Many believers today remain weighed down by burdens that need to be released, and do not enjoy the freedom the Lord desires for them. As prayer ministers, we partner with the Holy Spirit to set his children free, and in return, we often receive a blessing.
Prayer ministers must understand God's Father heart is for the healing of all His children. Inner healing is a ministry of compassion. In Jesus' first sermon recorded in Luke 4:18–19, He declared the specifics of His role in carrying out His Father's plan. He read from the scroll recorded in Isaiah 61 saying:
While journaling with the Lord, Press sensed we needed to write a manual that simply described the fundamental methods we were practicing in our healing prayer training and ministry. The Lord even gave Press the name for the manual, Simple Effective Prayer: A Model for Inner Healing (SEP). This manual is a compilation of the principles we learned, modified, and used in prayer ministry, after training with Christian Healing Ministries (CHM), Restoring the Foundations (RTF), and Global Awakening. We are indebted to these organizations for their pioneering work in healing prayer ministry and providing insight that all prayer needs to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Throughout this manual, principles and prayer suggestions are offered to help guide and structure the healing process. However, they do not constitute a formula. Prayer ministers must always first acknowledge the Holy Spirit's presence in the prayer session, invite Him to have His way in leading the specifics of the session, and then listen for His guidance.
It is also of utmost importance that the prayer recipient feels loved and cared for during the prayer session. Treat them with absolute honor and respect. Remember, you are Jesus with skin on to this person. Sessions are most effective when the recipient hears directly from the Lord, and this manual will help you facilitate the process of leading the recipient to communicate directly with Him.
Some inner healing prayer ministers experience the Holy Spirit’s guidance as a thought or an idea that pops into their head—others may see a vision. He may prompt you to ask the prayer recipient a question or to repeat a phrase. Ask the Lord for validation before you share a cue, and ask if you should share it. Sometimes the Lord tells us something, but the timing is not right for us to pass the information on to the recipient.
This manual focuses on how to facilitate inner or emotional healing.
The Appendices contain suggested prayers, two worksheets for prayer ministers, the Interview Form, and the Recipient's Prayer Guide. Prayer sessions typically last 120–150 minutes.
Our sincere hope for each person reading this manual is for you to partner with the Holy Spirit and effectively apply the principles presented, so others can receive healing.
Remember, what the Lord gives us is not for us alone; it is meant to be passed on.
This video is part one of a two-part video introduction to the Simple Effective Prayer model, facilitated by Press and Gena Barnhill.
This video is part two of a two-part video introduction to the Simple Effective Prayer model, facilitated by Press and Gena Barnhill.
Through the prayer session, I was able to experience an uprooting of things the Lord had been wanting me to see, but I kept from coming up.
After the inner healing prayer session, I was able to walk out in freedom.
It's the first time that I can say with full confidence that I am walking in freedom from the pain that I carried for years.
I now see my story as a glorification of God's purpose to heal broken hearts around the world.
I am deeply thankful for the love and compassion Jesus extended to me in this journey through these simple and effective prayers!
An overwhelming sense of God's love and peace replaced the guilt, shame, and generational bondages I had carried for years.
When we minister under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we share the presence of God by imparting Him to others. We partner with Him, and He produces the results.
May you rely solely on the Holy Spirit, taking the pressure off as you bring inner healing to those you encounter.