There s a commercial on right now where a man asks some children, “What would be better, to have something big or something small?” “You want a lot of something or just a little?
In counseling, which is what Prayer Resolution really is, a little counseling takes just a little time and costs just a little bit but the one receiving the counseling doesn’t want a little, but a lot—whatever is needed at the time to get resolution/closure on an issue.
In the secular realm, counseling often takes months, sometimes years of sessions to achieve results. Often the results are ways of coping, learning to survive and ways of redefining an issue so it no longer hurts. In Christian counseling, more and more the emphasis is on a little time and a lot accomplished. Words like trust, faith and belief are often key words. Words like trust, faith and belief cannot bring healing unless they rest on a proper foundation of truth.
Both here and in Europe I have heard pastors say that Prayer Resolution takes too much time. They would rather go this way or that way, approaches that are speedier and claim results. The problem is that we have had any number of people come to us for Prayer Resolution who had already gone somewhere else for the same issues! If you want quick, shallow solutions then you will get quick shallow solutions that feel good at first but that wear off after a few days or weeks.