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Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. "One of the most practical books on prayer ever Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features It a manual with lots and lots of scripture. With God's word . Includes bibliographical references (pages ) and index. Becoming a Prayer Warrior by Elizabeth Alves and C. Wagner by Elizabeth Alves INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the JPG and PDF files Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches.
It is a great introduction to prayer from the charismatic viewpoint. She covers the basics of prayer, such as what it is and why Christians should pray. She reminds us of the priority it was in Jesus' life. She covers how to pray, when, and why. She he This is a reprint of an earlier book by Alves.
She helps readers understand the different kinds of prayer, including samples and guidelines from Scripture. She has a good section on how to hear from God, paying particular attention to the Holy Spirit and to journaling. She has an extensive teaching on the essentials of spiritual warfare, including a good section on the armor of God.
She covers each of the weapons of warfare, including praying in the spirit and fasting. She reminds us of the ministry of intercessors, to watch and pray.
Becoming a Prayer Warrior: A Guide to Effective and Powerful Prayer
This is a great introduction to prayer from the charismatic viewpoint. She includes examples from her own life, the lives of others, and the Bible to illustrate the principles of her teaching. She has a good section on unanswered prayer too. It is a practical book. There are suggested outlines for prayer near the end of the book.
She includes suggested daily prayer priorities and actual suggested prayers. That makes this book a great one for new Christians or older ones who need prompts to begin an effective prayer discipline. Alves believes God has chosen to work through people. The more our spiritual eyes are opened, the more understanding we will have about our physical circumstances.
Jesus was so spiritually attuned that He said: "Who is the one who touched Me? Peter said, "Master, the multitudes are crowding and pressing upon You. Peter was looking at the natural touch; Jesus was aware that something was happening in the spiritual realm. Prayer ignites our natural senses so the light of His Spirit is able to shine in on the motives of the power and principalities at work around us. How can this be? How could the Cross possibly have brought Him joy? Because when Jesus was on earth, He was limited by time and distance.
Through His death and Resurrection, however, He was able to send the Comforter so all believers could have ongoing, immediate access to the Father via the Holy Spirit. Romans says that "Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
As we follow Christ's example, we too must freely give ourselves to prayer. Prayer is an unselfish work that is often unseen and unappreciated by others; they only experience the results.
When we pray, we are not seeking to be seen by men, but rather to stand in the presence and pleasure of the Lord see Matt. Our times with God the Father bring us into oneness of heart with Him. We are then able to experience His heartache over the lost, His compassion for the hurting and His love for others even our enemies. Prayer is a love response to the burdens of others. The apostle Paul set forth a model for unselfish prayer in Philippians ,4: Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
The apostle said he did not cease giving thanks for others while making mention of them in his prayers see Eph. Paul, like Jesus, believed God.
As a result, prison gates were opened, souls were saved, the afflicted were healed and lives were transformed. Prayer is powerful, especially when it is based upon God's Word. God's Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. God will meet you right where you are, using the amount of knowledge you have. For example, I remember when a woman who had just become a Christian once called for prayer, saying that her baby had a stubborn diaper rash that would not respond to medication. I told her to "apply the Word of God" and call me with the answer.
Twenty-four hours later, she called to say that her baby was cured. When I asked her which verse she had prayed, she explained that she had ripped a page out of the Word and placed it in her baby's diaper each time she changed it. God met this young mom right where she was, with the knowledge that she had!
Ask God to give you a verse that applies to the situation for which you are praying, and pray it. For example, you might pray Colossians 1 by inserting your own name or the name of your family and friends, asking "that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light" vv.
Your prayer will then become God's own Word alive in your mouth. Praying God's Word brings results and answers, because God Himself said that His Word will not return to Him empty, without accomplishing what He desires, and without succeeding in the matter for which He sent it see Isa.
When you pray the Word, however, it must be quickened by the Holy Spirit so you may speak forth with anointing. Do not pray the Word for the sake of religious activity. Pray the Word based on faith, believing that you are in agreement with God's will for the circumstance. Let faith be the motivation behind your prayer. Then you will have the assurance that He will work in cooperation with you: And without faith it is impossible to please Him. Prayer that is based on faith bears fruit for the Kingdom and pleases God When you pray and communicate with God in faith.
