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The Power of a Praying Wife

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Worrying about your marriage changes nothing... Praying about it can change everything.

Today's challenges and pressures can make a fulfilling marriage seem like an impossible dream. Yet God delights in doing the impossible if only we would ask! Stormie Omartian shares how God has strengthened her own marriage since she began to pray for her husband concerning key areas in
Paperback, 203 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Harvest House Publishers (first published July 1st 1996)
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Jul 12, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-of-grace
Just finished (re)reading this book this morning. I first got it the year after we got married, back when I thought my husband and our marriage was perfect. I read it cover to cover in a very short time period and thought it was great.
Then we moved to AZ, I was invited to a women's Bible Study that just happened to being to doing this book. It was life changing at that time, as things were a little rocky and this book gave me the hope and tools I needed to see me through that period of time.
I have to be honest about a book that's been so popular. The main value in this book for me was (1) it spurred me on to pray intentionally for my husband more regularly and (2) the prayers at the end of each chapter provided a good tool for prayer. However, I have a big issue with her theology that seems to put too much emphasis on the power of the one praying instead of the power of the God who hears prayer! I didn't agree with her teaching that my lack of prayer can limit God's work in my ...more
Sep 01, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok
This book is exactly the same setup as the power of a woman, and I am sure it's the same setup as power of a praying parent too. Good thing though the chapters are short so I don't have to try and keep my attention span for long. I just don't get this book. Talking about how if your husband is a stay at home Dad how men aren't wired to clean and you might still have to clean and it's our job to keep the house in order and make it a home, blahh, blahh blahh, I am sorry but my husband is a stay at ...more
Gloria Vodicka
Sep 10, 2011 Gloria Vodicka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book to help a marriage with God's blessing.
Shannah Mauney
Oct 15, 2011 Julianna rated it really liked it
I think I may have found this book at Wal-Mart, which is good because that means it can hit a wider base if people than if it were just sold at B&N, for example. Anyway, Mrs. Omartian divides the book into 30 chapters, each with an aspect of a Christian man's life, from sexuality to faith to fatherhood. Actually, that is one of the best things about it, its holistic approach to protection through faith.

The Power of a Praying wife is a great guide for women who love God and love their husband
Rachel Maria
Sep 23, 2013 Rachel Maria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: devotional
This book serves as a wonderful resource book. I've read it from cover to cover. I've read it several times. And, I've referenced it several times. The title pretty much sums it up. In my personal experience, I can definitely serve as witness to the POWER of a Praying Wife. In a nutshell, the theme of the book encourages the reader to allow God to handle your marriage. In letting go of trying to make your spouse change, YOU will be changed. Any improvements you witness in your husband's life ...more
Jun 18, 2010 Janelle rated it it was ok
"Praying Wife" was different to what I was expecting and at first I found it hard to relate to the topics as they didn't seem relevant to where my husband is in his journey with Christ. However, I realised that I could just use the topics as a starting point for my prayers for my husband. The prayers were quite specific, so it was hard to find them personal for our situations/circumstances, but I would like to go through the headings again and write up my own prayers for my husband, based on ...more
Nov 29, 2007 Lori rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: married ladies
This book is broken down into 30 one-day aspects of a man's life (i.e. his work, his relationships, his reputation). There are some thoughts from the author based on scripture, and a prayer at the end of each day's selection which comes directly from the Bible so that the reader is praying the scripture verses. It's very powerful stuff.

I found this to be a tremendously helpful tool in my marriage as I focus, not on myself, but on my husband and tha challenges he faces each day. (Incidentally, t
Aug 14, 2007 Carol rated it it was amazing
This book and other Stormie Omartian books have been a huge influence in my life, in how I pray for my family.
Oct 17, 2014 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I find this book to be quite sexist, and feel that it tries to resurrect some old and trite stereotypes about men and women. It is also very hard on women. There seems to be an unhealthy tradition to place the blame on the woman and the entire burden and responsibility upon her for the success of her marriage.

Not only that, this book only applies to a very narrow sector of married women in the world. It may be applicable if you are young, healthy and not disabled, and affluent.

