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Prayer Cloths

The Origin of Prayer Cloths – Is It Scriptural?

There are three New Testament passages that mention cloth (clothing) in relation to healing. Two are found in Matthew’s gospel account of the life of Jesus, and one in the Book of Acts.

Matthew 9:20-22

“And a woman who had been suffering from a haemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind [Jesus] and touched the fringe of His cloak; for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.

Jesus commended the woman for her faith. “Your faith has made you well.”Who or what had she put her faith in? Not the cloth itself, or Jesus would have corrected her. Her faith was in the only Person we should put our faith in: Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Saviour, Healer, and Deliverer.

We humans love to have something to look at or touch as “a point of contact”. Something to pin our faith on. This woman put her faith into action. She named her own “point of contact”: “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” Then she pressed through the crowd to accomplish her goal. What was the result? Jesus commended her for her faith, and “at once [she] was made well”.

We see a similar story played out in a second passage, only on a larger scale. In Matthew 14:34-36 (below), Jesus cured “all who were sick”, who by faith in Him “[touched] the fringe of His cloak”.

Matthew 14:34-36

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the men of that place recognized [Jesus], they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.

By now you might be thinking (along with me), “I wish I could just reach out and touch Jesus physically when I’m sick.” But we can’t. And sometimes we may need a “point of contact” to boost our faith. Something like prayer cloth. The passage below, Acts 19:11-12, is the passage usually cited as the Scriptural basis for using prayer cloth

Acts 19:11-12

God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them, and the evil spirits went out.

Who or what was the source of healing in this passage? God. He was “performing extraordinary miracles”, working through Paul.

God chose to work through ordinary handkerchiefs and aprons. What part did they play? Did they carry a tangible “anointing” (the power of God), or were they “points of contact” for the faith of the sick and oppressed? We are not told.

What can we conclude from these few New Testament passages? These passages provide a description of how God worked, but not a specific instruction to use prayer cloths. Nor does the New Testament prohibit their use.

Are prayer cloths Scriptural? I personally believe that based on the principles in these passages, a compelling case could be made for using prayer cloths – but within Scriptural guidelines.

Right and Wrong Ways to Use Prayer Cloths

Scripture admonishes us that whatever we do, we should do it in such a way that it brings glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Colossians 3:17 further instructs us, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

The Right Way

1. Remember that God, not the cloth, is the source of healing. Our focus should always be on Him, not on the people or objects through which He chooses to manifest His power. The glory goes to Him alone. So always look to Jesus as the Healer. Don’t revere or trust in the cloth.

2. Remember James 5:14-16. Always pray when using a prayer cloth. “…Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

If you would like a Prayer Cloth to be posted to you please contact Kabod Global Ministry and we will send you one.

The prayer cloths are anointed with oil and prayed over by the team before we post them out to you.

Please provide accurate details of why you are requesting the prayer cloth, this enables the team to pray over your cloth specifically.

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