Introduction to Prayer Ministry

This is a published outline of what was taught in the basic course of study at the 2018 Grace Center spring conference.

Outline: Lesson VIII

Introduction to Prayer Ministry 

  1. Role of a Prayer Minister
  1. Listen, Love and Pray!!   (Love people into the kingdom.)
  2. Don’t criticize, judge, give advice or counsel.
  3. A prayer minister needs to be:
  1. a people-helper, a people-lover who wants to help stop pain.
  2. confident about own worth and dealing with own issues regularly .
  3. free from self -centeredness .
  4. trained.
  1. Some teams are specialized (to meet special prayer needs).
  2. CHM’s Training Requirements are:
    1. Baptized and Spirit-filled Christians.
    2. Attend worship regularly – no Lone Rangers.
    3. Demonstrate spiritual growth in own lives.
    4. Live a Christian lifestyle.
    5. Have teachable spirits.
    6. Believe God is calling them to the ministry.
    7. Recommended by their pastors or someone from CHM.
    8. Attend all training sessions and come under authority of CHM.
    9. Participate in practice sessions to experience healing themselves.
    10. Commit to serve at CHM on regular basis.
  3. All ministry is done in in teams of two. (Jesus sent his disciples in two!)
  4. Three Types of Prayer Ministry
    1. Alta r Ministry
    2. Healing Service Ministry
    3. In-depth Prayer Ministry
  5. Preparation:
    1. Consider time involved.
    2. Be prayed u p and praised up.
    3. Use the Binding Prayer.
    4. Take personal inventory of unconfessed   sin. (Be healthy!)
    5. Put on the Armor of God.
    6. Be still, listen and love.
    7. Feel God’s love and compassion for the person.
    8. Be a team player.
    9. Maintain confidentiality!!
  6. Helpful Hints:
    1. Be patient and never appear shocked.
    2. Listen with your spiritual ears AND watch body language.
    3. Be courteous, especially regarding time.
    4. Stick to the schedule and save time for prayer at the end of the session.
    5. Be positive and encouraging.
  7. Two Rules To Remember:
    1. You don’t have the answers!
    2. Only God ca n heal!
  8. The Importance of Salvation Prayer During Ministry
    1. Where are they spiritua lly?
    2. Prepare your three-minute testimony.
    3. Don’t assume they know Jesus.
    4. Know Scripture and prayers of commitment.
    5. Do they have assurance of salvation?
  9. Guidelines and accountability are very important in prayer ministry!

Outline: Lesson XIV

Organizing Prayer Teams: Preparation, Commitment and Unity 

  1. Personal Testimony – Healing comes in ways in which you may not ever expect.
  2. Important Aspects to Starting a Prayer Ministry
    1. Unity – Love binds us together in perfect unity (Col. 3:12).
    2. Stay Positive
    3. Come Under Authority
    4. Pract.ice Team Fellowship, Prayer and Praise
    5. Maintain Confidentiality , Especially Regarding Client Files
    6. Have a Prayer Coordinator Who Encourages Unity
  3. Guidelines for Prayer Teams
    1. Be on time.
    2. Be committed.
    3. Get permission to touch.
    4. Be sensitive about praying in the Spirit.
    5. Remember that Jesus is the answer:
    6. Give your client a sense of hope.
    7. Be aware of time.
    8. Meet and greet your client.
    9. Expect God to work miracles.
    10. Use quiet praise music.
    11. Don’t have any Lone Rangers.
    12. Pair teams according to people’s personalities and gifts.
    13. Have Private Rooms.
    14. Be warm, friendly and welcoming.
    15. Consider having weekly or monthly healing services.
    16. Have one person in charge of assigning teams to clients during healing services.
    17. Be sensitive to special needs of clients.
    18. Have name tags for prayer ministers.
    19. Prayer team members should not judge or criticize one another.
    20. Know your partner.
    21. Pair new prayer ministers with more experienced ones.
    22. Love your client anyway.
    23. If your appointment doesn’t show up, consider other needs of the ministry to fill your time.
    24. Intercess.
    25. Have other resources available to give your clients if necessary.
    26. Personal hygiene; watch your breath, make sure your clothes are clean and you don’t smell bad, don’t use perfume -just make sure your client will be comfortable with you.
    27. Always ask for the presence of the Holy Spirit.
    28. Continue to grow through study, workshops, conferences, etc.

