Several friends have asked me if I pray every time I operate. I don’t remember how many times I have heard this same question. There is also another question: Do you pray with your patients? I guess that the reason people ask this question is because they want to know how I handle or separate my scientific mind from my religious and spiritual beliefs. If you have been following this website, you most likely know that I am a believer in God and Jesus is my savior.
So I decided to dedicate today’s blog to go over those two related questions. I am going to start by saying that I have a daily routine in terms of my communication with the Lord. It is very simple. I usually pray three times a day: early in the morning, sometime mid-day (in between cases) and before going to bed.
Early in the morning, as part of my daily prayers, I will ask to bless my patients and their families.
It is in that time when I ask the LORD to bless me with wisdom, energy and will power because I want to make sure that at the end of the day, there should never be any doubts that I did absolutely everything for the patients and their relatives I could. Even though, I always pray for good outcomes, we need to understand that God has a plan. And that a lot of times we don’t understand it. So because of that, one thing I want to make sure of is that, “I always give everything humanly possible for each patient”.
Another key component of my routine is that I try to pray before leaving the house.
I must say that once in a while on a busy morning I might pray on my way to the hospital. That is rare–but it happens. What doesn’t happen is for me to arriving to the hospital without saying my morning prayers. In fact, I can’t remember a day that I have arrived to the hospital without having first prayed & talked with God.
Later on the day, around noon, I will get to my office, lock the door for a few minutes and pray again.
Most of the time, it is just a short prayer, maybe about something that I forgot to mention early or simply just to thank Him for my faith.
My bedtime prayers
will also include my patient especially if I have critical patients in the hospital.
The second question I get often is very interesting: Do you pray with your patients?
Let’s start by saying that I have to respect my patients religious points of view. They come to me for a specific cardiac problem and I have to make sure that the patient is very comfortable with me as a doctor. Some people don’t believe in God, others are confused about it and feel awkward with praying. So I don’t offer praying but I will definitely pray with any patient that so request it.
I believe that by creating a habit of praying throughout the day I have made sure my heart, mind and attitude are all in alignment with God. I don’t need to force prayer in my patients face for them to reap the benefits of it.
Praying is an integral part of my daily routine, and should be in yours too. It is something that I have been doing for several years. At this point of my life, I can’t imagine not praying as many times as possible. It keeps me grounded and focused on the fact that God is ultimately in control.
How can you pray more effectively in your life for your co-workers & family? What can you do to become more consistent each day in your prayers?
Let me know in the comments section below!