Jesus said to pray, "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" Matt. God has chosen to work through people, not around them. Therefore, He also says, "Truly I say to you, whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" Matt The obvious inference is that God has limited some of His activities on the earth and will respond only to the prayers of His children. Heaven waits for those of us on earth to pray for things to happen.
Stanley Jones once said, "We align ourselves with the purpose and power of God and He is able to do things through us that He could not do otherwise. Prayer Versus Intercession At this point you may be asking, What is the difference between prayer and intercession? Prayer starts with you and what you know to be the obvious facts as you bring them before God.
God will then take over and you will pray what is on your heart and mind until you have prayed it through. Many times prayer will lead to intercession, where God takes over and you are praying in ways you do not understand for that person. Intercession differs from prayer in that it starts and ends with God. You might be driving along and someone will come to your mind, maybe a sense of urgency about a friend or relative, or even a person you haven't thought about in years.
This is God speaking to you. Sometimes you won't understand why you are praying what you are praying, but as you are obedient to pray what you are sensing, God's will is done on earth. Sometimes God will allow you to know the outcome; other times He won't. Your responsibility is to be obedient. An example of this from my own life involves a favorite cousin I hadn't seen in about 10 years.
I crawled out of bed in the middle of the night for a glass of water when a picture of my cousin canvassed my mind. Suddenly I dropped to my knees and began to cry out, "God, don't let Mike move! Keep him still, Lord!
Keep him still! Oh God, please don't let him move! Hold him, Lord! Hold him! Why am I praying this? I could not muster another word. So I got up, drank a glass of water and started back toward the bedroom. Again I fell to the floor and began to cry out with a grave sense of urgency. Don't let Mike move! Stay still! This time I thought, Oh no!
This must be a nightmare! I had no feeling inside of me other than the feeling to pray. I got up and began to pace the floor, wondering what in the world that was all about One more time I took a few steps toward the bedroom when again I dropped to the floor. Only this time I was yelling, "Get him up, Lord! Get him to run! Run, Mike! Lord, help him to run Let him run, God! Run, run, run! The following day, I called my aunt to see if she could help me put the pieces together about my puzzling outcries the night before.
She informed me that Mike was in Vietnam.
The experience still made very little sense. Finally, a month later my aunt called to read a letter she had received. The letter told how Mike, who was a pilot, had been shot down and landed in a tree. He had been warned to get out of the area as quickly as possible, but explained that just a few hundred yards from the crash site, he fell into a bush.
I felt like somebody was sitting on me. The Vietcong came and were unknowingly standing on my pant leg while looking up at my parachute in the tree. They turned around and began to slash the bushes with their bayonets. It looked safe, so I started to get up and was about to run when once again I fell into the bush as though someone were pushing me. I laid there for a couple of minutes when suddenly I had an impulse to get up and run.
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I heard a helicopter so I sprinted through the wooded area, following the direction of the noise, to an open space where I was whisked off to safety. The helicopter crew said they came in response to my beeper. And yet, it had not been working when I was shot down.
The Power of Prayer Prayer can cause God to relent. Many times the fate of the world is not in the hands of governors or kings, but in the hands of mighty intercessors. It is exciting to realize that your prayers not only affect those you are praying for, but can also help to mold national or international events. Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'?
Turn from Thy burning anger and change Thy mind about doing harm to Thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Thy servants to whom Thou didst swear by Thyself, and didst say to them, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.
As you pray.
He will pinpoint a problem area in someone's life or in a situation, allowing you to see as He sees. Luke tells us that "all things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him' , italics added. The role of intercession is a sacred trust.
The intercessor must carefully guard the secrets God reveals during prayer and be obedient to share only when the Lord directs. Seek His clear guidance on the proper follow-up of His revelation see Matt. As you continue in prayer, the kingdom of God will become real through the miracles of God operating in your life.
You will see the manifest power of God confirm your spiritual walk. Do not be afraid to believe God for the miraculous. The Warfare of Prayer But remember, you have an enemy. Ephesians tells us that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" You are called to do spiritual warfare through prayer over Satan's strongholds until you win!