Guidelines for Prayer Team Members

  1. Depend on the leading of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures to give you wisdom.
  2. Expect any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be manifested as needed.
  3. Take control from the start. Begin by saying , “Hello , my name is… What ‘s yours?” Make each person feel at ease, and encourage him or her to talk. Keep the conversation to the point , however , and stop unnecessary digression.   It may be helpful to say something like, “Let’s stop and take a look at that.
  4. Remain objective. As a prayer minister, you must be able to control y our emotions in order to help the individual receiving ministry.
  5. Listen attentively. You can learn a lot by “listening between the lines.” Observe facial expressions, be sensitive to tone of voice and to what is left unsaid.
  6. Watch for common problem areas. Some familiar ones are feelings of fear, rejection , bitterness and unforgiveness over past hurts .
  7. Be straightforward with the person receiving ministry. Don’t try to skirt the issues, hoping they will get the point. Use simple language so they can clearly understand you.
  8. Don ‘t let the person dwell on what another person may have done to them . It is this person who has come for help, so direct the conversation back to him or her. Ask , “And how did that make you feel?” or “What can I help you with regarding this situation?”
  9. Concentrate on the immediate need due to the short time available. Do not attempt “in-depth” counseling.
  10. Suggest professional counseling with a Christian counselor if the individual needs more extensive ministry than you can offer.   Have the names of some trusted Christian counselors and/or pastors available .
  11. Show love and acceptance. A basic need in everyone, many do not feel loved or accepted by God or   others.
  12. Genuinely care about this person. Do not treat him as a “case.” Help him see himself as worthwhile.
  13. Offer mercy and compassion. Don’t judge this person’s actions.   Your goal is to help, not condemn.
  14. Assure the person of God’s forgiveness.   It is important that he accept God’s forgiveness and forgive himself.
  15. Don’t just tell the person to pray.   Lead him in prayer and ask God for answers to his needs.
  16. Keep all information shared with you strictly confidential. Sometimes Christians are misled into spreading gossip under the guise of sharing prayer concerns with others.
  17. Recognize and acknowledge the person’s will. Not everyone who needs help wants help. Many people do not want to change, even when they are miserable and hurting.
  18. Do not assume responsibility for this person’s life. A momentary plea for help is not an invitation to manage his or her life permanently.
  19. Realize that you will make some mistakes. Be conscientious before God in fulfilling the responsibility of a prayer minister to the best of your ability. If a mistake is made, ask God ‘s forgiveness, rectify the mistake, if possible , and release it to the Lord.

Why We Pray In Teams

While it is true that as Christians we can pray anytime, anywhere and for anyone we feel led,   and while it is true that there are Biblical examples of individuals who apparently traveled and ministered

(Philip in Acts 8), there is a strong Biblical case for ministering in teams:

Mark 6:7 Calling the Twelve to Him, He sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.

Mark 11:1 …Jesus sent two of His disciples … 

Mark 14:13 So He sent two of His disciples…

Luke 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go.

Acts 3 Peter and John minister to the crippled beggar.

Acts 8:14 –When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 

Acts 13:2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said , ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’

Acts 15:40 …but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.

Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:19-20

There are many advantages to praying in teams:

Intercession -As one member of the team interviews or prays for the prayer recipient, the other member can intercede on behalf of both of them.

Discernment -The team member who is being quiet is often the one to hear specific direction from the, Lord.   They also can learn a   lot by observing what is happening while ministry is taking place.

Confirmation-Often when we pray, one person will express what they think the Lord is saying , and the prayer recipient or other team member will confirm it.

Accountability -Praying as teams has a built -in accountability to it. There are at least two witnesses to everything that is said and done. If someone does something questionable or prays in a way that is not Biblical or beneficial, it can be checked by the other tea m member immediately.

Learning -Each of us has had a unique journey with the Lord and brings to the ministry session all that God has taught them along the ‘way. We often learn by listening to each other in sessions and sharing with one another afterward.

Blend of Gifts -God also has equipped each of us with the gifts and talents He desires us to have. We are not alike. Paul says we are like different parts of the body (I Corinthians 12: 12-30). Each is necessary, and each has a specific function in the body. Often, it is the unique blend of gifts among team members that brings effective ministry.

Debriefing -A team member gives you someone to debrief and pray with in regard to ministry sessions without violating the confidentiality necessary for this ministry.

Friendship -It is a wonderful bonus of prayer ministry that strong friendships are formed as we minister side by side in Jesus’ name.

Gifts And Qualities of Those Called to the

Inner Healing Ministry Teams

 

In the Inner Healing Ministry, giftedness is slightly more than simply the Scriptural “Gifts of the Spirit.” According to I Corinthians 12:7, spiritual gifts are given for the common good , to build up, heal, teach and guide the body of Christ. These gifts are manifested in order to bring wholeness to God’s people for His glory. The qualities listed here are gifts of those people who are called to the Inner Healing ministry. These gifts help provide the climate in which God ‘s wholeness can occur.

