Title: Strategic Prayer
Author: Eddie Smith and Michael L Hennen
Published by Bethany House Publishers, 2007.
Reviewed for Reader Views, July 2007.
"This then is how you should pray, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." In Matthew Chapter 6:9, Jesus teaches us to pray. People have been praying since the world was created. In fact, In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Christ himself prayed the night before he died. So are you one of those who just repeat the same prayers time after time without really thinking about what you are saying? "Why is it that my prayer is ineffective and never seems to be answered in quite the way I want it to be?" Perhaps you feel that praying doesn't even help, that God doesn't answer your prayers. If this is you, "Strategic Prayer" is for you.
Strategic Prayer" is just that. Through this book, you are applying strategy to your prayers. Is it you are focusing on the Lord's answers instead of altering your requests. The enemy has his own goals and strategies that are in direct competition with your goals. Eddie Smith and Michael Hennen have developed 27 principles of strategic prayer for you to follow. There are ways to proactive in prayer. You can be praying the promises of God, for the prophecies of God, for the gifts of God, for the Power of God, for the Presence of God and for the Glory of God.
"Strategic Prayer Apply the Power of Targeted Prayer" is an excellent book which is well organized by giving each principle its own chapter. There are many Scripture references pertaining to the principles included. Each chapter also gives you key points, spiritual reconnaissance with questions that will help you evaluate which specific areas you need to address in your own life, and also questions which make the reader think about personalizing their prayers.
When you desire to pray for a particular desire or need, "Strategic Prayer" is there to help. This is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to target their prayers according to their specific circumstances. So rather than giving up on prayer thinking that prayer is useless or that God isn't answering your prayers, think again and take a copy of "Strategic Prayer" in your hands and it will help you through.
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak," Matthew 26:41.