Personal Prayer Ministry
Changing the world one person at a time…
We are thankful for all who work in the helping professions, including those in the more traditional "talk therapy" Christian counselling circles, with whom we have excellent relationships. Different modalities can work for different people.
Although the following table is a very general overview that may not accurately reflect every situation, it does give some contrasts between traditional Christian counselling and Personal Prayer Ministry that are worth noting.
TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING PERSONAL PRAYER MINISTRY Counsellor is expert Prayer Counsellor is facilitator
Jesus’ role not generally prominent; counsellor and client direct the session Jesus leads the session, Holy Spirit is the Counsellor (John 16:13) Client’s Role
TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING PERSONAL PRAYER MINISTRY Looks to the counsellor for help, answers Looks to Jesus and listens step-by-step (John 10:4)
Focused on "therapeutic relationship" with counsellor (dependency difficult to avoid) Focused on relationship with Jesus (dependency on Him results) (John 16:15) Procedure
TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING PERSONAL PRAYER MINISTRY Session may begin and end in prayer Prayer is central (I Thes. 5:17) Extensive history and profile of present issues is discussed Only a brief history and profile may be necessary Logic and reason applied Specific issue is targeted easily by Jesus and His truth applied (Prov 3:5)
Secular principles (I Cor. 2:14) Biblical principles (II Timothy 3:16,17) Content
TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING PERSONAL PRAYER MINISTRY Self-centered God-centered (II Pet 1:3) Counsellor is source of help and suggestions Jesus is source of understanding; answers are revelation to client (John 8:31-41) Goal: self-awareness Goal: truth of God, appropriated through prayer (1 John 3:18) May or may not use Scripture The Spirit of God & Word of God are central (John 20:31) Repentance and forgiveness may be minimized Repentance and forgiveness play a key role in freedom and healing (Matt 6:12)
Demonic downplayed or ignored Role of demonic is exposed / bound and delivered in a quiet, authoritative way by Jesus (I John 3:8) Result
TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING PERSONAL PRAYER MINISTRY Subtle dependence on counsellor Dependence on Jesus & Word of God (I Pet 2:2)
Lengthy contact may be needed Client often enabled to continue on their own after a few sessions. Setting
TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING PERSONAL PRAYER MINISTRY Private setting needed Can be congregational setting
Secular training for staff Discerning "facilitators" network with caregivers to support client (intercession, encouragement)