Windy Cove Presbyterian Church

Healing Prayer Ministry

Healing Prayer Ministry at
Windy Cove Presbyterian Church

Healing Prayer Ministry is explained briefly below. To make an appointment or to ask questions please call Sharon Sherrard at 540-997-9183 or email prayer@windycovechurch.org.

 


 


What is Healing Prayer Ministry?

Healing Prayer is necessary if we are to come to wholeness, integration and our true freedom and standing in Christ. Some of us, most of us in fact, have received wounds, hurts and traumas in life. We are all broken or injured in some way because of the Fall, because sin exists in the world and none of us is perfect.

When we live out of the lies planted in us by those painful memories, lies such as:

I will never be good enough. 
I don't matter.
I am worthless. 
I will never have the love I need.
I will always be alone. 
Nothing will ever change.
I have to take care of everything. 
Nobody really cares about me.
If I'm not perfect, no one will love me. 
I'm trash - I'm dirty.
I don't measure up. 
Something is wrong with me.

we are living out of a false identity - one imposed on us by the enemy of our souls who wants to destroy us and our families. These past wounds and traumas manifest themselves in the present as depression, compulsive behavior, anger, addictions of every kind, as well as relational difficulties.

Our true identity is in Christ. 'In Him we live and move and have our being.' Acts 17:28 (NIV) He is the only one who truly loves us and knows who we really are meant to be deep inside and how we can be healed and set free to become the individuals he has truly called us to be. God is the Father who tells us who we are.

And so we do the work of healing prayer. We bring people with emotional wounds into the presence of Christ and He heals, and loves, and blesses and affirms them. He sets right the wounds that have been bleeding in their hearts - sometimes for generations. Jesus did not teach people to cope with affliction. He healed them! He still does! Some people who are less wounded may be able to find this healing on their own. But most of us need help on this journey, a minister to lead us along, and friend to stand beside. It's a journey toward forgiveness of sins... receiving forgiveness for our own sins, mistakes and errors against others and God, and giving forgiveness to those who have grievously injured or wounded us.

Some of us are locked in cycles of generational bondage, but Jesus became a curse for us. Others of us carry the pain of past wounding with us every day, but Jesus took every wound that we have ever suffered upon himself. One purpose of this ministry is to help others appropriate the healing power of the cross of Jesus Christ and to live a new life in the freedom purchased by his blood.

Isaiah 61:1-7 "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion - to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. .... you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs."


What Experience is Available?

Sharon Sherrard has been learning about this kind of prayer for a number of years now. She has also been the grateful recipient of great healing as a result of other's prayers with her. She has been doing this type of ministry informally and occasionally as the need has presented itself. We as a caring community of faith must respond with the compassion of Christ to pain and injury.

She has attended Leanne Payne's Pastoral Care School three times. She has attended Thom Gardner's "Altars Of The Heart" Seminar and spent three days as an intern at his prayer counseling ministry in Chambersburg, PA. She has prayed with numerous people and watched Jesus do amazing and wonderful things. She has read and prayed through the classics, Deliverance and Inner Healing and Transformation of the Inner Man by the Sandfords.


Who Is Involved?

This is a ministry for the whole church. Sharon Sherrard is currently the only prayer minister, but as the need increases, she hopes to train and equip several others to be prayer ministers as well. Others are involved as intercessors. At each prayer appointment, ideally, there should be three people present: the one coming to be prayed for, the prayer minister, and an intercessor. The intercessor comes to pray silently during the healing appointment. They do not need to speak - indeed they should not speak in order to avoid confusion during the session. Of course, everything said or prayed about in a ministry session is confidential and that trust must be protected. The intercessor and prayer minister are absolutely committed to confidentiality.


How Does This Work Out?

Each prayer session is scheduled to last 90 minutes if needed. If necessary, we schedule another session for the next week. It is important that there be 'recovery' time. The receiver must journal or write out what God has done and how it has impacted him. It is important also to read scripture, write it out and personalize it, and meditate on it between sessions, as the living Word also brings healing.

We expect that we might see an individual a maximum of 6 times. If more prayer is needed there should be a break of several weeks, or a more intensive alternative sought, or counseling suggested.

Each person is required to sign a release form  for our protection as well as theirs.


What about cost?

This ministry is offered at no charge. However, it is Biblical for those who receive ministry to give to those who minister to them, so offerings are welcome and accepted. 


Conclusion

If we - the church - do not do this healing it is safe to say that it will not get done. We in the church have something that the world does not have. We have the Presence of Christ. It is God who heals, not us. We simply bring those needing healing into the presence of the One who loves them and He does the healing. He sets the prisoners free. There is no healing ability in us - but as Christians we do know how to enter the presence of God with and for others and once in the presence of Jesus, the healing comes from Him. And, oh, what a joy and wonder is is to see Him truly heal the brokenhearted!  Counseling has it's rightful and significant place and we would certainly not hesitate to refer those who need it. But prayer can unstick us when we are stuck and free us when we are bound. As a healing community of faith, we provide a setting where this can happen.