Is there a purpose to prayer?
Does prayer accomplish anything?
Can prayer change a person, a city, or even the world?
Teacher Dutch Sheets would answer yes to all these questions and explains why in a book titled Authority in Prayer: Praying With Power and Purpose. This book, with lightning on the cover and released in 2015, has a true copyright of 2006, which explains why a lot of the material seems out-of-date. Sheets has a passion for seeing America turn back to God, and in the stories he tells, he believes that’s happening. However, there’s a real disconnect between the time his original material was written and now, as it seems that America is turning more and more away from God on major issues.
Authority in Prayer is not a step-by-step plan to teach you how to pray. The book begins with his explanation of the difference between power and authority in the spiritual realm; this is an extremely interesting concept to consider. He firmly believes in the gift of prophesy, so if you’re not familiar with this gift, you might find that interesting. A good portion of the book consists of stories about people who declared prophesies that were fulfilled, according to Sheets. So much time is spent on this concept that a better title for the book might be Authority to Prophesy.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review.