Biblical Basis of Life Transformation Prayer Therapy


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The Biblical basis of Life Transformation Prayer Therapy

The Biblical basis of Life Transformation Prayer Therapy would include the following Bible references:

   1.   "This is my own dear Son - listen to him!" In Mark 9:7 the Father gives orders to three of Jesus' disciples. The command to listen to Jesus" is fundamental to all Christian counselling and Christian prayer counseling.
            Note: It is not often do we get a direct quote of the Father in the gospel accounts.  I can think of three possible times.  Only once is there a clear direct commands to the followers of Jesus.  This is it - "Listen to him."

   2.   "My sheep listen to my voice." Jesus speaks of his true followers as those who listen to his voice. Jesus now defines his followers in terms of listening to his voice.  Therefore learning to listen to Jesus is a necessary foundation of our claim to a Christian identity. 

   3.   "I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into his house and eat with him, and he will eat with me." In Revelation 3:20 Jesus invites us to invite Him into our life.  This Biblical verse could be the basis of claiming that Christian conversion and sanctification is based upon listening to Jesus the Risen Christ. 
             Note: Jesus introduces an image - something that speaks to our imagination - in this scripture, . In listening Prayer therapy we respond to Jesus words with our "Yes" both with listening and in opening our imaginations to him.

   4.      The Bible speaks of our inner minds ability to see. Paul spoke of the 'eyes of your understanding' - Ephesians 1:18. Jesus said: "the Son does nothing on his own; he only does what he sees his Father doing." It is remarkable that Jesus said his relationship of submission and obedience to his Father depended upon his "seeing" what his Father was doing.


Also Leanne Payne's writings provide a foundation to Inner Healing and Listening Prayer - practicing the Presence of Christ.

      Leanne Payne, of Pastoral Care Ministries, learned to practice the presence of God as the way toward healing. She says: "I was learning to see the invisible with the eyes of my heart, to hear the inaudible with the ears of my hears. In other words, I had come to rely on God's Healing Presence with His people." (The Healing Presence, page xv)

      Those who follow her lead develop deep confidence in God's faithfulness to speak to us when we ask Him to and we listen. God will speak in story and image when that is how we need to receive. God is faithful to heal and set us free when that is what we want and what we ask. Therapists who practice the listening process become skilled in finding ways to encounter the 'God Who Heals' in the way that is appropriate for each one.

      Christ-centered marital counsellor and prayer therapist resolves problems in your marriage at an inner healing retreat. Let God's Holy Spirit heal your life at inner freedom retreats. Learn self-help counseling prayers from our marriage counselor. See: Agape Christian Counselling, Toronto, Ontario.

      Practicing the Presence of Christ (not the demonic)

      In Listening Prayer Therapy the focus is Christ not demons. My mentors, John and Paula Sandford, avoided focusing on the demonic. We should follow this is a good pattern.

       Leanne Payne warned against binding principalities - a practice that it is wise to avoid like the plague. See the book review in her latest newsletter re a misguided focus on the demonic. Read John Paul Jackson's book: "Needless Casualties of War."

      She says: "For the last three decades we in PCM have had to deal with the extraordinarily grievous effects that misguided practices of spiritual warfare have had upon Christian leaders, communities, and families, and most particularly upon children growing up in homes where an all-consuming focus on the demonic has crippled the formation of their minds and imaginations. To see evangelical leaders such as C. Peter Wagner and others dress up these unscriptural ideas and methods in pseudo-technical language and then give to them a universal platform has been and continues to be for us among the gravest of concerns. (We need to) call for nothing less than a return to a Christian worldview, and to the wisdom and knowledge that come with the empowering of the Holy Spirit."

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