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  Workshop: How to Pray for Others
   by Lynn Heatley
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Workshop: How to Pray for Others

Taught by Lynn Heatley
Prayer Command Post
PO Box 1883, Chino, CA  91708
(909) 591-1945  Email: prayercntn@aol.com
web: http:// www.prayercommandpost.org

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Course Outline

I.      Before Prayer  - Having a Prepared Heart

II.     Altar Ministry
 
III.     Prayer Appointments -Arrival / Discussion Time

IV.    Prayer Session

V.     Pulse Points during Session

VI.    Bringing Session to Closure

VII.    Bringing Team to Closure

VIII.   Resources

Lab - Practice Time
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I.   Before Prayer  - Having a Prepared Heart

Our Command from the Lord: Luke 4:18-19, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 9:1-2, Luke 10:19-20

1.  Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23 + Col. 3:12-13)
 Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (NKJ)
 Col 3:12-14 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.   But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. (NKJ)

2.  Gifts of the Spirit (Rom.12, 1 Cor.12, 1 Pet. 4, Eph. 4)
  Common Gifts Used During Prayer Time:  Exhortation, Prophecy, Words of Knowledge, Discerning of Spirits, Encouragement, Healing, Teaching, Hospitality, Tongues (in private) with Interpretation,  Songs for Comfort or Edification. 1 Cor 14:26  Let all things be done for edification. (NKJ)

3.  Creating an Atmosphere of Trust
 -Hospitality
 -Confidentiality
 -Loving Attitudes (Verbal and Non-verbal)

4.  Walk in Love, Pray in Love

5.  Avoiding Common Pitfalls / Hindrances:
  - Knowledge Puffs Up (1 Cor. 8:1) - Thinking you already know how to pray
  - Judgmental Attitudes - Lord, show me Your Heart for this person
  - Exaltation of gifts over fruit
  - Impatience (wanting to rush through prayer)
  - Word-Bashing (using God's truth to wound instead of build up)
  - Witchcraft prayer - Cursing instead of Blessing (use the Golden Rule!)
  - False Ownership - Need to entrust person to the Lord - don't carry them!
  - Feeling Disqualified - Don't listen to the accuser of the brethren.

II.   Praying for others at the Altar

1. Timing
  The most effective time of praying for others during a service is at the end of the service.  This allows prayer to flow without a feeling of having to rush through the prayer time.  It is best not to have the next service start until at least 15 - 30 minutes later.  

2.  Environment
  It is helpful to have background music playing while the time of prayer is occurring. This helps to bring a dimension of confidentiality and privacy to those receiving prayer.  It is helpful to direct those who would like to receive prayer to the back or side of the room (vs. the front where all eyes are on those receiving prayer).

3.  Prayer Team
  It is always wisdom to have a team of 2 people praying with one individual. This provides accountability and more security to those receiving prayer.  It is also a good opportunity to help train others in this type of prayer with a pairing up of an inexperienced person with one who is more mature.

4. Discern
  The team/individual praying must utilize the time available wisely.  After introductions and asking the basic question of "how can I pray for you", don't allow the person to get too detailed.  Discern the basic need and pray along that line.  If you sense a lot more prayer is needed, refer them for pastoral counseling/prayer, to their home group leader or for a prayer appointment (if you have this type of ministry available).

5.  Practicalities:
 - Have Kleenex available
 - Have breath mints handy for yourself
 - Have your bible and a notepad at hand (to quote or write down any scriptures or other directives)
 - Be aware that some are extra sensitive to the Holy Spirit's presence and might respond by slumping to the floor (also known as "being slain in the spirit").  If this happens, assist them so they don't hurt themselves or have others present to assist you in this.

6.  Instruction from Leadership
  Equipping others in the basics of prayer and instructing the altar team in correct protocol is needed to give direction to the team. It is up to the leadership of the church/organization to instruct the teams with necessary protocol. This would include doctrinal positions as to gifts, laying on of hands, using anointing oil, etc.

III. Prayer Appointments

Setting up the Prayer Appointment
1.  Ask key questions to discern what type of prayer is needed.
2.  What team would be appropriate for this person?
3.  Instruct person that they need to bring a friend with them.
4.  Keep communications flowing with all members of the team.
5.  For team: Arrive early for prayer, begin and end session on time.
6.  Forms - send out and have signed.

