Surviving as a Prayer Minister – Brian P. Cox


When we minister to others, it’s as if we are essentially coming to their rescue. When we rescue others, we must also keep our own safety in mind.  Otherwise we become part of the problem.  In this video, Brian shares insights gained as a businessman, firefighter and prayer minister.

The notes from this session are provided below.

1) It’s not your responsibility to heal the people you are praying for… it is God’s responsibility.  Your responsibility is to be obedient to God

2) Don’t take things that people say personally. Remember that those you pray for may be extremely wounded, and they will very likely strike out from their pain.

3) Don’t let your client run the session.

  • It’s important to determine goals that your client has for the ministry time. However, the Holy Spirit must specify how the session will be conducted, and the paths you will take during your time in ministry.
  • In fact, be ready to take your session in completely different directions from what you may have planned.
  • Consider this explanation for the seemingly odd path a  generational deliverance session can take: Satan establishes a tapestry of bondage in each of our generational lines. A “master thread” winds through this tapestry, which only God can reveal. When we pull that thread out (through our authority in Jesus Christ), the entire tapestry unravels. As we pray about an each generational number in our client’s line, we are addressing an “anchor point” for that master thread. Therefore, even though the items we address may seem random, they can be key items to address spiritually.

4) Think of every prayer session as a teaching/learning experience.

  • One of your goals should be to help others learn how to use the authority they have in Christ
  • Be careful that you don’t perform “cookie cutter” sessions. God will very likely teach you new concepts on a regular basis.

5) Don’t be afraid to say no.

  • If you believe that God has not given you permission/authority to address a particular issue, then simply let your client know that you do not believe God has released you to address that issue
  • If you believe that you are not to minister at all to a particular person, again, let that person know that you do not believe that God has released you to minister to that person.

6) Be careful with individuals who argue with things that you say.

  • It’s acceptable to have discussions as a method to help a person understand what you are saying and doing.
  • It’s not acceptable for a person to flat out challenge and disregard things you say.
  • Remember, that your client came to you for your insight, giftings, etc. If the client is questioning you then this person doesn’t really trust your judgment. That begs the question; “why does this person want ministry from you at all if they don’t trust you?

7) Stay accountable to others

  • It is important to establish relationships with link minded Christians so you can help each other to remain anchored Biblically.