“Hey Corey. How would you pray for someone who is sick?”
We had hiked in to Petroglyph National Monument, on the outskirts of Albuquerque, and were resting under an Anasazi image of a lizard pecked by hand into a dark volcanic boulder, possibly as long as 800 years ago. There may be 24,000 such carved images in this place. http://www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm
“Well there are many ways to pray of course. I often quote a verse from the Bible: ‘Lord, stretch out your hand to heal, and let wonders and miracles be performed in the name of your holy servant Jesus’ from Acts 4”.
Corey took a swig of water before continuing.
“The followers of Jesus were meeting, soon after Jesus left the earth, and there were powerful spiritual things going on. So they prayed this prayer, and the building was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and were able to witness to the resurrection with freedom and courage”.
He pointed out an image of a quail on another boulder.
“So I figure what worked back then might also work now”, he concluded.
We walked about a quarter mile, peering among the boulders for other ageless images.
“How do you pray?” Corey asked me. He took his baseball cap off and ran his fingers though his short brown hair.
“I like to be specific: to pray for the exact condition, and to pray positively and expectantly”, I replied.
“And if that person is not healed….?” Corey left the question open.
“That’s up to God”.
We stopped to photograph an intriguing image of an antelope.
My eyes lit up with an insight.
“Oh yes, another short prayer is the bedtime prayer: ‘I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you O Lord will keep me safe’ from Psalm 4. These are comforting words which you can even pray toward someone over the phone”.
“Yes” Corey thought a minute. “And I can imagine myself lying in bed distressed over something, and saying those words over and over again….”
“The words are very reassuring”.
The Gray Nomad.
Probing the practice of Christian believers……
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