Freedom Prayer is a lay-based approach to prayer ministry designed to help others in simple, informal, daily and church-based settings be more free from sin, pain, strongholds, and limiting beliefs. It is trans-denominational and has been found useful in thousands of church, daily-life, and therapeutic settings.
The Freedom Resource
The Freedom Resource works to support and facilitate a biblically based approach to freedom we call Freedom Prayer. Freedom Prayer is a biblically-based approach to prayer ministry that grew out of an approach called "Sozo" first coined by staff at Bethel church in Redding, CA. Sozo in turn was based on a number of different inner healing approaches.
We recently felt a need to call this ministry Freedom Prayer to provide a way to differentiate this form of inner healing from its roots (Sozo); to avoid confusion with the Bethel Sozo network; and to better provide for the free local church adoption of biblically-based freedom truths found in scripture and applied through the Freedom Prayer framework and our culture of mutually supportive friends in ministry.
Freedom Prayer is a biblically-based flexible approach that is spreading among hundreds of churches and individuals. It borrows the best from many sources, adds new understandings, and fits them into a framework that is balanced and effective. We offer downloadable materials, links, training, and more.
We are all volunteers, normal people, friends, and family – just like you. That is the beauty of Freedom Prayer, it is simple, and it is for us – all of us.
3516 Refuge Trail
Thompsons Station, TN 37179
Changes at The Freedom Resource
I wanted to write a letter to you on behalf of myself and the Freedom Resource (TFR) board to let you know of some changes we will be making. For a number of great reasons the Freedom Resource will be changing the name of our approach to inner healing to “Freedom Prayer” from “Sozo”. This note tells you why and what that may mean to you.
Since we began well over a decade and a half ago the web site www.thefreedomresource.org has had over 200,000 hits, thousands have purchased Freedom Tools, and thousands more have downloaded materials. A large number of churches and individuals around the world have benefited from the message of freedom through Sozo-based freedom prayer offered through the Freedom Resource. We have received testimonies from nearly every continent and “flavor” of Christianity.
What is Changing and Why?
In the last five to eight years the Freedom Resource has been seeing that its strength and calling has begun to include many believers and churches from more traditional and denominational settings: Baptist, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and others. For these brothers and sisters the ability to tie such ministry directly to biblical truth and teach it as such, and to retain an overall approach and feel with which pastoral staff can feel comfortable may be very important – all without sacrificing the core values of freedom ministry. It is also important for many not to tie the freedom ministry of their church to a specific church or ministry that may contain other teachings or practices that may cause some discomfort.
For those reasons, and after discussions with many church leaders, we have all felt that it would be best that we make some changes to our public presentation of the ministry we all love. As such we are beginning the transition of the name of what we do from “Sozo” to “Freedom Prayer”. This is done with the full blessing and approval of our good friends in Sozo leadership and Bethel Church. We will continue to teach, the messages and truths found in Freedom Tools and in the materials carried on the Freedom Resource web site, and more. We feel that our ability to provide a strong biblical, professional and pastoral basis for Freedom Prayer will be found attractive to many who might otherwise not connect with this powerful ministry tool.
Already there has been significant interst among a wide range of churches, most of them considered traditional and conservative.We know we are on the right track and following God!
This change provides some significant advantages or differences that may be seen as attractive to many:
Organization. A loose and voluntary association of friends who share a mutual passion for freedom ministry without the formality of structural membership, hierarchical constraints, branding requirements; and free from perceived associations that may seem less compatible with the local church’s belief and practice.
Support. TFR can support through materials, training, consulting, and friendship a more generic and strong biblically-based freedom ministry in any denominational and non-denominational setting.
Local Control. A church or other organization can retain more of a sense of ownership if their local ministry changing its presentation to fit their unique circumstances while, hopefully, retaining all those key things that make this ministry so successful.
Reduced Confusion. For those within the Bethel network there may be less confusion, fewer “I am of Paul” situations, and more focus on freedom ministry. Network members, indeed anyone, can continue take advantage of TFRs materials and support as many now do.
Thus we believe this change will also position us better to minister both among river churches and also within the more traditional realm where we are seeing great opportunity. It will also better allow us to transfer the simple message of freedom more easily to more diverse places.
Andy Reese talking about being a first responder the the roots of The Freedom Resource
LIVE from Heritage Church in Moultrie GA comes
The Freedom Resource Basic Training
Screaming streaming right now on your computer!
With the normal cast of (a few of our) characters:
Andy Reese, Shannon McLaird, Jim Banks and
introducing Vikki Waters on ministering to Children
Sold like we sell all digital media around here
(See Resources tab for how we actually do that
and help us recover our cost - thanks!)
Freedom Tools Second Edition by Andy Reese and introducing Jennifer Barnett
Expanded and updated with lots of new material (we have learned a few things) plus a whole new section on how to start and expand a Freedom Prayer ministry within your church and community. It has been recast and rewritten to better match its use in more traditional churches while losing none of its powerful tools and stories. We are appreciative of Max Lucado, Bill Johnson and Dr. Neil T. Anderson for their strong support of this new effort.
Nope! But the concept is everywhere - all its facets:
healing the brokenhearted and releasing captives is (Lk 4:18);
confessing sins to another and prayer for them is (Jam 5:16);
casting out demons is (Mk 16:17);
setting up godly defenses is (Eph 6:10);
speaking prophetic encouragement is (1 Th 5:20);
taking thoughts captive is (2 Cor 10:5);
forgiving is (Eph 4:32);
renouncing past sinful practices is (2 Cor 4:2);
being led by the Spirit is (Rom 8:14);
asking God for miraculous input is (Jer 33:3);
bearing one another's burdens is (Gal 6:2);
wanting freedom is (Gal 5:1);
speaking truth to someone is (Eph 4:15);
knowing and saying God is near to the brokenhearted is (Ps 34:18);
comforting the afflicted with what God has shown us is (2 Cor 1:4);
and... well...you get it.
That is what we do in Freedom Prayer.
Did Jesus teach on "inner healing"?
Surprisingly, YES !!
Many pastors and others fairly new to the concept of "inner healing" want to know if it is biblical... even if Jesus did it. That is a great and honest question with good answers. If that's you (or someone you know) then this is for you.