Christian Nursing 101: Intercessory Prayer: Differentiating the Source

When I first thought about writing this article, I wanted the title to be “Take Back Prayer in Nursing”. That is because I feel we have let prayer, communication between God and man, become a buzzword for anything spiritual. Once a reverent privilege to enter the throne room of God to speak praises, confession, or petitions to our holy Creator. Prayer has been relegated to an existential experience of sending positive thoughts, connecting with the universe, or random words to the unknown. My concern is not with non-Christian and their spiritual journey.  Instead it is with  Christians who espouse their prayers and petitions to a random receiver, or worse to evil spirits.

Thus, the article guides Christian nurses back to the tenets of our faith and Bible teaching on prayer. Since not all prayers are the same, Christians should be cautious when asked to pray for at least two reasons: who we pray to does matter and prayer is more than just reading a few lines.

Finally, we should strongly resist a compulsion to communicate with other gods, energy force or entities by patients, families, or staff. The Bible clearly teaches the \reality of evil spirits or demon world; which is in contradiction to God and Christ.

I would enjoy hearing more about your experience with non-Christian prayer in nursing.

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NCFI Cares: God’s Name in Nursing–Yahweh Nissi

We may not think of God as our Banner. A Bible scholar guides our understanding of Nissi by stating: “Typically, when armies went to battle, the flag would go out in front of them, representing the power and spirit of the nation. Similarly, when Israel fought, God went before them. He led the way, he was their banner. However, this is not just true for Israel. It is true for us. Our God always goes before us. He makes our paths straight, and he fights our battles.” Moses communicated this dependence on the LORD as he held up his hands in prayer during the war with the Amalek. Remember, when Moses’ arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur held up his arms (Exodus 17:8-15).

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The Lords name Yahweh Nissi is an important reminder for us and for our patients, families, and staff. The strength of the LORD goes before us. When someone receives a terminal diagnosis, the surgery was unsuccessful, or a colleagues loses their job, Yahweh Nissi is ALREADY there in strength and victory. Victory may not be the miraculous cure or an immediate solution. Instead it may be the blessed presence of the Holy Spirit and the assurance of eternal life. Also, notice the strength and victory for the Israelites came through steadfast personal and intercessory prayer.

Like Moses we can lift our hands up high in confident prayer proclaiming Yahweh Nissi “The LORD is my Banner” – (Exodus 17:15).

NCFI Cares: CALM by Guest Contributor

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks giving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.(Philippians 4: 4-8)

These verses and meaning of CALM, I got them from one of my best friends during our hospital crises. I already shared in our NCF-I committee meeting and it was encouraged me a lot. I hope you also will get benefit from those verses.

She observed me sometimes but I didn’t aware about it. One day I invited her for dinner with me. When she came she just ask me are you okay Bulbuli, then again in the middle of dinner ask me are you okay Bulbuli and I thought she ask me more than 3times. I always answer yes I am okay. When she was asking me few times then I told her yes, I am okay with my husband, my both daughters are okay, my mom is okay, everything is okay but I am worried about my hospital. She told me yes, I knew that you are so sad and upset about the hospital. Then finish our dinner, before she go home, she gave me a card and explain why she was asking me how you are. She realized I am worried about something but she wanted to listen from me. She gave me lots of example, she told me about the CALM and how it is helpful etc etc. It was gave me comfort, peace inside when she shared with me. Here is the meaning of CALM:

Celebrate God’s goodness (verse 4)

Ask God for help (verse 6)

Leave your concerns with God (verse 7)

Meditate on good things (verse 8)

So we have celebrate about good thing first because every day we have many good things beside the bad things, so thankful to HIM. If we are worried about anything, he is always ready to help us so we have to ask him for help. If we worried or heavy loaded then give them to God’s hands and he promised us to release from that. Finally we have to meditate and give focus on good things. If we can do this our heavenly father will give his comfort and give his supports all the time.

Amen.

by Bulbuli Mollick, International Board Member, Bangladesh

CALM best

 

NCFI Cares: God’s Name in Nursing: Yahweh Jireh

Yahweh Jireh comes from Genesis 22:14, when the LORD provided a ram in the thicket for Abraham to sacrifice, “So Abraham called the place the LORD will provide (Yahweh Jireh)” The LORD not only provided a substitute sacrifice for Abraham, but he promises to provide all that we need (Matthew 6:25-34). Yet, many times our patients need more than just basic food and water, they need medicine, expert medical care, and surgeries for relief from diseases and illnesses. Some patients need transportation to the clinic or hospital; education for proper hygiene, and money for continued treatments. Others may need a caring support system to provide the basics in bathing, eating, and toileting.

