Approaches to Heart Healing

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”-Romans 8: 38-39

“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” –Proverbs 23: 17-18

“His [God’s] intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Him and through Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” –Ephesians 3: 10-12 

“Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” -Isaiah 2: 5


                  Many approaches can be used to begin healing work:

 1.Present approach—Frequently a sufferer will come to a session preoccupied with a present situation, thus unable to concentrate on root issues. Without addressing the current overriding concern, no healing of past hurts will likely occur. A good rule of thumb is to get an update on contemporary issues every meeting before beginning to search memories. When there is present distress, determine how to approach that first before moving deeper.

2. Relationship approach—If the individual comes to inner healing because of trouble in a relationship such as marriage, we recommend if possible that the spouse or other involved party participate in the sessions, either as quiet support or as co-recipient of prayer on alternate visits. Heart healing ministry with couples has been very effective, as it helps partners see one another in their mutual brokenness.

3.Emotion approach—If one overriding emotion is recurring in the injured person’s life, we can ask the Holy Spirit to bring the root memory for that feeling. Then we look for vows, judgments, and false identity beliefs formed at that time.

4. Chronological approach—If there seems to be a lifelong pattern of some severe dysfunction, it is sometimes appropriate to work backward with a person, asking for memories at different ages and stages of her childhood. This can help get in touch with major traumas from early years. We may ask her systematically to describe self or a memory–perhaps at approximately age 25, then 20, then at 15, 10, 5, or the earliest she can remember.

5.Deliverance approach—Sometimes there is significant history of occult involvement or satanic abuse that has not been addressed. If demonic bondage becomes evident in the session, the counselor may decide to address the issue of hindering spirits before heart-healing for memories is pursued.

6. Womb approach—When the prayer recipient has experienced noteworthy trauma during gestation or birth (e.g. suffocation, premature birth with complications, etc.), or if there is another indication of the need for before-birth healing, the counselor may decide to ask the Holy Spirit to return the sufferer to the womb or birth time for healing of damaged emotions.

 These diverse categories are not all encompassing. Every heart-healing session is unique, and each time the approach is a little different.