Book Review: Warfare Praying

Warfare Praying:  Biblical Strategies For Overcoming The Adversary, by Mark I. Bubeck

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Unlike many potential readers of this book, I do not come to this book ignorant about the matter of spiritual warfare [1].  On the contrary, it is a subject I read about distressingly often, and is a matter I take with the utmost seriousness.  Even so, reading this book made me feel like a college student who had signed up for a class not realizing it was part two of a class by someone who had their own specialized jargon for the material that he was covering, and I felt constantly puzzled and out of place by the way the author would refer to things that he obviously knew what he was talking about but that I did not.  You see, this book is a sequel to a book the author previously wrote called The Adversary, and this book constantly refers to that previous volume, about people who come to him for help because they read the book and were puzzled about how to apply it, and this book likely uses a great deal of language that the author described and explained in that previous volume but does not bother to explain–most notably what is meant by a “doctrinal prayer.”

Even if the contents of this book are more than a bit mysterious and confusing to someone not familiar with the author’s body of work, at least the structure of this book makes a good deal of sense.  This book is divided quite clearly into four unequal parts made up of twelve chapters and various supplementary material.  After an introduction and a word from the author, the author talks about the supremacy of Christ in the first part of the book, with chapters on how Satan is not invincible, how Christians need to keep a sovereign perspective, and that believers are in a union with Christ that offers a certain amount of protection to believers who walk a godly life.  The second part consists a single chapter which gives the author’s view of the supposed person and power of the Holy Spirit.  The third part of the book consists of six chapters that explain the various elements of the whole armor of God discussed in Ephesians 6:  the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes [properly sandals] of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit.  The last two chapters then discuss the weapon of prayer in theory and practice before the author concludes with a brief epilogue and then provides various prayer patterns for revival.

It is clear in reading this book that the author considers himself to be an expert in spiritual warfare, both in terms of how one should not open oneself up to satanic influences through drugs or experimenting with occult practices, and also in the way that the author encourages the reader to be far more aggressive when it comes to spiritual warfare and fight on the aggressive and not merely on the defensive.  This is such a priority for the author that he speaks about truth as a weapon even though Paul views truth as a belt, something to tuck the tunic in to keep one from being entangled in battle.  This is more of a problem than might appear to be the case at first, because a great many people view the truth as a weapon, cutting other people with harsh truths unkindly expressed, making enemies with it, rather than using the truth as a way of keeping oneself from being caught wrong-footed in battle, while one uses the sword of the Spirit through the presence of the Word.  God is the one fighting through us, not we ourselves trying to bring glory to ourselves by being truthtellers.

[1] See, for example:

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