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Deliverance is a very common and important aspect of our healing ministry. It is often difficult for people living in our society to recognize the real presence of satan and evil spirits, yet it is a continuous theme running throughout the Gospels and the New Testament: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 6: 12).
It is almost impossible to be involved in the healing ministry and not encounter situations where there is a need for deliverance. We have been given authority over evil through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, it is vital that we as Christians and prayer ministers understand what this aspect is all about in order to minister effectively.
First, we must understand the difference between deliverance and exorcism. In the early history of the church, a layperson could pray for deliverance. This is what we do and teach about at Flames of Fire Ministries since we primarily teach lay ministers involved in the healing ministry. Deliverance is a process of freeing a person from the influence of an evil spirit.
With occult spirits and spirits of sin, we encourage a renunciation or confession by the person of the occult activity or sin involved. Often the spirits will leave on their own during or after these prayers. Pray to refill the person’s body, mind, and spirit with the holy things of God, such as love, peace, joy, etc.
Inner Healing is the prayer method to use for spirits of trauma. Invite the Lord Jesus to walk back into the memories where the trauma, abuse or rejection occurred. At Flames of Fire Ministries, we always do inner healing before we do deliverance. If not, the spirits can return and hook back into the old wound or trauma memory.
Generational Healing is the prayer method used for dealing with generational spirits. A person suffering from generational issues is asked to look at his family history. We then encourage people to lay these things before the altar of God and be cleansed.
Prayer for deliverance is something we recommend after these other healing tools have been implemented. Many spirits will have left on their own by this time, but it makes additional deliverance or the further casting out of spirits much easier and quicker. Always remember to send the spirits directly to Jesus, and let Him deal with them.
When in doubt or uncomfortable, learn to bind the spirits from operating and don’t get into a deliverance at this time. Take time to pray, seeking the Lord’s direction and wisdom. Ask for help or advice from a more experienced prayer minister or pastor. Never let a “spirit” dictate when a deliverance is to take place. It is important to be leading the prayer session under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Deliverance should always be done at God’s appointed and anointed time.