Satan will usually attack us most in our greatest area of strength. But I have found that in our areas of weakness, we are more apt to call upon the Lord and rely upon Him. In our areas of strength, however, we tend to rely on self and often find ourselves burning out from fighting our battles alone.
Every area of your life is subject to enemy attack, so you must fight on your knees before you can stand on your mission field. Jesus Himself had to battle Satan through prayer for His ministry and in other situations.
We find this clearly illustrated in His wilderness temptation. He experienced spiritual warfare and won before He ever went out into public ministry. You, too, must win before you can fully function in what God has called you to do. The success of your Christian life is dependent on winning Daniel's spiritual battle clearly illustrates the war that occurs in the heavenlies: Then he said to me, "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia" Dan.
Daniel's story gives hope for those who are in the midst of battle. Don't give up. You are in a win-win situation. God is for you, and the battle is the Lord's. The Invitation of Prayer Prayer is not just a call to war; it is also an invitation to rest. Jesus said, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" Phil. Knowing that God is on your side will help you to enter into the rest He offers. He invites you to give Him your problems, cares, concerns and worries see 1 Pet. Cease striving and partner with Him. He loves you and longs to share His heart with you. He has called you, dear child of God, to rest in His love as you come away with Him in prayer.
Will you say yes to that invitation today? The Lord in His ultimate wisdom raised up a godly mentor for me who was dedicated to prayer. I so longed for that kind of intimacy with the Lord that I spent the next three years sitting at her feet and following her example. Because I had come from a liturgical background, I felt awkward with much of the body language I saw my mentor use as she poured out her heart to God in prayer.
Lifting my hands was especially difficult in the beginning because our church did not do that. As I read through the Scriptures, however, I found verse after verse about lifting my hands to the Lord see Pss. I realized my struggle was not as much with God as it was with tradition and my fear of man: What would people think of me?
My self-consciousness ended one Sunday morning in church when I lowered my hands because I thought someone was watching me. Suddenly a little five-year-old boy loudly exclaimed. I threw my hands into the air. From that day forward. As I watched my spiritual mother walk, lie, kneel and move about with an intense spirit of worship, I, too, began to minister to the King of kings and Lord of lords with my whole heart and body.
People often ask me, "How long, where and in what position should I pray? How Long Do I Pray? My mentor's son was an evangelist for whom I served, doing household chores.
Throughout the day I would stop to pray with him and his wife, and we saw many miraculous answers. Eventually the evangelist decided to rent a house to use for prayer. He asked me if I would be willing to pray between four and six hours a day. Excitedly, I responded, "I'll take six!
Becoming a Prayer Warrior
I'll never forget that first day. I walked into the prayer house, closed the door behind me and sighed, "Oh Lord, here we are, just You and me. I prayed and prayed until I found myself laying there in a state of exhaustion. When I looked at my watch, I thought the battery was running down.
Could it be that I had only prayed for 15 minutes! I began again. I prayed for everyone I knew. Then I prayed the Lord's prayer I even sang the Lord's prayer. I looked at my watch again, only 42 minutes had passed. I couldn't believe it! Finally I cried out to God. Each one of us must come to a point where we too cry out to God, "Lord, teach me to pray.
The account of Jesus and His disciples at Gethsemane clearly shows that Jesus did not hesitate to ask His followers to pray with Him for "one hour," and that this was a perfectly legitimate request. Yet, at the time He most needed and desired their support, they disappointed Him. Surely it must still disappoint our Lord when His followers put sleep and other activities above a desire to pray and spend time with Him. One pastor has said, "When you come to the place where you can tarry with the Lord one hour, something supernatural happens.
You begin to understand the character and purposes of God, and to experience the anointing of the power of God as never before. As you pray, a basic question may come to mind: How long should I spend for each person or subject? By exhausting your efforts or until you have peace Then accept the answer by faith. When you do your part in intercession, you must trust God's timing.
He is never late though it seems to His children that He passes up many opportunities to be early! Once you have prayed through your daily strategy, praise is always in order. Give Him praise and thanksgiving for the victory gained. If an answer is long in coming, be tenacious and follow the example of the widow in Luke Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God, and did not respect man.
And there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent. I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily.
