Words of Hope and Peace
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Quiet and stillness in my soul
Thank you for the powerful experience of praying with me and for me…
I waited a while to write to see if the quiet and stillness in my soul would remain, and it has. A few days later it occurred to me that I had been praying for a long time - a year or years - to be quiet enough and still enough to receive and respond to God’s voice. There isn’t sufficient space to list the insights you helped me with so, here are two. Praying through renouncing the lies has allowed my heart (not just my head) to be convicted and free of them. And, it never occurred to me that I was unable to trust my father, whom I loved dearly. This understanding has been like a key to unlocking my false belief that I am responsible for (need to control) the outcome of my adult children’s lives, allowing me to entrust this to God’s providence.
He’s in charge now
...I no longer felt like my world was ending. I felt hope for the future again...
I just had an Unbound Prayer session. It was the third time I have had a prayer session performed and this time I believe I am finally free. We covered every trauma and sin from my past and covered every person I could possibly have needed to forgive for any reason. While they were praying over me at the end, I no longer felt like my world was ending. I felt hope for the future again, Also, this time, when I read the Unbound book for the session and while I was being prayed for during the session, I was reminded that I needed to keep vigilant after the Unbound session because the tempter is always going to be there trying to trip us up. I need to be ready to renounce those sins again in the name of Jesus and forgive anyone in the name of Jesus. Also, after I left the prayer session, I saw a rainbow on my way to confession. It seemed to be a sign from God that everything is going to be alright. He's in charge now.
Tangible release of the “cloud” that had been hanging over me
I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks . . . for your unbound prayer on retreat. While I've been through the (Unbound Prayer) process a few times before, I've never felt such a tangible release of the "cloud" that had been hanging over me...
I see now so clearly how disillusioned I was by the lies I'd been sold. There is such a sense of peace and confidence, particularly in the area of parenthood, that has never been present. I realize that the evil one had been selling me this lie from the very minute I came home from the hospital with #1: "You can't breastfeed, so your son will never bond with you." "Make sure you look like you know what you're doing, otherwise everyone will know you're a fraud and a coward." Lies like those, from day 1. This past week contained an immense joy!!! I DELIGHTED in my children like never before. There was a tangible JOY in every member of my family this week. The freedom feels so very real. Thank you thank you thank you, both! And to (my prayer leader), who unknowingly got the ball rolling when he called out this lie during The Father's blessing. I'm so very grateful!!
Uplifting & Liberating
Participating in the Unbound Prayer Session was uplifting and liberating. Being guided through the “Five Keys” regarding some past issues was healing. Reading at least the first seven chapters of the recommended book, “Unbound,” greatly helped me to prepare for and made known what to expect from the Prayer Session.
The Prayer Session itself hit the heart of unhealed pain and memories by the detailed questions that were asked of me. While the book exposed the many lies from Satan that I had accepted as truth, the Prayer Session systematically broke these lies one by one through Jesus Christ.
The Unbound Prayer Team that I met with were kind, caring, patient, respectful, full of love for the Lord, and wanting to genuinely help me through the process. It was a blessing to meet with such people filled with the Spirit of God while being delivered, and I am truly grateful!
Unbound in Confession
"In the months since Unbound Prayer Ministry I have experienced freedom in a sin area that brought me repeatedly to confession in the past.
Several months ago in confession, I was startled to hear my regular confessor say that for my penance, I was to investigate the Unbound Ministry.
I read the book Unbound and attended an Unbound weekend conference, follow by individual prayer. Since the individual prayer, I have experienced occasional temptation in that area, but the compulsion to give into the temptation is gone, and I have greater strength to resist temptation in this and other areas of my life. I have a sense of freedom that I had not experienced before. I am looking forward to more ministry, sensing the Lord has more freedom He wants to bring." - Anonymous
The Five Keys
"I first received Unbound Prayer about 10 years ago. As a stay-at- home Mom with five children, I lived in slavery to a self-made “schedule”, idolizing efficiency and accomplishment.
