EDMOND — A Sunday school challenge at a local church resulted in a unique clinic designed to help individuals with hypertension.
Ron Cruse, a member of First Baptist Church of Edmond, said the recent Blood Pressure Prayer Clinic grew out of a leadership challenge presented to the Connection Groups program at the church.
He said the church's interim education director suggested that Connection Groups, which meet on Sundays, come up with different mission projects designed to reach out to the community.
Cruse, 75, a clinical psychologist with Christian Clinic for Counseling, said the group he leads had a brainstorming session, and they liked his idea of exploring the ways prayer benefits people.
Specifically, the group wanted to see if consistent prayer could help reduce the blood pressure of people who suffer from hypertension.
The group put together the clinic for senior adults as a four-week project open to the public.
The first clinic session was held Aug. 29, and Cruse said about a dozen people from the church and surrounding community came. Cruse said the group prayed together and read several Scriptures before volunteers took each clinic attendee's blood pressure.
Cruse said the attendees were sent home with several Scriptures related to healing. He said they also were given a prayer called “My Daily Prayer for Personal Healing” that they were asked to pray daily until the next weekly clinic visit. The attendees also were taught a breathing exercise.
The doctor said the clinic participants who reported significant results over the one-week period were those who said they prayed the healing prayers on a regular basis throughout the week.