Healing: a station for 24-7 Prayer

Healing is something we can all pray for – whether in our own lives, or in the lives of others.

We often think of healing in terms of illness, and that is an important part of prayer for healing – as we ask God to intervene in our lives. 

But healing goes far beyond our own bodies.  We’re called to pray for healing of emotional and spiritual hurts in our lives, for the healing of nations and for the healing of God’s creation. 

The Diocesan Committee of the Church’s Ministry of Healing has produced this document, to help you make space for people to pray for healing in your prayer room during the Diocesan Year of 24-7 prayer.  Although we would have loved to have produced it for the start of the year, we hope that launching the resource in January will give as many parishes as possible the chance to use it in 2014.

You may want to consider printing page two and distributing it to sick, elderly and housebound parishioners as one way they can contribute to your prayer room, even if they are not able to attend a prayer room in person – they can use the liturgy, or perhaps even set up a prayer station in their own home.

 

Setting up your healing prayer station

Think about how much space you want to devote to this station in your prayer room.  You can make it as large or small as you think appropriate; a small table is probably perfect, perhaps against a wall or notice board to which you can attach things.

The station is shaped around seven areas of prayer, and we recommend using an object for each area, to encourage people in their reflection and prayer.  We’ve made some suggestions, but you should be creative and think of other ideas, perhaps particularly appropriate to your context.

How you set it up will depend on the space.  The various items listed below in and of themselves will form a useful station in and of themselves as the prayers are designed to be used alongside the various objects.

Things you will need

  • A space to set up your station
  • A hymnbook or copies of the hymn booklet
  • Copies of the prayers on page two of this document
  • A (preferably) wooden cross small enough to hold in one hand
  • An anchor – small enough to hold.  (If you can’t get a small ornamental anchor, perhaps a photograph of one)
  • A rock or stone – larger than a pebble but still small enough to lift comfortably
  • A cup of wine and a small bread roll (the wine need not be alcoholic, and these items should not be consecrated)
  • A Book of Common Prayer
  • A small bottle/phial of olive oil
  • A bible
  • A candle

 

Prayer for healing.

These prayers can be used by a group or by individuals.  You may wish to light a candle as you begin your prayers.

 

Hope

Hold the anchor in your hand, and remember the assurance of Jesus in your life.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,  where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.  (Hebrews 6:19-20)

Jesus is our anchor that will hold us steadfast and sure whatever life throws at us and even unto death.

(Hymn: Will your anchor hold)

Lord God, you are an anchor in the storm; grant the stillness of your peace and the hope of your presence.

R: in your mercy, hear us.

 

Encouragement

Hold the rock in your hand.  Feel its weight, and recognise the solid foundation of Christ Jesus in your life.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  (Romans 8:28)

We know that Jesus is our Rock, who took upon Himself our sins and gave His life that we might be washed clean by His blood.

(Hymn: Rock of ages)

Lord God, rock in times of trouble; grant the remembrance of your presence, that uplifts and encourages.

R: in your mercy, hear us.

 

Assurance

Hold the cross in your hand.  Feel its shape, and feel the place the cross fills in your life.

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  (Romans 10:13)

He looks after us and spares us like a father.

(Hymn: Great is thy faithfulness)

Lord God, man of the cross; grant the victory of the cross, that promises salvation.

R: in your mercy, hear us.

 

Love

Take a taste of the bread and wine.  Savour it, and remember

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.  (Psalm 34:8)

Our lives are enriched and made fuller in Him and our weary bodies and souls find rest in Him.

(Hymn: O Love that wilt not let me go)

Lord God, who first loved us; grant the presence of your love, that rejoices the heart.

R: in your mercy, hear us.

Inspiration

Hold the prayer book in your hand.  You may wish to leaf through it and find a prayer you particularly value.  Remember that prayer is a means of growing your relationship with God.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  (Romans 15:13)

When we are ill it is right and proper that we should have others pray for us, but as soon as we are able we should at the same time pray regularly for ourselves.  We should thank God that the same Holy Spirit that came down in power at Pentecost is still available to us to-day and His power can work within us

(Hymn: Holy Spirit, truth divine)

Lord God, who hears us when we call; grant the inspiration that comes with prayers that are answered.

R: in your mercy, hear us.

 

Nurture

Dip your finger in the oil and daub it on the palm of your other hand.  You may want to make the sign of the cross with it.

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.  (Philippians 4:9)

Remember that the whole purpose of our Christian lives is to glorify God.  It is important that, whatever measures of healing any of us receives; we determine to use that in the service of God. 

(Hymn:  Jubilate, everybody)

Lord God, send us out in the power of Your Spirit and live and work to Your praise and glory

R: in your mercy, hear us.

 

Guidance

Open the bible at your favourite verse.  Read it to yourself and remember the rich promises of God in your life.

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.  (Psalm 25:5)     

May God come and walk behind us, beside us, before us, for He alone is our shelter and direction.

(Hymn:  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah)

Lord God, you guide your people; grant direction through your word.

R: in your mercy, hear us.

 

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