In Touch – August 31, 2012
Posted on August 31, 2012 by under Touché,

Praying for Healing and Wholeness

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, (Ephesians 6:18-19)

This Sunday we will not simply talk about prayer, we will pray.  Following communion, I will invite anybody seeking prayer to come forward and our elders will be available to pray with you.  We have spent five weeks preaching and teaching on the Holy Spirit.  This Sunday, our prayer is that you experience the power of the Spirit in your life and the assurance of the presence of the Spirit in your soul.

Our healing and wholeness services usually seem to focus on the healing, but this Sunday I would hope that we focus on the wholeness.  First, it is the wholeness that comes from accepting Christ into our lives.  No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3).  At a day away focused on worship a couple of weeks ago, it was noted that we don’t give people the opportunity to accept Jesus as Lord in a public way very often.  A prayer for wholeness this Sunday with an elder may start with a prayer for acceptance of Christ into your life as Lord.

A prayer for wholeness then moves to a prayer for the fullness of the Holy Spirit in you.  We have acknowledged that all prayer begins with the Spirit and the truth that the Spirit of God abides in all who are in Christ, but through these five weeks we have focused on the need to fan into flame the Spirit that is there. You may want to pray with an elder this week that you may know and sense the fullness of what that means.

This series started with questions about prayer as central to the life of Hopewell.  Colette, one of our elders, asked last night if we are having a prayer service simply to close this series and then be done with it.  All the elders agreed that we pray this is a launch into a season centered on prayer.  We have talked about being present for prayer following all our worship services.  We are in the process of developing a prayer room where prayer will go on before, during and following worship.  Stephanie Patton talked about prayer walks in different places in our community. We have a new prayer wall that is going up on our website.  Thursday night will continue to be a time when the church is invited to pray together.  I do not know all the forms that this will take, but if we pray just for a day at the close of the series, we have missed the message of the Spirit to us. If this is the beginning of a Holy Spirit driven season of prayer, then we should be ready for a powerful time of going deeper into practicing the presence of God.  That is the wholeness I will be praying for this Sunday.

In His Spirit,