Healing and transforming prayer, properly understood, focuses on the restoration of the whole person – body, mind, soul and spirit. Such prayer helps Christians to experience more of the abundant life (John 10:10) and be ever more rooted in, and built up, in Christ (Col. 2:6-7). Therefore, we must avoid biological, physiological, psychological, or spiritual reductionism in the pursuit of wholeness. This message gives examples of the forgoing with some of the unfortunate limitations experienced by people in need of deep healing.
What is health? We readily think of this in biological terms, but it turns out that “health” is quite a relational concept according to the Scriptures. Relationships are in three dimensions – with God, self, and others. Can you readily receive God’s love? Not everyone can, surprisingly. Do you accept yourself, or do you reject or even hate yourself as some Christians do? Are you reconciled to others? Do you have that deep shalom, the peace that surpasses all understanding? Modern medicine claims that over 60% of chronic illnesses have an emotional, relational root. So we see the strategic importance of healing, transforming prayer among God’s people. This message gives the wider context for the practice of healing and transforming prayer for the whole person, excerpted from a teaching seminar.