I longed to be a more flexible and relaxed person, but no matter how hard I tried to get free of being so driven, I was unsuccessful. During my prayer session, roots were uncovered that went back to my childhood and especially my high school years. I had adopted strategies and belief systems to cope with academic pressures and stay at the top. My prayer leader helped me to see where I needed to repent and those persons who encouraged my striving, that I needed to forgive. I began to get free as I renounced control, pride, insecurity, fear of failure, and the idols of efficiency and success. My freedom continued to grow over time as I began to recognize more lies and false ways of thinking and renounced them on my own. I now use the five keys regularly in my prayer life and have received freedom in lots of other areas as well." - Anonymous
Becoming a Way of Life
"The Lord took me from being an agnostic to a believer when I was 32. Then the Lord repeatedly put me in situations that I found very difficult. When I obeyed, "coincidences" that were beyond coincidence repeatedly happened.
The phrase I used was, "God did not respect my 'comfort zone'". After Unbound, I realized that the Lord was lovingly, step-by-step, bringing me into freedom -- from enemies I didn't even know I had -- And into my destiny.
Ten years ago I was given a set of audio cassettes from an Unbound Conference. I had a fair amount of commuting time in my car and plugged them. There was something magnetic about them, and I often related to the situations described in those talks. Although I sensed God was at work as I listened to the talks dozens of times and read the book Unbound, I couldn't relate to the last part, the "Father's Blessing".
We finally attended an Unbound Conference in Philadelphia and took the training. I was happy to be the "guinea pig" in the prayer session as I sensed the need to receive prayer, especially since my first several years of life involved a missing father. The grown-up me recognized that my Dad was busy doing World War II things, BUT...
In half an hour of Unbound prayer, twice I knew God was speaking to me through the person leading the interview. As I shared my story, a memory came back - and in less than 20 seconds I told how my kindergarten teacher told me to tell my mother that it was inappropriate for me to wear short pants to school. The interviewer stopped me and asked "How did that make you feel?" I said, "I'm not sure, but not good". There was a prayerful pause, and she offered: "Embarrassed?" I knew she had "nailed" something, but I didn't experience any particular feelings with renunciation and command.
Just days later I experienced that Unbound prayer is not "once and done". When I entered the car-park beneath the hospital where I worked, I realized I forgot my picture ID badge. I was sweating and had a knot in my stomach. My imagination pictured me stepping off the elevator, surrounded by people, all looking at me, as a federal policeman was about to do what they are trained to do: make it such a memorable event so that I would never forget my ID again.
Almost immediately I realized this gut-reaction was my enemy, fear of embarrassment, and I repeated my renunciation and command, affirming, "I don't live there anymore." The perspiration and gut-tightness immediately disappeared, and instead of living in my emotions I was thinking with logic. What could the policeman really do to me, send me home?
The new-found freedom that followed has radically altered my life. I realized that I wasn't what I thought I was: just an introvert. I am amazed at a boldness that just seems to happen with little or no effort on my part, and I began meeting and enjoying people I never would have imagined associating with before.
The second experience of God speaking to me in that prayer session came at the Father's Blessing: "Your heavenly Father would have you know that all your life He has been sharing 'His tools with you.'" My mind went back a big wooden toolbox with a lock on it. My Dad's message was "stay away from my tools; you'll either lose them or break them."
I broke and wept. I knew that this was the heavenly Father and that He loves me.
Driving home I had to stop the car several times to clear my eyes of the tears that welled up. At one of these stops, I recalled a conversation with my younger brother just a few months before. "After you left for college, Dad and I started doing building projects together. Remember that big tool box in the cellar ... ?" The flow of tears increased with the realization that my Dad had become a better father for my brother. I was so grateful for what the Lord had done. And quickly the Lord began showing me things about my own fatherhood -- with sadness at missed opportunities but without feeling condemnation. What followed were incredible conversations with my children as I asked for their forgiveness!!
Unbound has become a way of life. My wife and I have grown in ministering with words of knowledge and pictures. That didn't happen much before we started praying with Unbound.
I LOVE it!" - Anonymous
Life as a Vessel
I attended a lecture by Sr. Ann Shields of Renewal Ministries lecture at the request of my parents. They had taken a dear friend of mine under their wing because I knew that I lacked the kind of wisdom that she needed to hear.
I kept referring her to them for guidance with her life difficulties. This, because I had left the church, and knew that she needed my parents’ advice (which of course had Christ at the center of their message!) To support my friend, I went along with her to Ann Shields. I had NO intention of being moved, but I was.
I drove home and informed my wonderful husband (who has claimed to be either an atheist or agnostic for our entire 23 years of being together) that I had decided that I needed to be a Christian again. He was very supportive, and encouraged me, despite his personal lack of interest in pursuing the faith. I began joyfully attending church at Grace Fellowship. Every time I turned on the radio some song was playing that contained the words GRACE. Prior to my re-commitment to Christ in March, I thought my parents were a little nuts being involved in Unbound. To be truthful, I was jealous that my father had accomplished in one weekend what had taken me six years of therapy to unravel, and six more years of daily struggle to apply the principals of psychotherapy to my life. But, DEMONS? Come on!
Once I came to the conclusion that there is a God and that whenever there is a positive, there is a negative in this universe, it wasn’t such a huge leap to believe that there is an active force that is the opposite of love and goodness. I was concerned that Unbound would be over-the-top, with the stereotyped drama of casting out demons and fainting in the Holy Spirit etc. God wanted me to go to Unbound, that is the only reason I can explain for why I went. My husband was so supportive! I kept saying it was going to be “wacky” and “out there.” He said, “There are all kinds of ‘weird things’ that help people, just take it for what it’s worth. Maybe it can really help you.” My parents were thrilled I was going!
Standing in the gymnasium of a school, waiting for Neal and Janet Lozano to speak, a worship team led us in song. I was so judgmental…everyone around me was singing off key! I tried to drown them out with my “good voice,” but God told me, loud and clear, “Your voice is no more beautiful to me than theirs, why are you judging them? My perfect ears hear perfection. They are singing for my glory and you are singing for others to hear you.” WOW! Okay, I began to hear the singing from a different perspective.
300 people had come to the workshop, so, due to limitations in the number of prayer teams, not everyone would be prayed with on Saturday. We had to fill out forms so that we could be assigned to groups. Group A would be prayed with first, followed by B, then C. I was assigned the C group and ended up being the last person in that section. D-F would have to return another time in order to receive prayer.
I furtively took notes during the talks on Friday night and Saturday morning. Whenever they mentioned being chosen or wanted or selected by God or Jesus, a very familiar feeling would come to my throat. For all of my adult life, it was not infrequent that I experienced a choking sensation, like one gets before sobbing. I had been to an acupuncturist who told me I had probably been choked in a past life and did I want to do a past life regression? (I stopped going because that made me uncomfortable.) But the choking sensation rarely dissipated. I had tried swimming two years ago, and stopped due to frustration that I could not figure out how to breathe. I would feel like I was choking and had a panicky feeling in my throat. Whenever I would sing, I had to switch octaves at the chorus because I had such a limited range of notes I could hit.
The Lozanos were delightfully mellow and “normal” in how they explained that doors are often opened during childhood. Through these doors, the Enemy takes hold and convinces our growing minds and hearts of Lies—the opposite of God’s Truth. Every effort was made to avoid dramatizing Satan or demons. The Lozano’s matter-of-fact way of handling this, and their decided effort to spend very little time discussing the ins-and-outs allowed for more time to get the “junk” out and “Awesome” in!
On Saturday I learned a lot about Jesus’ love for me—ME! Personally chosen by Him. I got choked up—I could not fathom being chosen, wanted, picked (I was always last at kick-ball.) I learned about faith, repentance and forgiveness. I had new-found faith and the other two were not areas in which I thought I struggled. At noontime, Neil led a group renouncement. I stood with the group and happily joined in, renouncing all kinds of possible “spirits of…”
About two minutes into the renouncement, I became choked up, my eyes could not open, I felt as thought my head were 105 degrees and I was fighting with all my effort to remain standing. My mouth was moving but no voice was coming out. I was mouthing the words (paraphrasing) “In Jesus’ name, I renounce a spirit of self-loathing, self-righteousness, pride” etc. As soon as the words were less applicable to me, I regained my voice as though nothing had happened. Neil continued, and a new stream of “applicable spirits” were being uttered by all those around me; but my voice was again choked off. I could not utter the words “I renounce a spirit of rejection, depression, worthlessness” etc. I wanted so badly for these to be gone from me…I was so saddened that I could not command them to leave.
