Paulette and I were privileged to train as interns on May 8th through the 12th at the MacNutt’s School of Healing Prayer in Jacksonville Fla. We attended two days of training at the Christian Healing Ministries campus followed by two and a half days praying with participants at the “Journey to Healing” retreat held at the Crown Plaza Hotel. As participants came from as far away as the Philippians and Alaska, you can envision that there would be some very heavy and diverse prayer needs.
The individual prayer appointments were for a 60 minutes duration followed by a 10 minute de-briefing of the intern by two CHM volunteers or staff. There were generally two scheduled sessions in the morning followed by a speaker and two afternoon sessions. The evenings were devoted to topics such as generational healing and father/daughter or father/son healing. The adjoining room was reserved for continuous soaking prayer.
In a prayer session of this duration, the role of the Holy Spirit working within the participant is paramount to the role of the prayer ministers. The prayer ministers, however, gently prompt the participant to reveal such areas as unforgiveness, soul ties, inner vows, judgments and generational issues.
We can both envision this as a model for expansion for the prayer mission of St Michaels, in training and in practice.
~ Randy Gobel
The first two days that I thought would be training were actually time spent in small group prayer with other interns and CHM volunteer prayer ministers and then discussion about how well it went and if we should have done anything differently. My group had four people and we all had an hour of receiving prayer for our own needs. I received so much during this week and it started with my prayer time here.
I also learned a lot about praying with people when we have time to pray more fully and get feedback. It was wonderful to see God work and get to see more results than we are able to even during a day of Healing Prayer. I absolutely recommend prayer appointments for those who would like to spend an hour or two in the presence of the Holy Spirit and a few people who will love you with Jesus’ love during that time.
It was also an honor to serve with the CHM staff and volunteers at the Journey to Healing Retreat. The teaching was so good and the prayer time beyond description.
When someone asked me, “How was it” I wanted to bubble over with just how wonderful it was.
If you have an opportunity to attend the Journey to Healing Retreat I also would say: yes, do. You will be so blessed to steep in God’s presence as well as the presence of some of His most beautiful people-the staff and volunteers at CHM.
~ Paulette Gobel