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George's mentors in Christian Counselling
To learn more about my counselling theory and approach let me introduce those who have had a significant impact on some aspect of my professional practice:
Leanne Payne encouraged my use of listening prayer when I attended her Pastoral Ministry School near Detroit, Michigan, USA. Leanne Payne is a C.S. Lewis scholar, author, founder of the Pastoral Care Ministry School - where her team teaches listening prayer therapy. At this conference she testified that emotional difficulties cleared up in two or three sessions.
Leanne Payne - Listening Prayer
Leanne Payne's writings provide a healthy foundation to Inner Healing and Listening Prayer. She has a strong emphasis on practicing the Presence of Christ. She helps discern distortions in church theology and was the first one to warn me against the so-called 'spiritual warfare' that involves 'binding' principalities and powers.
Her book "Listening Prayer" is about learning to hear God's voice and how to keep a prayer journal. In her teaching she points to the amazing power of God's truth to bring healing. God's truth may be experienced in a personal way through listening prayer and inner healing is an outcome.
Leanne Payne, of Pastoral Care Ministries, learned to practice the presence of God as the way toward healing. She says: "I was learning to see the invisible with the eyes of my heart, to hear the inaudible with the ears of my hears. In other words, I had come to rely on God's Healing Presence with His people." (The Healing Presence, page xv)
Those who follow Leanne Payne develop deep confidence in God's faithfulness to speak to us when we ask Him to and we listen. God will speak in story and image when that is how we need to receive. God is faithful to heal and set us free when that is what we want and what we ask. Therapists who practice the listening process become skilled in finding ways to encounter the 'God Who Heals' in the way that is appropriate for each one.
Practicing the Presence of Christ (not the demonic)
In Leane's conferences and books the focus of prayer is Christ not demons, or evil. Many times the lesson is repeated: "Practice the Prescence of God."
ON the other hand, Leanne Payne warned against unwise prayer practices that focus on and end up attracting demonic presence. For example, prayers of "spirituaol warfare, so called, that pretends to "bind" high level spiritual authorities, principalities, territorial spirits. Her advise is to avoid such inviting and practicing the presence of evil like the plague. See the book review in her latest newsletter re a misguided focus on the demonic.
Her important warning finds support in John Paul Jackson's book: "Needless Casualties of War."
She says: "For the last three decades we in PCM have had to deal with the extraordinarily grievous effects that misguided practices of spiritual warfare have had upon Christian leaders, communities, and families, and most particularly upon children growing up in homes where an all-consuming focus on the demonic has crippled the formation of their minds and imaginations."
"To see evangelical leaders such as C. Peter Wagner and others dress up these unscriptural ideas and methods in pseudo-technical language and then give to them a universal platform has been and continues to be for us among the gravest of concerns. (We need to) call for nothing less than a return to a Christian worldview, and to the wisdom and knowledge that come with the empowering of the Holy Spirit."
In a small town near where I life, Orangeville, Ontario, the Christian book store does not carry Peter Wagner. The churches in town found disunity between them and in their churches when they used Peter's "spiritual warfare" models of prayer. Having backed off such practices they find things are better. If you believe in unity in the body of Christ in order to fulfill Christ's call on the church then do not employ "spiritual warfare" of the Peter wagner type.
I have also found that intercessors that may a practice of "binding" territorial spirits will find failing business ventures, lost jobs and financial ruin. God's supply lines have become exposed and the supplies do not get through.
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Agnes Sanford was my first mentor. Just after the birth of my son, David, and just after I gave my life to God, I attended a prayer meeting in Red Deer, Alberta and sought prayer for David. A lady prayer; assured me that he would be alright (he was) and directed my to by a book by Agnes Sanford so I, too, could learn to pray. This book was one of the Agnes Sanford's best known books - The Healing Light.
I also had the privilege of attending a mission of Agnes Sanford in Calgary (1975) - one of her final public appearances. I purchased the audio tapes and was able to listen to these over the years.
Agnes Sanford was born in 1897, and is one of the Christians involved in the redicovery of healing in the twentieth century. Her first book, The Healing Light, established her as a leading lay healer and minister within the Christian church. Since its original 1947 publication, The Healing Light has sold over half a million copies.
Agnes Sanford has inspired many healing ministries including those of Francis MacNutt, Ruth Carter Stapleton and Jim Glennon. She initiated Schools of Pastoral Care. that taught prayer to Christian ministers.
In her instructions as to how to pray Agnes
Sanford taught the positive use of the imagination to focus
faith and gives examples of how that works. Ms. Sanford is also
a pioneer voice in Christian prayer for inner healing and her
discovery of this is outlined in The
Healing Light. I credit Agnes Sanford with being the grandmother
of the inner healing movement.
In The Healing Light, Ms. Agnes Sanford outlines her experiences with the healing power of God. Ms. Sanford compares the power of God to the power of electricity -- "the whole universe is full of it, but only the amount of it that flows through...will work." In her down-to-earth, gentle style, Ms. Agnes Sanford explains how the love of God can become manifest in the most diverse manner. Her message is clear and scriptually sound. God can work through us if we only let Him.
Later, I began to study the works of John and Paula Sandford of Elijah House: Restoring the Christian Family, Transformation of the Inner Man and Healing the Wounded Spirit. I attended an early training course of theirs in Alberta (1980), courses they taught in Ontario and collaborated with them in arranging teaching tours in Ontario.
I am deeply immersed and well versed in the material of John and Paula Sandford, not only did I use their material in my professional practice but I also taught courses and, then, trained lay ministry teams at St. George the Martyr Anglican Church with Rev. Bill and Lynda Riesberry based on the above books. Along with Don Blair I produced study materials on each book on a chapter by chapter basis.
At this point I also have been influenced by training and perpectives from:
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My web site on Listening prayer is under construction. At the moment there are articles on: Faith of the heart prayers, Head vs Heart Faith in faith of the heart prayer, How to do Healing Prayer, How to break a curse, What is listening prayer?, how to do listening prayer, How to pray for protection, prayer with the human spirit, types of prayer - intercessory prayer, What is prayer?, What is the power of prayer? How to do healing Prayer, Healing prayer for cancer.