Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 13, 2016

A Gift to the Church

Small Groups that Multiply Disciples

There are many excellent resources that can help us to lead small groups that will produce disciple multipliers.1 What they all have in common is they lead to relational communities with transparency, heart transformation, and missional engagement.

Missional “disciple maker culture” does not happen without heart change in a relational context. Three factors are key to leading to the kind of transformation that multiplies disciples:

  1. 1)  Missionally-focused training that is relationally customized for the Holy Spirit to work in individual disciples. Such training includes vision casting, practice of lessons, and prayerful goal setting for accountability
  2. 2)  Inductive teaching, incorporating reflection and peer instruction, that results in discovery learning by the disciple that leads to intrinsic motivation for application
  3. 3)  Interactive prayer that enables a disciple to know on a heart level that he or she is the beloved of Jesus, and to lay aside unclean compulsions or other impediments to righteous thinking and action that results in disciple multiplication.

Relational small groups that incorporate all three transformational factors evidence 4 W’s in their operation: Welcome, Worship, Word, and Work.

Welcome = Small groups have a life cycle. In the early phase, there is a good chance that people do not know one another well. If non-Christians have been invited, this is even more so.

Make sure that everyone is welcomed immediately when they arrive. Put them at ease and be sure to have light refreshments available. Prepare good discussion and conversation topics to get people talking. For example, you can read the daily paper ahead of time for ideas on current topics that are not too threatening. Most folks are honestly interested in the warmth of a genuine community. Newcomers will initially be suspicious of a “hidden agenda.” Do not overtly preach the gospel until deep trust has been established!

1 Steve Smith & Ying Kai. (2011) T4T: A Discipleship ReRevolution. p. 89-283;
Neil Cole. (2010) TruthQuest Facilitator’s Guide http://www.cmaresources.org/truthquest

Jeff Reed (2003) Teaching the First Principleshttp://bild.org/resources/first_principles Michael L. Wilson (2014) Exponential Culture: Believer Transformation, Disciple Multiplication

Worship = Music and singing can certainly be a part of worship. But for people to worship deeply, it is important to have a certain element of spontaneity. This is exactly what happens when

the Holy Spirit is evident. In Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby writes, “Revival is when the Holy Spirit has absolute freedom to do what He wants in the Church.” 2

In our own ministry, we have enjoyed worshipful times going around a circle (or just randomly) alliterating the names or descriptions of God: A = Almighty, Awesome, or Absolute Truth, etc.; B = Beautiful, Blood shed for me, etc.; C = Christ, Compassionate God, etc. The idea is to introduce newcomers to worship in a thoughtful, meaningful way and to usher veterans into worship creatively so their guard is down and God can surprise them with His grace. This can lead to deeply worshipful times without any music!

Newcomers will not know how to worship. When singing, it’s helpful to use a well-known song such as Amazing Grace. When praying, it can be helpful to simply spend a little time giving heartfelt thanks for our many blessings from the Creator of all.

Word = While this is commonly called Bible, it can be very simple. “Jesus seems to tell us to ‘love one another’ more than anything else. Why do you think this is? What are some practical ways we can do this at home? At work? In our neighborhood? While recreating?”

In pantheistic, Hindu, Muslim, animistic, or post-Christian cultures, we want to avoid turning the meeting into a “let’s impress each other with our insights into the scriptures,” especially if there are newcomers who might not yet know Jesus, or the Bible. Nothing else will more quickly make them feel like outsiders–and they will never return.

This is a great time to employ discussion questions that stimulate reflection, with opportunities for anyone who wants to can share what they have discovered–and any answer ventured is acceptable. There is intrinsic motivation to apply what we have discovered for ourselves–we “own it” (cf. Church Based Theological Education (CBTE. BILD.com)).

Another great way to keep on track in Bible study is to use SOS questions:

  1. 1)  S = What does the passage say?
  2. 2)  O = What is this passage calling me to obey?

2 Henry & Richard Blackaby, and Claude King. (2008) Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God.

3) S = Who can I share this with? Lord, show me who you want me to share this truth with.

One real good study is the “one another” passages of scripture. Ask the SOS questions about such passages.

Work = There are two components to this segment of the meeting. First, we equip ourselves to represent Christ effectively in our own individual contexts. Second, we seek ways to serve together.

Equipping: (If your group meets weekly, Equip one another 3 out of 4 weeks)

1. List 2 or 3 of your friends and acquaintances you meet regularly who need Christ in their lives. In listing them, include how you commonly contact them, how often, their interests, and prayer needs you are aware of—then PRAY together for those listed on each other’s lists. Ask God who you should include on your list, and for hints of how to pray for each person specifically. Keep in mind that there are two types of Non-Christians: Those with spiritual ears (Type A) and those without spiritual ears (Type B). Type A will become open to Bible study soon if approached in a friendly, accepting, and PATIENT manner. Type B are not open to Bible study and may even be defensive, but if they are worth investing in they are open to a friendly messenger. If the approach is for friendship and gradual spiritual cultivation, these can eventually develop spiritual ears and become open to Bible study. Answered prayer can accelerate the opening of hearts and the development of spiritual ears.

