Thursday, May 23, 2019

Strike the Mark by James W. Goll

About the Book

Book: Strike The Mark  
Author: James W. Goll  
Genre: Christian non-fiction, prayer, spiritual warfare  
Release Date: April 19, 2019

Prayers that strike the mark are specific prayers authorized by the Holy Spirit and endowed with divine power to accomplish the will of God in your life and for the needs of the world. On the cross, Jesus fulfilled the ultimate answer to all of our prayers, but He awaits our invitation to come into our situations and circumstances. When people of prayer intercede, they create a meeting place between the heavenly Father and His children. God comes upon the person who is praying and moves them from the natural to the supernatural. Empowered by God, the intercessor has the authority to cut down enemy forces and pick out “targets” for God’s lightning bolts of glory, bringing victory and breakthrough. Intercession could be called “extreme prayer” because it links extreme needs with the extraordinary power of God. Inserting ourselves into the gap between God and a need, we call upon the Holy Spirit, our Helper, who is ready to move us from finite ability to infinite ability, take hold of difficult situations, and help accomplish the will of God. We have the great honor of being called to “paint targets” on cities, churches, ministries, family members, contemporary “Sauls” (those who persecute or cause difficulty), and even ourselves. Our believing, persistent prayers will Strike the Mark!

 “He covers His hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark” (Job 36:32 NASB).

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My Review

So, I got the feeling that our author came from a Pentecostal standpoint, and while I am not a Pentecostal, I felt that Strike the Mark was filled with great references to Scripture as well as an application for those principles. I personally tend to be more like the author when it comes to my prayers even though I am not Pentecostal/Charismatic, but there are issues with the general concepts that he presents because I feel like He gives the prayer too much power rather than the God we pray to. Also, I feel that some Pentecostal theology, especially tongues the way they view it, is incorrect. I really liked how he brought out corporate repentance and prayer for the country and government because I do feel like that is really Scriptural and we just don't do it. I feel like modern day churches put too much faith in government instead of the God who rules us all, and as a result, we don't let the two mix. Intercessory prayer is something of a lost art because we are just self-centered people. If we had an eternal mindset, I feel that intercessory prayer would be more natural for us. I'm not going to agree with everything in the book, because we just have different points of view, but I found his book very inclusive in some areas. I feel that your average Christian, denomination or not, would find some really good information and Scriptural reference in here, though it will be hit and miss for those that are not Pentecostal. I do feel like in our culture, the Holy Spirit and so prayer is really not capitalized on. How many things in our lives, our families, our churches, our communities, and our countries are not changed because we haven't prayed about it? While God will accomplish His will, what have we not asked for? I also really liked that the author made it really clear that prayers are not your desires that are answered, but asking what the will of God is, making sure your desires are His desires for you, and then asking Him to accomplish His will. I also liked how he pointed out praying locationally- I personally have prayed in front of an abortion clinic, over my home, and also over a church sanctuary before a big gathering. What I know is that the Lord called the church the house of prayer in the Bible, and I feel this book really reminds us of this. While I don't know all of our author's theology outside of this book, I agree with about 50% of the book and I felt any Christian could find value in relation to their personal prayer life, family prayer life, and church prayer life in some way or form.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.

About the Author

 JAMES W. GOLL is the president of God Encounters Ministries and has traveled around the world sharing the love of Jesus, imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. He has recorded numerous classes with corresponding study guides and is the author of more than forty books, including The Seer, The Discerner, Releasing Spiritual Gifts Today, Passionate Pursuit, The Lost Art of Intercession, and The Lifestyle of a Prophet. James is the father of four wonderful children with a growing number of grandchildren, and makes his home in Franklin, TN.

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  1. Thank you for your review of this book. Now I know whether it's a right fit for me or not. :)

  2. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.