The Story Behind HEMI Prayers
After leading chapel one night at Hope Ministries’ Bethel Mission for homeless men, a shelter guest approached me and asked if I could teach him how to pray. He had been reading I Thessalonians 5:17 & 18. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I said I would teach him a HEMI prayer that would change his life. A HEMI is an 8-cylinder engine that gives you more power. It’s silly, but people remember it. It was a simple split-second prayer. “I surrender to you Lord. Amen.” I promised him if he said that prayer 25-50 times a day it would change his life forever.
Nine months later at his graduation from their long-term recovery program, he approached me and said that my promise came true. I asked him how it had changed his life? He first confessed that he never said that split second prayer 25-50 times a day. He said he prays it 100-200 times a day. He said he finds that he’s more joyful and more thankful and prays continuously. Over the past few years I have waited for the prompting of the Holy Spirit to add more HEMI prayers. The list is below.
I invite you to pick one every day and say it all day long. You will be amazed how it makes a difference in your life. You might also decide to memorize all of them and recite the list often, or focus on one at a time and memorize the scriptures. Sometimes we make prayer too complicated.
Split second prayers are an easy way to commune with God all day long – to abide in Him as He abides in you.
Founder and President
I’VE BEEN THERE Ministries