5 Things I Learned Praying for the Sick in Hospitals

5 Things I Learned Praying for the Sick in Hospitals

5 Things I Learned Praying for the Sick in Hospitals




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About a month ago I had the opportunity to take a trip Southbound to visit a group of friends in another city. This group of friends happens to be a small number of radical youth who, together with their leaders, are passionate and intentional about influencing their city with the Love of Christ.

While I was there, I had the privilege of joining them as we visited the public Hospital to pray for the sick. Going there for the first-time, I was deeply impacted by everything that I saw, and through that experience I learned a lot.

Since returning home from that trip, our own group has begun visiting the Public hospital in our city. Here are five of the biggest things that I have learned, starting with number 5.

5. The People Want Prayer.

This is simple, but a very true fact that is good to remember. I found that there is no shortage of faith in desperate situations.

It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, human beings default to hope. Sometimes it's all we’re left with. In fact, in the most desperate of cases, it seems even people of other religions are willing to believe in miracles.

And the people are always so thankful. Not everyone shows it as much as the other, but in a way, you see can see the Love of God sparkle in their eyes. It means something to them to know that there is someone who isn't asking for anything in return, but simply and sincerely cares enough about them to visit them in their sufferings.

One time one of my companions prayed for a man who had suffered a stroke. He could not speak, but he was so excited and so touched by the act of kindness that he quickly signaled for a pen and paper. He then wrote a thank-you note and gave it to my friend.

4. Be Still.

At first this was perhaps the hardest thing for me to do, and yet one of the most important things that I learned.

Why?

When we lay our hands on the sick to pray, our natural impulse is to start speaking audible words. Personally, I felt compelled to do this to ease the awkwardness of the situation, and to meet the expectations of the person I was praying for. Naturally when you pray you say something, right?

But we must learn to find Peace in the stillness.

The Bible tells us "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" - Psalms 46:10

In other words, it is in our stillness that God speaks the loudest. Those times that we call “awkward moments” are actually “God” moments if we listen closely.

Sometimes all it takes is a touch. And it is in those moments of silence that God is touching the person with His Peace and His Presence. If we acknowledge Him; listen to Holy Spirit, we will see that as each person has his or her eyes closed, God Himself is doing the work in them

Walk in Peace, walk in His Presence; Be still and know that He is God.

 

"Just one touch from the King changes everything"

- Godfrey Birtill

 

3. There are certain questions you need to be prepared to answer.

i.e.

Question 1: What is your religion?

Ah, religion. Surprising as it may be, born again Christians are not the only group to visit hospitals. Because of this, people sometimes want to know what religion thou dost boast.

My response?

Because so many people where I live have been exposed to the negligent usage and more-than-questionable ‘arts’ of varying religions, I have found that as much as possible, it is best not to label what you are doing by any church or religion, but to simply center the focus on Jesus Christ and His unconditional Love.

Thus, in response to this question we simply say we are “Christian.” Of course, that is a vague term that could mean a number of different groups, but it keeps the focus on Christ.

Question 2: Is this free?

Yes. This is something we learned. A few times when people seemed reluctant to let us pray for them, it was because they were worried we were selling prayer. I’m not sure if this is because there are people who actually practice that or not, but if there appears to be any reluctancy/confusion, it is best to let people know straight away that what you are giving is one-hundred percent free, with zero strings attached.

2. God Always Answers.

God always answers. No matter what, who, when or how, God, in some way, responds. And He responds definitely and undeniably. He responds tangibly.

He may not respond in the way we want or expect, but He will manifest Himself whenever and wherever there is even the slightest acknowledgement of Him.

One thing that I realized is that people always feel the Peace and Presence of God. Always. That is something that is never missing. Even if there is no visible sign of a miracle, a person will always feel the warm, sweet, tangible Love of God. And truly, that is the greatest thing a person could receive!

This is why we have no reason to fear; to take chances; to go out on a limb. God always shows up someway and somehow. He never disappoints!

 

"For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence."

- Psalms 71:5

 

1. It Must all Flow from Love

I do not think that I need say much on this subject. I believe it speaks for itself.

If the people in the hospitals, the streets, or wherever it may be, remember nothing else, they WILL REMEMBER the Love that they felt in the moment. It's what makes the difference. It's what makes the impact and brings true change.

the Love of God is the Power of God. It is the Power behind everything that we do. It must be the foundation that we stand upon, the heart that we reach out from, and the only reason that we come.