2. Pray for one another to boldly but gently “gossip” Christ in your homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

3. Pray for one other, bearing one another’s burdens–especially when a member shares a struggle or difficulty. For encouragement directly from the Lord that often results in heart change, look for RPM prayer at the end of this paper.

Serving: (If your group meets weekly serve together in the community Once a month)

Ask God to reveal to you the needs around you that he wants you to address in His name. If we are consecrated to do his will, he will make his will clearly known. Christ is the Builder of his

Church, we are just his workers. He wants us to declare His excellencies through deed as well as word.

In one cell group we were a part of, one member had cerebral palsy and had never been accepted in his life—even by his own family. It was truly transformational for the men in the cell to come alongside Yoshi and make him feel like a valued part of the group. His life became radiant as a result of cell life and he became a vibrant witness for Christ to family and friends.

Choose a ministry service project together once a month or whatever frequency works for your group. There are many, many opportunities to reach out to poor, disabled, and marginalized people in your area. This kind of service transforms you and your group as much—if not more–as those you will serve.

Prayer that Brings Peace and Joy and Makes Us More Like Jesus
Releasing Prayer Ministry (RPM) (at the end there are confidentiality contracts and release of

liability forms for cultures where lawsuits are a common problem)
First is a RPM flowchart for practitioners, and then the full explanation with forms at the very end.

Small groups run this way result in mature believers on at least 3 continents (including restoring them when they fall from grace):

Releasing Prayer Ministry for Lay People and Clergy 2016

Facilitator’s worksheet

STAGE ONE: Preliminary preparations

When the recipient arrives, welcome them. Show the recipient the following materials:

1. Request for Prayer Ministry Confidentiality Form (which the Facilitator and the Intercessor should have already signed)

EXPLAIN that we have recipients sign the Request for Prayer Ministry Confidentiality Form so that they know what is shared will not be shared with others using their name. Explain that what they share might be shared with others, not using their name, in a supervision or training time. The only time their names will be used is if they are a danger to be a harm to themselves or to others.

Have the recipient sign the form. 2. Recipient’s Prayer

EXPLAIN that later on they will read this prayer out loud. Then have the recipient silently read the Recipient’s Prayer. After they have read the Prayer silently, ASK if they are okay about reading this later as their own prayer prior to receiving ministry.

STAGE TWO: RPM4 Explanation and Overview

(Use this shorter explanation if recipient is used to listening to God.)

Abbreviated explanation:

Releasing Prayer Ministry 4 (RPM4) is based upon five Scriptures: Psalm 139:23-24,1 Peter 5:6-7, 1 John 1:9, and Philippians 4:6-7.

Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (NIV)

John 10: 4-5, 16, 27-29 Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. (NLT)

1 John 1:9 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (ESV)

Philippians 4:6-7 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. 7 Then you will experience

God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Releasing Prayer Ministry is about listening to the Lord share with us what He wants us to release to Him. It a time to release and surrender, to give to God whatever He brings to mind. It is also a time to confess anything the Lord leads us to confess. It also includes a time to hear words of affirmation from the Lord. I am the Facilitator and _______________ is the Intercessor. I will be leading the time and at different times having you repeat some prayers. RPM is not counseling or praying over a list of things that we have been thinking about. It is allowing the Lord to lead the time by revealing whatever He desires for this time. An RPM session usually lasts about one hour.

(Use this longer explanation if recipient is not used to listening to God or is uncomfortable with receiving RPM in anyway.)

Longer Explanation:

Releasing Prayer Ministry 3 (RPM4) is based upon four Scriptures: Psalm 139:23-24,1 Peter 5:6-7, 1 John 1:9, and Philippians 4:6-7.

Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (NIV)

1 Peter 5:6-7 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. (NLT)

1 John 1:9 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (ESV)

Philippians 4:6-7 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

EXPLAIN RPM4 to the recipient by saying the following: 1. Listening to the Lord

“Releasing Prayer Ministry 3 (RPM4) is about what it says in Psalm 139:23-24. It is about listening to the Lord as He searches our hearts and shares with you what He wants you to release and surrender to Him. He may guide you to release a memory, a word, a phrase, a false belief, a lie, a feeling, or a picture. In an RPM session, we are choosing to submit to the Lord to reveal whatever He desires to be dealt with for this given time.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

2. Not counseling or a prayer list

“RPM is not counseling or praying over a list of things that we have been thinking about. It is allowing the Lord to lead the time by revealing whatever He desires for you for this time.”

3. Share what comes to mind. Don’t analyze.

“We will begin with prayer. Then I will ask the Lord to share with you whatever He wants you to release and surrender to Him. When something comes to mind, there are two things you can do.

One, as soon as the Lord brings something to mind, just share it out loud. Don’t analyze if it’s important or not. Just trust that the Lord brought it to mind for a reason.

Two, if you do not want to share out loud what the Lord has revealed to you and want to keep it confidential, just let us know that the Lord shared something with you but that you would rather not share it out loud.”

4. Share until nothing else comes to mind.

“As the Lord reveals memories, feelings, pictures, or words with you and you share them, I will write them down as accurately as possible. Then I will basically keep asking the Lord if there is anything more He wants to reveal or share with you.

You can just keep sharing with us whatever comes to mind.

When it seems like the Lord is no longer bringing things to mind, then let me know that nothing else is coming to mind.”

5. Releasing Prayer sheet

“After that, I will ask you to repeat a prayer after me to release and surrender to the Lord whatever He has shared with you.” (Show the Releasing Prayer sheet).

6. Repeat first line

“I will have you repeat the bold print words here in the Prayer.

Heavenly Father, I release and surrender to You _____________.

After you repeat this first line, then I will have you repeat what the Lord shared with you. This will be based on what I wrote down as you shared, so what you release and surrender to the Lord is basically in your own words.”

7. Repeat second line regarding confession and listen

“Then I will have you repeat the next phrase of the Prayer.

Lord, please reveal if there is any sin that You want me to confess.

At this point, you will just listen to see if there is anything that the Lord wants you to confess regarding what you just released and surrendered to Him. If there is something to confess, just say, “Yes.” If not, just say, “No.””

8. Prayer of Confession explanation

“If there is something to confess, I will have you repeat a Prayer of Confession. (Show the Prayer of Confession sheet.) I will have you repeat after me the words in bold print.”

“Heavenly Father,”

“I CONFESS my sin of aloud or silently .” (James 5:16) EXPLAIN about confessing aloud or silently:

“At this point, you can confess aloud or silently. James 5:16 says: “… confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.” Based on that, we encourage you to confess aloud.

However, if you decide to confess silently, just let me know when you are finished confessing so that I will know that you are done. Otherwise I might think it is a long confession and you are still confessing to the Lord.” : )

“Then I will have you repeat after me the rest of the prayer that is printed here in bold print. During the session, you can keep your eyes closed since you will not have to read this prayer. You will just have to repeat after me. So you will repeat after me and pray…”

“Please FORGIVE me.”

“Thank You that You say in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness.”

“I RECEIVE your forgiveness, because of Christ’s Work on the Cross.” (1 John 1:9)

“Thank You for CLEANSING and WASHING me clean.” (Psalm 51:2,7)

“I RECEIVE all that You desire for me.”

(Matthew 6:10)

“In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

9. After Prayer of Confession: Peace

“After the Prayer of Confession, I will go back over the areas that were released and surrendered to the Lord to see if you feel at peace about these areas.
If you feel at peace in each area, then we will go on to the next step.

If there is an area where you don’t feel peaceful about, we will ask the Lord if there anything more He wants to share with you in this area that He wants you to release and surrender to Him.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

10. Words of Affirmation and the Lord’s Truth
“Then we will have a time for you to receive words of affirmation and truth from the Lord.

This will be a time for you to hear from the Lord and share out loud what He shares with you.

As opposed to the time of hearing from the Lord at the beginning where He shared memories, pictures, words, or feelings that He wanted you to release and surrender to Him, this will be a time for you to hear from the Lord whatever is on His heart that He wants to say to you.

This is a time for God to share from His heart to your heart. It is a time for the Lord to speak to you any words of affirmation, love, or His truths regarding the areas you released and surrendered to Him.

For example, He might tell you that He loves you, cares for you, or He might even share a Scripture with you.”

11. You Share Affirmations and Truths. I write.

“During this time, please again share out loud what the Lord shares with you. I will write down what you share on this Blessing Sheet so that later on you will be able to look back at the truths and affirmations that the Lord shared with you.”

12. End in Prayer

“After this, we will then end our time in prayer.”

13. “This is just to give you an idea of what we will be doing. You don’t have to remember all that I’ve said here since I will be leading you through this process.”

14. Questions? “Does this make sense?” “Do you have any questions?”

15. Time frame/limit

After any questions have been answered, say the following regarding time:
“Given our time frame of (the allotted time for an RPM session is usually one

hour), whatever is not finished will be given to the Lord for Him to take care of.”

16. OK?

ASK: “Will this be okay?”
(It is important for the recipient to agree to this ahead of time so that he/she will be okay with the given time frame and possible lack of complete closure.)

17. OK to Receive this Ministry?
ASK: “So are you okay about receiving this ministry?” OR “Do you want

to receive this Releasing Prayer Ministry?”

If the person says, “Yes,” proceed to the Opening Prayer and the rest of If the person says, “No,” then find out if they have more questions that

the Steps.
need to be answered before proceeding.

If they are still not sure or don’t feel comfortable going through RPM, then just say something like:

“You know it’s important for the person receiving this Releasing Prayer Ministry to want to go through it. So maybe, when you feel you want to receive this ministry, you can sign up again for a session. Does this sound okay then?” “Would it be okay if I just pray a prayer of blessing over you now and then we will end?”

Pray a prayer of blessing and then say goodbye.

STAGE THREE: The RPM Session

1. OPENING PRAYER

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this ministry time with Recipient. We welcome You, Lord, and we commit this time to You.

Please place Your hedge of protection around Recipient and his/her family, Intercessor and his/her family, and around me and my family and all You’ve given us.

We ask, Lord, for all that You desire to take place during this time will happen. May Your will and purposes for this time and for Recipient be done.

Father God, we ask that You will guide and bless this time by Your Holy Spirit. Lord, help each of us to hear accurately from Your Holy Spirit.

We ask that You bind any forces of darkness that would try to disrupt this time in Jesus’ name. Thank You, Lord Jesus, that because of Your death and resurrection, because of Your victory of the cross, You defeated and disarmed the principalities and powers that stand against us.

In Jesus’ name, and by the authority we have as His followers, we command all forces of darkness be bound and rendered powerless. Any forces that fail to obey these commands must go immediately to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, please bless and guide this time so that Recipient will receive Your truths and experience more of Your loving presence.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

2. Recipient reads/prays Recipient’s Prayer

Have the recipient read the Recipient’s Prayer as their own prayer.

Heavenly Father,

I thank You ahead of time for Your ministry to me today.

Thank You that I can have a relationship with You because of my confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Father God, please reveal to me the areas that You want me to release and surrender to You. Please show me the areas in my life that You want to cleanse, heal, and restore to me.
Lord, I choose to be open to You leading this time. I choose to receive from You. Holy Spirit, please have Your way during this time. Please lead me in Your truths.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

3. Appreciation Prayer. Connecting to Jesus.

(An aside: You don’t have to share this out loud with the Recipient.
Teaching Component for Appreciation: Brain research confirms that when we appreciate someone out loud, our brain is set to receive from that person.)

In Philippians 4:6 it talks about “…thanking (the Lord) for all He has done.”
So before we go any further, I would like to ask the Lord to share with you a memory… a personal memory of a time when you appreciated the Lord. This is not a generic, “Thank You, Jesus, for dying on the cross for my sins,” type of appreciation, though that is important.

This is more of a personal memory. A time you experienced the Lord’s presence, you remember Him working in your life, doing something in your life… and you appreciated Him for what He did.

When the Lord reveals this memory to you, please share it out loud. You can also share what you appreciate about Him or His character.

Facilitator reads Appreciation prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank You that You say in John 10 that You are the good Shepherd. Thank You, Lord, that it says in Psalm 23 that You are called my Shepherd. And Lord, as Recipient’s Shepherd, thank You that You guide him/her. You provide everything he/she needs.

Would you bring to mind times when Recipient experienced Your presence? Please bring up a memory of a special connection Recipient had with You where Recipient appreciated You.

When the memory comes to mind

Have the Recipient share it out loud with you.

After they share the memory, you can have them repeat:
“Lord, thank You for reminding me of this memory. Based on this memory, Jesus, I appreciate that You are ________________(my provider, my peace, my healer, i.e. qualities of Jesus’ character).”

The facilitator can then give thanks to the Lord for what He revealed and for how the Recipient appreciates the Lord’s character of _______________.

Then go to #4.

If No Appreciative Connection:

Have the Recipient ask Jesus for help.

If still no memory, have the Recipient ask Jesus, “What’s in the way?”

If the person is unable to share an appreciative connection with Jesus, then read Psalm 23 slowly, pausing line to line to see if the recipient can connect with Him. Once recipient can sense an appreciative connection and verbalize it out loud, then the facilitator can stop reading the Psalm.

Psalm 23 (NLT)
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.
4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

4. After the Appreciation Prayer

Say: “Now I will begin asking the Lord to share with you whatever He wants you to release and surrender to Him. Again, He might share with you a memory, a picture, a word or a feeling.

When something comes to mind, please share it right away. Again, you can share it out loud or if you want to keep it confidential, just say that you received something from the Lord. If you feel something physically, like a headache or a pain, let me know that as well.”

Let’s PRAY:
5. Pray the possible following statements:

a. “Lord, we give this time to you. Father God,
You like Recipient to release and surrender to You?”

what would You would

like

or
b. “Lord, please reveal to Recipient whatever

him/her to release and surrender to You.”
or
c. “Lord, please share with Recipient whatever

want him/her to release and

You surrender to You.”

  1. If the recipient is getting nothing, then have the recipient release “Nothing” to the Lord.
  2. As the recipient shares what the Lord is revealing to him/her, write down as accurately as possible what the recipient shares.

8. When the recipient shares something, you can say the following: “Thank You, Lord. Is there anything else You want to share with

Recipient for him/her to release and surrender to You?” OR
“Is there anything more You want to share with Recipient so he/she can

release and surrender it to You?” OR
“Lord, is there anything more about this or anything else that You want

to share with Recipient so he/she can release and surrender it to You?” OR “Lord, is there anything more You want to share with Recipient?”

9. Keep asking the Qs in #8 until the recipient no longer shares anything. If there is a time of silence and the recipient isn’t sharing anything else, ASK, “Is there anything else that the Lord is sharing with you?”

10. If there is nothing more the Lord is bringing up OR even before then, if there is a group of things that is brought up that have the same theme… SAY: “Let’s have you release to the Lord the things He shared with you. Just repeat after me as I say this releasing prayer.

11. Go through the Releasing/Surrendering Prayer:

“Heavenly Father, I release and surrender to You _______________.”

Then have the recipient repeat after you the things you wrote down that he/she received from the Lord. If what was shared seems to be distinct categories, then have them release those items, followed by the second line of the prayer, “Please reveal if there is any sin that You want me to confess.”

If what the recipient received seems sort of random and not connected to each other, you might just have them release and surrender all of them, one by one, before going to the second line of the Releasing Prayer, “Please reveal if there is any sin that You want me to confess.”

12. Have the recipient repeat the next phrase of the Prayer after you. “Please reveal if there is any sin that You want me to confess.”

After the recipient repeats this line, SAY: “Just listen to the Lord to see if there is anything that He wants you to confess regarding what you just released and surrendered to Him. If you feel there is something the Lord wants you to confess, just say, “Yes.” If not, just say, “No.”

Wait to hear what the person says.

13. Prayer of Confession
If the person says, “No,” then go to number 14.

If the person says, “Yes,” have the person repeat the Prayer of Confession after you. After the person says, “Yes,” you might say, “Okay, repeat after me.”

“Heavenly Father,” (Repeat)

“I CONFESS my sin of …,” (Repeat)
After the recipient says this line, SAY: “You can confess aloud or silently.
If aloud, just say to the Lord whatever you want to confess.
If you confess silently, just let me know when you are finished confessing so that

I will know that you are done.”
You might have to have them repeat, “I confess my sin of…” then confess in

their own words.

“Please FORGIVE me.” (Repeat)

“Thank You that You say in 1 John 1:9……… that if we confess our sins, ………..You are faithful and just…………. to forgive us of our sins……… and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (Repeat)

“I RECEIVE your forgiveness, ……… because of Christ’s Work on the Cross.” (Repeat)

“Thank You for CLEANSING and WASHING me clean.” (Repeat) “I RECEIVE all that You desire for me.” (Repeat)
“In Jesus’ name, Amen.” (Repeat)

14. After the Prayer of Confession, Checking for Peace
SAY: “I will go back over the areas that were released and surrendered to

the Lord to see if you feel at peace about these areas. If you feel at peace regarding the area I mention, just say, “Yes.” If you don’t feel peaceful about it, then say, “No.” (Take note of which areas have peace or not.)

15. Peace or Not
If the person says, “Yes,” to all the areas, then go to the next step

(number 16). If the person says, “No,” to any area, then if there is enough time, ask the Lord if there is anything else regarding that area that He wants to share with the recipient for him/her to release and surrender to the Lord.

The person listens to the Lord and goes through the Releasing prayers again. Then check again for peace in that area.

16. Words of Affirmation and the Lord’s Truth

SAY, “We will now have a time for you to receive words of affirmation and truth from the Lord. This will be a time for you to hear from the Lord and share out loud what He shares with you. As opposed to the time of hearing from the Lord at the beginning where He shared memories, pictures, words, or feelings that He wanted you to release and surrender to Him, this time is a time to hear from the Lord whatever is on His heart that He wants to say to you.”

“It is God sharing from His heart to your heart. It is a time for the Lord to speak to you any words of affirmation, love or His truths regarding the areas you released and surrendered to Him.”

“As I explained earlier, He might tell you that He loves you, cares for you or He might even share a Scripture with you.”

“So just close your eyes and listen to what the Lord shares with you. When He shares something with you, share it out loud and I will write it down on this Blessing Sheet so that later on, you can look back at the affirmations and truths the Lord has shared with you.”

17. Asking the Lord to share from His heart Share one of the following:

“So, Heavenly Father, will You share with Recipient Your words of affirmation, love, and Your truths.” OR

“Heavenly Father, what would You like to share with Recipient that is from Your heart to his/her heart?” OR

“Lord, is there anything from Your heart to Recipient’s heart that You want to share with him/her?”

18. Write on Blessing Sheet
As the recipient receives and shares, write it down on the Blessing Sheet.

There are times when a Recipient might share a Blessing at the beginning or another time of the RPM session. Be aware of this and write it down at that time.

19. As the Recipient receives
As the recipient receives, you might want to say to the Lord the following:

“Thank You, Lord. Is there anything more You would like to share with Recipient?” You can keep asking something like this until the recipient is not sharing anything else.

When there is a time of silence, you can ask the recipient, “Is the Lord sharing anything more with you?”

20. The Lord’s presence. Sometimes, the recipient will not hear any words of affirmation. When you ask if the Lord is sharing anything with them and they say, “No,” you can ASK, “Do you feel or sense the Lord’s presence?” If the recipient says, “Yes,” you can ASK, “What does the Lord’s presence feel like?” Write down what is shared.

21. More, Lord
If it seems like the Lord is still touching the recipient OR the recipient

is taking in what the Lord has shared, if there is still time, you can just wait until it seems like the Lord is done.

You might say, “More, Lord.” OR “Thank You, Lord. Lord would You continue to touch recipient with Your (love, truth, presence, etc.).

22. Closing Prayer
When the recipient is finished sharing, end with prayer. You can say,

“I’m going to close our time in prayer now.”

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this time. Lord, for those areas that have not yet received Your full healing touch, we give them to You. We trust You, Father God, to take care of them for Recipient.

Thank You for sharing with Recipient during this time and for the things that You revealed to him/her.

Thank You for what you shared with Recipient… as I read the Blessings the Lord shared with you, please repeat them after me.
(Then… the Facilitator will read aloud what the Recipient shared on Blessings Sheet and have the Recipient repeat it out loud.)

Then have the Recipient repeat:
I receive these truths from You, Lord, in my spirit, soul, and body in Jesus’ Name.

Ask the Recipient: Would like to say a prayer of thanks to the Lord as well? Then Facilitator finishes praying:

Lord, again, we thank You for this time and for Your presence here with us.

Lord God, we ask that You cleanse each of us and this place of anything that is not of You. Please fill us and refresh us by Your Holy Spirit.

Please seal the work of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

23. Give the Blessing Sheet and Prayer Sheet to the Recipient.

Tell the Recipient to read the Blessings out loud every day for 30 days or more. Tell them to also find a verse or ask the Lord for a verse that supports what the Blessing says.

24. If there is time and you (Facilitator) sense the Lord’s leading, ask the Intercessor if they have anything to share.

25. Turn in the Confidentiality form to Pastor. Additional thoughts:

  • The person receiving RPM has to make the appointment. If someone says something like, “I’d like my spouse to get an RPM.” Tell them to have their spouse fill out an RPM form or contact Pastor for an appointment.
  • If during an RPM session the Recipient shares something regarding age or mentions a certain stage in their life, you might ask the Lord to share if there was something that happened during that time that the Lord wants to share with the person.

    * For example: If the person says something like: “When my spouse criticizes me, it make me feel like I’m 5 years old/like I’m a child.”
    You might want to ask the Lord, “Lord, is there anything that happened to the Recipient when he/she was ____________ that You want him/her to release to You or if he/she took on a ungodly belief about himself/herself?” OR “Lord, where did this feeling of being like a 5 year old come from?”

    Then go through the steps of releasing the words, the memory, or the ungodly belief.
    Then ask the Lord to speak His truths.

    INTERCESSOR GUIDELINES For RPM

    Here are some areas to pray for during your intercessory time. Praying for the person receiving prayer:

    Pray for the Lord’s will and purposes to be done during this time.

    Pray for the person to hear clearly from the Lord.

    Pray against any distractions.

    Pray that the person will sense what the Lord wants him/her to release to the Lord.

    Pray that the person will not have difficulty hearing from the Lord. For no barriers that would get in the way of this ministry time.

Ask the Lord to show you how to pray and what to pray for the person.

Spend time thanking the Lord and worshipping Him for His love, care, and goodness.

Write down any verses the Lord may give you for the person. You can give these to the person at the end of the time.

Praying for the facilitator:

Pray that the facilitator will be sensitive to the Lord’s leading.
Pray for a sharp, alert, and clear mind.
Pray that the facilitator will be able to accurately comprehend what is said. Pray for the ability to write clear, accurate notes.
Pray for the ability to communicate clearly and appropriately.
Pray for clear discernment from the Lord.

ADDENDUM

Doing the following takes discernment and time (Be sure to have a signed release and confidentiality promise in hand).

Regarding discernment: If you need more discernment, stop and ask the Lord. You might also write a note to the intercessor to see what they discern. If you are not sure, don’t do these.

Regarding time: If there isn’t enough time, don’t do these for that session.

ROOT CAUSES:
Question regarding the root cause(s).

If you feel the Lord’s leading to explore the root cause of an issue, ask the recipient, “If it’s okay with you, I’d like to ask the Lord to reveal to you, where this issue/feeling began.

Is that okay with you to ask the Lord this?” See if the recipient is open to this or not.

If no, then continue from where you left off.

If yes, ask, “Lord, will you show recipient where this issue/feeling began.

“Lord, what is the root cause of this?”
Allow time for the Lord to speak to the recipient. When the recipient shares,

write a memo down.
Ask the Lord, “Is there anything more You want to share with recipient about this?”

When the recipient isn’t getting anything else from the Lord, lead them through the Releasing Prayer.

SOUL TIES

Soul Tie prayer:

(Based on and modified from the Restoring the Foundations Issue Focused Ministry (MG p. 19) and from the RTF notebook p. 326.)

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I submit myself completely to You. I confess all of my emotional and sexual sins, as well as my ungodly Soul Ties. (If applicable, also say: I confess my ancestor’s sin of maintaining ungodly Soul Ties.)

I choose to forgive (my ancestors and) each person with whom I have an ungodly Soul Tie. I forgive _______ for their part in my ungodly Soul Ties.

I ask You, Lord, to forgive me for my sins that resulted in ungodly Soul Ties. Lord, I receive Your forgiveness. Thank You for forgiving me and for cleansing me.

I choose to forgive myself for this involvement. I will no longer be angry at myself, hate myself, or punish myself.

Lord, I renounce and break my ungodly Soul Ties with ________.
I release myself from him/her/it and I release him/her from me. As I do this Lord, I pray that You would cause him/her to be all that You want him/her to be and that You would cause me to be all that You want me to be.

Lord, please cleanse my mind from all memories of ungodly unions so I am totally free to give myself to You and to my (future) spouse.

I renounce and cancel the assignments of all evil spirits attempting to maintain these ungodly Soul Ties.

Thank You for restoring me. Thank You for the help and power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen.

FALSE BELIEFS and GOD’S TRUTHS

If a false belief was mentioned…

Be aware of any false beliefs (ungodly beliefs) that the Recipient shares during the session. If the recipient hasn’t heard the Godly Belief from the Lord regarding the false/ungodly beliefs he/she shared earlier… have the person release the false belief, then ask the Lord to share His truths regarding the false beliefs. Follow the steps below.

Steps:

If the Recipient hasn’t done so already, have him/her release the false belief to the Lord.

You might say something like, “Lord, earlier, Recipient________ shared the false belief that (read false belief______). Lord, what do You have to say about this? Lord, please share Your truths to Recipient.”
Allow time for the recipient to hear from the Lord.

Write down God’s truths on the Blessing Sheet.

If a false belief was not mentioned…
If you feel the Lord’s leading, ask the recipient: “Is it okay with you if I ask the Lord to show you if there are any false beliefs or ungodly beliefs, which are beliefs contrary to God’s truths, that you might have taken on regarding the things that the Lord revealed to you.”

If the recipient says, “No,” then go to where you left off in the RPM session. If the recipient says, “Yes,” …..

SAY to the recipient, “Listen to the Lord and then share what He
shares with you or what you sense.
He might share with you false beliefs regarding yourself, someone else or even

false beliefs about God Himself.”
Then ask God: “Lord, will You show Recipient any false beliefs

he/she might have taken on regarding himself/herself, others or even You?”

Record the false/ungodly beliefs.
As the recipient shares, keep asking the Lord, “Lord, are there any more false beliefs that You want to reveal to Recipient?”

As before, follow the Steps:
If the Recipient hasn’t done so already, have him/her release the false belief to the Lord.
You might say something like, “Lord, earlier, Recipient shared the false belief that read false belief______. Lord, what do You have to say about this? Lord, please share Your truths to Recipient.”

Allow time for the recipient to hear from the Lord. Write down God’s truths on the Blessing Sheet.

After the Recipient gets their Truth from God, their Godly Belief, you can lead them through the following prayer:

Ungodly Belief (UGB)/Godly Belief (GB) prayer:

(Based on and modified from the Restoring The Foundation Ministry card)

  • I confess my sin (if appropriate, and my ancestor’s sin) of believing the lie that

    ________________________________________.

  • I forgive those who have contributed to my forming this Ungodly Belief. (Say

    specifically what this is.)

  • I ask, You, Lord, to forgive me for receiving this UGB, for living my life based on

    it, and for any way I have judged others because of it. I receive Your forgiveness.

  • On the basis of Your forgiveness, Lord, I choose to forgive myself for believing this lie.
  • I renounce and break my agreement with this UGB. I cancel my agreement with the kingdom of darkness, in Jesus’ name.
  • Remove this UGB off of my spirit, soul, and body.
  • I choose to accept, believe, and receive Your truth, …the Godly Belief that

    ________________________________________________.

“Heavenly Father,

RELEASING PRAYER MINISTRY RELEASING PRAYER

I RELEASE and surrender to you

__________________________.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Please REVEAL if there is any sin that You want me to confess.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm139: 23-24)

I RECEIVE all that You desire for me.

“…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

“Heavenly Father,

I CONFESS my sin of ( ______aloud or silently____________).

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed …” (James 5:16a)

Please FORGIVE ME.

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12)

Thank you that you say in 1 John 1:9 that “if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I RECEIVE your forgiveness, because of Christ’s Work on the Cross. (1 John 1:9)

Thank You for CLEANSING and WASHING me clean.
“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51:2)
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7)

I RECEIVE all that You desire for me.

“…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

CONFIDENTIALITY SHEET

REQUEST FOR PRAYER MINISTRY (SPECIFIC)

I understand that ___________________ and _____________________
(who are identified as Facilitator and Intercessor) are part of church name: ___________________________’s Prayer Ministry. I fully understand that the ministry I receive today is NOT counseling in any form, but prayer ministry.

It is my desire and by my full consent, I request that the aforementioned Facilitator and Intercessor pray for me. I fully understand that they are not utilizing their professional licenses or credentials of _________________________________ and _________________________ respectively during this prayer session, but are solely volunteers serving in this prayer ministry.

A. I accept this ministry completely and do not hold anyone responsible for ANY outcome that may arise as a result of this ministry. I also do not hold any one responsible for any further or additional care that I may need in the future.

B. Prayer ministry members reserve the right to discuss matters disclosed by me, the recipient of this prayer ministry, for the purpose of receiving supervision and oversight. I understand that my name or anything that would identify me specifically will not be disclosed to others. The only exception would be in the case where I report something where I am a danger to be a harm to myself or others. If so, then I understand that the prayer ministry team may share my name and information with one of the pastors.

I deem the persons leading this to be “encouragers” in the Christian faith. They are praying for me by my own request.

I hereby release ___________________________ (the Facilitator) and

_____________________________ (the Intercessor) and church name:

___________________________, as well as Evergreen Baptist Church San Gabriel Valley from liability for all acts performed in good faith and without malice in connection with this ministry learning experience.

Signed ___________________________ Date __________________

Print Name ___________________________________

Witnessed by __________________ Date ___________________

Print Name ________________________________

RELEASING PRAYER MINISTRY
FACILITATOR AND INTERCESSOR CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

I, ___________________ (facilitator), and I,

__________________________ (intercessor), are learning about ministering the love of Jesus Christ to others
through prayer at church name: ____________________________________.

We understand that in our role as part of this Prayer Ministry Team that we will become aware of information which is personal and confidential.

We will not under any circumstances divulge or share with anyone what has been shared except in the above mentioned Part B Section of this Request for Ministry Form.

I/We understand that this agreement of confidentiality will not expire at any point in time.

______________________________
Signature Date

______________________________
Signature Date

________________
________________

CONFIDENTIALITY FORM

REQUEST FOR PRAYER MINISTRY (General)

A. I understand that _________________________________ and

_____________________________________
(who are the Facilitator and the Intercessor of this Prayer Ministry time) are

part of Church name: ______________________________’s Prayer Ministry. I fully understand that the ministry I receive today is NOT counseling in any form, but prayer ministry .

B. Prayer ministry members reserve the right to discuss matters disclosed by me, the recipient of this prayer ministry, for the purpose of receiving supervision and oversight. I understand that my name or anything that would identify me specifically will not be disclosed to others. The only exception would be in the case where I report something where I am danger to be a harm to myself or others. If so, then I understand that the prayer ministry team may share my name and information with one of our pastors.

C. I deem the persons leading this to be “encouragers” in the Christian faith. They are praying for me by my own request.

Signed _________________________________ Date _________________

Print Name ____________________________________

Witnessed by _________________________ Date _________________

FACILITATOR AND INTERCESSOR CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

I, _________________ (facilitator), and I,______________________ (intercessor), are learning about ministering the love of Jesus Christ to others

through prayer at church name: ___________________________________.

We understand that in our role as part of this Prayer Ministry Team that we will become aware of information which is personal and confidential.

We will not under any circumstances divulge or share with anyone what has been shared except in the above mentioned Part B Section of this Request for Ministry Form.

I/We understand that this agreement of confidentiality will not expire at any point in time.

____________________________
Signature Date

____________________________
Signature Date

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________________

BLESSINGS SHEET What God Shared

________________ _____/_____/_____

Releasing Prayer Ministry – Recipient’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I thank You ahead of time for Your ministry to me

today .

Thank You that I can have a relationship with You because of my confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Father God, please reveal to me the areas that You want me to release and surrender to You. Please show me the areas in my life that You want to cleanse, heal, and restore to me.

Lord, I choose to be open to You leading this time. I choose to receive from You. Holy Spirit, please have Your way during this time. Please lead me in Your truths.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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