The following prayer is short and sweet, and is perfect for a new baby’s baptism.
A Baptismal Prayer
In your love you have called us to know you,
led us to trust you,
and bound our life with yours.
Surround this child with your love,
protect it from evil.
Fill it with the holy spirit and
receive it into the family of your church,
that it may walk with us in the way of Christ,
and grow in the knowledge of your love.
A Rhyming Baptismal Prayer
You’re taking this step of faith. In obedience to the Lord
To be baptized in His precious name, And heed the Masters call
To rise up with faith in God. And go where He may leadTo
share Gods love to everyone, And touch them in their need
May God pour out His blessings. Upon your life todaySo you
may walk in His abundance, As you commit to Him your way
Keep on trusting in the Lord. No matter what you face
And keep your eyes on Jesus Christ, And live in His sweet grace.
Bible Verses about Baptism
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Check out what the bible has to say about baptism with this collection of Bible Verses about Baptisms
Read Bible Verses about Babies
“When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
Click here to read more Bible Verses about Babies
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V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do.
V. And all his works?
R. I do.
V. And all his empty promises?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in
Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin
was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the
hand of the Father?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy
church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and
R. I do.
V. God, the all-powerful Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ
has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our
Lord Jesus Christ
for ever and ever.
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service that is directed by one of the parents. The
members renew their
and sprinkle themselves with the
It is vital that you follow appropriate safeguarding procedures amongst those offering prayer ministry. That they are aware of issues relating to children and vulnerable adults. In many cases this will mean they have appropriate background checks. It is assumed that those offering prayer ministry will be part of a pastoral team, and understand a supervision procedure. It is usual to offer prayer ministry in mixed gender pairs, and to ensure the prayer space is private.
Blessing Holy Oil
Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14 NLT
Scripture commends the use of oil in prayer. Traditionally the holy oils blessed by the bishop are set apart for special purposes. However in the Orthodox Tradition it is common for oils blessed by a Priest to be made available to the laity for anointing one another. It is my practice to use this same oil for lay and ordained colleagues in prayer ministry teams. This practice is affirmed by
Using blessed oil communicates to the gathered community that the prayer being offered by members of a team is the prayer of the whole church, rather than that of particular individuals. The oil can be blessed during a healing Eucharist with the prayer:
God of compassion, mercy, and love,
in the midst of the pain and suffering of the world your Son came among us
to heal our infirmities and soothe our wounds.
May all who use this oil be refreshed by the Spirit,
and blessed with health of mind and body.
Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen
The oil is usually olive oil, and may be scented by heating gently with herbs and spices and straining afterwards (although beware allergies!) Oil can be kept in small make up tins with cotton wool in. When using oil in prayer ministry it may be necessary to explain to people the method that will be used. Some people do not wish to be touched and this must be respected.
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ Mark 1:9-10 ESV
In our baptism we share in Christ’s baptism. We too receive the gift of the Spirit, and hear God’s voice of loving parenthood. However we all need that gift to be refreshed and renewed. Although John baptized Jesus it was God as Father and Spirit that ‘did the work’. In prayer ministry we work as part of an ‘outward sign’, but it is God who meets with people with ‘invisible grace’ and favour.
Those praying for others must reflect on this scripture and what it means for them. It is appropriate to meet before and after prayer ministry and listen to the scripture and pray for one another. At times it will be appropriate to read the scripture to those seeking prayer.
As we shall see this pattern of prayer ministry follows the scripture in reverse. God speaks to us His words of love. The Spirit meets with us. We prophetically listen and speak as John did.
Following are steps to be followed in offering prayer.
Ensure you know the persons name, and what they are seeking prayer for. It may be themselves or it may be another person. It may simply be for refreshing or renewal. Discourage too much detail, this is not a counselling session. The simple words ‘Let’s Pray’ can bring focus.
Invite them to place their hands in an open palm up position. This position pre-dates hands clasped together in Christian prayer. Explain that you will anoint their palms with oil and ensure they are happy with this.
