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Did You Receive Authentic TPM


Is what you received in your ministry session "authentic" Theophostic Prayer Ministry? It is not that difficult to find out. Theophostic Prayer Ministry is unique in that it has a specific set of guidelines and principles that define what it is. If a person does not follow the specific protocol as described in the Basic Training then Theophostic Prayer is not being used.


Below is a summary of some of the basic guidelines that a person should follow if he or she is calling what they do Theophostic Prayer. If the person from whom you received ministry did not follow these guidelines then you DID NOT receive Theophostic Prayer. This is not to say that what you received was not beneficial or helpful, but only that it wasjust not Theophostic Prayer.

Read the
Ministry Session Guidelines for more understanding of what a true TPM session should look like. Also read the book Healing Life's Hurts to educate yourself so that you can better discern what is happening in your session.



1.Did your ministry facilitator try to counsel you? Did he offer you advice, diagnose your issue, seek to provide personal  insight, give direction in the session, provide steps of action for you to take,try tosolve your problems, etc. If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should not take on the responsibility at any level to resolve your problems, issues or pain in your life, but should encourage you to own your emotional pain, take responsibility for your own thinking, not blame other people or circumstances for your emotional reactions and move forward toward God's resolution, which is found in truth.]

2.Did the facilitator ever suggest you to go to any particular memory or do anything that moved you in any direction that was not surfaced and initiated by you alone? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[It must be left up to you to make all the decisions about how far you will move toward your pain, whether you will embrace the pain, identify the lies you believe and whether you will offer up the lie-based thinking you discover to the Lord for His truth. You should be given complete freedom to stop the process anytime you choose to do so. Everything in the session should be determined by your own belief and free choice.]


3. Did the facilitator ever make any suggestions as to what you should see or not see, hear or not hear or guide you in any way during the ministry session?  If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should avoid all forms of guided imagery and/or directed visualization and seek to allow you to have a genuine mind renewal experience, prayerfully directed by the Holy Spirit, while avoiding making any additional input.]

4. Did the facilitator ever make any suggestions as to what your memory content might be? Did he ever attempt to "fill in the blanks", try to convince you of the validity of the memory content, or insinuate anything that you did not personally surface? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should not make ANY suggestions as to what he or she thinks your memory content may contain. The facilitator should avoid making suggestions as to what he or she assumes your lie-based thinking may be and thus allow you to make this discovery yourself.]

5. Did the facilitator ever ask questions that were leading, that provided suggestive information, led or guided, caused you to question or surmise anything about what might have happened to you in a memory event? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should only ask questions that are reflective of the actual memory content or other pertinent information that you alone have surfaced and avoid all questions or comments that are leading or reflect his or her opinions or assumptions.]

6. Did the facilitator ever make any attempt to interpret anything that happened in your session? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should not attempt to interpret or give explanation to ANY information, visual or other inner mind reality that you report. Rather, he or she should encourage you to listen and receive understanding from the Holy Spirit and come to your own understanding.]

7. Did the facilitator try to interpret any dreams or visions you may have had? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should not interpret your dreams or visions you may experience outside the ministry session, but rather will only encourage you to identify and embrace any negative emotion that may surface as a result of having these experiences and seek to identify any lie-based thinking that may be related to such emotion.]

8. Did your facilitator seek to validate or invalidate any part of the memory that you surfaced? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should withhold judgment as to whether the content of your memory is true or false since he or she has no way of knowing what is true or not in the context of a ministry session. The facilitator should allow you to come to your own conclusions in your own time concerning the validity of the content of your memories. He or she may help you in validating your memory information to the degree that he or she is able but only if this is what you desire.]

9.Did the facilitator ever share any information with you about any visual he may seen in his own mind and make any suggestion as to how it might apply to you or your session? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[Should the TPM facilitator personally have some visual picture appear in his mind that he believes is related to your memory, he will not report this to you lest ideas not your own be implanted into your thinking. Should your experience cause the TPM facilitator to see images or pictures, he will not share these with you at any time.]

10. Did the facilitator ever speak a "word" into your session? Did he attempt to provide you with what he believed God wanted you to know in any form or fashion? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should not supply you with what he or she may think God wants you to know during the ministry session, and should not hinder the ministry process by inputting his or her own personal assumptions, insight, thinking or that, which provides you with knowledge you did not surface on your own. The goal of the ministry is that you have a genuine encounter with the Spirit of Christ. The facilitator should reserve his or her sharing knowledge, teaching, giving insight, etc. for the time following the prayer ministry session. The facilitator should never at any time give his or her opinion or thinking about any aspect of the content or assumed content of your memory.]

11. Did the facilitator ask Jesus to do things for you during the session such as to move you forward, remove walls and barriers, deal with demons, or take you to memories, etc? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator can ask the Holy Spirit to give you the courage and the grace to let go of your mental defenses, go where you need to go in a memory, and thus remember what you are willing to remember and have the capacity to embrace. The facilitator can ask the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom to identify the lies you believe that are contained in these memories. However, he or she should not ask Jesus to take you anywhere in your memories or ask Him to tell you the lies you are believing since your moving forward is an act of your free will which the Lord chooses not to violate. All of this will become known to you when you make the decision to identify what you feel and believe. The Lord will not violate your will in this manner.]


12. Did the facilitator offer any psychological diagnosis of your problem in any form or fashion? Such as saying something like, "I think that the reason you are stuck is because you may be dissociated." If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should not make any diagnosis or suggestive opinion of what he or she may think your problem or emotional mental condition may be unless he or she is a trained and qualified professional, skilled in making such diagnosis. Even if a facilitator is a qualified mental health professional, making a medical or mental diagnosis is still not a part of what is understood to be TPM.]

13. Did the facilitator attempt to do more than offer prayer ministry with you as defined in Healing Life's Hurts orthe Ministry Session Guidelines? If so then this was NOT Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

[A TPM facilitator should be careful not to go beyond his training, expertise or abilities in ministry. The facilitator should seek to network with others who are more equipped and work under their supervision, if possible. Should he enter a place that is beyond his knowledge and understanding, he should seek to defer to others more equipped. At the same time, it is acknowledged that as a member of the Body of Christ every Christian is called to minister, pray and encourage any person who is downtrodden, emotionally wounded or in need of an encounter with the Lord. Therefore, every Christian should be willing to pray with any person and encourage anyone no matter the complexity of the situation, but at the same time stay within the limits of his understanding and expertise.]

Final thoughts: A TPM facilitator should seek to minister under spiritual authority and in a community of like-minded ministers who use these principles, and be accountable to them and them to him or her. Every true believer in Christ is a member of Christ's Body working in concert with others through Christ who is the central focus of this ministry. A TPM facilitator should not be acting as a "lone wolf" doing ministry.

A TPM facilitator should avoid changing, augmenting or repackaging the Theophostic Principles and seek to apply the principles as they have been taught in as pure a form as possible to avoid misrepresenting this ministry and confusing the Body of Christ. Should he or she choose to do otherwise, such facilitator should clearly state to those with whom he or she offers ministry that he or she is NOT doing Theophostic Prayer Ministry. This will better assure that will not be misled as to what is genuine Theophostic Prayer Ministry and what is not.
 
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