A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer
by Priscilla Shirer
This book, about strategic prayer, was very convicting. Priscilla Shirer motivated me to pray more and on a regular basis. She challenged me to start praying specifically for what I want and strategically against the enemy. I cannot recommended this book highly enough for any woman who wants to better their prayer life.
“The enemy wants other things and other people to replace God’s preeminence in our schedule, in our mind, in our heart, in our home. He wants our loyalties lured away from our Creator and dispersed among a dozen others, without our even thinking about it. Unmanageable, incessant pressure, then is not just another nagging problem in your average day. It’s an attack against your full devotion to God as your one and only Lord. It’s a cosmic battle for your contentment, your peace, your rest, your sense of balance, health, and wholeness, your ability to worship attentively, to trust fully, to be free and satisfied in Christ, available to move at the invitation of His perfectly timed will.” (page 143)
The enemy is using our incessant busyness to keep us from God. And only in God will we find the contentment, rest, balance, and health we are continually seeking. We need to be ready to fight when the enemy tries to pull our loyalties away from God throughout the day. And we get ready by being in God’s Word and praying fervently.
“Because praying-reaching outward and upward to Him-is the way His passion comes down. Even prayers that begin with the blunt edge of willpower, dragging your heart along kicking and screaming, can soon begin to shine with the cutting edge of hope, faith, and passionate confidence in Christ. Once the wind of God’s Spirit starts blowing, you’re no longer praying rote, innocuous prayers. Instead, you’re praying deliberate prayers. Prayers that are as personalized and devastating as the enemy’s attacks against you. Strategic prayers. Powerful prayers.” (page 35)
Even if you don’t think you know how to pray, don’t feel comfortable praying, or flat out just don’t feel like it right now, just start praying. God knows your heart. The Holy Spirit will be working with you and for you while you pray. But you have to start.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26
This book is great for self study but I really enjoyed doing it with a small group. I encourage you to see if a couple friends want to read it as well. Even if you don’t have formal meetings it would be great to have someone who you can discuss this book with and who will hold you accountable as you start implementing strategic prayer.