What about the maj
Sep 02, 2014 Dorry marked it as to-read
I love many aspects of this book. The Authors own plight in her marriage was reassuring, she is very wise and her words are beautifully written. At times I feel the author makes prayer a means to an end. If you pray for your kids they will not struggle with their job choices, if you pray you will want to lose weight and your husband will desire you more, if you pray you will have the right words at the right time. Prayer does change things. Prayer makes a way when there is no way. But prayer ...more
Apr 02, 2009 Invinceable2 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All wives
Recommended to Invinceable2 by: Vicki
I've read and used this book as a hand book to my marriage (next to the Bible of course). Stormie really hits on the truth , and the truth you find out about yourself when you read this is life altering. Great book to read if you've ever thought to yourself or cried out in the night..."Somethings got to change"! I've grown soo much from using the prayers in this hidden "treasure" given to me by a friend who loved me enough to show me the light. It's about keeping your eyes on the true lover of ...more
E.N. Joy
Aug 16, 2016 E.N. Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've owned this book for years. I've read it a few times, but it truly was not until this third time around that the words actually pierced my spirit and renewed my soul. I received a new revelation, as it was a different time in my life and my marriage now than the other times I've read it. If you've read the book and find it to be so-so, hold onto it and be obedient for when your spirit man tells you to pull it out again. Stormie is truly ministering in this book. She's being very transparent. ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
Stormie Omartian is a wonderful prayer and Scripture teacher, even through the written word. I have learnt so much from reading her books. This book literally helped me to turn a bad situation in my life into a good one. The teaching in this book is truly inspired and anointed and I go back to this book again and again and again and my copy is falling apart. I think it's probably time to buy another. The book is written like a devotional, 30 daily teachings with relevant scriptures. It makes ...more
JoJo Sutis
Feb 18, 2014 JoJo Sutis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a wonderful resource for wives! Every woman needs this book!
Stormie's sweet spirit and passion for prayer comes across beautifully and you feel as if she is guiding you step by step on this new journey of praying for your husband in ways you may not have thought of before. I highly recommend this book to keep on your bookshelf and read over and over again. Not only will it change your prayer life, but it will take your relationship with your spouse to a whole new level of spiri
Jul 09, 2009 Denise rated it it was amazing
I love this book it has truly helped me in my prayers for my hubby. He has truly come along way God is awesome and has done great things in his life and is still at work thats to being a praying wife.
Feb 13, 2012 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
I should probably buy a new copy, my first copy was stained with coffee and missing a few pages from continued use and I gave my second copy away. I learned a lot about how to pray for my husband from these pages and where to look for peace in every situation. Highly recommend!!!
Kendra Neal
Dec 23, 2011 Kendra Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book to read and review. I have read the book Power of a Praying Wife before and this is truly a great companion for that book! AWESOME Book!
This book was so helpful. I recommend it for those interested in strengthening their prayer life.
Mandy J. Hoffman

I truly appreciate the concept of this book - having devotionals and prayers coming from the three perspectives of "I", "He", and "We" and all focused on a godly marriage. However, while there is truth in the pages, it is presented together with a very weak focus on the gospel and way too much focus on the act of prayer being the magic act needed for change. I believe there is power in prayer and I am not here to bash prayer in anyway, but I do not agree with phrases like: "The more yo
Sep 03, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Power of a Praying Wife Devotional," is different than other devotionals that I use. It is set up in a way that allows us to focus on praying not only for our marriage, and husband, but also to to focus on praying for ourselves.I think often as wives,mothers and caretakers we often forget the importance of praying for ourselves, but Ms. Omartian gently reminds us that when we pray for ourselves it affects our spirit,soul and body as well as our marriage. The author actually devotes one ...more
April Corbett (Dorris)
Aug 22, 2012 April Corbett (Dorris) rated it it was amazing
Anyone that knows me closely knows that getting prepared for marriage has been a struggle for me for a number of reasons. That is one of the reasons you will see a lot of marriage prep/marriage counseling type books in my read-stream. This title was the first one that I purchased over a year ago and I can say it helped more that any other book so far. Prayer is an important part of my life and it was important for me to learn when and how and to what extreme I need to be praying for my future ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a wife and mom, often times I forget to take care of me. Stormie once again reminds us how "extremely important" it is "to pray for yourself as a wife." Many times we are so busy taking care of everyone elses' needs, we neglect our own. But, God, called us to love ourselves too. When I read Stormie's books, it reminds me that I'm not praying to change my husband, but rather to change myself first. As wives and mothers, we need to remember to pray for what God wants, for the Lord to change me, ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
This was a gift to me from a good friend I initially wondered if my marriage appears troubled to her, but I learned, however, that this book isn't just for those whose marriage are troubled but for those who are doing ok as well. As they say, relationships, especially marriages, are works in progress. Anything could go wrong at anytime. This book gives ideas & solutions to maintain and nourish a couple's relationship.

