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Please join me in a virtual prayer for divine intervention. “Park and Pray at 1:11 pm” Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing at 1:11 pm please stop, park and pray:
Holy One, we give thanks to you for your infinite power and unconditional love. Bless us with wisdom to overcome our limitations and nurture our gifts. Bless the RI Promise, as a way that many may achieve a fulfilling life. Bless us with these and other seeds to grow our society. Bless our present and future generations with a future that holds your promises for us. Amen.
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An Iona Prayer Book.
Park and Pray at 1:11 pm
Friends, I am convinced that when we park and pray at 1:11 pm we engage in reverent submission. When we practice reverent submission we release our hands and our hold on our lives. We surrender our will and allow space for God’s will to manifest in our lives.
When we say the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” What is God’s will for us and for our situations? We often believe our will is not satisfied when God’s will, different from our will, prevails.
Friends, trust God to hear your fervent prayers and petitions. Depend on God to do whatever is best in your life. Pray, asking in Christ’s name. Just as Jesus’ prayers were heard you will be heard because of your reverent submission.
Dear God, we long to do your will. Thank you for teaching us how to pray through lessons on Jesus’ prayer life. Help us to release our will, which holds us back from discerning your will. May the righteous desires of our hearts be fulfilled. In Christ name, we pray. Amen.
- “Everyday prayer is a cleansing and healing spiritual experience” Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto
Several months ago, Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto, a renowned RI College Professor of Biology, sent the following Blog for Park and Pray affirming it as an everyday prayer that “is a cleansing and healing spiritual practice.” He retired, June 2017 after 34 years of service. Dr. Matsumoto is a remarkable liver transplant recipient, whose method of transplant contributed to the advancement of science. Matsumoto joined a clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital, and he became one of three patients to participate in an experimental method of organ transport. Lloyd and his wife Terry are members of Beneficent Congregational Church United Church of Christ. Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto appreciates the power of prayer through his own personal experiences and relationship with God. His high risk surgeries and significant medical and surgical challenges didn’t change his commitment to pray daily. Lloyd believes God’s grace and his faith in the Divine saved his life. Prayer is a staple in his life.
Scientific Evidence Suggests Prayers Positive Effect
In 1988, Cardiologist Randolph Byrd conducted a landmark study at San Francisco General Hospital on the positive therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer on cardiac care patients. The control group or patients who did not receive intercessory prayer required ventilator assistance, antibiotics, and diuretics more frequently than patients in the Intercessory Prayer group. This study and other data suggest that a prayer mediator or intercessory prayer to the Judeo-Christian God has a beneficial therapeutic effect in patients admitted to a CCU. This study laid the ground work for other related studies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3393937
Try the A-C-T-S Prayer Method
Adoration Loving God you're amazing!
Confession Merciful God I confess my sins and ask forgiveness.
Thanks Lord I come before you with praise and thanksgiving
Supplication Almighty God help, save, heal and bless me.
I ask in the powerful name of my Savior, the Christ. Amen.
Prayer Chants (spoken repeatedly):
The Jesus Prayer – “Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on me.”
A Prayer for Mercy & Thanks – “Lord have mercy.” and “God, we thank you.”