After lunch I waited in my group, and was THE last person in the C group. It would be a miracle for me to receive prayer. The hours ticked by and I watched the video twice. As time was drawing close to the end of the conference, I began to feel resentful, and embarrassed that I had made a mistake believing that I would get “delivered” of depression, anxiety, perfectionism, eating disorder, etc.
There were three men in front of me, and there were five minutes left…there was no way…that was when a bubbly blonde lady burst through the gymnasium door shouting, “We need one more woman, we need a woman to pray with.” She swooped me up (and I did pray that the gentlemen in front of me would experience something wonderful ) and we practically ran across the school courtyard to the room in which she and her team leader were praying with women all day. I remember winking at God!
Well, after an hour, I had verbally renounced all the “garbage” that had robbed me of my adulthood to this point. I can only explain the feeling that God re-wired my neural network and my heart-brain connection. I no longer feel confused or doubt myself, I no longer feel the need to brag or tell others about how great I am. I no longer think I am unworthy and unlovable. I no longer have a choking feeling in my throat. I can sing an octave higher than I ever have been able to, and it is all songs of praise and thanks to Jesus. I learned how to swim and, when someone commented that I was swimming so well, I informed them, “Well, I am just learning how to get out of God’s way.” My husband has been walking on eggshells interacting with me, and I never realized it! His responses to things I might say in conversation show just how difficult it must have been to be with me with this confusing combination of over-confidence and self-loathing. I do not take it personally if he does not care for something I cook, I do not need his approval for everything I do, I want his support, but do not pout or shrink in self-doubt if I do not receive his approval.
I pray in the word daily and have joined a women’s group, making time to spend time with a holy woman who is one of the leaders of the small group. I listen to Christian radio and have even begun lifting up my hands (which would have mortified me six months ago.) I do not feel guilty if I keep good boundaries in my professional relationships or if I need to say, “No.” I look at my life as a vessel that is in need of filling so that I can fulfill my purpose. I do not know what that purpose is, but I am actively filling myself with his word so that, when the time is right, I will be available and ready to do what He wants me to do. I do not feel choked up.
Thank you so much for being His conduits. I am so grateful to have my life back and to have it back on track! Chapter Two is unfolding...stay tuned." - Anonymous
The Gift of Strength
“My prayer time went so well . . and that is an understatement! I could not believe how unburdened and freed I felt as I was finishing up the prayer session and then leaving the room.
As the renunciations were going on, I was feeling weaker and weaker and remembering thinking thank God there was a bureau right next to me as I was leaning on it heavier and heavier. I felt like a dish rag just before the end. Then after being prayed over for the blessing, I felt much stronger. What an incredible gift this prayer ministry is!!! Some day maybe I will have the opportunity to share with you what this truly did for me! Thank you so much for your love and prayers”
"Two weeks before my first Unbound Prayer experience with a prayer team, I decided to give Unbound Prayer (UBP) a try for myself. Fear in all its forms- extreme anxiety, nervousness, intense worry, apprehension, and evil foreboding- had been my almost constant companion my entire life.
I have a vivid memory of being in diapers and being very, very afraid. (At the time of this UBP story I was 53 years old. You do the math!)
Anyway, I was afraid of many things. I didn’t want to get up in the morning. I was afraid to go to elementary school, junior high school, high school, and college. I was afraid to talk to people. I was afraid to make friends and I was afraid to go to other people’s home. I was afraid when people came to our house (my home of origin) and I was afraid to go visit people, even relatives. I was afraid to try new things. I was afraid to walk in a store or mall in which I had never been. I was afraid to go on vacation because I didn’t know what to do when I got there. I was afraid to go to work and to the doctor’s and even to places like the bank! I was afraid to take my car in for repairs or routine maintenance, and I was afraid to call and make the appointment for the repair or routine maintenance. I was afraid to return defective merchandise to the store. If I had questions about anything (maybe I didn’t understand something on my phone bill or auto insurance policy) I was afraid to call and ask for help or clarification. In fact, it probably would be easier to say what I wasn’t afraid of. Not much!
Jesus Christ came into my life in a very powerful way when I was 26 years old. He put me in women’s groups, mixed groups, and Twelve Step groups. I went to counseling (both one-on-one and group), meetings, seminars, and retreats. I attended healing masses, stood in prayer lines, read books, and prayed my guts out. My experience of God in all these situations was always positive and very powerful but the fear persisted. Don’t get me wrong, it did abate but not by much. By the time I was exposed to UBP I was sick of living in fear and had no intention of waiting for the prayer team to pray with me to get rid of it. I wanted to try it for myself.
I sat at my dining room table, where I am now, and prayed the UBP. (I was afraid to do that too!) When I was done, I felt a huge release from fear. About 75% of it was gone. I couldn’t believe it. Over 50 years of fear, 75% of it gone with a prayer that was less than 5 minutes long!! Boy, did I praise God on that one!!!!
Despite this incredible release, something was not sitting right with me. The next day the fear started coming back and I wondered what I had done wrong. The UBP book says when a person prays the UBP, they better pray it like they mean it. I did not do that. I was afraid! So I asked God to forgive me and prayed the prayer again. This time I prayed it like I meant it. Wow, what a difference! I experienced tremendous release and that was pretty much the end of fear in my life. Just like that.
Today I refuse to allow the fear to control me or stop me from doing things. That’s the victory and deliverance for me. I still experience fear but at a much lower intensity. I look forward to most days of my life. (Huge deliverance and victory for me.) I talk to people; I do things. I try things I haven’t done before. I make phone calls when I have questions and I return things when they are not right. Life is much more enjoyable for me and I actually thank God for life itself- just as it is, with everything it brings. (Another huge victory and deliverance for me.)
A final thought….. As Catholics, we really tend to get into our saints. I remember thinking to myself, “Gee, there needs to be a Saint Unbound.” Thank God the Holy Spirit has a sense of humor. He reminded me that JESUS is Saint Unbound! The only reason UBP works is because of JESUS and His Mighty Name! Just look at Philippians 2:9-10. “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (underline is mine)
Hallelujah, and Amen, and Thank You, Jesus!" - Anonymous
A Healing Team
"Thank you for this opportunity to give Glory to God!! I am a part of a HEALING TEAM in my parish and have received much inner healing myself in the very act of praying for others over the years, but never had an opportunity to be in a “prayer room” myself and have anonymity.
Over a span of 10 years and much participation in the Sacramental life of my church, (i.e. frequent Confession, daily Mass, etc) I wasn’t even sure if I really “had” to go for my prayer appointment, however, I was curious and thought ultimately I could learn something that would benefit others as an intercessor. I even spoke with a priest and asked for his discernment in keeping the appointment as I felt that I had confessed everything under the sun and didn’t want to “dredge up old stuff” if I had already been forgiven and absolved……I thought perhaps this experience would be expressing to God that I didn’t trust in His Mercy. After much deliberation, I decided that if the Holy Spirit wanted me there, I would go and be as open to Him as possible as I know for sure, I am a work in progress. The conference UNBOUND loosened a few “things” in my life and I was already sensing a FREEDOM in the Spirit to a certain degree. I was simply trying to be obedient to the promptings of the Spirit and receive whatever freedom God had in store for me! Praise God….OBEDIENCE ALWAYS BRINGS BLESSINGS!