Why?

Because if we are not Love, we are nothing. But if we are love, we are everything.

About a month ago I had the opportunity to take a trip Southbound to visit a group of friends in another city. This group of friends happens to be a small number of radical youth who, together with their leaders, are passionate and intentional about influencing their city with the Love of Christ.

While I was there, I had the privilege of joining them as we visited the public Hospital to pray for the sick. Going there for the first-time, I was deeply impacted by everything that I saw, and through that experience I learned a lot.

Since returning home from that trip, our own group has begun visiting the Public hospital in our city. Here are five of the biggest things that I have learned, starting with number 5.

5. The People Want Prayer.

This is simple, but a very true fact that is good to remember. I found that there is no shortage of faith in desperate situations.

It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, human beings default to hope. Sometimes it's all we’re left with. In fact, in the most desperate of cases, it seems even people of other religions are willing to believe in miracles.

And the people are always so thankful. Not everyone shows it as much as the other, but in a way, you see can see the Love of God sparkle in their eyes. It means something to them to know that there is someone who isn't asking for anything in return, but simply and sincerely cares enough about them to visit them in their sufferings.

One time one of my companions prayed for a man who had suffered a stroke. He could not speak, but he was so excited and so touched by the act of kindness that he quickly signaled for a pen and paper. He then wrote a thank-you note and gave it to my friend.

4. Be Still.

At first this was perhaps the hardest thing for me to do, and yet one of the most important things that I learned.

Why?

When we lay our hands on the sick to pray, our natural impulse is to start speaking audible words. Personally, I felt compelled to do this to ease the awkwardness of the situation, and to meet the expectations of the person I was praying for. Naturally when you pray you say something, right?

But we must learn to find Peace in the stillness.

The Bible tells us "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" - Psalms 46:10

In other words, it is in our stillness that God speaks the loudest. Those times that we call “awkward moments” are actually “God” moments if we listen closely.

Sometimes all it takes is a touch. And it is in those moments of silence that God is touching the person with His Peace and His Presence. If we acknowledge Him; listen to Holy Spirit, we will see that as each person has his or her eyes closed, God Himself is doing the work in them

Walk in Peace, walk in His Presence; Be still and know that He is God.

"Just one touch from the King changes everything"

- Godfrey Birtill

3. There are certain questions you need to be prepared to answer.

i.e.

Question 1: What is your religion?

Ah, religion. Surprising as it may be, born again Christians are not the only group to visit hospitals. Because of this, people sometimes want to know what religion thou dost boast.

My response?

Because so many people where I live have been exposed to the negligent usage and more-than-questionable ‘arts’ of varying religions, I have found that as much as possible, it is best not to label what you are doing by any church or religion, but to simply center the focus on Jesus Christ and His unconditional Love.

Thus, in response to this question we simply say we are “Christian.” Of course, that is a vague term that could mean a number of different groups, but it keeps the focus on Christ.

Question 2: Is this free?

Yes. This is something we learned. A few times when people seemed reluctant to let us pray for them, it was because they were worried we were selling prayer. I’m not sure if this is because there are people who actually practice that or not, but if there appears to be any reluctancy/confusion, it is best to let people know straight away that what you are giving is one-hundred percent free, with zero strings attached.

2. God Always Answers.

God always answers. No matter what, who, when or how, God, in some way, responds. And He responds definitely and undeniably. He responds tangibly.

He may not respond in the way we want or expect, but He will manifest Himself whenever and wherever there is even the slightest acknowledgement of Him.

One thing that I realized is that people always feel the Peace and Presence of God. Always. That is something that is never missing. Even if there is no visible sign of a miracle, a person will always feel the warm, sweet, tangible Love of God. And truly, that is the greatest thing a person could receive!

This is why we have no reason to fear; to take chances; to go out on a limb. God always shows up someway and somehow. He never disappoints!

"For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence."

- Psalms 71:5

1. It Must all Flow from Love

I do not think that I need say much on this subject. I believe it speaks for itself.

If the people in the hospitals, the streets, or wherever it may be, remember nothing else, they WILL REMEMBER the Love that they felt in the moment. It's what makes the difference. It's what makes the impact and brings true change.

the Love of God is the Power of God. It is the Power behind everything that we do. It must be the foundation that we stand upon, the heart that we reach out from, and the only reason that we come.

Why?

Because if we are not Love, we are nothing. But if we are love, we are everything.

