Praying for Others
Praying for others and their healing involves two forms: group prayer & healing prayer. Group prayer works on the principle that where two or more people are gathered together, and are connected to a Higher Power, the power of that prayer is increased exponentially. Healing prayer mostly involves two or more persons: intercessory prayer groups practice this principle. Praying for others healing, a prayer for healing cancer, prayers for a sick child, prayers for forgiveness all are most effective…where two or more are gathered together…
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.Matthew 18:20
So praying for others is a fundamental part of prayer. For example, this is a prayer for healing:
I am here only to be truly helpful.
I am here to represent Him who sent me.
I will not worry about what to do or what to say because He Who sent me will direct me.
I am content to be wherever he wishes, knowing He goes there with me.
I will be healed as I let him teach me to heal.
Healing Preparation from Course In Miracles, Page 28, text
Group prayer works on the principle that where two or more people are gathered together, and connects to a Higher Power, the power of that prayer is increased exponentially.
Praying for others often has a remarkable effect on the recipient. For millennia, such prayer has brought countless miracles to individuals. Prayer groups often achieve remarkable healings. These healings work remarkably well on children.
Group prayer raises the effect of prayer exponentially. It is far more powerful than single prayer. Prayer groups should be the sine qua non of any church community. The more prayer groups the more influential church becomes in people’s lives..
To increase the effectiveness of prayer we need to study the practice of successful healers. Healing prayer involves:
- A shift in consciousness.
- Calming the mind. Reviewing any angers, fears or resentments—then letting them go.
- Focusing on love or intense caring: like oneness with God, for example.
The Shift in Consciousness
The shift, change, or rising of consciousness is a fundamental to all serious prayer, and it needs to be discussed in some detail. It denotes the change of mind to a higher state; applying biofeedback metrics and other techniques; psychologists have been measuring these changing states for decades.
Since the shift is an important first step in prayer, let us take a little time to describe how one can achieve it.
Technique One —Relaxation
Relaxation of the body. Either sitting or lying down, close your eyes. Tense up each part of the body; hold that tense state for five to seven seconds, then release. You can start with the right foot, then the right leg, then the left foot, left leg, the buttocks, then the right arm, the left arm, the shoulders, neck and face. The order doesn’t matter really: the tensing up and releasing does matter, as it will relax the body.
After tensing and releasing all these parts of the body, go back, scan each part of your body, and tell that part to relax. Take some time with this, focus on relaxing.
Technique Two —the Breath
Breathing. Either sitting or lying on the floor, breathe in slowly and completely as you can, filling the lungs to their total capacity; then hold the breath in for a second or so, then let the breath out. Repeat this ten to twelve times. Later you can increase these complete breaths. In addition to oxygenating the blood, these breaths have a calming effect on the body.
Technique Three — Counting
Counting backward. Simply count backward from 10 to 1, silently in your mind, over and over, for ten minutes or so. This will also be calming.
All of these techniques will assist in helping you to center or let go; they will shift your consciousness.
Calming the Mind
Certain mental states will inhibit effective prayer. The primary states of mind that block the prayer from moving into a higher state are fear, unforgiveness and judgment.
The opposite of fear is love, and perfect love casts out fear. Another word for unforgiveness is grievance, and grievance blocks your good. Judgment never works; it blocks and restricts—and the worst judgments are those we make on ourselves often unconsciously.
You are given a lot of help in dealing with these issues. No need to tackle them all on once, just one at a time.
Technique One — Imagining
Imagining. Imagining is either visual or feeling; visualizing you are at peace works just as well as feeling you are at peace. For example, imagine yourself in a place of perfect peace, healing and calm. That place could be on the beach on a warm sunny day: lying on your beach towel in the warm sand is a deeply relaxing feeling, and you are drifting in an ocean of peace.
Technique Two — Fear
In dealing with fear, silently repeat the affirmation: Perfect love casts out fear. It is not necessary to reason with fear. Just take the affirmation/prayer and repeat it over and over.
Technique Three — Divine Presence
Affirm: I am one with the Divine Presence, and in your mind reach out to that Presence.
Technique Four — Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving. In the midst of a seemingly very difficult situation, begin giving thanks. When you start giving thanks, you will find that it is healing in its own right.
Prayers of Love
Healing Prayer and the benefits of praying for others.
Pray for one another so that you may be healed. James 5:16