Monday, November 21, 2016

Book Report

Praying God’s Word – by Beth Moore

Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds

This book is simply a must have for your daily prayer time. Beth Moore has provided us with a scripture-based book that specifically addresses the strongholds that prevent Christians from living a truly free and spirit- filled life.

Beth Moore is a well-known author of best-selling books and Bible studies. She is a meticulous researcher and prayer warrior with spiritual insights in scripture that can only be a true gift from God. She tells us that God has called her to teach and that her best teaching comes from lessons she has learned the hard way! She confesses to the reader that; “This book is a result of my unquenchable desire to share one of the most effective approaches to the liberated life in Christ that God has ever taught me: praying scripture to overcome strongholds.”

Praying God’s Word is a topical prayer guide that shows us how to put into practice II Corinthians 10:3-5. “tearing down strongholds by captivating our minds with the knowledge of God” How do we practise this? By using God’s word in prayer.

 This book isn’t a Bible study, a novel or a book of advice. It is a scripture-based devotional resource. The author incorporates scripture in prayer form. You can use it for a few minutes a day or for several hours. You can use it for intercessory prayer as well. Beth Moore has organised hundreds of scriptures into fourteen chapters that address some of the most powerful strongholds of our minds. After all, the battlefield is in our minds. God’s word teaches us that our only offensive weapon in warfare (Ephesians 6) is the sword of the Spirit… the Word of God. We need to allow scripture to take captive our minds so that we can pray in the spirit and defeat our strongholds.

 What is a stronghold? The author explains that,” it is anything that consumes so much of our emotional and mental energy that abundant life is strangled, our callings remain unfulfilled and our believing lives are virtually ineffective”. Are you holding on to past hurts? Do you need to pray for God’s help in overcoming pride, unbelief, insecurity, depression? Using scripture will plug you into His power to overcome these and so many more strongholds …… bitterness, anger, anxiety to add a few more.

What makes this book, Praying God’s Word, so inspiring to me is that Beth Moore talks us through the scripture in prayer form. She incorporates the scriptures into a form of prayer. I find this allows me to see a clearer picture, in plain language, of what God expects from me and wants to do for me. Yes, we can take the time and look up all the scriptures that pertain to our strongholds. Honestly, how often would we take the time, or have the time to do that? This book shows me quickly and specifically literally hundreds of scriptures that I can go to over and over again to pray for myself and others.

Taking our thoughts captive and presenting them to Christ using our Lord’s words in scripture is so empowering!

 Book Report by Ruth Rockliff

Editor's Note:  If you'd like to own a copy of this book, Ruth has several available.   

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