Continue to lift up prayer for Father Nigel’s bedsore.
Bedsores form when pressure prevents oxygen from reaching an area of soft tissue — causing cells to die, sometimes at a deep level erupting outward to the skin. During critical care in ICU the choice to preserve life often affects ordinary nursing practice of moving the body frequently, and bedsores can be a result of this choice for Life. A three-month prognosis for the healing of this wound indicates a serious bedsore. The intense pain Fr. Nigel feels (often a 9 or a 10 pain level) indicates that nerves were not damaged.
The best cure comes from the body’s own regenerative power aided by careful nursing practice which promotes unimpeded blood and oxygen flow to the wound by keeping new pressure off the wound through frequent re-positioning of the body. The new bed will help tremendously.
Father Nigel always counsels praying as specifically into a physical healing as possible – targeting, even pinpointing, prayer. Many of you have battled this kind of infirmity and have an intuitive sense of the need. Nevertheless, let all of us concentrate our prayer on asking the Lord to heal this wound.
A Prayer for Healing of the Bedsore
Heavenly Father, we thank You for saving our friend’s life, and we ask now that you send your Holy Spirit’s power to renew and enliven all cells – skin and deep tissue alike – which have been traumatized by pressure during Fr. Nigel’s long stasis in coma. We pray that the healing power of Your Son Jesus may touch and rebuke this small but potent stronghold of pain and infirmity. Protect the wound from any invasion of infection. Repair capillaries which have been damaged and draw fresh blood to the healing wound. We pray for a visible reduction in the size of this bedsore, asking boldly for an astonishing shrinking of the circumference of the wound, of its depth, of any deep tissue involvement and of its pain.
We thank you for the hands which chose life at every juncture of Fr. Nigel’s care in ICU — hands which gave substance to our prayer that You might spare his life. We pray now for the hands which choose healing for broken and traumatized flesh: for the hands that position our friend in bed while he builds up muscular strength in his lower body, that monitor for infection and check progress in healing, and that apply creams and medicine to the wound. May those medicines be salves of salvation in Jesus’ name.
We praise You now, Father, for work begun and for the healing You are working even now in our friend. We lift all our petitions and offer thanks and praise in the name of God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
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