The Biblical Foundations for Soaking Prayer

The Biblical Foundations for Soaking Prayer
What it is and what it is not.
By The Rev. Nigel W.D. Mumford+
Jesus said, “Preach the Kingdom and heal the sick.” Luke 9:2
Jesus said, “Pray always and do not lose heart.” Luke 18:1
Soaking prayer is a healing service, a worship service where the supplicant receives hope and love in a time of sickness or stress. It is a time set aside to address, pray and soak ‘dis-ease” in its many forms. Soaking prayer can be in a group format or it can be offered for an individual. It is designed for the supplicant to receive the love, hope, grace and healing promises and presence of the Lord. To uses an analogy, it is like soaking a cancer in prayer just like radiation therapy attacks cancer with medical advancements. It is both and! It is a time to remind the supplicant that they are loved and cared for by God, Jesus and the church. It is a message of encouragement for all. “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” Acts 13:15 Soaking prayer is an act of faith. Faith in Gods ability to heal.Soaking prayer is not about being emptied, but by being filled… with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18
Physical, emotional, mental and generational issues are prayed over in a peaceful environment conducive to healing. Stress, in all its forms, is a serious issue in today’s living. We know that stress causes all sorts of physical and emotional disease, stress can kill! Soaking prayer offers a peaceful environment to destress, to pull off the highway of modern life and pause in prayerful peace. The words of Jesus echo around the chapel, “Peace, I give to you, my peace I leave with you, do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Through prayer and the reading of many bible verses, with gentle music in the background those coming are encouraged to lie on the floor, to loosen belts and shoes and to relax in a safe, Christ filled atmosphere. The supplicants are encouraged to breath in the past and present prayers of the church, lining the bronchial passages and lungs with the very fabric of the place set aside for such gatherings. Allowing the prayer to go into the blood stream and then cover “The presenting issue” with peace, love and the pure healing presence of the Lord.
Another primary prayer for this type of gathering would be from Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Soaking prayer creates an environment of peace the very peace that transcends all understanding.
We come in faith, corporate faith, adding our mustard seeds of faith together with a fresh expression of church. A very peaceful way of worshiping the Lord. Standing firm on the words from Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Soaking prayer is a cocoon of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Gal 5:22-24
Another biblical foundation for soaking prayer would be from 1 Thessalonians 5:17-19 Rejoice always, pray continually,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
What Soaking prayer is not: It is not emptying the mind, guided imagery, suggestion, negative, abusive or condemning of the soul.
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God, love one another.
Blessings, The Rev. Nigel Mumford+


Let “The Word of the Lord” suppresses the “snack attack.”©
Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford+
I was praying a while ago about my increasing weigh. I’m not as mobile as
I used to be, so the pounds were adding up. I found myself “grazing” at the
Refrigerator way too often. I would open the door and almost expect a miracle of some new apparition of a tasty morsel left for me to munch on that was not there an hour ago! What on earth am I thinking? I was snacking way too much. I was not looking after my body. What to do, what to do?
So, in prayer, the Lord showed me to graze or snack on “His Word.”
I put a bible outside the fridge.
I also put a bible in a zip lock bag inside the fridge.
Now when I am tempted to graze inside the fridge I first graze on “The
Word” of the Lord outside the fridge. I open the Bible sitting next to the fridge and read what ever the Lord leads me to.
99% of the time that is enough to “redirect” my mind from food to the word of the Lord. Quenching the spirit of gluttony that was slowly overtaking me.
If the urge to eat is not quelled at that moment, I would then open the fridge and take out the zip lock bag with a very cold bible within it!
Now I will read something from “that” bible.
At this point, the Lord closes down my desire as I am truly seeking first the Kingdom Of God and not some fattening snack.
Let “The Word of the Lord” suppresses the “snack attack.”
Give it a try.
The cheapest diet I have ever tried!
Please be assured of my prayers as you try the Bible diet!
I’m praying for your health.
Let me know how it works for you.
Be well,
Do good works,
And for the sake of God love one another.
Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford+
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Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford+
Please don’t say,
“My cancer”
“My arthritis”
“My illness”
I believe owning a dis-ease is counter productive and not a good idea!
If you “have to” name it say,
“the cancer”
“the arthritis”
“the dis-ease”
This could be a quantum leap in your thinking and view of disease.
Moving from “My” to “the” (low case) is a better way of addressing the issue, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Owning a dis-ease it is not the best solution!
The Lord wants health and salvation, (from the Greek word SoZo)* for us all.
I’m not suggesting denial but when we “own” a dis-ease it belongs to us!
I don’t think illness should belong to us or, much worse, become our identity.
Biblical foundation.
JOHN 5:6-9
6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
* The new testament of the King James Version of the Bible was originally translated from a greek manuscript. Since the manuscript was written in greek it makes sense to study the greek words themselves to better understand the King James Bible. A word study is done on a specific greek word to determine its exact meaning. When the greek word is better understood the meaning of different versus becomes more clear. As an example consider the greek word sozo which has been translated in the New Testament the following ways:
save or saved
May the Sozo of the Lord be upon you with power and signs following.
God bless you.
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another.
Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford+


