The Elijah House Prayer Ministry
A key principle of prayer ministry at Elijah House will always include looking for the root causes that lie beneath the surface of many problems. Bitter roots, as we call them, are root issues that continue to feed our attitudes and mindset that lead to broken relationships, habitual sin, and other kinds of “bad fruits.” Once roots are discovered, the prayer minister leads the seeker in repentance, in forgiving those who wounded him/her, as well as to receive forgiveness for the sinful reactions (judging, condemning, criticizing, etc.)
In prayer, we apply the cross and resurrection life of Jesus to each area of the heart as it becomes ripe. (Ripeness is fully hating our sin and being ready to die to it). Each sinful practice of the old nature is actually an area in which the heart has not fully believed and appropriated the Good News. Through God’s love, we help to establish and restore one’s true identity in Christ, rather than promote a strong self-image. Without this process, we struggle to build our own self-image of the flesh.
There are two sides to the healing process:
- Bring to death (Sanctification)
- Bring to life (Transformation)
The Sandfords explains that “Transformation is that process of death and rebirth whereby what was our weakness becomes our strength. Sanctification overcomes the power of canceled sin, but TRANSFORMATION TURNS THE MESS TO GLORY”.
Elijah House teaches that “the blood of Jesus washes away sins, the cross redeems, justifies, and atones, while His resurrection restores and gives new life. But it is our personal daily taking up of our own cross that continues the necessary dying of our old man.
Thus we need ask ourselves the questions, Am I merely saved, or am I becoming more like Jesus every day? Is transformation happening day by day?
Why do we need to be healed?
Although Christ has fully accomplished our death on the cross, our carnal nature refuses to stay dead-it springs back to life: Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled…” (NAS).
Many Christians have rightly celebrated salvation as a free gift but have not understood that they are to grow up in it. They have celebrated with Paul that by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are [being] sanctified (Hebrews 10:14) without understanding sanctification as a process and without acknowledging with Paul, “Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12).
As Christians, we tend to press on in terms of managing behavior rather than renewing our mind and receiving a new heart, which naturally changes behavior. Many have tried to forget “what lies behind” (Philippians 3:13) by ignoring the past rather than by letting the Holy Spirit search the innermost parts of the heart in order to allow Jesus to deal specifically with deeply ingrained attitudes.
They have attempted to put aside the old self with its practices of anger, wrath, malice and slander, as if these were present, external expressions only, whereas Jesus called the Pharisees (and us) to “clean the INSIDE of the cup” (Matthew 23:36).