celtic preayers

Prayers on the theme of Healing and Forgiveness -3

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Father, we are so hesitant
in asking for healing,
real physical healing.
So hesitant in asking
your Spirit to touch our lives.
It is almost as if we are afraid
that in hoping for a trickle,
we unleash a torrent.
Forgive our timidity, Father,
our lack of faith
in the Creator of this universe.
Forgive our unbelief,
as we take your Word,
apply it to our hearts,
open the floodgates,
and anticipate a deluge.

 


 

For all agents of healing we thank you.
For the truly miraculous, for doctors and nurses,
For friends who pray with actions as well as words,
For the peace that comes from knowing your presence throughout our suffering,
For the knowledge that you bring wholeness
in this world and throughout eternity.

 

 


 

Sometimes, Heavenly Father
The answer has to be 'I don't know'
'I don't know why
there is so much suffering in the world'
'I don't know why
that child was not restored to full health'
'I don't know why
people can be so cruel, uncaring, selfish'
Platitudes cannot console a grieving parent,
a starving child,
a battered wife.
Sometimes, Heavenly Father
our faith is challenged by this world,
a world that is less concerned with others
than with self.
Sometimes, in being honest,
we open ourselves to ridicule.
The world would prefer certainty,
but the only certainty is you,
who created humankind with the capacity
for good and ill,
and gave the world your Son
whom we crucified.
'I don't know'
might seem a lame excuse to some,
uncertainty,
but we trust in your eternal love
for a mankind which has fallen.
We thank you that we are not robots
but have freedom of choice.
Help us to make right choices,
choices that affect lives.
Help us to play our part in changing this world,
rather than merely sitting back as spectators
and criticising.
Help us to see this world
through your eyes of love

 


 

I prayed
"Please Lord,
my life is a mess,
let your love flow through me
and bring healing"
And like a river,
cool refreshing water,
you flowed through me.
Not as a gentle stream,
a rivulet of hope,
but a torrent
sweeping debris away.
All those broken branches,
rust-encrusted items
and accumulated debris
which were holding back the flow,
swept aside in a torrent of love,
flooding through my veins,
pouring into my heart,
filling my life.
This is healing.
Thank you, Lord

 


 

When I pray for healing, Lord,
I sometimes feel so inadequate,
ill-equipped for the task.
There are so many I could name
who are in need of healing.
Those who hurt physically,
and others whose hurts go deeper,
whose scars cannot be seen to the naked eye.
Yet all need healing,
all need making whole again.
There are broken bones
and broken hearts, Lord.

You had a way,
a gentle and loving way
of dealing with hurts,
physical and spiritual.
You healed the whole person,
something medicine can never do.
You reached the very cause,
not just the symptoms.

When I pray for healing, Lord,
I sometimes feel so inadequate,
ill-equipped for the task.
All I can do
is bring their names to your feet,
holding them tightly in my prayers,
then hand them over
for you to touch,
in the way that only you
can touch

 


 

God of love,
God of peace
God of Freedom
bring release,
to the hungry
and oppressed,
refugees and
dispossessed

God of hope
God of Grace
God of mercy
show your face,
to the fearful
and the broken,
prisoner, jailer
politician

 


 

You heal
through human hands
and divine
You heal
both human body
and mind
You heal
You heal.

 



Take this body, Lord
with all its imperfections
and use it in your service.
May the aches and pains I feel
be the start of conversations
about a God who makes us whole.
May the struggles that I face
enable me to share with others
about a God who gives to all.
May the little I can offer
say more about your sacrifice
and less about my role.
Take this body, Lord
with all its imperfections
and use it in your service.

 


 

For all who strive for greater understanding
about causes of disease, bless their research.
For all who are involved in the discovery of new
drugs and treatment regimes, bless their efforts.
For all who dedicate their lives to the care
of those who are ill, bless their commitment.
For all those who pray regularly for those
who are unwell, bless their faith and service.
What does it matter
if you heal through
supernatural power
or surgeon’s hand?