“Even those I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar. For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations”
– Isaiah 56:7
For us as Christian healthcare workers, who work at the same health facility or hospital or college, to come together to PRAY, and to develop a PRAYER STRATEGY for our institution, our place of work!!!! This is very, very important.
We seek to pray PERSONALLY, to pray PRIVATELY, to pray with our PEERS (as we meet impromptu or in passing; even short “open-eyed” prayers in the corridors), to pray PUBLICLY (in our fellowship meetings or in the cafeteria), to pray privately with PATIENTS (as the Lord leads and allows), to pray with our life PARTNERS (our spouses, if we are married, and with our children, if we have children; including family prayers), to pray with our PARENTS, to pray with our PASTORS (and other elders), to pray in our PRAYER-TRIPLETS (See below please), and to pray during our PENIEL weekends (of special times of meeting and being alone with God)…
Part of the Global HCF prayer strategy is furthermore to promote prayer in the following practical ways:
✞ The use of “B.L.E.S.S.” prayers – Body (physical needs), Labour (work and financial needs), Emotions (psychological needs), Social (relationship needs), and Spiritual needs…
✞ Doing Prayer Walks: on our way to work, at work, and on special occasions.
✞ How to spend have an Hour of Prayer (See under Resources)
✞ How to have a Day of Prayer (See under Resources)
✞ How to have the Monthly HCF Day of Prayer (1st Wednesday of every month)
✞ Daily HCF-related Prayers using The Trumpet Call.
✞ The Silverline Initiative: retired people praying for healthcare!
✞ The 4-14 Window of Prayer: encouraging and mobilising children between 4-14 years of age to pray for healthcare!
✞ Conducting a Healthcare Sunday in as many as possible churches (once a year at least); usually on the Sunday closest to “St Luke’s Day.”
✞ National Prayer Hubs of to be formed in the top ten most populated countries: China; India; USA; Brazil; Indonesia; Pakistan; Nigeria; Bangladesh; Russia; and Japan.
✞ Raise one million Prayer Warriors in healthcare for healthcare in the next 10 years (as was mentioned above).
✞ Prayer for the HCF International Partners: like ICMDA, IHS Global, Kardia Foundation, Prime, NCFI, Ukraine Medical Outreach (UMO), Health Outreaches in the Middle East (“HOME”), OMS International, Presbyterian Church of South Korea, Korean Central Presbyterian Church.
✞ To have regular Concerts of Prayer.
✞ To mobilize local churches to pray for healthcare…
✞ Calling for days of humbling & fasting prayer before God!
✞ Spiritual warfare praying, etc.
More information about the HCF prayer strategy and ministry is available in the module on “Serving God in the Health Field” (on the international HCF website). But it needs to be emphasized: “The primary need is not the multiplication of prayer meetings, but that individual Christians should learn to pray”!!! This is extremely important and explained well by Dr Andrew Murray in his last and important book, “The State of the Church”. An abbreviated version, applied to HCF is available in the section for Resources…