Prayers for the Wounded
Very often we are called upon to pray for people experiencing different forms of woundedness. Indeed, we may need to pray for our own deep wounds to be healed and for ourselves to be strong and patient in the healing process. When we do come to the Lord on this topic, it is best to ask Him to open our heart to the person for whom we are praying so we have compassion and fervency in our prayers for them. And we should ask the Lord to open our spirit to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and understanding so we can pray according to His will.
We should pay attention to scriptures that come to mind as we listen to someone’s request or even as we are engaged in praying for them. Then we can apply these scriptures or their principles to the situation for which we are praying. This is part of praying in the Spirit, and He may be guiding us in how to pray His will for this circumstance.
We should also praise God for anything praise-worthy in what the wounded person has shared with us—even if it is only that this person has come to the throne, and we are privileged to pray for them. Through praise and thanksgiving, affirm God’s love and compassion for this person. Praise is not only worthy of God, it also helps us (and the other person if they are there when we are praying) to keep our perspective on God, increasing our faith. We should also remember that praise is a mighty weapon of spiritual warfare. Praise is especially important when we are praying about our own woundedness. Our perspective on who God is, and His role in both our wounding and healing are vital to that emotional and spiritual healing. When we realize His love, power, wisdom, kindness, comfort, strength…we begin to see Him as far more than equal to what we face.
As we come to pray for those who have wounds, we would do well to look deep into our own hearts and ask ourselves some questions:
1. Have I sought the Lord for healing of my own woundedness?
2. Have I asked Him to reveal any areas of past woundedness which are affecting me now and need to be addressed through His healing touch?
3. Do I need to humble myself and go to a brother or sister, either privately or after a service, and ask for prayers of intercession?
4. Is there someone who wounded me that I need to forgive from the heart? Someone I trusted who abused that trust or betrayed me? Someone I counted on who left me feeling alone or abandoned? Someone I loved who crushed my heart? Someone I admired who let me down? Someone whose gossip or critical words still stings?
5. Is there someone I have wounded and from whom I need to seek forgiveness? Someone whose trust I abused or betrayed? Someone whose heart or spirit I crushed, or I let down? Someone I’ve criticized or about whom I’ve gossiped?
6. Has my woundedness led me to turn to something or someone other than God as my main method of coping or solace?
7. Has my woundedness led me to any hardness of heart—toward God or the one who wounded me or even a general hardening.
8. Has my woundedness caused me to isolate myself from God or His people?
9. Have I become insensitive to the woundedness of others, ever thinking, “Won’t they ever get over this?” or, “Why are they so spiritually immature that they can’t handle this?” Do I need to ask for more compassion and humility in the face of the suffering of others?
If we find any of the answers to those questions make us uncomfortable or aware of some need, we should ask the Lord what we should do to obtain the healing we need, and then follow through in obedience.
How do we pray for woundedness?
–Praise the Lord that through His stripes we are healed.
–Praise the Lord for the tender compassion He demonstrates for those in pain, the comfort He gives to the suffering, and the power He has to deliver them.
–Ask the Lord to redeem your woundedness (or that of the one for whom you are praying) by using it to fuel your compassion and add fervor to your intercession for others.
–Ask the Lord to give the wounded the courage and humility to go to someone for intercessory prayer and/or encouragement.
–Ask the Lord to give you insight into the needs of this person for whom you are praying, and the words which will unleash God’s will in their lives.
–Ask the Lord to bring healing into the lives of the wounded—whether they are seeking a physical, emotional or spiritual healing.
–Ask the Lord to use your own woundedness to deepen the humility of your walk with Him and with others.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries