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“When they heard this, they raised their
voices together in prayer to God.”

Acts 4:24

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Healing prayer is the ministry of praying for God's healing. Jesus didn't come just to save our futures, He came to save us today!
Healing can be needed in many different areas such as physical, mental, emotional or spiritual healing.

To sign up for healing prayer,

Call or text: (218) 846-1199 (or)
Email: faith@myvineyardchurch.com

The Vineyard believes that every man, woman, and child who is willing to be used by God can learn to hear His voice. As we learn to hear God’s voice, we can be led by the Spirit as we minister to others through personal prayer – rather than relying on our own limited experience or insight. We’re looking forward to learning how to pray better together as a church and expecting God to move mightily in our midst during this time!

HISTORY OF THE 5-STEP PRAYER MODEL

One of the most important distinctions of the Vineyard movement is captured in a simple, four-word phrase: 
“Everyone gets to play.” Coined by the founder of the Vineyard movement John Wimber, and based on his understanding of the New Testament call to equip all  the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12), this  phrase set the stage for the unique Vineyard approach  to compassionately praying for others.

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OVERVIEW

The 5 Step Prayer Model is not a scientific formula, fool-proof methodology, or magical incantation. Rather, it is an intentional way of praying for others, from a posture of listening to the Holy Spirit, that provides a track to run on for those desiring to see God move in power as they pray.

The basis for the 5-step approach is the model of Jesus as He ministered to the sick.

While physical healing is often the focus of prayer ministry, in its
essence the 5 Step Prayer Model is a relational, interactive way of praying for others as we listen to the Holy Spirit; a process that begins and ends with mercy toward the person requesting prayer, and that seeks both God’s will and God’s best for the person being prayed for. It is also relational in the sense that we are leaning heavily on our intimate relationship with God as we pray for someone, welcoming Him to speak insights into our hearts or minds that would directly impact the person being prayed for.

STEP 1: THE INTERVIEW

In this step, we INTRODUCE ourselves to the person, and ASK the questions  “HOW CAN I PRAY FOR YOU?” OR “WHERE DOES IT HURT?”

This is not a medical interview or a counseling session, but rather an opportunity to listen as we assess the person’s situation and need.

This step ensures that the person feels valued, and gives us an opportunity to listen to God and the individual before any prayer begins. It also enables us to hear how the person perceives his or her condition before jumping to any conclusions. We take our time, are quiet, and listen. Our dependency is on God to make something happen, not on ourselves. He wants to do something beautiful and creative in this person and loves to use us in the process. Wimber would say, “It’s more important to know what kind of person has a bug rather than what kind of bug has a person.” In other words, God may want to touch something in the person’s life other than the illness or topic of the prayer request! Be open to the Spirit’s guidance. If you have no clue what to pray after the interview, then be honest; don’t fake it or put on a spiritual persona. Maintain your integrity, and if necessary, just pray for God to bless the person.

NATURAL LISTENING vs. SUPERNATURAL LISTENING

According to Wimber, we are listening to the person on two levels at this point. On a natural (empirical) level, we are hearing the request. On a supernatural level, we are listening simultaneously for God to speak to us about the person and/or the situation. Based on what we are seeing and hearing, as well as on past patterns we may recognize from praying for similar types of people or conditions, we can begin to assess how God might be leading us to pray. However, we must not be dependent on our past experiences, but rather on God.

STEP 2: THE DIAGNOSIS

Now we can begin to identify the underlying issue we sense God is inviting us to pray for. We are asking, “Why does this person have this condition (or point of need)?”

Sometimes you may discern it is a combination of a few of these causes above. This is why we must depend on the Spirit – we don’t want to be praying about one area for a person when the real issue is coming from something else. Our goal is to see the person experience the depths of God’s love and to find freedom and healing in his or her heart, mind, and body. It is important to note here that in the Vineyard we see every person as a precious human being made in the image of God, who has chosen to be vulnerable in this moment of asking for prayer. We never treat people like a project, or with indifference; we dignify people in the process of them seeking God for help. In ministry moments, the highest call of God on us is the second commandment – to love this person that He loves. Often people may not know the exact root of the problem. What they are asking for prayer about may not be the main issue God wants to address.

Ask the Holy Spirit to confirm if the person’s analysis of the situation is accurate, or if there is something else He wants to reveal. People are complex, and the issues affecting their conditions can be just as complex. A marriage may be in pain because of childhood hurt. Bodies can be afflicted by psychosomatic illness, which is no less real in its impact than disease. Holding resentment or bitterness toward another (living or dead) can cause distress that impacts a person emotionally and physically. The interview concludes when we have determined what we believe to be the cause of the condition we are praying for.

REASONS SOMEONE MAY NEED PRAYER

DISEASE

SIN

EMOTIONAL HURTS

RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS

DEMONIC INFLUENCE

STEP 3: PRAYER SELECTION

At this stage we are now asking, “What kind of prayer is needed to help this person?” and “Lord, (what) do you want to heal right now?”

This is not a medical interview or a counseling session, but rather an opportunity to listen as we assess the person’s situation and need.

This step ensures that the person feels valued, and gives us an opportunity to listen to God and the individual before any prayer begins. It also enables us to hear how the person perceives his or her condition before jumping to any conclusions. We take our time, are quiet, and listen. Our dependency is on God to make something happen, not on ourselves. He wants to do something beautiful and creative in this person and loves to use us in the process. Wimber would say, “It’s more important to know what kind of person has a bug rather than what kind of bug has a person.” In other words, God may want to touch something in the person’s life other than the illness or topic of the prayer request! Be open to the Spirit’s guidance. If you have no clue what to pray after the interview, then be honest; don’t fake it or put on a spiritual persona. Maintain your integrity, and if necessary, just pray for God to bless the person.

NATURAL LISTENING vs. SUPERNATURAL LISTENING

According to Wimber, we are listening to the person on two levels at this point. On a natural (empirical) level, we are hearing the request. On a supernatural level, we are listening simultaneously for God to speak to us about the person and/or the situation. Based on what we are seeing and hearing, as well as on past patterns we may recognize from praying for similar types of people or conditions, we can begin to assess how God might be leading us to pray. However, we must not be dependent on our past experiences, but rather on God.