Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Battle Plan for Prayer

Attacking Life's Struggles Through Prayer

Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ new movie, War Room, this exciting new resource from the #1 best-selling author team behind The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men is designed to help anyone learn how to become a powerful person of prayer. The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.

 The Battle Plan for Prayer: Attacking Life's Struggles Through Prayer 
Published August 1st 2015
 by B&H Books  
5 Stars
ISBN: 1433688662
5 Stars

Have you seen the movie War Room?
I admit that I have not, but have seen the trailer for it.  I must admit that I am not a person who goes to the theater to watch a movie.  I usually wait until it comes out on dvd and then I purchase it.    
This is a study guide designed to help you on your journey of learning how to pray more biblical and strategically. To help in using this book as a study guide here are suggestions on how to use it:
-read a chapter a day at least 5 days a week for the next seven weeks
-read the Bible each day (the suggestion is the Gospel of Luke so you can learn from Jesus about prayer)
-pray everyday.  Prayer time should be both scheduled and spontaneous

There is a battle plan page where you can list you scheduled time and place for prayer and then prayer targets that helps you develop a specific, personalized and ongoing prayer list. (very helpful)
The book is broken up into seven focus areas:
Basic Training
Each focus area is further explained in the chapters they contain.  For instance, the first chapter (under Enlistment) is the Legacy of Prayer. 
 In this chapter we learn that there's not an issue we're facing that prayer can not address because nothing is too difficult or impossible for God to handle.  It also explains that the greatest and most spiritually successful men and women of the Bible were always people of prayer.  Examples given were Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Moses, David, Daniel and Jesus.    We are reminded that no church program, religious event, political effort, or humanitarian cause can trump the awesome power of what God can do in response to the prayers of His people.  Then the chapter ends with a prayers.  

This is a wonderful study for either a small group or an individual.  It's set up in an easy to follow format.  The verbiage is both easy to  read and understandable.  Each area is backed up by biblical scriptures that you can reference to.  The section of Ammunition offers an array of references such as: Rhythms of Prayer, Spiritual Temperature Test, The Gospel, Prayer Strategy Verses, Spiritual Ammo, The Names of God, and Starting a Prayer Ministry.  This area alone you could spend several hours if not days delving into the scripture.  The last section is Reinforcements which consists of discussion questions.  
This is a book that when you finish will be placed close by for easy reference.  Would I recommend it to anyone?  Definitely.  I can't think of anyone who would not benefit from this book whether you are new to Christianity or faithful believer.  
*I received this book free from the Publisher through their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

Meet the Authors:

  Stephen Kendrick is an ordained minister who has served families for 20 years in student ministry and associate pastor positions. Along with his brother Alex, he is also a screenwriter (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous), movie producer, and coauthor of two New York Times best-selling books (The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men). Stephen and his wife, Jill, have six children.      

 Alex Kendrick is an ordained minister and New York Times best selling coauthor of The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men. He has spoken in numerous countries to students, families, and men’s groups. He is also an accomplished actor, screenwriter, and film director, whose credits include Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. He and his wife, Christina, have six children.

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