone else’s appearance, teach me to treasure my unique form.
Help me, God, to care for my body. Teach me to refrain from any action that will bring harm to me. If I fall prey to a self-destructive habit, fill me with the strength to conquer my cravings.
Lead me to use my body wisely, God. Guide my every limb, God, to perform acts of compassion and kindness.
I thank You, God, for creating me as I am. Amen.
Prayer at night can calm our fears and help us sleep through the night
We all know how to get our bodies ready for bed. We undress, put on pajamas, brush our teeth. But what about our souls? What do we do with our fears? Our longings? Our hurts? Our inspiration?
A prayer at night can help us embrace sleep instead of fighting it. It can help us to learn from darkness instead of fearing it. It can bring comfort to our minds and hearts. It can transform our worries into awe, our tension into trust, our restlessness into peace.
When you lie down in bed, spend a minute telling God what you need to say. May sweet sleep surround you all night long.
A night prayer
With the darkness comes Your light. Earth and sky blend into one, the heavens seem closer now, the day’s burdens farther somehow. Your presence is almost palpable.
Watch over me, God, body and soul. Stay beside me through the night. Protect me from harm. Banish my fears. Send me dreams that are sweet, fill my heart with Your peace, set my mind at ease. And, at first light, please, restore me to new life. Amen.
Prayer and faith can help us welcome God’s healing power
It is natural to be frightened when we become ill. We feel vulnerable. We worry; we want to know that everything will turn out all right. We sometimes feel alone even when loved ones are by our side. The illness lies within us, and no one else knows exactly how we feel. Prayer has the power to transform our fear into faith. It reminds us that we are never alone. Everything we are, body and soul, is in the hand of God, whose presence fills the universe and who is as close to us as our own breath. No matter what this unpredictable world sends our way, with God by our side we can find the strength to confront our fears. So pray and welcome God’s healing power.
A blessing for healing (for physical and spiritual healing that can be said with the laying on of hands)
May God heal your body and soul.
May your pain cease,
May your strength increase,
May your fears be released,
May blessings, love, and joy surround you.
A prayer of thanks for healing
I thought you had forgotten me, I felt abandoned and alone. I prayed to You, but You never answered. I searched, but I couldn’t find You. And then, without warning, You spread Your love over me and taught me not to fear. You quieted me, You healed me, You blessed me, You stretch Your comfort over all living things.
Thank You, God, for giving me life and for saving my life. Amen.
Menopause: a sacred journey
We are comforted by God’s predictable rhythms. The sound of our breath in and out, the beating of our hearts. The waves crash against the shore and recede, crash and recede. Day after day the sun rises and sets, the moon waxes and wanes. But a woman’s monthly cycle inevitably comes to an end. From the time we are young girls hoping for breasts, we have owned this rhythm. It is a bittersweet blessing. In our teens we dread cramps, bloating, and blood. As we become sexually active we hate how our cycle interferes with spontaneity and forces us to worry about contraception.
But as we mature, we realize that our menstrual cycle is a holy gift, a symbol of fruitfulness, of the fertile ground within us. And soon we become pregnant and grow and grow and bring forth new life. Bringing our children into this world is an unimaginable blessing. And even after we stop having children, our menstrual cycle remains as a monthly reminder to us that we are fresh, in our childbearing years, that there is still a river of life flowing through our wombs. When that river runs dry, we feel sad. We miss the blessing of being a life giver.
A prayer at menopause
Help me, God, to embrace life's cycle.
When my emotions fluctuate, steady me. When my body temperature rises, shade me beneath your cool, comforting shelter. When my spirit falls, lift me up, God; remind me that I am blessed, that I am beautiful, that I am desirable, that I am whole. When I find myself envying younger women, teach me, God, how to rejoice in the joy of others. Open my eyes to the abundant gifts that surround me each day.
I thank You, God, for making me a woman, for the beauty of youth, for the joy of marriage, for the miracle of childbirth, for the blessings of motherhood, for the beauty that comes with age, for the wisdom of my years.
I am comforted by Your predictable rhythms, God. Amen.
