THE PRADA Analysis Part 2: The what, the how and the importance of…
Welcome Conquerors, in Part 1, we took a look at the background to conducting the PRADA Analysis. This post provides the steps in conducting the analysis and further highlights the importance of this process as a habit for Christians seeking to build a true relationship with Christ.
THE PRADA Analysis:
The PRADA Analysis is an action plan to deal with pain from the root. Woundedness influences a person’s response to incoming information in a negative way and so often negative perspectives are nurtured into more serious and otherwise harmful response mechanisms. The PRADA ( Pain Regrets Anger Disappointments & Anxiety Analysis) is therefore a deliberate self introspection exercise designed to zone in on areas that raise negative emotions or memories in us and analyse them using the Word of God with an agenda to outst them. (Pain Regrets Anger Disappointments Anxiety… replacing self-truths with God’s truth)
Scripture records that: THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE (John.8:32)
So with the PRADA analysis, one is basically required to take an audit of their negative emotions and feelings since childhood. These create dark spots (lies) in our innerman as they oppose the promises set out in the word of God. The more they are left to stay there, the more they seek to overshadow the light. Light (truth) manifests itself in the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) which then bring fruitfulness in the physical.
A simple example is where scripture says, “Love covers a multitude of sins” or “Love your enemies/pray for your enemies”
A whole person can do it and seeks to love always. One with a wounded spirit cannot as they find it difficult to love those that oppose them. They are vengeful and self protective so they will see negative treatment or responses from others or even the environment as war against them and their default response is –retaliate. Retalitation is not necessarily counter response but may even be internal response e.g anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, silent treatment etc. Whereas a whole and sound individual will respond with compassion. A response that is more interested in the other person and why they would want to wound others by their choice of words or action.
A soul that exercises the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5.22) at all times is happier and more fulfilled than that which seeks to have its own way even if the fruits are bad.
How to conduct a PRADA Analysis:
- Draw up a two column table.
- State the negative memories and associated feelings and emotions in line with each PRADA on one column
- Write a corresponding scripture attached to the negative memory/ feeling/emotion on the other column i.e what the bible says about it.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE:
The PRADA analysis seeks to bring Colossians 3:12-13 to life;
This noble scripture of the holy texts makes it clear that the fruits of the spirit are not automatically imprinted on ones heart by salvation or knowledge of the Word and therefore must be put on. Putting them on means they can be put off suggesting that one can even neglect to wear them. The self introspection exercise therefore helps serious christians check their ‘spiritual fruits’ dresscode and dress accordingly by wearing the fruits of the spirit.
The following are guidelines to conducting a successful PRADA analysis;
FOCUS & DEAL WITH IT:
Pain must never be packed in. It must be worked and walked through until it is safely disposed without further harming self or anyone else. The process begins with accepting the unfortunate cause of pain as well as acknowledgement of the acts of violation whether verbally, emotionally or physically. After acknowledging pain, one must make deliberate and conscious effort to forgive the perpetrator(s) and move on from it forever.
The process can often lead to unpleasant memories and should only be done at a time when one will not be distracted and they have set aside time specifically for this exercise.
RELEASE THE EMOTIONS:
Crying is a big possibility as one begins to trade on sensitive ground in the book of their life. Its all part of the healing process only as the crying is directed to the God of gods who is the chief of battles and fights for his own. Crying into emptiness or into the unknown or unspecified invites other elements or beings that are already there in the atmosphere to rush in and offer their own forms of comfort and protection which then defeats the whole purpose of subjecting everything to the Word.
If God commands it, confer not with flesh and blood. Like the Apostle Paul, drop every other mindset or truth and move with the word henceforth. The fruits of the spirit are a major highlight during this process (Galatians 5:22). Practice love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, longsuffering and self-control and above all live it! Sometimes people that are in that list may show up from no-where and normally this is a divine set up for the issue connected to them to be resolved God’s way. It would normally be for the one doing the PRADA to revise their feelings related to this person and bring them up-to-speed with the instruction of the word e.g to forgive, again part of the process cultivating the fruits of the spirit and watering them (Galatians 5.22).
At this point, forgiveness is needful. It is a spiritual law which does not and should never equate to condoning violation of any sort. Forgiveness is not an event too. It a process which begins with the desire to let go. Desiring to let go does not by any means translate into the removal of pain or memories associated with the pain onspot. This means that once one confesses forgiveness, the journey only just begins and pain is still very much present. However it is the continuous effort of a positive mindset, feeding the spirit with Godly truth and self re-definition that will cast out the pain leading to inner-healing.
Pain modifies an individual and recalibrates them into unbelief leading to negative emotions associated with PRADAs e.g rejection, bitterness, unforgiveness, rebellion, anger and pride. Instead of the truth of God reigning, the pain causes an individual to assume that what has transpired is truth leading to self-truth based on self devised copying mechanisms. However regardless of negative experiences, God’s word remains the only truth and final authority. This is the reason pain becomes the lie. Yield to the Holy Spirit and the fact that he needs truth in the inward parts…that truth is not personal or worldly truth but his Word that is the only truth Psalm51.6. Moreover, always remember he says, ” I will never leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5) so he is in it throughout (in one’s past, present and future) for their good and ultimately HIS Glory.
PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD:
Honour God as if he is there with you and infact he is! In all feelings, in all the unsaid and said actions and emotions, have a consciouness of the presence of God. Always ask, what would Jesus do or say? Research it, pray about it and live it. When it hurts, cry unto God for help as sometimes being obedient to God defies self and becomes the most painful thing to do.
Reciting biblical truth and acting it out helps displace the pain and will ultimately cast it out as the Holy Spirit himself confirms his Word in us. Good overcomes evil.
The PRADA analysis then means stepping out of the negative emotions (lies that oppose God’s word) by deliberately refusing to harbour them and surrendering everything to the judgement of God (truth). Accepting the reality of a bad experience or past, dealing with it and subjecting it to the truth of Gods word makes way for forgiveness as one starts working on loving and accepting those that caused the pain – in a godly way. Sometimes it is God we need to forgive, not because he wronged us BUT because he was blamed in our innerman. Sometimes too, self must be forgiven as often blame falls on self for allowing things to happen. This takes practice and deliberate effort over time as the pain naturally resists this. As it were, lies resist truth. Commitment to truth will bring deliverance from the lies (pain) leading to frutifulness.
Trusting this post has been helpful.
falling is not the problem, failing to riseUP is….