Arrival and Discussion Time

Team Arrival
1.  It is necessary that the team arrives to the prayer room first, at least 15 minutes ahead of the person receiving prayer.
2.  As the prayer team, know who the prayer group leader is, honor their leadership in the flow of prayer.
3.  Pray as a team, pray in agreement to what you sense the Lord wanting to do.  Seek the Lord for His heart and mind in regards to the person coming for prayer.  Seek Him for a pure heart so ministry can flow unhindered.

Welcoming Of Individual Receiving Prayer
1. Set up the prayer room to be a welcoming environment.
2. Greet the individuals with loving trust. Do introductions, etc.  Offer something to drink.  
3. Recognize that it is difficult for people to come in to receive prayer from strangers, do what is needed to establish trust and hospitality.
4.  The Prayer Team Leader is the one who establishes the flow.  
5.  State that everything is confidential.

Interview & Discussion Time
1. After the group has settled, the Team Leader will need to give some guidelines regarding the time for prayer. Explain that you will get a little more history from the person, then enter into a time of prayer. Also, explain
that you will probably pause many times during the time of prayer to see if the areas that the team is praying for bears witness with what is going on with the individual. Explain the role of scribe and intercessor to the friend
who came with the person receiving prayer.
2. Begin the discussion time (put on your listening ears):
 - Ask person what they need prayer for. (Understand that the issues presented are frequently not all the issues that the Lord wants to address).
 - Seek the Lord for the CORE ISSUES and the root cause of the issues while the person is talking.
 - Avoid giving advice!
 - Discern what type of prayer is needed.
 - Is the person saved (don't assume this).
3.  Don't spend all of your time talking, when appropriate, move into prayer!

IV.  Prayer Session

What is the main type of prayer needed?
 Healing (Physical, Emotional or both)
 Deliverance
 Guidance (Persons in transition)
 Commissioning (Empowering with new gifts/tools)

When praying, always remember and do the Golden Rule:
Beginning The Prayer Session
1.  Begin the prayer time with welcoming the Holy Spirit / Lord to bring words of encouragement and healing to the person.  Set the Lord as the Leader of the group.

2.  Pray prayers of encouragement for the person.

3.  Protocol for Laying on of Hands:
 - Do not assume that the person is ok with this!  Ask the Lord and the person first.  Be gentle in all that you do and respect the person wherever they are at!
 - If you are released to lay hands on the person, only lay hands on their shoulders initially.  If the Lord directs and the person is ok with it, you may lay hands on their feet or head.  Avoid laying your hands on their heart, abdomen, etc., most of the time this is too intimate for the person (unless you know them very well and even then, don't assume anything).
 - Don't rub the persons back, etc.

4.  Listen to what the other team members are praying - do you need to stay on that subject for awhile?  Look to your Team Leader to direct the flow.

5.  Most of the time, pray with your eyes open.  Continue to assess everything.

6.  Regarding the use of oil: usually used for healing or commissioning, always ask for permission to anoint someone with oil, don't assume.

7.  Watch for the Spirit of God moving on the person in a variety of ways (tears, shaking, laughter, smiling, nodding in agreement, etc).  

8.  Also check for opposition along the way (arms folded, angry expressions, negative manifestations). If negative manifestations occur, seek the Lord on what your response should be - do not assume that you are to cast out
spirits - seek the Lord to see if the person is ready for deliverance.

Types of Prayer:

Physical Healing:
1.  Where does it hurt?
2.  Are there other issues? (Generational, Bitterness, Unforgiveness, etc.)

Emotional Healing:
1.  What are the core lies that are believed?
2.  What is the truth that will set the person free?  Pray the Word over the person, pray that it will be believed.
3.  Are there any vows that need to be renounced? Listen for: "I will never"...
4.  Are there any sins, idols, or occult practices that need to be confessed and renounced?
5.  Confess fortresses, if needed (areas of self-protection).  Seek to establish the Lord as their Safe Place.  
6.  Have the person confess the lies, then confess the truth.
7.  How well does the person know the Lord? Pray for them to receive more of God's love.  Remember, it is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance (if they are having a hard time repenting, forgiving, releasing, etc. -
pray for them to know the love of God more and out of that love, that they would obey Jesus).

Regarding Shame/Condemnation:
1.  Confession is healing, encourage the person to confess. Pronounce the Lord's forgiveness, if led.
 James 5:14-16:   Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise
him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (NKJ)
2.  Regarding addictions - what is the root cause?

Regarding Memories:
1.  Invite Jesus into the memory and seek what lies were believed as a result of the trauma.  Ask Jesus to bring healing. Follow steps # 1-5 above.
2.  If the person has a lot of unresolved pain with memories, refer them to pastoral or Christian counseling and also a community care group.  Deep emotional healing takes time and trusted relationships.
 
