Passages from Christian Scriptures Now we will read from the scriptures Psalm 121:1-8 I lift up my eyes to the hills--- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip--- He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you--- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm- He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 86:1-7 Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me. Isaiah 40:27-31 Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?” Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Philippians 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. James 5:14-16 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor any thing else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Protestant Prayer Gracious God, who has loved us with an everlasting love, a love that will not let us go, we thank you. We join together in praying for me, asking that Jesus the divine Physician may bring healing through the work of the earthly physicians, nurses, and other members of the health-care team. We pray that Your spirit may work in my, life to give courage, faith, and hope in this time of illness. Now we ask Your blessing upon me, your servant. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen Developed by Rev. David Drumel of Pastoral Care at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Memphis
III Prayer exercise For the next 5-7 minutes we will do a prayer exercise- I am going to ask you to do the following 7 steps Step 1: Pick a focus word, phrase or prayer. Use something from your religious tradition. (Offer to Christian “the Lord is my shepherd”, “Our father who art in Heaven”, or “Our Father, Savior, or Hail Mary”, to Jewish “Shalom”, to Muslim “Allah”, To Hindu or Buddhist “Om”, or worlds such as “peace” or “love”. (30 seconds) Step 2: Sit or lie quietly in a comfortable position (30 seconds) Step 3: Close your eyes. (15 seconds) Step 4: Relax your muscles (15 seconds) Step 5: Breathe slowly and naturally, and as you do, repeat your focus word or prayer as you exhale. (60 seconds) Step 6: Assume a passive attitude. Do not worry about how well you are doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say to yourself “oh well”, and gently return to repeating the word or prayer (60 seconds) Step 7: Repeat Step 5 (2-4 minutes)