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Prayer For Healing. Presented By: David Kueker (key’ker) Caseyville United Methodist Church. Pastor David Kueker. I am not a doctor. If anything you hear today disagrees with what your doctors say, believe your doctors.

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Prayer For Healing

Presented By:

David Kueker (key’ker)

Caseyville United Methodist Church


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Pastor David Kueker

  • I am not a doctor.

  • If anything you hear today disagrees with what your doctors say, believe your doctors.

  • If anything you hear today disagrees with your understanding of God, or with your heart, go with God and your heart.


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Dr. Herbert Benson

  • Herbert Benson, M.D. is a cardiologist, researcher and an Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School since 1970.

  • Dr. Benson is the author or co-author of more than 175 scientific publications and 11 books.

  • More than four million copies of his books are in print.


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Timeless Healing: The Power and Biology of Belief

  • Herbert Benson, M.D.

    with Marg Stark

  • Simon & Schuster, 1996.

  • (referenced page numbers will appear in parentheses)


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  • Henry Ford

    • Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.

  • Therefore:

    • Whether you think God can or think God can’t, you’re right.


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+ be it done to you.”

Placebo

Nocebo

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  • Whether you think you’re well or think you’re sick, you’re right.

  • “Remembered Wellness” a.k.a. the Placebo Effect: 1955 testing standard is 30% effective (28).


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Three conditions raise the placebo effect to 70-90% effectiveness: (32)

  • 1. Patient’s belief and expectancy

  • 2. Caregiver’s belief and expectancy (professional clinician)

  • 3. Belief and expectancies generated by the relationship between patient and caregiver.


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Remembered Wellness A.K.A. the Placebo Effect believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

  • The ability of our bodies to heal themselves,

    • is built in at the time of creation,

    • it is no less a miracle because the potential has always been there.


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FAITH: Expectancy believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

  • How sure is your hope?

  • How clear is your sight?

  • Is your faith in focus?


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FAITH: Expectancy believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

  • Mark 11:22 And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.


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FAITH: Expectancy believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

  • 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”


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FAITH: Expectancy believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

  • “My review of the research reveals that regardless of how traditional one’s practice of religious beliefs, whenever faith is present, remembered wellness is triggered and health can be improved.”- Herbert Benson (173)


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  • Faith and the relaxation response yield believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)REMEMBERED WELLNESS

  • The “Relaxation Response”

  • Contemplative Prayer

    • Basil Pennington

    • Thomas Keating

  • “in the zone” (167)

  • “flow”


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“FLOW” believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    • (CHIK-seh-mee-HIGH)

  • deep peace, calm, relaxation; absence of fear, stress, worry

  • high awareness, excitement, enthusiasm, exhilaration

  • totally absorbed with loss of sense of time passing


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    RELAXATION RESPONSE believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

    • Two basic steps: (134)

      • Repeat a word, sound, prayer, phrase, or muscular activity.

      • Passively disregard everyday thoughts that come to mind, and return to your repetition.

        • “when the mind quiets down, the body follows suit.” (127)


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    RELAXATION RESPONSE STEPS believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

    • 1. Pick a focus word, short phrase, or prayer that is firmly rooted in your belief system, such as "one," "peace," "The Lord is my shepherd," "Hail Mary full of grace," or "shalom."


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    RELAXATION RESPONSE STEPS believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

    • 2. Sit quietly in a comfortable position.

    • 3. Close your eyes.

    • 4. Relax your muscles, progressing from your feet to your calves, thighs, abdomen, shoulders, head, and neck.


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    RELAXATION RESPONSE STEPS believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

    • 5. Breathe slowly and naturally, and as you do, say your focus word, sound, phrase, or prayer silently to yourself as you exhale.

    • 6. Assume a passive attitude. Don't worry about how well you're doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say to yourself, "Oh well," and gently return to your repetition.


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    RELAXATION RESPONSE STEPS believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

    • 7. Continue for 10 to 20 minutes

    • 8. Do not stand immediately. Continue sitting quietly for a minute or so, allowing other thoughts to return. Then open your eyes and sit for another minute before rising.


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    RELAXATION RESPONSE STEPS believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

    • 9. Practice the technique once or twice daily. Good times to do so are before breakfast and before dinner

    • …but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2


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    FAITH believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

    • Who’s in charge here?

    • Who is able?

    • Who is Lord?

    • Whether you believe Jesus can or believe Jesus can’t, you’re right.


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    FAITH believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

    • Who’s in charge here?

    • Mat 8:2 and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.


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    FAITH believing that doing so would make them well, were twice as likely to live ...” (45)

    • Who’s in charge here?

    • Mat 8:5 As he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.”


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    • 8 But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”


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    FAITH to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

    • Who’s in charge here?

    • 10 When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.

    • Faith is knowing who’s in charge.


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    FAITH to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

    • Who’s in charge here?

    • Mat 8:13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

    • Faith is knowing who’s in charge.


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    FAITH: Your Decision to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

    • Who is able?

    • Who is Lord?

    • Who’s in charge here?

    • Jesus is Lord over my_____________.

    • Faith is knowing who’s in charge.


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    The Centering Prayer: to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

    • Lord Jesus, today I am far less than the person I want to be or can be with your help. I ask today that you would be more and more the center of my life. Guide me to all that is good, cleanse me from all that is not. Teach me Your ways and form me in Your nature. Work through me to redeem my neighborhood. I am a sinner; please be my Shepherd, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.


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    FAITH: Surprise to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

    • Mark 5:24 - 34 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and who suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.


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    • 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it.


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    FAITH: Surprise fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.

    • Mark 6:56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.


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    FAITH: Action fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.

    • Mark 2:4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”


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    FAITH: Action fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.

    • Mark 2:11 “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.” 12 And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”


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    FAITH: Action fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.

    • Luke 17:14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.


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    FAITH: Action fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.

    • John 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.


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    FAITH: Action fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.

    • John 9:7 saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.


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    Three conditions raise the placebo effect to 70-90% effectiveness: (32)

    • 1. Patient’s belief and expectancy

    • 2. Caregiver’s belief and expectancy (professional clinician)

    • 3. Belief and expectancies generated by the relationship between patient and caregiver.


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    Three conditions raise the placebo effect to 70-90% effectiveness: (32)

    • 1. Patient’s belief and expectancy

    • 2. Caregiver’s belief and expectancy (Lord and Savior)

    • 3. Belief and expectancies generated by the relationship between patient and caregiver.


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