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Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Prayer for Healing

Our Father in Heaven,
Holy is your very name!

Though our Mediator,
Your Son, Jesus Christ, we come,
By Your invitation, our spirits speak to Your Holy Spirit,
Given to us as a seal of Your salvation,
Who interprets to You even the groanings
of our spirits which we can't put into words.
Lord, how much higher are your ways than ours!
How much grander is your will and purposes than ours!
Father, we see the future only dimly,
through the lens of our experiences.
You Lord as the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and End.
Before you laid the foundation of this world,
Before you even created mankind,
You planned to save us through Christ from the sin that
You in Your infinite foreknowledge knew we would commit.
Father, we confess our sin to you.
We are a selfish people, full of fears, with not nearly enough faith.
We do believe!  Help our unbelief.  We depend on You
Cleanse us from our sins.
Forgive us, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Thank You for rescuing us from the kingdom of darkness,
and bringing us into the kingdom of your dear Son,
In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Father, You alone have qualified us to share in the inheritance of eternal life.
Fill us with the knowledge of your will,
through the wisdom Your Holy Spirit gives,
So that we may live lives pleasing to You, Lord;
So that we may produce a crop like a good field,
Bearing fruit in every good work.
By your glorious power, strengthen us with endurance and patience.
Thank you for placing us here, in a land of plenty.
Thank you for placing us in a time where many diseases can be treated
through discovery of the knowledge
You built into nature itself for us to find.
Great Physician, we ask you to heal the sick of our number,
According to your will.
Heal also the sicknesses of our spirits, our selfishness,
Our rebellion, our faithlessness.

We ask these things through the powerful name of Christ your Son,
Amen.

(Prayed by me this day in Ol' Backwoods' country church of Christ.)

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