Book Review: Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory by Stormie Omartian
Written by Felicia McKnight
“When you understand your authority in prayer, you will go from simply having a prayer life to enjoying a dynamic and exciting life of prayer. And that is always a good thing.” – Stormie Omartian
This phenomenal book on prayer reminds us that there is a spiritual war going on amongst all of God’s children. It is a war between good and evil. This book instructs on how to wage war as a part of God’s army. This book is not one that shows you how to pray for material things, but how to purposely pray with strength, boldness, and according to God’s word your way to victory on behalf of yourself and others.
In this book we are reminded that God is our Commander. Stormie uses military examples to paint the picture of this. We have to know who God is and be able to decipher God’s voice from the enemy’s voice. God desires a relationship with us and we establish this through continuous prayer and the reading of His word. The more of God’s word that we know the more we can decipher His voice from the enemy’s voice. We are reminded that the enemy is the father of lies. Every step of disobedience to God puts us more in collusion with the enemy. As God’s army we win wars by staying close to God and His word and seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit.
In this book we are also encouraged to be certain of our authority in prayer. Through our salvation we have authority as prayer warriors. Through Jesus death on the cross and through our salvation Jesus transferred authority to us. Therefore this makes us a part of God’s kingdom and not the enemy’s kingdom. We have the Holy Spirit in us to pray God’s will. Through all of this God has called each of us to be intercessors by standing in the gap to intercept the enemy’s plans for our lives and the lives of others.
We have to follow God’s commands to resist the enemy. “ Our prayers will be more powerful and unhindered when we are in top condition physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.” (page 76) Just as someone in the military conditions themselves for battle we condition ourselves by:
• Spending time with God in prayer.
• Live in a way that pleases God.
• Get rid of anything in your life that is not glorifying God.
• Refuse to be prideful.
• Fulfill God’s command to love others.
• Don’t be careless with your body.
• Separate yourself from the ungodly.
• Don’t dwell on what you are not.
• Walk in a way that produces fruit of the spirit.
• Be renewed in the mind.
• Be forgiving.
• Watch what you say.
Finally we are to become skilled in our spiritual weapons. God has equipped us with the spiritual weapons outlined in Ephesians 6 to fight against the enemy. The more we train and practice in our knowledge and retention of God’s word, the more our faith develops and the stronger our faith will be. We have to pray, read God’ s word and stand in faith in spiritual battles.
Ultimately God wants us to place Him first in our lives by making Him a priority and separating ourselves from sin, worldliness, and pride. He desires for us to have a complete dependence on Him.
These are some of the key points that I took away from this book. There was a wealth of knowledge here to guide us all to have victorious lives as prayer warriors. There are valuable principles that destroy yokes and bondages by bringing forth healing, breakthrough and victory in our lives and the lives of those we pray for.
If you are looking to take your prayer life to the next level and grow spiritually while doing so, then I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. Stormie also provides several powerful prayers at the end of the book regarding various subjects that believers deal with on a daily basis.