How might we compare psychiatry with healing, transformative prayer? The goals and objectives of psychiatry are (not surprisingly) radically different from healing, transformative prayer. In psychiatry, the goal is helping people to function, to manage symptoms, whereas in healing prayer the goal is the healing and transformation of the heart and soul to become more like Jesus. This message, an excerpt from a seminar series, compares psychiatry with healing prayer on many aspects, showing the advantages of healing prayer. Healing prayer centered on the Presence of Christ and relying on the revelation of the Holy Spirit, can deal with sin, the powers of darkness, the wisdom of Jesus to understand the deepest issues of the heart and soul, to name a few advantages. While there is a place for psychiatry and we acknowledge the efforts of truly caring psychiatrists, the practice of transformative prayer for mental health needs in the Church could be far larger than it is currently.
Author: Dieter K Mulitze, PhD, Author and Speaker
Dieter has written three books on the ministry of transforming and healing prayer. One of Dieter’s main roles in this ministry is teaching the seminar series and speaking at conferences. Dieter’s three books serve to articulate and strengthen the theology and practice of the ministry of transforming prayer for the whole person. Dieter graduated from the U. of Guelph (BSc) and holds a PhD in quantitative genetics from the U. of Saskatchewan. Dieter was an associate professor with the University of Nebraska, and has co-authored scientific papers in several professional journals. He is a graduate of Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., with the Master of Christian Studies (MCS) degree, concentrating in spiritual theology. Dieter has served as an elder in a number of churches. Dieter is bi-vocational, serving as the Chief Scientific Officer for Agronomix Software, a software development company which develops, distributes and supports a software application for plant breeders and agronomists worldwide. With his experience in the corporate world, Dieter has also taught on the theology of work. Dieter is no stranger to international travel – having lived in Syria and Morocco for a total of 6 years and travelling to over 50 countries worldwide for business or ministry. Dieter and his wife Ellen live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They have one daughter, Karissa, who lives in France with her husband and children. View all posts by Dieter K Mulitze, PhD, Author and Speaker