As we look to Yahweh Jireh for our patients, we can also depend on the him for what we need. Nurses not only need more staff, more supplies, and more resources to care for patients; we need our personal health to be sustained so we can care for the needy of this world.

The miraculous provision of the Yahweh is not only found in the sustenance he provides, it is found in how he uses us as his providers. We are blessed when we minister to our patients, families, colleagues, and students. And since the Lord’s ways are beyond anything we can comprehend, we trust Yahweh Jireh with the providential disbursement according to the glorious riches found in Christ Jesus (Job 38; Psalm 89; Philippians 4:19-20).

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Philippians 4:19-20 And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. May glory be given to God our Father forever and ever. Amen.

Book Review: The Culture Map

culture map In June, I attended the international board meeting for Nurses Christian Fellowship International in Taipei, Taiwan. The president, Tove Giske, gave a presentation on the Culture Map. You see, our board is made up of 20 people from 6 regions of world, representing 18 different countries. Thus, “decoding how people, think, lead and get things done across the cultures” is important to the work of the organization.  Since, I work and live in area convergence of cultures, I knew I had to get the book and learn more of how to work cross-culturally.

The book reveals a framework or map decoding how various cultures communicate, evaluate, schedule, persuade, decide, disagree, and others. I will give an example. According to the Culture Map, the US culture views scheduling as a tight, linear, reference point. I can personally attest to this, for if I am not at least 5 minutes early, I am late, and I see efficiency in personal and business life as being “on-time” and “productive”. What the culture map points out, is on the other end of the scale for scheduling is “flexible time”. As I looked at the map, on the “flexible time” is China, which reminded me of a nerve-wracking, yet cultural-revealing incident. When in Taiwan, I was scheduled to be picked up for my airport transfer at 5:00. After multiple texts and an 1 1/2 hour later my escort showed up; and we nonchalantly left about 30 minutes after her arrival. I have to be honest and say, even with the delay, I was quite a few hours before my departure time. So there was no risk of missing the flight.

My escorted had came late for she had wanted to ride with me to the airport and continue to build on the “trusting”  relationship we had forged during my stay. Something, I would not have thought of. Why? According to the culture map, China and the US are once again on opposite extremes on how we build trust in business relationships.

The Culture Map by Erin Meyer is a must read for anyone who interacts cross-culturally, even if it is in your own home town.

 

 

 

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Christian Nursing 101: A Global Heart for Nursing

LargeRollover.00005217-201807000-00000.CVIn this article I share ways nurses can share their global heart in nursing.

I will share with you my most recent prayer petitions for my global colleagues and patients:

The miraculous rescue of the soccer team and coach trapped inside a cave for 2 weeks in Thailand. There were medical teams, including nurses, at the cave site providing health care services to the divers during the planning stages of the rescue. Then, of course, once the boys and their coach were out of the cave, they provided EMS care en route to the hospital and at t hospital.

All 12 boys and soccer coach rescued

Besides the world-wide prayers that went out for the boys, the coach, and the rescue teams. This was also an opportunity to pray for our colleagues diligently working to save lives and restore health.

Share how you extend your nursing heart to our global colleagues.

 

 

 

NCFI Cares: God’s Name in Nursing: Yahweh

Recently I completed a study on the Names of God and explored the various compound names of Yahweh. According to Wayne Grudem a Bible scholar and author of Systematic Theology shared how “the many names of God in Scripture provide additional revelation of His character. The multiple names are not mere titles assigned by people but, for the most part, God’s own descriptions of Himself.” In other words, God reveals himself to us through his name and characteristics. For example, most Christians are familiar with Yahweh or Jehovah. This is how God revealed himself to Moses “I AM who I AM” (Exodus 3:14). God also said “I am the God of your fathers, and the God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:15); revealing or reminding Moses of the covenant relationship found through his lineage.

The use of Yahweh, usually translated as all caps LORD in our English Bibles, speaks to an eternal, unchangeable intimate God.  Wow! The idea that God is eternal, unchangeable is beyond words. It means amidst our evolving health care systems with emerging technologies that God is the same. He is the same God when penicillin was discovered, is the same God today with cancer therapies and tomorrow with the threat of emerging infections. Not only is Yahweh unchanging and eternal, he is intimately acquainted with each one of us through our covenant relationship through Jesus Christ.

Imagine the hope and encouragement we can give our patients, families, and colleagues through sharing the meaning of God’s name—Yahweh. Look for a future NCFI Cares devotion on Yahweh Jireh.

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, before Abraham came into existence, I am!” (John 8:58)

Share how you live out the hope and reality of Yahweh!