However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? Prayer is only vain repetition when you speak empty words without faith behind them, or if you ask with a wrong motivation. When a response is delayed, continue to hold fast in prayer, like the widow in Luke Do not cast away your confidence as you wait on the Lord; if you grow weary and give up, the fruit of your prayer can be aborted see Gal.
Remember the words of Jesus: "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it shall be opened Matt. Therefore, keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking keep Is all this asking what the Bible refers to as "vain repetitions" or lack of faith? This kind of repetition is not wrong as long as it is spoken in faith.
Prayer is only vain repetition when you speak empty words without faith behind them, or if you ask with a wrong motivation see Jas. Jesus Himself gives us a good example of being tenacious and asking with the right motive. During His Gethsemane ordeal, it is written that Jesus specifically prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt" Matt, Jesus made this same request three times: And again He went away and prayed, saying the same words Mark And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more Matt.
Charles Spurgeon said, "By perseverance the snail reached the ark. When Do I Pray? My husband, Floyd, springs out of bed every morning eager to spend time in prayer with God. By spending those early hours with Jesus, Floyd is giving the very best of his day to the Lord. I, on the other hand, pray best between the hours of midnight and 3 A.
I jokingly tell Floyd the airwaves are less crowded on my watch! Your prayer watch may be in the middle of the day. God deals with each of us individually. When the Holy Spirit calls you to pray, let nothing stand in your way.
Be like the psalmist who wrote. I shall call upon God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, and He will hear my voice" Ps.
Obey the urgency of the Spirit to pray immediately when you feel an inner witness. An immediate response can change the direction of a person's life, or a situation, for the purpose of God's glory and another's good. You can accomplish far more through prayer than through your works and deeds.
You are meeting with God Himself, asking for divine intervention. Procrastination can be your greatest enemy, so use your time wisely don't waste it. The "when" of your prayer time is between you and God He knows your schedule and when you will be most effective. What matters most is that you set aside time each day to meet with Him. As you study the following Scriptures and biblical examples, ask God for the specific time He wants you to intercede. There is never a wrong time to pray see 1 Thess.
Where Do I Pray? Just as some work environments are more productive than others, the place where we pray can make a difference. Ask the Lord to show you where He wants to meet with you. If you have a specific place where you go to meet with Him, your prayer time will be more effective.
Some people have a special chair or a particular room where they pray daily. Many men have told me they like to pray outside. A friend who is a pastor in Holland took me to a tree where he spends his prayer time every morning. The tree is so enormous that it would take three people to wrap their arms around it, so the tree provides protection from the elements. My friend said that no matter what the weather is like, he meets God at the tree every morning.
When I first began to hear the Holy Spirit speak to me, I was in the bathtub. This is a great introduction to prayer from the charismatic viewpoint.
She includes examples from her own life, the lives of others, and the Bible to illustrate the principles of her teaching. She has a good section on unanswered prayer too. It is a practical book. There are suggested outlines for prayer near the end of the book.
She includes suggested daily prayer priorities and actual suggested prayers. That makes this book a great one for new Christians or older ones who need prompts to begin an effective prayer discipline.
Alves believes God has chosen to work through people. I was glad to read, however, that Alves encourages readers to find verses to apply to each need, making sure to be praying in agreement with God's will. This is a good book for charistmatic Christians. They will find good guidelines to enhance their prayer life.
Because of the soft view on God's sovereignty, I would not recommend the book to those of the Reformed persuasion. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Every now and then, a book has such an impact on me that I want to have a paperback or hardcover copy because I find them easier to look things up and at times I just really like to see more information on each page. This is one of those books that I will probably download in one of those versions. I have had a desire to I received a Kindle edition of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I have had a desire to learn more about having a richer prayer life that encompasses more than me and my concerns. While immersing myself in as much information as I could find, I have come across some wonderful books on the subject.There are of course the people without a home who live in the streets, shelters, train stations, underneath a bridge, those who are living with family members and all because they simply cannot afford a place or have situations and circumstances that are beyond their control that cause them to be homeless.
At other times you may be led to do warfare against the enemy forces. That's something I need to think about. My repentance, according to Your will, leads me to eternal life in You.
It is helpful to quote Scripture verses aloud until you have the victory. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? And men shall speak of the power of Thine awesome acts; and I will tell of Thy greatness
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