So I had a thought recently about devotees praying for one another. Someone I know was talking about how devotees pray over one another in churches. Also, I’m familiar with how preachers, pastors, as well as ordinary people pray over one another in churches and God works through them to heal others and help change others’ lives.
I am also aware of how in Krishna Consciousness, the idea of the mercy of devotees is stressed upon greatly. Devotees keep asking one another for “their mercy”. Only recently, I made a connection between this and what I mentioned about people praying together/over one another in churches. It occurred to me that they’re both pretty much the same thing. It’s kind of obvious really, and I knew it too, but I never really realized it, you know?
So anyway, I thought it would be nice to have a page for prayer requests where all of us could post comments about any help we might need in any situation. Here’s how I thought it could work:
- You can comment on any blog post of mine with your prayer request. I will copy paste what you write into a new blog post. You must comment by writing “PRAYER REQUEST” in the first line of the comment so I know it is a prayer request.
- Your prayer request will appear under the category titled ‘Prayer Requests’
- You must leave any sort of name or nickname for us to address you by. Even initials will do. This is for clarity when I post your prayer requests, and also to address you in our prayers.
- I will reply to your prayer request by posting my prayers for you. Others can send in their prayers as well.
- I would also appreciate it if you could follow-up with us and let us know about whether your situation has improved or not, and how.
You can also send in your general prayers if you like. I will also be doing this.
Let’s do this, guys. We can never have enough prayer in our lives. I actually have a prayer request as well:
In the past few weeks, I have been struggling with OCD. It’s not extreme, but it’s quite severe. I haven’t been diagnosed but my behavior makes it clear that I’m being obsessive/compulsive. I’m obsessed with hygiene and cleanliness and keep feeling the need to wash my hands, feet, to shower, etc. While it’s good to be hygienic, this is getting very bothersome and I cannot do my daily activities normally. It is really interfering with my life. I have prayed to Krishna to help me with this problem twice. Both times, after praying, the severity of the issue lessened greatly. But it keeps coming back. I understand it takes a while to heal and I am simultaneously trying to handle this issue, but it’s getting rather intense and disturbing me mentally. I humbly request all of you to bestow a little mercy on me, and pray for me to be healed of this. I will keep praying to Krishna for His mercy as well. Thank you all in advance. Your blessings mean a lot to me. You can be sure to expect a follow-up from me.
UPDATE [26 Dec 2010]: I am so much better now! I feel so much lighter than before. My compulsions have lessened and I have all you wonderful devotees to thank for your thoughtful prayers, and I have our Lord Krishna to thank. Thanks to all of you who sent your prayers and good wishes to me. I am forever indebted to you.
Ever since I prayed to Krishna to give me strength, it’s been easier to fight off impulses. I am still kind of nitpicky but waaayyyyyy better than before. Pretty much like my old self which is still very hygiene-conscious, but at a rather normal level. Every time I felt these impulses, I prayed to Krishna to give me strength to fight it. Sometimes I prayed to Krishna to keep me clean; forcing myself to fight the impulse; sometimes I would use the ‘exposure’ technique. That morning when I realized that I ought to pray for strength to fight back, everything just became so much easier. Haribol!
I also strongly believe it is the prayers of all you devotees. Thank you, ‘In Love With Krishna‘ and thank you, S. Thanks for the prayers and thanks for the advice. Thanks so much all of you.
I really feel so much better now. I’m so much better than before. There still is quite a bit of room for improvement, but my mind is in a better, more peaceful condition now than it was before. Govinda Jaya!