Care Capsule
Capsules of Motivation to Dispense Care and Kindness

Volume 18 - Issue 1
No. 51
February 2015



In This Issue

Visualizing the Shape of Prayer

What's Important

Weekly Blogs from Jim

Care and Kindness Conference in Phoneix area

Light Notes

Say A Prayer




Visualizing the

Shape of Prayer

—— Dr. James R. Kok

Prayer is such an important part of our lives.

But there are different kinds of prayer: there is formal prayer; there are the kind of prayers we say before and after meals and at church services; and there are special prayers we say for people who are sick, hurting, or in some kind of distress or need.

The kind of prayer I’m focusing on, however, is praying for the sick and those who are hurting or have some special need.

There are scores of texts about prayers in the Bible, but not many that specifically talk about praying for the sick. Nevertheless, praying for the sick is a very basic part of Christian life. Many people hardly miss a day of remembering people who are hurting or sick, or who they consider in need of prayer.

I do not consider myself to be a naturally prayerful person—I need to remind myself to spend time at it and to work at it thoughtfully. For that reason, these remarkable prayer stories are particularly meaningful to me.

  • A 40-year-old man, living in Northwest Washington state, was dying forty years ago as a baby. His father, who was my intern at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Michigan, came to me the day the baby was born, telling me that he was not likely to live.


Dr. James R. Kok has written a definitive resource detailing the key essentials in becoming a more caring person in his latest book, “The Miracle of Kindness” (available on, in either paperback or Kindle edition.) A handful of basic tools —wrapped in courage—are the secret to changing the world through intentional acts of kindness.

As the Koach Of Kare, Dr. Kok was pastor at the Crystal Cathedral for 29 years as head of the Care Ministry department. He is the author of six books and numerous articles, and he is the founder of the Conference on Care and Kindness.

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