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What Are Prayer Cloths?

Prayer cloths are a wonderful way to share healing prayers with your loved ones.

A prayer cloth is a tiny piece of fabric that you pray over, and then you give it to someone in need of healing. They can carry it with them in their pocket. It is a constant comfort and reminder to them that Jesus is their Healer.

The prayer cloth also carries your healing prayers. The Bible teaches us that the healing anointing of the Holy Spirit has a tangible presence: Acts 10:38, Luke 8:46, Acts 19:11-12, Acts 5:15-16. When I hold a prayer cloth in my hands, I can feel that healing anointing.

I even took a prayer cloth into surgery with me. The prep nurse taped it to my skin. Everyone in my church had prayed over it the previous Sunday, passing it from one person to the next for prayer. So I wanted it with me in the operating room.

Our prayer team at Healing Rooms of Dahlonega prays over prayer cloths for people. Sometimes we know the prayer need ahead of time, and we pray over the cloth together for that person. If the person comes in for prayer, we ask that person to hold the cloth while we pray.

At other times, we pray together over cloths, to get them ready for future needs. We let the Lord lead our prayers. We keep those cloths ready for the next person who needs one. When we give those cloths to people, we know God already knew who that person would be and He has already prepared the cloth for that person.

Many people have told us these prayer cloths give them comfort. Often the prayer cloths help the recipient to discover Jesus in a new way, as their Healer.

Prayer cloths are simple to make. They are small (for ease of the person carrying the cloth) and don't need to be fancy. I go to the dollar store and buy a small pack of pillow cases. I cut heart shapes out of the fabric. We anoint them with oil and pray over them as a team, with each person holding the cloth as we pray. For children, you can even make animal-shaped prayer cloths.

Have you ever received a prayer cloth, or prayed over one and sent it to someone? Tell us about it in the comments. Your words will encourage others.

Prayer cloth

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

 

 

Adjust the Picture

I have many reasons to be discouraged. I have just come through a long and difficult season, and I'm still going through it. You may be able to relate to this as well. God certainly understands and His heart hurts for the discouraging times we go through.

But I can't find anywhere in the Bible where God tells me to be discouraged. I find many places, almost on every page, where He gives hope for encouragement. It's not easy to stay encouraged sometimes. But God does not call us to be discouraged.

How do we stay encouraged during difficult seasons? Ephesians 2:4-10 gives a much-needed perspective. If my vision of what's going on around me leads me to discouragement, I need to widen the lense. I need to readjust my vision to accommodate what is going on, so I can be encouraged.

When things seem to fall apart, I need to remember that Christ holds all things together and is drawing every person to Himself (Colossians 1:17; John 12:32). I may see a small glimpse of that picture and it looks like a destructive whirlwind. I need to widen the lense and set my vision on Jesus. The bigger picture looks very different!

Ephesians 2 tells us we are seated in heavenly places with Jesus. Our lense of every moment in life must be set from that location. From our view, seated in heavenly places with Jesus, there is no discouragement. There is only God's unending love for us, and the ways He allows us to participate with Him as He redeems and restores in the lives of His people.

Will you join me in allowing God to re-set our lenses? Ask Him to help you see as He sees, and to see how you fit into His beautiful picture of what He is doing in the world. Take some quiet time with God right now, and let Him adjust your lense. Let Him encourage you, even in your most difficult moments. God bless you.

This song, Heavenly Places by Amber Brooks, based on Ephesians 2:6, always reminds me of the encouragement and bigger picture I have in Jesus.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

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Ephesians 2:4-10 (NASB)

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

God is Everything

The past two years have been painful. An ongoing sea of grief, trauma, and loss. In recent weeks, I began to feel raw, worn to the bone. In a word: done. Grieving takes time. So does recovery, and restoration.

But one thing I realized: I was not done with God. And I know He was not done with me. Did I yell at Him during these times of hardship? Absolutely. Did I cry out to Him with my face in the carpet? Yes. Did I feel as if He had abandoned me? Of course. 

But like Peter, where else would I go but to God? (John 6:68) He is all I've got.

As I began to pray through this with Him, and detailed every loss, God reminded me that I have Him. And He is everything.

Everything!

That word exploded in my wounded heart: God is everything.

And I have Him.

I have everything, because of Him.

As humans, we go through times of loss. God understands. Just look at Jesus weeping over the death of Lazarus, his friend (John 11:33-36).

But despite everything we lose, we still have God. And He is everything.

Does that mean we haven't felt the pain of loss? Of course not. We lose, and we hurt, and we grieve. God understands this. He enters into our grieving with us. He feels our loss, and it hurts Him too. But on the other side of our losses, we have the awesome privilege to realize we still have God.