Retirement is a milestone we should consecrate. A valued colleague has reached the age of retirement after years of dedication, leadership, and creativity. A precious human being has left an indelible imprint on a workplace and on our society. Too often, we allow people to retire quietly without affording them the honor that is due them.
A retirement blessing
Thank you for your insight, your guidance, your companionship, your integrity, and for all the sacrifices you made.
May God bless the path you take.
May God bless your future labors with success.
May your newly found freedom bring you great pleasure and deep satisfaction.
May God bless your body with health and your soul with joy.
May your work here continue to flourish in your absence.
May you continue to spread your kindness and wisdom upon us for many years to come.
May God watch over you and shield you from harm.
May all your prayers be answered. Amen.
Celebrating retirement: turning fear into fulfillment
Whenever we meet someone new, the first question we are inevitably asked is, What do you do? How are we supposed to respond when our years of employment have ended? What do we do? Many of us assume that our work is what brings us respect. Why should anyone care about us after we have lost our position of status? When we stop working, another fear surfaces. We suddenly discover that we don’t know ourselves very well. As children we had interests and passions. But now we are not sure what brings us pleasure. Some of us haven’t spent time away from work in years. Even on vacation we were always working in our minds. We aren’t sure we know how to enjoy anything anymore.
There is no doubt that retirement is a transition that conjures up many fears. But retirement can also lead to untold joy to unexpected freedom, to renewed vigor, and to a deeper and truer sense of self-worth.
A prayer at retirement: embracing a newly found freedom
I am scared God. Who am I without a title? Without a schedule? Without my job?
Teach me, God. Show me who I am. Remind me that I am not my job, nor was I ever so.
Open my eyes to the beauty that surrounds me. Open my heart to the love. Open my arms to family members and friends I was always too busy to embrace. Open my mind to the vast world of knowledge that lies before me. Open my ears to the cries of those who desperately need my assistance.
Fill me with compassion, God. Let me transform these doubts of mine into acts of goodness and charity. Calm my fears, God. Remind me that I am vital, that I am needed, that I matter, that I am loved.
Teach me to embrace this precious freedom I have been granted. For the first time in a long time I can choose to spend my days as I wish, to explore whatever I wish, to travel wherever I wish.
Help me live this time wisely, God. Lead me on the path to meaning, to satisfaction, to joy, to peace. Stay with me, God. Let me know You are near. Amen.
Leaning on family and community: learning to reach out for help
When we are young, we place our trust in ourselves. But as we grow older our bodies betray us. Our memory mocks us. Our legs weary of carrying us. Our eyes play tricks on us. Our ears won’t cooperate. Our hands refuse to obey us. Our stomachs rebel and our looks abandon us. We must learn how to depend upon others. We can laugh about it, but inside we are scared. We are scared of feeling useless. We don’t want to become burdens to our children. For years we have taken care of them; now we might have to learn to let them take care of us.
A prayer for the strength to reach out for help
I don’t want to be a burden, God. I certainly don’t want pity. But I can no longer do it all alone.
Help me, God. Teach me not to be afraid to rely upon others. Show me how to accept kindness, how to ask for help. Teach me, God, that my children still love me even though they’re grown.
I still have so much to offer, God. Help me find the ways to transmit my wisdom, to share my love, to realize my talents, to offer my reassurance and support.
Most of all, I place my trust in You, God; I place my body and soul in Your hands, and pray that You will be with me. Amen.
A prayer for strength for a child who must care for an aging parent
It’s so painful God to watch my mother begin to falter. I have always counted on her, and now she needs to count on me. I love my mother; I can’t stand the way our roles have reversed. I don’t want to see her in her weakness. I know this reversal is humiliating for her. She doesn’t want to feel helpless or dependent. But she needs me now.
Help me, God, to rise to this critical occasion. Show me how to care for my mother with respect, tenderness, and love. Fill me with compassion and patience. Shield me from anger and resentment.
Calm my fears, give me strength, God. Help me to seek out relief and support when the burden is great.
Give her strength, God. Bless her with dignity, grace, and health. Amen.