At FCM, one of the best ministry tools we have come across for aiding individuals in their Christian walk is Theophostic Prayer Ministry. Because of its design, it unquestionably depends completely on the Lord for its powerful impact on people.
Theophostic is a coined word from two Greek words: Theo meaning God and phos which means light. As Ed Smith, founder of Theophostic describes it: "The combined words denote God's power to illuminate the darkened areas of people's minds. The phos is God's true light, the Spirit of Christ or the Holy Spirit (John 1:4), who brings divine truth into people's lie-based thinking, causing renewal of the mind."
Theophostic Prayer Ministry is not counseling per se but rather a prayer ministry during which the facilitator of the ministry session asks the Lord through prayer to enable the ministry recipients to:
- Own and take responsibility for their emotional pain.
- Let go of all defenses and other hindrances from moving toward God's purposes in the process.
- Discover and expose the lie-based causes of their emotional distress.
- Hold up everything to the Lord for His truth, release, and mind renewal.
Dr. Smith defines the process of Theophostic as "intentional, focused prayer leading to an authentic encounter with the presence of Christ, resulting in mind renewal and a subsequently transformed life."
The memory of a painful event is not what causes our pain or discomfort in the present. If it were, we could never be free from the pain of old wounds. The pain which is triggered in the present springs from lies that were laid down in our minds at the time the original event took place. When the memory of the event is triggered, the lie is also triggered.
The following is a classic example.
Roger works in an office for a boss who is quite particular. Roger, himself, is a perfectionist, however, any time the boss critiques Roger's work, even the slightest, Roger experiences an overwhelming rage inside that he struggles to control. What Roger came to understand through Theophostic is that his rage was stemming from an event he had experienced during childhood in which he was cruelly humiliated for his "poor performance" in a little league game. Roger was aware the event happened, but he had been completely unaware of the lie about himself that he had come to believe as a result of the incident.
Through Theophostic Prayer Ministry he got in touch with the lie, "I can't perform the way I need to. I'll never have what it takes. I'm not enough." The truth he received from the Lord was tailored and presented to him in a way that was very personalized and resonated within him at a very deep level. This new truth from the Lord corrected the misperception he had believed about himself for decades. Roger knew this truth came from the Lord rather than being told to him by another human being. Therefore, it sank deep into his soul and was recognized by Roger as indisputable.
As a result, Roger now sees himself more clearly as God sees him. This new self-concept daily infuses Roger's world with a new and beautiful peace that he doesn't have to fight in order to maintain. Now, when his boss critiques him, the rage is nowhere to be found. An added bonus is that his relationship with his wife is greatly improved as well, since he no longer lives in a defensive mode, misinterpreting many of her statements as criticism.
We highly recommend our clients receive this ministry at least once, but preferably many times due to its tremendous potential. An average session takes between one and two hours.