    -Know When You Are Over Your Head!   Don't Go Where You Are Not Led!
        Refer Out When Needed
    -Is The Person Ready to Own Their Part?           

V.  Pulse Points during Session

During the time of prayer, check in (take a pulse) frequently with the person.

Some appropriate questions might be:
1.  How are you doing?
2.  Is the Lord revealing anything to you?
3.  What is going on right now?
4.  What are your thoughts saying to you right now?
5.  Are you having any pain?  Any fear?  
6.  What is "witnessing" in your spirit right now of how we are praying?

As you ask questions, the person and the Lord will give you further insight on how to pray.

VI.   Bringing Session to Closure

Important:  Allow time for proper closure!

Seek the Lord on when you are finished.  Some factors might be:
1. You are almost out of time and team members need to leave.
2.  The person receiving prayer has had all that they can absorb.
3.  The person is not receptive to the prayers being offered.
4.  The person needs additional referrals and support.

Bringing the Session to Closure
1.  Sometimes when you are starting to "wrap things up", the person will bring more confession, reveal more pertinent information, etc.  Seek the Lord for what you are to do with this new information.  Do you have sufficient time to pray it through?  Is another session needed to bring more closure?  Is a referral needed?  Do not feel like you have to go back into prayer if you sense the session is over or if you are out of time.

2.  End prayer time with discussion.  Summarize for the person what the Lord did, said, etc.  Remind them of promises spoken, etc.  Ask them how the Lord is now directing them?

3.  Give any referrals, suggestions, etc., at this point.  Are there any books or tape series that you would recommend?  Any counselors, church groups, etc., that would meet their need?  

4.  End the session on a positive note and thank the person for entrusting themselves to the team (it took a lot of courage)!

5.  Talk to the friend about their role of ongoing encouragement and support.

6.  PRAY PRAYERS OF SEALING AND PROTECTION!  Pray protection over everything that was prayed and also for the individual and their families.  Pray for proper processing of the prayer time, etc.

VII.  Bringing the Team to Closure

After the person (and their partner) leave, it is helpful for the Team Leader to facilitate a time of discussion with the rest of the team.

Potential areas for Discussion / Action:
1.  How are you all feeling about the prayer time?
2.  Is there any unfinished business?
3.  What were some areas being discerned during the time of prayer?
4.  Recommendations for future times?
5.  Do any of the team members need cleansing prayer?
6.  Other areas?

Prayer
As a Team, Pray A Time Of Sealing And Protection!  Pray  Against Any Counterattacks From The Enemy. Give God The Glory And Praise For His Direction And Grace For The Time Of Prayer.  Place The Person Back Into God's Hands And Ask Him To Bring His Work Of Completion In Their Life And That God Would Be Glorified In The Process.

Follow-up Phone Call
It is valuable for the Team Leader (or someone else assigned) to do a follow up call within the week to the person who received prayer. This helps to bring better closure to all and might help to answer any questions the person has and also allows the team to hear praise reports from their time of prayer.

VIII. Resources for Healing:

Neil Anderson's Books are excellent.  He also has various tape series.
Books:  Victory Over the Darkness           
     The Bondage Breaker
     The Steps to Freedom in Christ
     Released from Bondage
web site:   http://www.freedominchrist.org    Office (562) 691-9128

Beth Moore has a great book and workbook:
Books:  Praying God's Word
     Breaking Free
web site:   http://www.lproof.org
You can also order by calling: 562-691-9128

Joyce Meyer has some excellent Tape Series on Emotional Healing:
Tape Series:    Beauty for Ashes
     Free Indeed
     Root of Rejection
Books:  Battlefield of the Mind
     Beauty for Ashes
web site:   www.jmministries.org    or call  1-800-727-WORD (9673)
 
Calvary Community Church7550 Cherry Park Drive Houston, Texas 77095
Office:  281-550-4323 800-967-7729  Fax 281-550-8226  Email:  
Email@calvaryhouston.com    /   Web: http://www.calvaryhouston.com

Book:  "The Bible Promise Book"  - knowing what God says about us!

Scriptures:

Our Command From The Lord:
Luke 4:18-19 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (NIV)

Luke 9:1-2 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (NIV)

Luke 10:19-20 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." (NIV)

Mark 16:15-20 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. (NIV)

Regarding The Laying On Of Hands
1 Tim 5:17-22 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages." Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning. I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. (NIV)

Acts 8:14-17 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. (NIV)
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