This book counsels the wife to strengthen the marriage at all times with pr
Angela Dolbear
Aug 05, 2010 Angela Dolbear rated it it was amazing
Even though I finished this book a couple months ago, I find myself going back to it to look up topics and Scriptures that it talked about. I increased my rating to five stars since it's content has stayed with me, and I continue to apply it to everyday life.

This book is a must read for every wife. I wish I had read it 11 years ago when I first got married. It really impressed upon me the importance of daily (and sometimes hourly) praying for my husband, and praying for him specifically. Just ye
Lori Colombo-Dunham
Oct 14, 2013 Lori Colombo-Dunham rated it it was amazing
I was given this book as gift by a very dear friend who had no idea about the marital misery I was experiencing at the time. She just spontaneously offered it to me with the recommendation that "it's a beautiful book for life." Little did I know my friend's thoughtful gesture would provide the guidance I desperately needed to turn my shotgun wedding into an amazing love story and marriage. Though not always easy and often with extreme difficulty, I applied the principles contained within The ...more
Jun 19, 2008 Christy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any married women
Recommended to Christy by: I was given it as a wedding shower gift by a friend
I read this book 3 years ago as my husband and I toured Germany. I remember it bringing up lots of good conversations and the one thing that stands out especially is the first chapter. The whole "Lord change me." deal is VERY convicting and I often think of that prayer when I really upset about something that's going on in my marriage. Say my husband leaves his socks around and I totally get annoyed with it. Wouldn't it be great if I just didn't care, rather than thinking all the time "Lord, why ...more
Sara ♥
This was a REALLY good little audiobook. It was abridged (I realized about halfway through), but reading through the reviews, I'm glad I went that route. Most of the things people were complaining about, I didn't really run into, as the audio was abbreviated.

The book is broken down by topics based on specific things we can pray for our husbands about with regard to his life. I thought her points were sound in most cases, and supported well by Bible passages. I didn't agree with EVERYTHING, of co
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Apr 27, 2011 ~Gen hearts books.~ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: married women or maybe engaged women
I first read this one a few years ago, upon purchasing it. I had this buried with a few other forgotten about books, due to a recent move. I enjoyed it the first time I read it and I have referred back to it a few times in the past. It was really helpful. I liked that the author added lots of scriptures to go along with what she wrote about. I will be re-reading this one whenever I feel the need to. This is a great book for married women. I think it would also be a good read for women planning ...more
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Stormie Omartian is an award-winning bestselling author and speaker who personally connects with readers and listeners by sharing her experiences and illustrating how God transforms lives when we learn to trust in Him.

The strength and transparency of Stormie’s message has driven her books to the top of the bestsellers list. More than 26 million copies have been sold worldwide of her "Power of Pray
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“Lord, I pray that my husband will be strong in the Lord and put on the whole armor of God, so he can stand against the enemy every day. Enable him to take up the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” 7 likes
“I Don’t Even Like Him—How Can I Pray for Him? Have you ever been so mad at your husband that the last thing you wanted to do was pray for him? So have I. It’s hard to pray for someone when you’re angry or he’s hurt you. But that’s exactly what God wants us to do. If He asks us to pray for our enemies, how much more should we be praying for the person with whom we have become one and are supposed to love? But how do we get past the unforgiveness and critical attitude? The first thing to do is be completely honest with God. In order to break down the walls in our hearts and smash the barriers that stop communication, we have to be totally up-front with the Lord about our feelings. We don’t have to “pretty it up” for Him. He already knows the truth. He just wants to see if we’re willing to admit it and confess it as disobedience to His ways. If so, He” 5 likes
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