I am so pleased with the manner in which I was treated in the prayer room. I felt “listened to” and was helped to loosen junk that was deep down in my heart through simple conversation…no one went “digging” and I was just grateful that the Lord brought me three beautiful ladies to help raise up my arms for the victory in Christ! The Holy Spirit brought the gift of revelation to our session and a few roots were exposed to the Light. I suddenly realized the power of our words …. God SPOKE and the world came into existence. I said some things in the past, even in jest, that carried a negative weight. I never realized how twisted the tactics of the enemy until that moment of Divine revelation. I am also grateful to God for Neal’s explanation at the conference that we are not fighting the enemy, but we are coming against his tactics, his schemes, his pressures, his attacks, his deceptions, every instrument or agent he would seek to use against us. We do not submit to any of it! We resist him, drive him from us and exclude him from us in the Name of Jesus. Amen!
I pray that this experience will help me to bring blessing to all whom God places in my path. I pray, also, that by being liberated from any ties that held another person bound by what I had pronounced or participated in, that God in His great Mercy will loosen them as well and bring a Spiritual awakening in their lives.
Please thank those wonderful women for their ministry and for being willing and available to bring the Spirit of God’s power deeper into my heart and heal the wounds of the past with His Balm. My heart overflows with gratitude to Him who sits on the Throne…the King of Kings! “The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!” (Numbers 6:22-27) Thanks for all you do to help God’s children! May we all be Children of the Light!" - Anonymous
"Having listened to Unbound Conference audiotapes off and on for a couple of years, I attended a Conference personally. During my prayer session I was able to identify some areas in my life that just seemed to cling to me.
Forgiving, repenting, renouncing were the beginning, and at the authoritative command I had a picture-behind-my eyes of a bunch of stick figures running across a drawbridge. Going forward, I was more mindful, more able to resist those old temptations.
Recently we were asked to be prayer-subjects so that some of the Ministry Team could have more experience praying with people. During that session it came out that there was a pattern in my family of not finishing things. I needed to forgive -- who knows how far back that goes? I had been feeling gnawing guilt about not finishing --not even seriously starting -- a certain big project. I renounced as a lie that I can't finish things, but also laziness. And I forgave myself for not obeying my lists and schedules. I have been able to remind myself that I can finish what I am doing at the time. And there was the freeing question: are you sure that now is the timing for this project you feel called to.
Not a one-time event, this way of life has brought me to more freedom. My husband and I have often swung into "Unbound mode" when something comes up in conversation. Fears of an upcoming meeting, stirred memories, hurt feelings.
I especially like the part of this ministry that emphasizes that deliverance is just part of the way our Father brings us to freedom: Mass, Scripture reading , the sacraments, fellowship with others are vitally important means of grace for our lives." - Anonymous
My Son, Paul
"I would love to share my testimony. In fact I have been praying for opportunities to share my experience with others.
I was excited to go to the unbound conference I was hoping I would learn something that would help me deal with my son Paul.
Paul will be 19 in a couple of weeks and he has Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is difficult to deal with and I felt hopeless. At one point during the conference Neal had everyone stand up to practice renouncing and then said a prayer for God to search our hearts and show us who we need to forgive. I started to say my Husband's name but Paul';s name came up at the same time and it was like something was trying to keep me from saying it. However I said it anyway. Afterwards I went for prayer I told the Ladies that prayed with me that I was angry at Paul for messing up my life it was not the way I thought it would be. I knew he could not help it but I still felt angry with him. The Ladies led me through the process of the five keys and I was free. Thank you so much Jesus." - Anonymous
"I attended the Unbound Conference at St Agnes and was prayed with on Dec 4th. I was so looking forward to the prayer, I was disappointed that I had to wait. It worked out very well though - God's timing is always the best timing!
The prayer time was very surprising to me - we prayed for things that I didn't even realize I needed prayer for. Yet every time the team brought up something to pray for I recognized it as a truth. I left prayer that day with a feeling of joy that I had not felt in a long time. I had a few other things happen as a result of prayer.
Due to asthma medications, I had lost sections of my voice and didn't sing any more except in private. Those parts of my voice are now returned. I'm no opera singer, but enjoy singing and so am very happy about that. Some have remarked that I some how looked different. I noticed it myself, but thought it was just my imagination. And finally someone asked me 'why are you being so nice?". The initial joy remains - although not to the same degree as right at first.
I am very thankful for the deliverance prayer and know that it helped me prepare my heart for Christmas!" - Anonymous