What is Inner Healing Prayer?

Inner healing is a ministry based on Isaiah 61:1: “The Spirit of Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners” (NIV).

This is the passage that Jesus quoted in Luke 4 when He started His earthly ministry. In it, He expressed His deep concern about how people are doing on the inside. All of us have had our hearts broken and have areas where we are not truly free. Inner healing focuses on binding up these broken places and setting us free from areas of captivity.
Wonderful Counselor is a name given to Jesus in Isaiah 9:6. Inner healing is a God-focused ministry in which we depend on the Holy Spirit to reveal how the hurts we have experienced have affected us.
In the midst of hurtful events, we come to believe things about God, others, and ourselves. Sometimes we make self-protective inner vows. And often we begin to follow faulty strategies. As God reveals these things and supernaturally brings His truth to bear on them, He has the power to set us free. We see this in John 8:31-32: “To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (NIV)
The results of inner healing are often life-changing, increasing our intimacy with God, enhancing our experience of the fruit of the Spirit, and setting us free from a lie or area where we felt bound up.
We never know exactly what will happen when we meet for inner-healing prayer, so there are no guarantees. Inner healing is a process that takes place over time. Some people get healing relatively quickly, and for others, the process is slower.
– Rusty Rustenbach, A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer, p. 168