How to Pray for Healing!

This is a lesson given to my charismatic prayer group.
1. Remember it is not about you, your ability to pray, your worthiness or holiness. It is all about God and His awesome love, mercy and power, his love for the person being prayed over.
2. You don’t have to be fancy or say the perfect prayer. Jesus said we must be like children, the simpler the prayer, the better.
3. A way to begin is to simply talk to Jesus by lifting up the person being prayed for; Jesus, we lift up… so that you may bless them. Pour your love and mercy upon them, pour your healing power upon … and heal them. Grant them the healing they most need at this time.
4. God inhabits the praises of His people so praise Him, thank Him.
5. Often we need to be reminded of God’s promises so it is good to quote scripture. Thank you Jesus that with you all things are possible, that you are the same yesterday, today and forever…Ask yourself what does this person need to hear. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.
6. When possible point to Jesus in the Eucharist, thank Him that He is really present in all His power, that all things are possible, that He is the same as He was in Galilee. Talk to Him as if He was alive in front of you just as if you had encountered Him on the road to Jerusalem or Bethany. What would you have asked for the person with you? If you are praying before mass pray that the person to be totally open to the graces of the Eucharist. It is by this power that people are often healed.
7. It is okay to pray over someone in proxy with someone sitting in for the person.
8. It is good to pray over caregivers that they know the Lord’s rest and peace.
9. If you can, pray in tongues. The Holy Spirit knows best what this person needs.
10. Volunteer to pray with people but don’t try too hard to persuade them or be upset if they don’t say yes. I often invite people to be prayed over by the whole prayer group and find that they feel it is more convenient for me to pray over them right then.
11. Never promise healing; only that God will bless them in some way. Don’t claim the power of healing. I only claim a lot of experience. Then point to God as the healer. When people tell me they experienced healing I point to the Tabernacle and tell them it is all Him.
12. Always thank God for hearing our prayers, for what He is doing.
13. It is okay to pray over people more than once. Ask God to continue to heal…

Thoughts on the Road to Emmaus

Thoughts on the Road to Emmaus

Have you ever really that about the story of the disciples who walked to Emmaus with Jesus? We all know that they didn’t recognize Him until the breaking of the bread. What about all of the people who passed them by? No one recognized Jesus either. Why not?
Could it be the reason no one recognized them was because they didn’t expect to see Him? After all they knew He died on Good Friday. Who would expect to see a man crucified walking to Emmaus? So they walked past Him without thinking twice.
Are we like that? Do we fail to see Jesus because we don’t expect to see Him? Do we go to mass expecting nothing? Do we receive Communion and not expect Jesus to do anything? Has Communion become an empty ritual rather than an encounter with the living God? Are we missing out on the blessings God wants to give us because of our low expectations?
Are we missing him elsewhere because of our low expectations? Do we fail to recognize His presence in our brothers and sisters, the Poor and wounded in society? Are we missing opportunities to serve Him because we don’t recognize Him due to our preconceived expectations? How much are we missing?