Thank you God you are healing me NOW
Thank you Jesus you are healing me NOW
Thank you Holy Spirit you are healing me NOW
Thank you Holy Trinity you are healing me NOW
Pray this prayer for the next 21 days removing and rebuking
anything negative from your thoughts.
It only takes 21 days to break a habit.
Fr. N.W.D.Mumford+


~Fr. N.W.D. Mumford+
My friend, If you have an issue with your physician, medication or medical protocols perhaps this will help you. Personally I believe in “Prayer and Prozac!”
I believe God has given us gifts that are directly from him! We NEVER tell people to go against the protocols of your physician or pharmacist. It’s “both and.” “Medicine and Miracles.
If you say grace over your food, try saying grace over your medications. That they will “hit the target” and “have no side effects.”
Biblical foundation:
The wisdom of Ben Sirach
From the apocrypha readings of Sirach in the bible.
(The term apocrypha is used with various meanings, including “hidden”, “esoteric”, “spurious”, “of questionable authenticity” and “Christian texts that are not canonical”. Wikipedia.)
Pay particular attention to verses 1, 8, 13 and 14. Verse 15 confirms the words of Jesus to go and sin no more. The correlation of sin and “some” sicknesses.
SIRACH 38:1-15
[1] Honor the physician with the honor due him,
according to your need of
him, for the Lord created him;
[2] for healing comes from the Most High,
and he will receive a gift from the king.
[3] The skill of the physician lifts up his head,
and in the presence of great men he is admired.
[4] The Lord created medicines from the earth,
and a sensible man will not despise them.
[5] Was not water made sweet with a tree
in order that his power might be known?
[6] And he gave skill to men
that he might be glorified in his marvelous works.
[7] By them he heals and takes away pain;
[8] the pharmacist makes of them a compound.
His works will never be finished;
and from him health is upon the face of the earth.
[9] My son, when you are sick do not be negligent,
but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.
[10] Give up your faults and direct your hands aright,
and cleanse your heart from all sin.
[11] Offer a sweet-smelling sacrifice, and a memorial
portion of fine flour,
and pour oil on your offering, as much as you can afford.
[12] And give the physician his place, for the Lord created him;
let him not leave you, for there is need of him.
[13] There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians,
[14] for they too will pray to the Lord
that he should grant them success in diagnosis
and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.
[15] He who sins before his Maker,
may he fall into the care of a physician.
Submitted by
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Coincidence or God-incidence?

Coincidence or God-incidence?
By Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford+
My father, The Rev. David Mumford+, taught me about the healing ministry, about faith and about God’s mysterious ways. He was an Anglican vicar for the latter half of his life (like me). When he was in parish ministry he would leave Wednesday afternoons free to spend time with the Lord. Most Wednesday afternoons something would happen. One of his stories he told me was about sitting in his chair after lunch on a Wednesday afternoon. He felt strongly led to get in his car. So he got in his car. He prayed. The Lord told him to start the car and take a left turn out of his driveway. He drove, praying all the time. As he prayed, the Lord would tell him where to go. He came to an intersection (cross roads) where an ambulance, with emergancy lights flashing, was stationary at the halt line… the driver was out of the cab with his hat on the back of his head looking desperate. He was looking at a map… (This was pre GPS) my dad stoped and asked him if he needed directions.
The driver said yes, he is on his way to a heat attack call and was lost! My dad asked the address of the victim. My dad said the said the name of one of his parishioners. The driver said, “THATS HIM” my dad said, “FOLLOW ME”
My dad turned around, put on the full beams of his car and the emergency flashers and was chased by the ambulance all the way to the man’s house.
They arrived just in time to save his life.
Coincidence or God-incidence?
Listen to the still small voice of the Lord.
Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford+