family tree

Trees & Plants 3902If you believe you may be embroiled in generational  sin, I recommend a book, Released to Soar, by physician Dr. Peter Boelens and his wife Eleanor. They have been practicing an amazing treatment for depression and anxiety–healing prayer that invites Christ into painful memories.

Dr. Boelens recommends that you construct a family tree, including problem areas. Then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal generational wounds and sins–but this is only the first step. We don’t need to stay there. The Lord offers healing. Pray to be open, to submit to God, to trust him to be your protector and the revealer. Name the generational sins specifically and ask for healing. Claim your inheritance—the new person that you are becoming through the process of sanctification.

Sin affects us deeply; not just spiritually, but often emotionally, physically, relationally, and even financially. Yet, the power of the cross provides hope that healing is possible and restoration is God’s primary agenda. This is our hope and our joy. God has been working sovereignly from the beginning of time. He is the source of all healing, power, and love.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16, NIV

Over and over again in Scripture, God’s people cry out and God moves. In a way that is sometimes mysterious and always miraculous, God chooses to partner with us in relationship as we pray.  Many churches have created places where you can receive the ministry of prayer or submit a prayer request. Generational sin is strong, and it is helpful to invite others to join you as you pray for healing.

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