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Prayer Counselling - the Guide

A definitive guide to prayer counselling, or prayer counseling, prayer ministry, Christian counselling, and healing ministry.

What is Prayer Counselling?

In this website the term 'prayer counselling' is used to refer to a variety of healing ministry, carried out by a professional or lay prayer minister or ministers, under the guidance and empowering of the Holy Spirt, with the object of bringing lasting healing to the emotional, psychological, physical and emotional wounds caused by a person's sin, sin of others against them, sin or wounds or curses passed down from their ancestors, trauma, or the work of the kingdom of darkness.

Not everyone shares the same understanding of the nature of prayer counselling. There are a number of terms which are used by some people as if they are interchangeable, while others see them as referring to different activities. Some of these are healing of the memories, inner healing, prayer ministry, prayer counselling, and Christian counselling.

Some would say that these are all the same. Others see a progression from the first to the last. Yet others see them as the same activity being renamed over time to resolve misunderstanding, with the possible exception of Christian counselling. This is more often seen, rightly or wrongly, as distinct from the other three, and more akin to a 'Christian' version of professional secular counselling.

In our teaching pages we will give commonly used definitions and explanations of each of these streams and outline the relationships between them.