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The Prayer Chain

By Narinder Bazen Khalsa

 “In Jesus’ name, Amen” was how the adults signed, sealed and delivered their prayers when I was a child. They were my earliest memories of the power of prayer. Grandmother held the phone, listening with focus, as the prayer request was delivered. She then set the phone down on the hook and looked into her Bible for the list of names written inside the cover. Turning the rotary dial, she reached out to the next person in the prayer chain.

 I could see it in my childish creativeness, it looked like a group of women standing, arm in arm, around someone who was in need of their collective strength and hope. I imagined how it must feel for the person in need of prayer. I imagined them, hunched over, depleted from whatever it was that caused concern, too tired to pray for themselves, reaching out in a last effort to the prayer chain that came to the rescue and moved them.

Then I had the vision that, like a plant starved of light set near the window, they were nourished and became strong again. This magic happened through the power of focused intention and support. Many times after a prayer request went through the prayer chain circuit, the ladies in the group would deliver things like healing meals, words of hope, childcare, or donations to their need.

Prayers call out for help, but they also call upon the one praying to take action. Søren Kierkegaard said “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”

I have noticed within myself, when someone asks me to pray for them, my attention is turned toward their need. Aligning with the Infinite, I envision their healing. Sometimes I’ll ask the angels to assist. Sometimes I am given insight through prayer as to how I can become the answer, how I can give of myself to the one who needs support.

The simple gesture of prayer illuminates great paths of service. Our hearts are filled with gratitude when we feel how strong our prayers can be.

“There’s only one thing which will bring happiness to you. When you humble yourself and serve others, then God will fill in the gap and shall serve you.“  
–Yogi Bhajan

Narinder Bazen Khalsa lives in Atlanta with her husband Brahamjot Singh. She is an artist, a Kundalini Yoga teacher, and a Home Funeral Guide.