7 PROFOUND LESSONS FROM OMARTIAN’S THE POWER OF A PRAYING WOMAN
“This book is not about living up to a standard. Its about letting God become your standard. It’s not about trying to make something happen for yourself. It’s recognizing that you can’t make anything happen, but you can surrender your life to God and let Him make things happen for you.” page 35-36
I really enjoy that feeling you get, when you take a moment to stop and think about what you just read. Like you just had an epiphany. You read the phrase a second time and take a pause. A cup of tea won’t cut it, neither will a short walk along the corridor do. It’s not the time to invite interruptions, No! Its time to reflect and question the writer, then question yourself. The best part of it all is when you finally take that pink felt pen and underline or highlight or do both.
‘It has paid off! The time I invested in reading the book paid off and I felt challenged to unlearn a few things. I feel encouraged to learn a few things. A hearty laugh was just as surprising, definitely a bonus. I feel good.’ Isn’t this the feeling we all are trying to get when we buy books? Obviously there are those instances we had a big miss, some great disappointments in the pursuit of following a well marketed book. There are those impulsive buys, simply because books and us are synonymous.
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Stormie Omartian has gradually grown to rank in the good buy category in my opinion. The ‘aha’ moments are so humbling and elating. The Power Of A Praying Woman by Stormie is a precious book to me and I know to many other women across the world. I almost wanted to keep the sentiments to myself, but I remembered Sharing Is caring!
7 Lessons from The Power Of A Praying Woman
- The word of God is Powerful
Everything in this book is centered around the word of God and Stormie’s life experiences. You may be thinking, this is just how it is for you, always sickly, broke, stressed, lonely, not progressing, and confused. Well, the good news is, it doesn’t have to be like this. In every chapter, there are promises from God to us for our claiming. Start from here and seek God for your promises to come and start living a full satisfying life.
I remember when I started out on my motherhood journey. Scared of labour and the delivery process, I searched far and wide for scripture that I would claim and chant in the labour ward. It didn’t help much that during that time there were countless reports of young women, like me dying during delivery. You can imagine the anxiety I had.
So one time my mum in law came to pray for me and she happened to mention in her prayer, that I would deliver quickly like the Hebrew women before the enemy came to attack. It was the first time I heard of such aggressive prayer, and now I was curious to learn about these Hebrew women. I found my scripture in Exodus 1:16-20,21. I testify that with all my 4 children, the delivery was in record time, the midwives always gasped in wonder. Of course the pain was very real notwithstanding!
2. There is Power in each of God’s names.
The way we recognize or respond to God’s names will affect how we live our lives.
How many of God’s names do you know? God has hundreds of names ,and each of his names is a representative of how He wants us to trust Him. Many of us know him as provider, healer or deliverer. But we hardly remember often enough that He is our husband, our father, our hiding place, lifter of our heads, our strong tower. The list is endless.
Stormie suggests any praying woman must endeavor to know God’s names and use them to her advantage in her daily life.
There is power in each of God’s names and if spoken in faith and reverence, God can’t help but act in the nature of his name on your behalf. The more we practice calling out God’s name in our worship, it builds up our faith in manners our minds cannot fathom.
3. This is not about perfection
Do you often find yourself getting intimidated to say you are a praying woman? I totally understand your sentiments. I have had such internal fights within me a number of times.
The moment we fall short, we are ready to devour and tear down and judge harshly. I believe I have judged too not once not twice more like gazillion times. This is the number one reason we Christians don’t champion the things of God as we ought to. Because we are living according to man’s standards.
Stormie reminds us that we are living for God and not man’s approval. This perspective changes the whole game because remember God says, my power is made strong in weakness. Meaning the more I boast in my weakness, the more God’s power comes and takes control over my life.
David in the Bible was full of flaws yet God called him a man after his own heart. Think about that for a minute.
This means, the more I shout from the mountain tops that Jesus is Lord, I am proclaiming that I am as faulty and flawed as they come, however God’s Grace is sufficient for me to dare say, I am righteous. Imagine that!
4. Becoming a forgiving person
Am I any less of a Praying woman when I can’t seem to forgive too easily? The cut is too deep.
Stormie gives the best advise. Simply ask God for help. Ask Him until you feel the weight of unforgiveness and disobedience lifting off.
Saying the words, ‘I forgive’ alone is a battle already won. God does the rest for us as we confess to him the burdens of our hearts.
Give your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
5. Character Building
I’m sure am not the only person in the world who falls into the trap of procrastination into never land. To have this illusion that somehow the future is the best time to do that thing I don’t want or feel like doing. I love writing, I love story telling but there are aspects of this fantastic Art that are quite daunting If I may say.
Part of being successful in life means doing things we would rather not. When we do things we don’t like simply because we know we need to do them, it builds CHARACTER in us. It makes us DISCIPLINED. Page 57
If you really want that blessing you have got to make that sacrifice.
6. Obedience & Clarity
Apparently, disobedience is the reason we have felt utterly confused about certain situations in our lives to a point of giving up. Can you believe that? God wants us to be willing enough to let Him purify, instruct, train, bless and encourage us. He can only do this If we truly believe that, he speaks to us daily through His word.
When we obey God, we find clarity in our day to day activities and that’s all we ask for right?
7. The battle is in the mind
Deception is one of the Devil’s greatest strategy against any praying woman. He deceives us by blinding us to God’s truth and throwing discouragement, fear, confusion, and dissension. We have all heard the saying, ‘It all starts in the mind’. Well it is true. Whenever thoughts come rushing to our minds we have to verify if they align with the word of God.
Reality is created by the mind. We can change our reality by changing our mind.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The remedy to this, among others according to the author’s experience, is to read God’s word, to fast and pray, and praising God. These three have powerful effects that in the natural state you wouldn’t take notice of. In the supernatural state however, the unimaginable is happening; and its for your good.
This book effortlessly puts into perspective the Importance and Power of Prayer. From real life experiences and examples of God’s deliverance and protection in Stormie’s life, you get Inspired to try out this Jesus. This Jesus who says,” I came that you may have life and life in all its fullness.” John 10:10. It’s an eye opener into how the devil tricks us into not making time to read the word of God, our daily bread, our truth, our way, and our life, by getting us too distracted.
I feel empowered to know how to pray over my life and live a truly rewarding life knowing that the captain of my destiny is a prayer away.
Have you read The Power Of A Praying Woman? What other self-care books have you read recently that resonated with you? Which memorable book caused you to take action?