The idea here is to pray for the recipient as you work. When the person touches or views the cloth, he or she will be reminded of God's infinite power, wisdom and love, and that they have been loved and prayed for by you. You can do this even if you do not know who will receive your cloth. Just pray for the recipient - God knows who will get it before you've even finished the prayer cloth. :-)
Remember that the cloth itself, the yarn, the crocheting are not endowed with any special power. Only God can answer prayer. In His infinite wisdom His answer may be yes, no, or wait. If there is healing, peace, or protection it is because God answers our prayers in the affirmative. It is important to realize that it is not the cloth itself that gives the comfort or healing, but the power of Almighty God.
These patterns are in pdf format.
If making a prayer cloth for a person in the military, choose appropriate colors (no neons, pinks, white, but rather choose brown, charcoal grey, black, navy, dark green. tan, olive... Check with the contact person or charity coordinator to find out what colors are currently acceptable.)
100% Wool is needed for troops in harm's way (acrylic will melt in a firefight and cause further damage), but other materials (and colors) are okay for wounded in hospitals.
If you don't know if your yarn is wool or acrylic, here's a test from Crochet World:
If your yarn becomes separated from the original labels, and you're not sure if it's wool or acrylic, here's an easy method to find out. Burn the end of the yarn with a match. If the burn brushes off and leaves only a scorch, the yarn is wool. If the end of the yarn turns black and hard, it's acrylic.
Here is a little note that I enclose with my own cloths:
Please accept this pocket prayer cloth as a reminder of God’s love and care for you. May God hold you in His arms and give you comfort in times of trouble. May He keep you safe in times of danger. Know that you are in my thoughts, in my heart and in my prayers. Thank you for the sacrifices you and your family make to keep me and my family safe and free.
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