Review of Charles Capps’ Releasing the Ability of God Through Prayer
If your prayer life is highly successful—meaning you see the fruit of your prayers of petition, then this book, according to the author, is probably not for you. However, if you find your prayer life unfruitful and you are willing to make some Biblically based changes, this book is, in my experience, an amazing help. I credit it as one of three books that changed my life— probably saved my life. I will review the other two subsequently and they do NOT conflict with this book but perhaps provide a reassuring perspective.
Capps admits the book “will probably be contrary to everything religious you have ever heard about prayer. This is a strong book, I agree, and it will make uncomfortable those who “have prayed to a God who was hard to entreat and slow to hear, One who had to be pestered day after day” with begging and pleading.
I had suspected there was a better way to pray but did not find and embrace it until I came to a desperate place in my health where I could not NOT BELIEVE God means what His Word says. I had 14+ tumors in my liver and the Word of God says Jesus’ finished work made that fact illegal according to God’s spiritual law (truth of His Word). Truth trumps facts. Medical reports are facts—God’s Word is truth. But we must realize how to move in this truth.
Capps says, “The reason for this book is found in 2 Timothy 2:24-26: ‘And the serveant of the Lord must not strive: but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God paradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will’.” KJV
New Living Translation says, v24“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach and be patient with difficult people. v25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. v26Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.”
The author says of himself and it is absolutely also my own experience, “I recovered myself out of the snare of the devil by acting on God’s Word, and you can do the same. Read the book prayerfully; it is dedicated to your freedom.”
Note: I hope you have or will also read my own pdf “ebooks” available free on the www.realhealthhope.com website. “Victory in Jesus” and our grateful celebration of that victory is the rich soil where our lives are rooted when we aggressively contend for the inheritance we have in our resurrected Lord. Jesus’ obedience through the cross MUST be realized so we can, through Biblically based prayer, release ALL Jesus paid for. He reversed the curse and established God’s Kingdom on earth as in heaven, but we cannot walk in that great gift if we don’t know how to pray as God intends for us to do. Sisters and brothers, our method of prayer is critical. It MUST be Biblical.
This book focuses on prayer of petition. Prayer of thanksgiving, praise, worship are essential, and although most of us would be far stronger in our faith and every aspect of life if we dedicated ourselves to the intimacy of gratitude and remembering what the Lord has said and done, God teaches us to petition Him in specific ways and that is, I believe, a clear indication that He wants to bless us with the fruit of our petitions but we MUST learn from His Word just HOW to petition according to the precepts He has set up. God has made universal “laws” He will not operate outside of. He could, but the universe would fall apart. Our prayer MUST follow His rules. I’m not talking about legalism but about agreement with God’s intent as expressed in His Word.
Believing IN the Lord is not the same as believing the Lord. This book can put you square in the middle of powerful cooperation with a God who wants you to be there and pray from that place of power.
I beseech you to read this book with an open heart putting aside dogma and doctrine of religion and really seeking the heart of God.
Reading a Charles Capps book is like a conversation with a wise grandfather….no intimidation and plenty of rich love.