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Praying With A Patient

An excerpt from “Making Hospital Visits” by Jim Hughes


I am convinced that praying is the most important thing I do. I’ve lived long enough, been through enough life experiences, to understand that I’m not in control. Further, I’ve learned that I’m helpless to fix all the things that are broken, that are wrong, in this life. But through prayer, I can connect to the One who is in control and who has the ability to fix broken things: broken bodies, broken hearts, broken relationships, broken whatever. Prayer is simply the way I deal with life, whether its joys or its disappointments or its unfairness. So when I visit people in the hospital, I love to pray with them, to bring their desires that have become my desires to the God who cares and who can do something about them. But before I do, I ask two questions:


1. “Would it be okay if I prayed with you?” You see, not everyone is comfortable praying, or it may just not be the right time, or they may not feel well enough at the moment. I want to give them the opportunity to say no if that’s their desire, and if they do, I honor it.


2. If they indicate they would like to pray, I ask what they’d like to pray for. You see, my guess from our conversation might not be accurate. Plus, there are often things that are weighing on them that may not have come up that they’d like to include. Then, if they’ve agreed, and after I understand what they’d like included, I word a prayer that includes to the best of my ability what we’ve talked about. That’s the most common style of prayer from my faith tradition, and the one most of the folks I visit are most comfortable with. You might choose to handle praying with a patient differently depending on your faith tradition and your level of comfort. Sometimes simply praying the Lord’s Prayer together is perfect. Regardless of how you handle it, praying with someone you visit in the hospital is often the most powerful part of your visit, the time when you feel most connected, the time when most healing occurs. And that just seems right.

 




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