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Inner Healing Prayer. God’s loving presence is invited to bring healing to a place where we are emotionally wounded or stuck in an imaginative encounter with him in prayer. How is it different from “normal” prayer?. Mostly it isn’t – it’s just a more specific way of praying

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Inner healing prayer

Inner Healing Prayer

God’s loving presence is invited to bring healing to a place where we are emotionally wounded or stuck in an imaginative encounter with him in prayer.

How is it different from normal prayer

How is it different from “normal” prayer?

Mostly it isn’t – it’s just a more specific way of praying

it isn’t “prayer for” – it is a prayer encounter

usually takes longer and is entered more intentionally

the focus is usually on memories, emotions, relational patterns, etc.

How is it different from counselling

How is it different from counselling?

it is not talking about problems, it’s a shift in experience

the focus of experience is what happens during prayer

counselling is often the “process” that surrounds the “crisis” or “event” that is IHP

Three assumptions about god

Three Assumptions about God

God’s loving presence is with us always

God is always inviting and waiting to reveal himself to us more clearly

Awareness of God’s loving presence transforms and heals our hurts

Ephesians 3 14 19

Ephesians 3. 14-19

 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Three assumptions about hurts

Three Assumptions about Hurts

the hurts that do the most damage are the ones we can’t process or integrate into our lives

especially those that “blew a fuse”; i.e. they were beyond our capacities at the time to handle alone

safety and support (loving presence) enable us to re-visit places of hurt and complete the processing/integration (healing)

Do i need inner healing

Do I Need Inner Healing?

Short answer – Yes (everyone can benefit)

Can I tell the story of my life (including difficult experiences) in a way that makes sense and with appropriate emotion – staying “present” while I tell it?

Am I confident that God has been acceptingly and lovingly present with me through all my life or do I leave parts out?

1 creating safety

1. Creating Safety

relationship with someone emotionally/ spiritually mature, confident and responsive

person’s story has been listened to well

person’s readiness (somewhat dependent on experience/training of person praying)

a supportive community context

inviting the guidance of the Spirit

free of unhealthy expectations (suggestion)

confidentiality and freedom from blame

2 engaging the wounded stuck place

2. Engaging the Wounded/Stuck Place

choosing the memory or metaphorical scene

emotionally related to the present experience of “stuckness”

enter scene (imagine) richly – lots of detail, acceptance of emotion (not discouraged in any way)

don’t talk “about” and analyse - experience

identify beliefs related to what makes the scene painful

3 perceiving the presence of jesus

3. Perceiving the Presence of Jesus

Pray-er invites Jesus to reveal himself while person continues to remain present to scene

open to a balance of ordinary and “higher” imagination (active and receptive)

encouragement to be open to any way in which s/he can perceive Jesus and any difference he makes

allow a few minutes of silence

invite sharing about what’s been happening

share your own words/pictures with discretion

4 responding

4. Responding

discerning together

consciously accepting what is felt/offered

forgiveness (confession)

renunciation (choosing to relinquish vows/ attachments)

“rituals” (symbolic enactment of what is being offered/invited)


5 blessing and follow up

5. Blessing and Follow-up

assess emotional response to initial scene

pray a blessing prayer

discuss briefly how the person feels about what happened and if they would like some kind of follow-up

refer immediately if a person seems more deeply exposed and not resolved to trauma






Fearful, Unconfident, Immature Praying

Not Biblically/Theologically Grounded