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THE POWER OF PRAYER in Therapy, Counseling, and Coaching

Should prayer be part of therapy, counseling and coaching? Counseling, coaching and therapy are prayers. There are prayers in action, love and devotion. Without prayer there would be no universe. There would be no love, forgiveness and healing. Without God, there would be no tears and cries to heaven, laughter, joy and celebration. There would be no gratitude or thankfulness.

Prayer creates awareness. It seeks forgiveness for sin, heals illnesses, mends broken minds and hearts. Prayer delivers when all else fails and darkness fills the soul. Every human being falls short, but prayer unifies us with holiness and holiness heals. So, why shouldn't everything that we do, including this endeavor, be sanctified and raised up. The world is a painful place to be lost in. Through prayer, we are lifted up, cleansed and made holy.

Prayer Requests

As part of my long-standing commitment to the power of prayer, I invite you, according to your need, to let me pray for you and/or someone that you feel can use it. Every person that I have prayed for has benefited. All that you have to do is submit your name and your prayer need. Your first name will be posted, with your permission, in this section, so that other people may pray for you. If you do not wish to have your name posted, I understand that and your anonymity will be respected. All that I ask is that you keep me informed as to how my prayers are or are not affecting you. This is a research and spiritual study project. If you wish for me to pray for you in a particular spiritual tradition, please let me know your choice.

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Prayer and Pain

Prayer is often concerned about pain; whether it be physical or emotional. Whenever you pray, there is usually an unmet need that you are trying to get fulfilled. That is why you may notice emotional arousal and crying associated with praying. When the children of Israel were in bondage, their cries were heard in heaven and God decided to heed their cries. The Book of Lamentations is filled with crying pain reaching up for resolution. Primal therapy focused on the emotional pain that was never expressed in childhood. The deep expression of primal pain relieved many people of long-standing disorders. The emphasis of this type of therapy was centered around the autobiographical material of early childhood trauma and unfulfilled needs. The literature of the time presented a secular therapy that basically denied the spiritual realm. In fact, the originators of primal therapy believed that all pain was secular and centered in dysfunctional family dynamics. Spiritual matters were considered symbolic and unreal.

As an active member of the International Primal Association, I found that position to be untenable. In fact, I discovered that spiritual pain was just as relevant, if not more so than childhood unmet needs for love. And what is spiritual pain? It is anything that hurts when you find yourself reaching up to a higher power for resolution. Deliverance from pain and suffering is usually grounds for prayers of thanks and gratitude. Pain comes out of the thanks. The tears located in worshipful prayers of gratitude are part of emotional release. When a person prays for a cure for illness, there is pain contained in the prayer. The emotional release contained in the prayer gives the person a sense of realness about the experience. When someone prays for a stranger or a loved one, they can usually feel the emotional release of pain in the need for a healing.

As in all of life, the power of prayer for healing medical problems is a proven scientific fact. In a recent study, women at an in vitro fertilization center were prayed for by total strangers. These women had higher pregnancy rates than the unprayed-for group. In fact the prayed for group had double the pregnancy rate. Not being able to conceive through normal channels contains considerable emotional pain for couples desiring a child. Somehow, the act of prayer by strangers cuts through the blockages to pregnancy and creates a very desirable outcome. God does answer prayer. I might add that these were scientifically controlled studies.

In a second study of people with serious heart problems, scheduled for angioplasty; the patients who were prayed for had fewer complications. These patients were assigned to receive different therapies: stress relaxation, healing touch, guided imagery, offsite prayer or no complementary therapy. The patients who received offsite prayers from strangers did far better than the other groups.

In Europe, another very controlled study with enzyme cells, bacteria, plants and animals were prayed for to grow, by outside prayer groups. Plants that were prayed for grew much more than the un-prayed for plants. The same plants, when prayed for in the opposite direction of no growth, responded in kind with no growth. Praying for and against growth responded exactly to the direction set by prayer groups. I guess this indicates that you don't have to believe in it for prayer to work. I consider this a great advantage when there is so much pain associated with physical and emotional problems. The nonhuman subjects in the preceding study, indicate that faith is not a requirement for the answering of prayer. Life itself contains pleasure and pain. The power of prayer helps resolve this dichotomy.








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