About a month ago I had the opportunity to take a trip Southbound to visit a group of friends in another city. This group of friends happens to be a small number of radical youth who, together with their leaders, are passionate and intentional about influencing their city with the Love of Christ.

While I was there, I had the privilege of joining them as we visited the public Hospital to pray for the sick. Going there for the first-time, I was deeply impacted by everything that I saw, and through that experience I learned a lot.

Since returning home from that trip, our own group has begun visiting the Public hospital in our city. Here are five of the biggest things that I have learned, starting with number 5.

5. The People Want Prayer.

This is simple, but a very true fact that is good to remember. I found that there is no shortage of faith in desperate situations.

It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, human beings default to hope. Sometimes it's all we’re left with. In fact, in the most desperate of cases, it seems even people of other religions are willing to believe in miracles.

And the people are always so thankful. Not everyone shows it as much as the other, but in a way, you see can see the Love of God sparkle in their eyes. It means something to them to know that there is someone who isn't asking for anything in return, but simply and sincerely cares enough about them to visit them in their sufferings.

One time one of my companions prayed for a man who had suffered a stroke. He could not speak, but he was so excited and so touched by the act of kindness that he quickly signaled for a pen and paper. He then wrote a thank-you note and gave it to my friend.

4. Be Still.

At first this was perhaps the hardest thing for me to do, and yet one of the most important things that I learned.

Why?

When we lay our hands on the sick to pray, our natural impulse is to start speaking audible words. Personally, I felt compelled to do this to ease the awkwardness of the situation, and to meet the expectations of the person I was praying for. Naturally when you pray you say something, right?

But we must learn to find Peace in the stillness.

The Bible tells us "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" - Psalms 46:10

In other words, it is in our stillness that God speaks the loudest. Those times that we call “awkward moments” are actually “God” moments if we listen closely.

Sometimes all it takes is a touch. And it is in those moments of silence that God is touching the person with His Peace and His Presence. If we acknowledge Him; listen to Holy Spirit, we will see that as each person has his or her eyes closed, God Himself is doing the work in them

Walk in Peace, walk in His Presence; Be still and know that He is God.

 

"Just one touch from the King changes everything"

- Godfrey Birtill

 

3. There are certain questions you need to be prepared to answer.

i.e.

Question 1: What is your religion?

Ah, religion. Surprising as it may be, born again Christians are not the only group to visit hospitals. Because of this, people sometimes want to know what religion thou dost boast.

My response?

Because so many people where I live have been exposed to the negligent usage and more-than-questionable ‘arts’ of varying religions, I have found that as much as possible, it is best not to label what you are doing by any church or religion, but to simply center the focus on Jesus Christ and His unconditional Love.

Thus, in response to this question we simply say we are “Christian.” Of course, that is a vague term that could mean a number of different groups, but it keeps the focus on Christ.

Question 2: Is this free?

Yes. This is something we learned. A few times when people seemed reluctant to let us pray for them, it was because they were worried we were selling prayer. I’m not sure if this is because there are people who actually practice that or not, but if there appears to be any reluctancy/confusion, it is best to let people know straight away that what you are giving is one-hundred percent free, with zero strings attached.

2. God Always Answers.

God always answers. No matter what, who, when or how, God, in some way, responds. And He responds definitely and undeniably. He responds tangibly.

He may not respond in the way we want or expect, but He will manifest Himself whenever and wherever there is even the slightest acknowledgement of Him.

One thing that I realized is that people always feel the Peace and Presence of God. Always. That is something that is never missing. Even if there is no visible sign of a miracle, a person will always feel the warm, sweet, tangible Love of God. And truly, that is the greatest thing a person could receive!

This is why we have no reason to fear; to take chances; to go out on a limb. God always shows up someway and somehow. He never disappoints!

 

"For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence."

- Psalms 71:5

 

1. It Must all Flow from Love

I do not think that I need say much on this subject. I believe it speaks for itself.

If the people in the hospitals, the streets, or wherever it may be, remember nothing else, they WILL REMEMBER the Love that they felt in the moment. It's what makes the difference. It's what makes the impact and brings true change.

the Love of God is the Power of God. It is the Power behind everything that we do. It must be the foundation that we stand upon, the heart that we reach out from, and the only reason that we come.

Why?

Because if we are not Love, we are nothing. But if we are love, we are everything.



Joshua Michael  -  1/2/19 Blog