How to Pray for People in Times of Crisis (especially for those you don’t know)

Harvey, Irma, floods, fires…………………..

What does one do with these?

“I’ll pray for you”, or “you are in my prayers” is what immediately comes to mind and heart.

But, what does this mean?

How do I pray for people I do not know personally and even those I have a direct relationship with, how do I know what to pray for?

How can I know their deepest life intentions?

How do I know the desires within the depths of their soul?

I’ve pondered this for years.  The ‘logical’ answer of praying for healing or whatever I think would be best for them may not be their true heart’s desire.  So, how can I support them and pray for them while respecting their unknown intentions?

The answer was gifted to me about a year ago,  It is wonder-full, simple, and very powerful (for both the person I am praying for and me)!

The answer:  Send them Love!  .

Love is the most powerful energy in the Universe.  According to the Wise Ones throughout the ages, Love is what binds everything together and makes us whole.

The power of Love is beyond comprehension yet everyone benefits when we call upon it.  We don’t really need to know how it works, just that it works.  (Kind of like the electricity in our homes.  We don’t know how it works, but we know it works wonders when the switch is turned on.)

Why is this a powerful way to pray?  Here are 6 Life-giving reasons:

  1. I can actively support them
  2. I honor the free will of their heart/soul (and it frees me not to have to think of what to pray for)
  3. They receive the power of Love and can use it in ways that most benefit them
  4. I actively trust that God/Source and my friend are using this Love for his/her highest good
  5. I can ‘let go’, knowing they are strengthened, cared for and “Loved”
  6. I personally benefit as this life-giving power of Love first flows through me

Today’s ‘Come to the Edge’ “leaping” exercise:  Today, we are practicing this new form of prayer, sending Love to another person.  You will be using the gift of your imagination for this prayer.  Ready to give it a try?  Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down.  Take several deep breaths.  (Let the thoughts of the day go for a few minutes.)  Continue your deep breathing.  Close your eyes and focus your attention on your heart area.  Feel it.  Be aware of it.  Now, see and feel the warmth of a beam of light entering your heart (this is the Love energy).  Enjoy it.  Feel it.  Allow it to grow.  After ‘connecting’ with it and experiencing it for a few minutes, focus on the person you’d like to pray for.  Picture them in your mind with as much detail as possible.

Next, imagine you are sending this beam of light, this Love energy – from your heart to their heart.  See it.  Allow yourself to experience it!  Say  to this person, “I am sending this Light of Love to you today because I love you and because God/Source loves you.  Use this in any way you choose for your highest good.  This is given this to you freely.  We Love You.”

Gently release the beam of light and ‘come back’ to your present room and physical awareness.  Sit for a moment, and give thanks that you have given them the best gift ever…..the gift of divine Love.


“Beloved, let us Love one another because Love is of God….God is Love” –  1 John 4:7,8

“And above all these put on Love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:14

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

“If we Love one another, God remains in us, and this Love is brought to perfection in us.” – 1 John 4: 12

“Do everything in Love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14


Sending Love today – Joan Kappes


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