Today’s post is written by a sweet, sweet Christian sister and fellow blogger, Crystal Storms. She and I met in Florida at our church’s women’s ministry dinner. It was one dinner and one conversation, but it started an over-the-miles relationship that is centered on the Lord and writing for Him. Crystal has a heart after God and desires to honor Him. She has a wealth of information when it comes to blogging and books, and the following review is no different. Enjoy!
When Kristi first asked me to review a book on prayer for her Prayer series, I thought of a few favorite books on prayer, but no book has been more instrumental in my marriage than “The Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian. I shared on my blog, in the post Tools of Marriage Transformation, that this book was one of the tools God used to transform my marriage.
When I discovered “The Power of a Praying Wife,” my marriage was falling apart. I had gone to a dear friend looking for answers, and she came alongside me and helped me see my role in my marriage problems and shared how God had used this book to transform her own marriage. Desperate for a solution, I drove by the bookstore on my way home and picked up “The Power of a Praying Wife,” “The Power of a Praying Wife Prayer and Study Guide”, and “The Power of a Praying Wife Book of Prayers.”
Through the “Power of a Praying Wife,” I went from a prayer wimp to a woman on her knees daily for both her husband and her marriage. I learned The Power of a Praying Wife:
POWER: When we pray God’s Word, we invite the power of God into our lives and marriages.
PRAYING: Prayer opens the door and welcomes God into our marriages and lives.
WIFE: “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22 NIV)
“The Power of a Praying Wife” taught me how to become an intercessor for my husband. “An intercessor is one who prays for someone else and makes possible the ability of that person to respond to God” (Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying Wife Prayer and Study Guide).
“The Power of a Praying Wife” is divided into 30 chapters, and each chapter covers a different area in which our husbands need our prayers. Stormie shares real life examples of marriages, including her own, specific prayers to pray, and verses to stand on and pray over our marriages.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up …” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV). The word “help” here comes from the Hebrew word quwm (Strong’s H6965) which means to cause to rise up, to establish, to endure. As wives we have the opportunity to pray for our husbands which will enable them to rise above their circumstances, establish them, and empower them through God’s grace to endure the trials they go through.
Ecclesiastes continues: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV). Our prayers unite us in marriage and invite the power of God to work in our lives and in our marriages.
“Before your prayers are answered there will be blessings from God that will come to you simply because you are praying. That’s because you will have spent time in the presence of God, where all lasting transformation begins.” Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying Wife
Rest in His presence,
More About Crystal Storms~
Crystal shares her heart at IntentionallyPursuing.com where she encourages women to intentionally pursue the heart of God in every area of life. She loves coffee, chocolate, tea, good books, and most of all Jesus. Married to her best friend for over 19 years, Crystal and Tim live in Florida where the air is salty and the beach is close.