Theophostic Prayer Ministry is intentional and focused prayer with the desired outcome of an authentic encounter with the presence of Christ, resulting in mind renewal and subsequent transformed life.
Theo (God) Phostic (light) is a ministry of prayer that is Christ centered and God reliant for its direction and outcome. Simply stated, it is encouraging a person to discover and expose what he believes that is a falsehood; and then encouraging him to have an encounter with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit in prayer, thus allowing the Lord to reveal His truth to the wounded person’s heart and mind. It is not about the prayer facilitator advice giving, diagnosing problems, or sharing opinions or insight. It is about allowing a person to have a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus in the midst of the person’s emotional pain. It is the Holy Spirit that leads us into all truth and that it is He that intercedes for us in prayer to the Father. The Apostle desired to “know Him” (Phil. 3:10) and experience Him; “Him” being the person of Jesus.
Some might suggest that we can only have a relationship with God by way of the Bible through growing in deeper knowledge. I believe that knowledge is very important and Bible study a necessity, but knowledge alone “puffeth up” (1 Cor. 14:1). How ever a person enters into this relational knowledge of Christ, whether it be through biblical counseling, preaching and teaching, personal prayer time, etc or during a Theophostic Prayer session, encountering Christ in His Word, brings the Word to life in the heart of the believer. Theophostic Prayer seeks to know Christ experientially and relationally.
At the same time it does NOT seek to replace any of the Christian disciplines such as, biblical counseling, teaching, preaching, intercessory prayer, fasting or personal Bible study. It has never been suggested Theophostic Prayer is THE way or only way to know Christ intimately, but only one way that people may experience Him.
Theophostic Prayer Ministry believes a person’s present emotional pain is often rooted in misinterpretations (lies) embraced during life experiences. This is not to say that some emotional pain is due to what is happening in the present, but there are often historical roots as well. Our emotions tend to match what we believe. If I am feeling something then I probably believe something that is the root of the emotion. For example, if I believe that a robber is in my house I will probably feel some measure of fear. If I discover what I thought was a robber was only my cat making a fuss, then my fear changes to relief because my belief changed. If an adult feels shame when he thinks about a sexual abuse memory, the shame is not because he was abused, but because of what he believes about the abuse. For example, he may believe the abuse made him dirty or was his fault (lies).