Dr. Patricia (Peggy) Bird is the director of the Kzoo Prayer Center. She earned a doctor of ministry in supernatural ministry from United Theological Seminary in December 2015. Her ministry project involved teaching the leadership of her church to develop spiritual and corporate intimacy using peer coaching to increase leadership's ability to hear God. The research revealed that participants heard God 80% of the time that they listened. Unfortunately, they only stopped to listen small percent of the intervals available.
Hearing God is foundational to healing prayer team training. One must first hear what the prayer request of the person is and simultaneously hear God in order to pray in agreement with God so that He can do what He desires to do for His purpose.
Peggy's personal faith statement:
I believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are mysteriously and purposely three-persons in one God. The primary reason is to show that our God is relational both within the Godhead and with His creation. In Genesis we hear, “Let Us create them in Our image. Let Us create them, male and female.” Then God declares it was “very good.” This declaration signaled the fun and mutual blessing God and humanity would have walking together in the cool of the evening.
We had only one rule to follow but we could not do it separating us from God. Before the foundation of the earth, God knew that He would have to send His only begotten Son to die on a cross in our place. Our relationship with God is restored when we believed that Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day. We are saved by grace through faith so that there is not room for us to boast.
God sent the Son not only to save us but also to show us Himself and to provide us with a model of how to live. Jesus divested Himself of His power when He came to earth to show us how to resist the enemy based on the Word and how to operate under the power of the Holy Spirit that He received when baptized. He stated that He only did and said what He saw and heard the Father doing and saying. This is what we are to do.
In order to be obedient like Jesus, we must have an intimate relationship with Father, Son, and Spirit. Prayer must be a dialogue in which we hear what God is calling us to do. Then we must do what we see and hear. Hearing and obedience are two of the main things Jesus modeled for us.
The Father sent the Son. The Father and Son sent the Spirit. The Trinity sends the church. The church must enter, in unity, into God’s mission. All too frequently, we invite God to bless what we want to do in His name not realizing why this does not work. Each individual body of Christ must seek God’s will for them in their location and be obedient to what He is calling that body to do. Again, they must collectively be in relationship with God, listen, hear, and be obedient.
The Bible is the inspired word of God written by different men through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is an example of how God uses the voice of man to do His work. Each one wrote in their own style but the unity of the book through the diversity of writing styles is clear. From Genesis to Revelation, Jesus Christ is revealed. The Bible represents unity in spite of its diversity. Further, the Holy Spirit helps us to read and understand the written word. The written word is called the Logos while the “aha” experience we have when understanding something in in the Bible in a new and different way is the Rhema word.
Jesus told us that we would do the same things He did and even more. That is, we will raise the dead, heal the sick, make the lame to walk and the blind to see, cast out evil spirits, and more. In order to do that, we must have a relationship with God in which we hear the Rhema word. This is vital in our prayer ministry. We should follow a five step healing process but we must listen with one ear to the person coming for prayer and with the other ear to God so that we can follow His all-knowing lead.