In the course of my career as a Christian counselor who also does deliverance ministry, I am frequently asked to address how we deal with children. Below are my responses to the ten most frequently asked questions:
- What was the youngest child that you have prayed deliverance for?. Four years old, however, that would not be an age cut off. It just seems by the age of four parents begin to recognize demonic oppression.
- Do you pray for children whose parents are not saved or currently walking with the Lord?
No. There needs to be at least one parent in the home that has been through our deliverance process, or a similar on, and knows how to spiritually war in prayer for the protection of the child. With children warfare type prayers and strict discipline is the key to keeping the spirits from coming back. Parents have to be firm and consistent.
- How many sessions are involved when praying deliverance for a child? Typically there are three. The first session is one of observation with an easy childlike interview. We keep it very light and friendly because our aim is to develop comfort and a desire in the child to return. During this session we ask that the parents bring in a full journal of their observations and concerns. Along with the completed paperwork that clearly identifies open doors and trauma along with generational concerns. During session two we pray for the child. Session three is the follow-up for additional concerns and strategies to keep the child free.
- How long is the deliverance ministry session? That really depends on the age of the child. Under the age of eight the one-on-one prayer time is typically under thirty minutes. We begin the session with a prayer of agreement, breaking soul-ties and generational curses with the parents, while the child is coloring or playing with something in the room.
- Do the parents stay in the room during deliverance? Yes. Unless the parent wishes to just observe from another room. With smaller children parents are always present.
- Are the children afraid of deliverance? No. We explain the process in child friendly terms and keep things upbeat. Most of the children that have come in for prayer know they are dealing with something that makes them behave poorly and they want to be free. One little guy said, “Miss Phyllis, I want to be good but I keep doing bad things and I don’t want to do them.” He was crying out for help by basically quoting Romans 7.
- is there shouting or loud yelling involved? No. When you operate in the authority of the Holy Spirit and you are using the name and blood of Jesus Christ, you can whisper and the demons will have to obey. We never yell at a child. We are very peaceful and do things in an orderly process.
- What are your offices like? Bright and cheerful. I have included the link to take a virtual tour of our office. http://aandbcounseling.com/virtual-tour-tampa-office
- If the parents are separated and only one parent is saved or understands deliverance, will you still pray for the child?Yes, it only takes one parent. If joint custody allows the child to be outside of the home with the unsaved parent, then we would give specific instruction for prayer covering during those times.
- Is deliverance harder for children than adults? No. The younger the child the easier the deliverance. Children are so fresh and see more in the spirit realm then adults. I know as a parent that I spent a lot of time comforting my child by telling them what they were seeing was not real. I was wrong, and although I do not allow a spirit of regret to torment me, great heartache could have been spared with the knowledge of deliverance earlier in my life and theirs.