And He is everything.

Am I still grieving? Yes. Do I still feel the pain of loss? Absolutely, I do. But with each new day, I feel a little bit more comforted to know God is here, and He is everything.

If you're hurting today, and grieving in every part of your heart, know that God is here for you. He is your everything. He knows your loss, and He hurts in your pain. He weeps with you.

He is here.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

Freedom for Blessings

Scripture Verse

"And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: 'Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.'” – Deuteronomy 28:2-6 (NKJV)

Reflection

This passage of scripture is just the beginning of a list of blessings the Lord promises His people for their obedience. This is the Old Testament, but the promises are not moot. The promises are fulfilled by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Where we don’t see these blessings in our lives, including our health, something is blocking them. It may be generational iniquity, a curse in the land, or sin in our heart.

In whatever ways our blessings are blocked, our Lord Jesus Christ stands in for us to release these blessings. All He asks is that we surrender to Him. Surrender our hearts fully to Him. Stand in repentance for our personal sin, for our family's generational sin, and for cleansing of our land.

God wants us to be blessed, more than we can possibly imagine or expect. Where our blessings are blocked, He is ready and willing to show us how to find freedom, wholeness, and healing in Christ. All we have to do is ask, and be ready to surrender our whole hearts in repentance and obedience to Him.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for the promises of Your blessings that are fulfilled through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Show us today where we have blocked Your blessings, through our own sin, or through generational iniquity. Show us the path to freedom in Christ Jesus, in every area of our hearts and generational lines. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Ask God to show you what sins in your life or in your family’s lineage are blocking the blessings He has promised you.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

God Knows How to Heal You

Scripture Verse

"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well." – Psalm 139:13-14
(NKJV)

Reflection

Psalm 139 is a powerful prayer for healing. Many times in the Healing Rooms, our team speaks this Psalm over a visitor who has come for healing prayer.

When we pray this Psalm, we are reminding the person, down to the very cells of her body, that she is fearfully and wonderfully made by God.

God created you. He planned you. He formed you. He delights in you.

He knows the ins and outs of your physical body, and He knows how to heal you.

In praying Psalm 139, we often say, “Lord, please remind each cell of her body that You created her, that every cell of her body belongs to You. Lord, we ask that her body line up with Your Word, and be restored
to exactly the way You created her to be. In Jesus’ name.”

We believe that prayer not only speaks God’s healing over the person, but also exhorts the cells of the person’s body to receive His healing.

Prayer

Lord, use this moment, right now, to speak Your healing over each one of us. Speak to the very cells of our being, and help us to shake off infirmity and line up with Your Word, with the way You created us to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Take a moment to pray Psalm 139 over yourself. Sit quietly with God as He heals you, and let your body respond to His healing. If it's difficult for you to pray this over yourself, ask a friend to pray this psalm over you.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

A Great Psalm for Healing

Scripture Verse

"Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems
your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." – Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV)

Reflection

One of many things I love about the Psalms is they teach us to remember who God is and what He does for us every day.

Psalm 103 is one of the best healing prayers in the Bible. If you want to pray for someone for their healing, and you’re not sure what to say, pray this Psalm over that person. The words speak to body, soul, and
spirit, reminding the person inside and out of who God is, and how much He desires to heal.

Which iniquities does God forgive? ALL.

Which diseases does He heal? ALL.

From what does He redeem our life? From total destruction.

That is an amazing, loving, good, faithful, healing God. There is nothing He cannot do for His children. Our biggest struggle is often that we forget who He is, and what He wants to do for us.

This Psalm will help us receive His truth in every fiber of our being. Pray it for yourself and for your loved ones today. God is good.

Prayer

Heavenly Father God, thank You for how much You love us. Thank You for reminding us of Your awesomeness, and how much You do for us each day. Often we are so unaware of what You do for us, and we put up so many walls that keep us from receiving Your goodness and love. Help us to turn to You in all things, and to trust You. Help us to receive Your goodness, faithfulness, and healing each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

What has God done for you, this week alone? Take the time to remember and to thank Him.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

Are You Choosing Life?

Scripture Verse

"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the
LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob, to give them." – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NKJV)

Reflection

It wasn’t until I was about 42 years old that I realized I had lived my life in opposition to this scripture. Not intentionally, but in reality. I didn’t embrace the life God had given me. I grew up in difficult circumstances
and with a lot of fear. I hid from life, and that was not God’s plan for me.

Because my spirit turned away from life, my body was out of whack. I had lots of injuries and illnesses as a child. As I grew older, I nearly died of cancer. My spirit wasn’t choosing life, so my body followed suit.