 

Desirable Qualities Of An Inner Healing Prayer Minister

Compassionate

Non-judgmental

Non-shockable

Calm

Cooperative

Discreet

Prayerful

Joyful

Teachable

Hope-giving

Affirming

Love/accept self

Objective

Sensitive

Exercises wisdom

Empathetic

Has perseverance

Studies the Word

Honest

Non-critical

Balanced in life

Exercises unconditional love (ability to see the hurting child within)

Able to listen without interrupting

Is clear about personal boundaries and sensitive to the boundaries of others

Trustworthy and able to maintain confidentiality

Projects safety and no threat

Able to see creative options and share them

Doesn’t tell the prayer recipient what to do

Is convinced that God heals

Positive in approach

Maintains a sense of humor

Is an encourager

Exercises insight / discernment

Shows spiritual fruits in his/her own life

Can relate to another’s pain

Prays soaking prayer when necessary

Is familiar with appropriate Scripture, but not judgmental or abrasive in quoting it

Able to admit there are many unanswered questions in prayer ministry

HEALING DOs AND DON’Ts

Use this list as a general guideline but not as a list of commandments. This list is based on Scripture, the authentic doctrine of the Church, and the greatest of all the charisms, common sense. Consequently, it should form part of the subconscious background for your prayer. However, I must admit from time to time I have changed these guidelines, especially those that f all into the common sense category, and I ‘m sure I will need to do so again. It would not surprise me if they even need modification by the time we finish this seminar and you have shared your own experience of healing, this wonderful gift of the Lord to his Church. – Louis P. Rogge, O. Carm. 

DO try to live a good, Christian life so as to be instrument open to being used by the Holy Spirit at any time. 

DO keep in mind that as a baptized Christian you have been commissioned to heal.

DO learn, through reading, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. as much as you can about healing.

DO be prepared to pray for healing when you feel lead to do so, and when you are asked. 

DO begin prayer with the explicit invocation of the Holy Spirit. 

DO protect yourself and all who are present by using the binding prayer.

DO pray peacefully, leaving the results up to the Lord. 

DO use The Lords Prayer as an outline for your own prayer. 

DO pray for the person – body, soul and spirit – rather than simply for whatever the obvious need may be. 

DO proclaim there is no condition the Lord cannot heal. 

DO encourage the one you are praying for to forgive those who have hurt him, and to ask others to forgive him. 

DO encourage the one you are praying for to repent sincerely of all past sins.

DO pray explicitly for the particular illness, injury, etc., by laying on of hands without making him uncomfortable. 

DO anoint the person with oil when possible, especially oil blessed for this purpose, as in the example of the disciples (Mark 6:13). 

DO pray attentively, listening both to the person for whom you are praying and to the Lord for guidance. 

DO encourage the one being prayed for to be grateful for those who have been ministering to him in body, soul, and spirit.

DO affirm the importance of medical professionals as being blessed by the Lord with knowledge and skills.

DO encourage the suffering individual to receive soaking prayer on a continual basis.

DON’T think that you cannot be used by the Lord for healing unless you are a very good Christian.

DON’T confuse gift of healing common to all baptized with the ministry of healing given to certain ones.

DON’T imitate others’ techniques. You’re unique, and God will work through your personality and gifts 

DON’T force yourself on anyone who does not want your prayers.  Do not be an embarrassment. 

DON’T presume all know Jesus heals through the Holy Spirit.

DON’T openly pray for deliverance in public or private without submitting the situation to discernment.

DON’T shout as did the prophets of Baal. Our God is not asleep nor on vacation (1 Kings 18:26-29).

DON’T suggest that suffering is contrary to God’s will. 

DON’T ignore environment in which the person lives: it may need to be changed radically.

DON’T promise God will heal in the present situation. 

DON’T threaten that no healing can take place unless complete forgiveness has taken place.

DON’T indicate the present illness or injury is result of personal sin: however,   don’t ignore this possibility. 

DON’T inquire into a person’s conscience, but if he indicates unrepented sin, don’t make excuses or try to assure him such sins are already forgiven.

DON’T violate privacy, even if you don’t know what you are praying for.   The Lord is the Healer. 

DON’T be longwinded as though healing depends on the quantity or quality of your words. 

DON’T accuse anyone of having been negligent.

DON’T permit the person to stop seeing a doctor or individuals to stop taking medication without   doctor’s approval.

DON’T indicate that the desired healing may not have taken place due to some failure or fault on the part of the one being prayed for.

 

 

 

 

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