|Our New Wrist Prayer Shawl|
Before Bob and I ever met, I received my true calling from God, sitting in the second row of the little, country Baptist Church I belonged to; I was shocked in 2001 when He showed me I was to become a Pastor, to stand up on a pulpit and preach the gospel, to point others to God, not just through music, but through the scriptures and preaching/teaching the word of God before congregations, not just a small class room of kids, it scared me to death and I also began to argue with Him that a woman could not be a pastor, I wasn't to win that argument at all. So I started working on messages, seminars, and projects that I would have NEVER believed would come out of me.
|One of our Mens Prayer Blanket|
In 2008, I was walking through the store, I saw this loom hanging in the craft aisle, and it totally caught my eye. I was never much able to Crochet, could NEVER learn to Knit, and I always wanted to learn, I just seemed to never be able to figure it all out and didn't have much confidence that anyone would ever be able to teach me. Then when I found this loom, I started looking at the instructions, seeing how to create a stitch, all the possibilities of what could be made with a loom, and that it looked so beautiful, "perfect," and how uniform the stitches were, I thought to myself, "even I can't mess this one up!" I immediately bought a loom, bought some yarn, took them home and shared it with my husband. I started showing him all the things I could make with one, all the ideas for Christmas and birthday gifts I could think of, and he and the kids all said, "I want one too." So thus began our endeavor to learn and make items through looming.
|Looming a Prayer Shawl|
My children grew very interested in what we had done, they wanted to know more about healing, praying in agreement, and what the power in the cloth was all about. I began to show them in the scriptures where Paul was given the gift of healing in his hands, and when he was not able to visit the sick he heard about, he would send anointed prayer cloth, on his behalf and many were healed through his Prayer Cloth Ministry. (Acts 19:11-12) I showed them the scriptures where the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years pressed through the crowd, knowing by faith if she could just reach, even just the hem of Christ's garment, she would be made whole. (Luke 8:41-56, Matt 9:18-26, and Mark 5:25-34), there was another place in the Book of Mark, there is a story, where when Christ and the Disciples reach the shore of Gennesaret, the men saw Him coming and KNEW who He was, they began running through their villages, towns, and the entire region announcing His arrival. They knew He would not have time to see every single sick person in their individual homes, so they lined the streets with the beds of the sick, and as He walked through the streets, all they had to do was reach out and touch His garment and they were healed. (Mark 6:53-54)
I began to explain to them, it isn't the cloth, it wasn't the hem of His garment or the oil anointing the cloth that has the power. It is God who has the Power, and the power of healing came to these people, NOT because they touched the garment, it is in the scriptures, it was the FAITH they had in Christ, in who He was, in knowing that if they could just touch something, a piece of Him, that they would be healed. God could have healed them without the touch, just because of their faith in knowing that it could just take a touch, but through their actions, through their follow through BY FAITH, that is where they received their healing. The oil has no power, it is a symbol of the anointing that Jesus had because of who He is. The word Christ means anointed one, the oil we use, is a symbol of Jesus' anointing He had on Himself, and to invite the Holy Spirit to anoint, bless, and use the shawl, blanket, cloth, or whatever item we use for each individual. The power is in our faith that God will use us, us our shawls and cloths as a tool to show others the unfailing love and power of God, it is tangible evidence of God's love and love of others who are praying for them as they go through whatever trial they are facing. It is a symbol of God's arms wrapped around them for comfort and to cheer their hearts.
We began to make prayer shawls for family members, for church friends as they needed healing or comfort. Then they would tell us about someone else they knew who needed prayer, we would not only pray for them, but offer them a prayer cloth or shawl, anoint them, and give them to the person in need. We decided this was an aspect of ministry we had never heard of in churches, in our own community. We wanted to make an impact to others for the Lord, if He impressed on our hearts others needed to be healed, then He would supply the grace for their healing, supply the equipment and the material we needed to create these wonderful witnessing tools for Him.
|Anointing Ceremony for Prayer Shawl|
God showed us the guidelines He would have us to use for this ministry, see below:
- Recipients could be anyone in need of healing, hurting, or struggling with a trial of any kind.
- The items given out can be a Prayer Shawl, Cloth, Wrist Prayer Shawl or Blanket
- Each item will be hand made, either through sewing, looming, crocheting, knitting
- Every item had to be prayed over while being made
- Each Item had to be made with a specific person or need in mind
- They were to always be anointed with oil and prayed for, before distribution
- These items are to be given away FREE OF CHARGE