Once I learned about this sin of not embracing fully the life God had given me – body, soul, and spirit – I repented, and decided to start choosing life, deliberately, every day.

Since then, I’ve been healed of cancer and so many other afflictions. God was so faithful and good to see me through from death wish to full life. I am grateful.

Prayer

Lord, sometimes when we go through difficult things, especially as a child, it’s hard to fully choose the life You gave us. We may not outwardly blame You for our circumstances, but inwardly we are turning against
Your plan. Sickness and injury often result from our turning from life. But You have a plan – to help us choose life, that we can freely and fully live as the people You created us to be. Thank You for life, God. And
thank You for helping us to choose life. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Are you choosing life?

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

Do you believe God heals?

Scripture Verse

"Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, 'Talitha, cumi,' which is translated, 'Little girl, I say to you, arise.' Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were
overcome with great amazement." – Mark 5:41-42 (NKJV)

Reflection

The Lord has given me several dreams about healing. One I am unlikely to forget.

In the dream, I was in a hospital room where a teenager lay in a coma. Her friends came to pray for her, and the Lord reminded them to pray in faith, as Jesus did for the little girl in the scripture.

As the girls prayed, their friend woke from her coma and sat up. An instant later, as her friends stared in disbelief, she jumped from the bed and said, “Let’s eat.” As she bounced through the doorway into the hall,
she turned and said, “Aren’t you coming?”

Slowly her bewildered friends got up to join her.

When I woke from this dream, the Lord reminded me that we need to believe in what we’re praying. We shouldn’t be surprised when He heals. Awestruck, yes. Humbled and grateful, absolutely. But surprised? No.
God is our Healer. We need to pray in the faith that He will heal us, and thank Him in awestruck wonder and gratitude when He does.

Prayer

Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief! Thank You for teaching us to pray in faith of what You will do as our Healer. Help us to rejoice in gratitude when the healing takes place. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Do you believe God heals?

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

The more we live in Him …

Scripture Verse

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” – John 15:4 (NKJV)

Reflection

Life comes with aches and pains. That’s just reality. If we are serving Christ, often it seems we experience more than our share of suffering. He told us we would. Often physical illness is a direct result of the issues
of our heart. But sometimes we get sick or injured just because we live in a world that hasn’t come into full redemption. Aches and pains are a part of life.

This is why it matters how we live.

If we are living in the presence of God, intentionally, every day, the aches and pains won’t necessarily be less. But we will experience less in them.

When I am fully present with God, and abiding in His peace, I can still stub my toe – and indeed I have! But the pain passes quickly and doesn’t affect my whole being. It doesn’t bring me down like it would on days
when I’m not abiding in Him.

Even in situations where the pain lingers more, like a more serious injury, I can tell a difference in my demeanor and recovery based on whether or not I am abiding in God’s presence.

When we abide in God, we receive all of His life from Him. That is amazing. And let’s not wait till we are injured to turn to Him. The more we live in Him, the more we will be filled with His healing when times get
tough.

Prayer

Lord, thank You that when we abide in You, we have Your life flowing through us. In this place of abiding, You can do amazing things in and through us. Help us continue to abide daily in You, and when we forget,
remind us! In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Abide in Him. That is the best medicine you will ever take.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

A vibrant spirit

Scripture Verse

"A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones." – Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)

Reflection

Have you ever gone to visit someone who was physically ill, but you came away feeling joyful because that person’s spirit was joyful?

When we have good health and vibrant life in our spirit, we radiate joy despite our physical suffering. Folks who come into our presence will feel that joy. They will leave feeling uplifted, rather than down. When our spirit is lively, often we recover more quickly from our physical ailments as well.

Yet if our spirit is not healthy, if our heart is despondent, folks will feel sad and hurting in our presence. Our physical recovery will be slower.

I will never forget the honor of praying for a young lady suffering from brain cancer. Her family surrounded her during the prayer time, and I felt that the heavens were open. I felt the Spirit of the Lord, and His joy,
radiating from her. I was lifted to a better place for having prayed over her.

Shortly after that she did pass away. I was saddened for her family, as they grieved the loss of their precious loved one. But to this day, I remember the joy she shared so unsparingly with all of us. Despite her illness, and the suffering I know she experienced, her spirit was alive and well … and is to this day.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for the gift of our spirit. Despite our physical suffering, we can experience life and joy to the fullest, by Your Holy Spirit in us. Help us to stay healthy in our spirit life, so we may thrive and be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Can you remember a time when someone blessed you by the life and joy they carried in their spirit? Ask God to help you live from that deep well of spiritual joy.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.