The family model for healing gives you the keys to overcoming your stuck places.
Prayer Ministry Last Week for seeing the family model for healing. A week ago Jeanine walked over to the break room at her office late one morning. Several coworkers were laughing but abruptly stopped as she walked in. Jeanine was hired as a replacement for a beloved secretary that had left due to a heartbreaking illness. The other employees were slow to offer acceptance of Jeanine and allow her to fit in, causing her to battle feelings of rejection and worthlessness.
There are clear ways for Jeanine to work through the pain of this experience last week. She can forgive her coworkers. She can affirm her worth in Christ and not in how other people treat her. She can seek empathy toward the loss the other employees are feeling and give them some time.
Prayer Ministry 40 Years Ago
If Jeanine experienced this office rejection in her 20’s and is now in her 50’s but never resolved this event, it remains unresolved. Similar events will reactivate this unresolved rejection. The same is true for Sally, who, at 8-years-old, comes home from school each day in pain from being bullied. This situation has either been resolved in her heart or it hasn’t, whether she is 8 or 80. In a nutshell, this is prayer ministry. It is simply making peace with unresolved events.
The Family Model of Prayer Ministry
Family is God’s design to teach us about Himself. When the family functions as God intended, it expresses love and understanding. So if Sally comes home in pain from being bullied, Dad is emotionally safe, available, and loving. Even though she’s hurting, she trusts her dad’s love enough to share the pain with him. Dad comforts her and lets her know she is loved regardless of the treatment from the girls at school. And not only does Dad love, but he also supports her in finding a solution to the bullying. If Sally’s family walked in love, understanding, and dialogue, Sally did not go forward in life with an unresolved event.
Prayer ministry is simply a do-over from what should have happened in the original event. When your dad was not like Sally’s, we do not get a free pass from the painful event. We still have to work out these unresolved areas of pain, otherwise, they will follow us the rest of our lives.