This chapter addresses God and prayer and is written primarily for Christians. Using RLT in conjunction with prayer adds extra strength for Christians and those willing to use it. RLT does not replace prayer, but is compatible with and can enhance the effectiveness of people’s prayers.
God reveals new knowledge when the time is right. The authors believe that God gave RLT to them as a tool, and that it helps them to survive as effective, helpful people in troubled times. They feel that God provided the great gift of empathy, and through such, called them to this ministry.
RLT can be an evangelistic tool for ministries that provide for spiritual needs, while resolving a subject’s trauma at the same time. WE ARE MORE EFFECTIVELY EVANGELIZEING AND HELP OTHERS IF WE DO NOT CARRY TRAUMA BAGGAGE OF OUR OWN.
St. Ignatius Loyola said, "Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you."
If someone were in an accident and had no heart beat, would you just pray over the person, or pray as you perform CPR? Prayer plus action yields the better results. Likewise, prayer plus RLT will yield the better results. God can heal trauma on his own, but when he gives us a method that works, He expects us to use it. The probability of him helping us greatly increases, when we do everything we can and also pray for his help.
When God works a miracle in a nonbeliever’s life by healing their trauma, it not only shows the compassion of God, but it can also make a believer out of a nonbeliever.
There are four types of prayers commonly used with RLT. You can use them individually, or in any combination.
• Christian Trauma Relief Prayer
• Soul Tie Prayer (Breaking of negative soul ties)
• Healing the Family Tree Prayer (Healing of the family tree)
• Thanks Giving Prayer
Note: All the prayers we use are based on the Word of God (the Bible).
Some religious people do not want to use psychology or psychological terms to help them. They wish to rely upon prayer only. The Christian Trauma Relief Prayer meets this requirement.
The Christian Trauma Relief Prayer is a new way of praying. This prayer is for helping a religious, traumatized person who has not found relief through their or others’ prayers. As they use the Trauma Prayer, their trauma will be healed, and an added benefit is they will also be relaxed. It has the same procedure as listed in Chapter 5, Right Left Technique, but with prayer added.
The following is a joke with a serious message:
There was a very religious man who climbed to the roof of his house during a terrific flood. There, he prayed, “Please God, save me.” Immediately, a helicopter swoops in and offers him a lift. He says, “No, I am afraid of flying, but God is going to save me, so thanks anyway.” Then, beginning to worry, he prays a little more fervently, “Please God, save me.” Soon, along comes a small little rowboat. Panting, the oarsman offers the religious man a lift. As the waters rise higher, the man looking at the boat with concern, says, “No, thank you. That boat is too small for the two of us, but God is going to save me, so it’s okay.” As the rowboat quietly slips away, the man begins praying in earnest, “Please God, save me.” Before long, a mighty powerboat slides to an idle beside the man’s now water covered roof. Racing stripes adorn its sides. The driver offers a lift; no flood could sink his boat! For a third time, the religious man says no. He explains, “I get seasick in a boat like that, but God is going to save me, so all will be well.” The man then falls to his knees and prays with all his might, “Please God, save me”! The waters continued to rise, higher and higher, and soon the man drowned.
Waterlogged, the man meets St. Peter at the Pearly Gate and asks, “What happened? I prayed and prayed for God to save me. Why did God let me drown, there on that rooftop?” St. Peter replies sadly, “You cannot blame God; He sent you a helicopter and two boats.”
And now speaking to you, the reader, here is your “boat”!
2. Christian Trauma Relief Prayer
1. Have the subject relax in a seated position.
2. Tell them to visualize a quiet, safe place where they can sit down.
3. Have them visualize Jesus sitting next to them.
4. Jesus is alternately and repetitively patting his left knee with his left hand, then his right knee with his right hand. He uses a rhythmical motion and says, “Father, Son, Holy, Spirit.” (Holy Spirit is said as two parts.) He asks that you join him, and that you continue the rhythmical movement with him during the prayer.
5. Jesus says “Tell me about your trauma, and especially how it makes you feel when something triggers it. You can describe the trauma in words either out loud or silently, just to me. By the time you’re finished, I will have taken the trauma from you.”
6. When the subject completes their trauma story, tell them that Jesus healed them and the trauma is in the past. They can still remember the previous trauma, but they will not react to it as before.
7. Then end the prayer with praise and giving thanks to God.
Remember: A prayer helper can assist by asking questions, but the subject must create the prayer’s words, on his own. The helper can exaggerate his or her own knee patting, if needed, to remind the subject to continue the action. The helper’s patting of their own knees also prevents him or her from being traumatized by the subject’s trauma.
“Soul ties” is the modern term for the Bible’s concept of 1) souls being united, and 2) two people becoming one flesh. Soul ties are when two souls become tied together in the spiritual realm. Positive soul ties bring the souls together for the good. Negative soul ties are destructive to one’s soul.
When a person has close or otherwise significant relationships with another, they create a soul tie with that other person forever, even when that person is no longer alive. Positive ties are good for us. Negative soul ties have a negative effect on our lives. The negative tie is broken with the conscious, verbalized intent of the Soul Tie Prayer.
Some potential examples of people with whom we can have negative soul ties are: Authority figures – parents, camp leaders, pastors, bosses, police officers, judges, or other trusted people; and sex partners – former or current husbands, wives, lovers, rapists or prostitutes. In order to break a negative soul tie we use the Soul Tie Prayer.
In our relationships, we can have positive and negative soul ties with the same person. This could be someone like a mother or father, son or daughter. Do not be afraid to break negative soul ties, while leaving the positive ties in effect. This will free you, and allow you both to have a better relationship. This is also an important step for couples, useful in times when their sacred union may have become contaminated.
Have the subject sit near the front of a strait chair or upon a stool. During the prayer, move your hands over the subject’s head and back, about one inch from them, and have the subject perform the repetitive motion of RLT. Then, with them, pray the following:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We ask that you send the Holy Sprit to be with (name) today, and to guide us in this prayer. We ask that today you pour the blood of Jesus Christ over (name) , and break all negative soul ties with this person’s past, and specifically with (name the negative person or event) . We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you, Lord, for total healing and deliverance, in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
When a sin has been experienced especially from an authority figure, the results of that sin can be passed on down the family line, up to three or four generations (Exodus 20:5). Words are powerful and can bless or curse (James 3:9-10). The family tree prayer breaks that line of contamination.
In his book, “Healing the Family Tree,” Father Hempsch suggests the following prayer. TraumaZapper.com’s author suggests that the subject also performs the repetitive motion of RLT during the father’s prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We praise and glorify You for Your love and mercy that You bestow upon us, and for the spirit of revelation working within us to reveal all hidden sins — our own and those from former generations. We now take authority in the name of Jesus Christ over all familial spirits, all generational bondage, all hereditary defects, all wrong inclinations that may have been transmitted to us from within our family tree. This includes the defects of those in authority over us within the church families that have had their affects upon us, personally. By the faith You give us, we rebuke all sin and the forces of evil that lead to sin. In the holy name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, we take authority over all familial spirits and bondage, and their manifestations within our lives. By that same power of Jesus, we break the power of what otherwise might be transmitted to our descendants. We implore You to help us accomplish Your perfect will and fill our hearts and minds with praise of You as we acknowledge Your tender mercy. Thank You, Lord, for total healing and deliverance, in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
The authors encourage everyone to be thankful while in prayer. Prayer will not interfere with RLT because the two are infinitely compatible. Prayer makes for an excellent closing to an RLT session, as we should always be thankful when God heals our traumas. Dear Heavenly Father,
Hallowed be Thy name. I praise You and give thanks for all the favors You bestow upon me. Your goodness preserves me. I give thanks for all Your benefits, almighty God, who lives and reigns forever. May Your divine love animate me and may I serve Your greater glory. I thank You through the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. Amen.