Sozo prayer spreading worldwide, but what is it? | 5/19/2019 | Staff
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Sozo prayer spreading worldwide, but what is it?

There’s a prayer and deliverance ministry that you may or may not have heard of. It’s called Sozo. And many churches worldwide have implemented it to help Christians experience inner healing and ultimately draw closer to God.


But the reactions have been mixed.

While some have wholly embraced it and testified to how much it has changed their lives, others have denounced it as unbiblical and warned Christians to stay away.


So what is Sozo?

The Sozo ministry or Sozo prayer started in Redding, California, in 1997 by Bethel Church — a nondenominational charismatic megachurch. The idea was inspired after a healing evangelist, Randy Clark, held a prayer training at the church.

Sozo - Word - Ministry - Founders - Dawna

"Sozo" is a Greek word that the ministry's founders, Dawna DeSilva and Teresa Liebscher, two leaders at Bethel, say is found in the New Testament 110 times. Strong’s Concordance translates the word as “to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue.” Liebscher defines it specifically as "to be made whole."

The Gospel of Matthew is the first time the word Sozo is used in the New Testament when the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will have a child who is to be named Jesus. “He will save His people from their sins," Matthew 1:21 states. Sozo is translated into the word “save” in this passage.

Bethel - Sozo - Website - Describes - Sozo

The Bethel Sozo website describes Sozo ministry as “a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry aimed to get to the root of things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit."

Co-leader Liebscher describes “the Sozo ministry” as a place one goes to uncover wounds or lies and their roots.

Sozo - Prayer - Ministry - Team - People

“Sozo is not counseling, it is not a prayer ministry, it is a team of people going in helping you make that connection with the Godhead and...
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