Take oil on your own thumbs and hold their hands gently underneath and with your thumbs, spreading the oil. I recommend continuing to gently hold the hands during prayer.
Sometimes when people are prayed for they react physically. The bible speaks of the fruit of the Spirit as ‘Love, Joy, Peace …’ (and others Galatians 5:22). When overwhelmed with God’s love we may cry. When overwhelmed with God’s joy we may laugh. When overwhelmed with God’s peace we may relax entirely and fall. By holding someone’s hands you can sense how they are responding to the work of the Holy Spirit. Your prayer partner can stand behind a person to catch them if they fall. We have all been caught out by someone responding to the Spirit in a way we did not expect.
Begin to pray.
Thank God for the person by name. Thank God that they are God’s child. Thank God that they are loved by God and that God is delighted and well pleased with them.
This prayer is based on the Father’s words to Jesus at his baptism. It does not need to be long, but you can include particular gifts and qualities of the person. Jesus knew his relationship to the Father, and God speaking was a witness to his status and ministry. You are proclaiming the person’s relationship to Father God, which many people need to hear before they can receive His gifts.
‘Thank you Lord for Susan, Thank you that she is your child, that she is loved by you. Thank you for her work and service of you. Thank you that you delight in her and are pleased with her’
In general even if the prayer request is for someone else it is good to pray for the person who has come to you, and then name the person on their heart. Sometimes people react at this point. Be gentle and give them space.
5. Come Holy Spirit
Invite the Holy Spirit to come and minister to the person in their need or concern.
‘Father send your Holy Spirit and renew and refresh Susan, just as you sent the Holy Spirit on your Son Jesus. Come Holy Spirit.’
This can be very simple words, again we are asking God to work, not counselling the individual.
Leave space for silence and for God to speak to the person and to you. Do not rush or hurry this time.
Just as God spoke through John the Baptist God speaks to us. We may have a few words of encouragement, or a picture to share with the person – but do not feel obligated, God speaks directly to people. This is not a space to bring anything negative or condemning. It is healthy to share things as questions rather than statements.
‘Susan, as we we praying I saw a picture of a strong tree, with lots of delicious fruit that others enjoyed. Maybe this is like your work in the church?’
It is good to ask the person being prayed for if God has spoken to them. Sometimes it may be appropriate to go back to
5. and ask God to continue his work.
You can close the prayer time:
‘In the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen’,
At other times it may be appropriate to encourage people to keep praying on their own.
Something has Happened
Sometimes people do react in ways we do not expect. It is important that prayer ministers know what to do in such situations – who to turn to. This will be a person in oversight (often clergy).
An individual may be asking for prayer for an issue of abuse or other criminal matters. They may have an issue that is very ‘close to home’. The prayer minister must ask someone else in oversight (again usually clergy) to step in in these cases.
If someone is very distressed then this prayer from Common Worship is useful to have on hand:
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
present with us now in his risen power,
enter into your body and spirit,
take from you all that harms and hinders you,
and fill you with his healing and his peace.
Never assume that someone is ‘possessed’, especially if they react physically. The Church of England and other churches have strict rules about this area of ministry.
A Whole Body Ministry
Although this guide assumes the use of prayer ministry teams, blessed oil and this form of prayer can be used for the whole congregation to pray for or anoint one another. In smaller gatherings people can be invited to pray for one another with a number of oil stocks in silence. In a larger gathering people can be invited to stand where they are and neighbours lay hands on them whilst a team oversees good practice and anoints where appropriate. Rather then requiring people to pray overly complicated prayers a covering prayer can be prayed.
Father in our baptism we are united in Christ,
May we know that we are your children loved by you,
Send your renewing Spirit as we pray one with another,
And open our hearts to hear your voice.
Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.
Keep it Simply Spirit
Although this guide deals with different possibilities the aim isn’t to overburden people with rules, but to encourage people to have the boldness to pray for one another. The framework provides space for the Spirit to simply meet with people, rather than placing the emphasis on the ‘performance’ of the prayer minister. Come Holy Spirit.