6 Powerful Clues to Creating a Prayer Strategy

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Recently someone commented on my article “5 Strategic Ways to Recreate Your War Room” and asked the following question:

Could you explain one thing to me, though? What is meant by writing out your prayer strategy (#3)? I see people say that all the time, but I’m not clear on how to do that.

This is such a good question because it is recommended by many great teachers on prayer and is a valuable part of our prayer life.

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In her powerful post How I Prayed for Emotional Healing, Stormie Omartian says these simple but powerful words, “In the midst of our busy lives, too often we don’t pray enough.”

I like to think of this as a war general preparing for battle, or even as a football coach preparing for the Superbowl.

Both need to understand how to develop a good strategy because both have two things in common:

  • A goal to win
  • An opponent with the same goal

The thing is this, it isn’t enough to have a goal!

It isn’t even enough to have a great plan for winning.

And here’s the reason: When your opponent has the same goal, he is strategizing ways to keep you from accomplishing your goal.

6 Powerful Clues to Creating a Prayer Strategy

If victory were as simple as going out there and walking a clear, unhindered path to victory, 99% of Christians would live victorious lives.

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But it’s not that easy, because we have an enemy who is cunning. Crafty.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;” John 10:10

He has a strategy. Not just a plan, but a strategy….an outline of ways he can carry out that plan and keep you from carrying out yours.

So, if you want to be victorious, you need to have your own strategy.

But here’s the thing: We serve a God who is omniscient, all-powerful, and able to give us wisdom to strategize amazing strategies that will defeat our enemy at every turn!

It is simply up to us to labor in prayer until we receive that divine strategy, and then we need to daily tap into God’s grace to walk it out.

Here is how to write out your prayer strategy

1. Understand your opponent.

A good general studies his opponent, he knows what his opponent is about, and how his opponent operates. 

Please understand, I am not telling you to go out and study Wicca or the occult. I’m not saying go buy satanic material and study Satan.

You don’t study a deceiver by reading what a deceiver has written!

The Word of God has given us everything we need to know to understand our enemy and how he operates.

The verse I gave you above is a great start.

Just a word of caution here, don’t allow this step to become your focus. Read what the word says about our enemy and move on, because getting stuck here can be counter-productive!

Jesus Christ should be our focus, not Satan.

6 Powerful Clues to Creating a Prayer Strategy

2. Know your battleground.

This is crucial. What are your weaknesses?

Where do you struggle most in your life? Write these battles down and then narrow them down the biggest battle you’re facing right now.

Then ask yourself some key questions about the battle: how long have you battling this thing?

Are you making progress or are you regressing? Are you really fighting this battle, or have you been passive in this area?

Then study it.

To successfully win a battle, you must know the layout of the battleground. Are there hidden corners in which the enemy can hide and ambush you?

Are there potholes or hidden inclines? What is the terrain of this battlefield?

Again, the place to turn to is God’s Word: our ultimate guide for battle. Search out scriptures that have to do with your battlefield and study them.

Dig down deep.

Read trusted commentaries on them and get to know your battleground.

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3. Determine your opponent’s strategy against you.

A good place to start with this is to talk with a trusted friend. They can often see behavioral patterns that you miss.

If your struggle is with anxiety, ask them what they feel the enemy’s strategy is against you to keep you in a cycle of worry and defeat.

Write down what you feel his strategy is against you.

For example, “Every time I experience a spiritual victory, the next day I begin second-guessing what God did for me. The more I second-guess it, the more the enemy plays mind-games with me until he drags me down into defeat, worry, anxiety, and depression.”

4. Get a plan of action.

This will happen in prayer.

Ask your friend to pray with you that the Lord will give you a clear plan of action for victory.

Perhaps its learning to control your thoughts. Well, how will you do this? What steps will you take to do this?

How will you know when the enemy is advancing toward you in battle so you can grab your offensive and defensive weapons to defeat him?

What verses will you use to defeat him with and how will you know to have them ready at a moment’s notice (because he will attack when you least expect him)?

5. Write out your strategy.

Gather all of the information you have collected in steps 1-4 and write out your strategy of advancement and defeat of your enemy.

  • List the characteristics you have learned about your enemy
  • Clearly describe the layout of your battlefield and any hidden traps or stumbling blocks that exist
  • Describe the strategy he has planned against you
  • Detail your plan to victory, using both offensive and defensive tactics and describing possible attacks by the enemy and your plan to thwart his plan and win the battle.

6. Worship.

In the Old Testament, when the Israelites would go to battle, they’d send the worshipers ahead of the army.

Worship is a powerful tool in defeating the enemy. In battle, it would sometimes confuse the enemy so that the opposing army would turn on itself and defeat itself without the Israelites having to lift a finger. (Judges 7)

Now you have your strategy, it is time to worship the Lord because your victory will not be won by your own hand.

Only God can defeat the enemy. In and of ourselves we are powerless, but by the power of the Holy Spirit we can do all things!

In writing out a prayer strategy, it is vital that we get to the sixth step. If you never go beyond step five you will never walk in victory.


Because, like Peter, your eyes will be on your opponent, his strategy against you, your battlefield, or your strategy against him.

Your eyes will not be on Christ, where they should be!

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth” Psalm 121:1-2

As you make Jesus Christ your focus, He will alert you to those times when you need to be ready to engage in spiritual warfare and He will give you the power by His Holy Spirit to walk in victory.

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  1. God bless you Sister Rosilind, it feels that I just woke up this morning with the spirit of God ministering this word to me through you. I actually need to know strategies 2 &3. I got a victory recently which I am praising God Almighty for, but I seem to have fallen into anxiety and distractions by sibling rivalry. I know better now. Thank the Lord God for your ministry am blessed to find this word. Remain blessed.

      1. Hi, Rosilind,
        I am so grateful to you for your strategy about discipline and encouraging to be the woman that God wants us to be through the warfare. I been blessed, glory to God.

  2. The great guru RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHAMSA Practices all religious ceremonies. There is no difference between any religion to practice all is same like water every one used it with different names. But water is one.

    1. Jesus said “No-one comes to the Father but by me”, and He is the only God I want relationship with. By comparing religions I can see they are all different to say they are the same suggests that you are confused. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life! Jesus is the living water. Once you have found him you no longer thirst.

  3. I’m so thankful for your obedience in sharing this. I have seen growth in my prayer life by simply writing out prayer points monthly. In times of doubt I can look back on the Lords goodness. Points are great but a strategy is profound. It’s practical too! Thank you and be blessed Rosalind!

    1. Yes – I think when we sit down and intentionally look at our lives, out struggles, and then search out Scripture that will help us target those areas, we’ll see amazing growth in our lives.

  4. I’m starting my war room and writing my prayers out. My biggest battles are patience and rejections. So I’m asking God for help in those areas. Pray with me. God bless you and thanks for your tips.

  5. Hi Rosilind
    May the Lord continue to Bless you and your Family with Fresh Manna everyday 🙂
    I am actually looking forward to seeing the worksheet. Years before War Room came out I had already been using mostly stick notes, but everywhere, it will be good to see how they compare.
    Thankyou for taking the time to make a worksheet.


  6. I wrote out my very first prayer strategy yesterday, and I can only say that I hope I’ve done it right! And I hope I’m doing it right so that my prayer need is answered in God’s own timing. I’m Norwegian and live in Norway and hardly anyone here has heard of the movie or the concept “war room” or a prayer strategy. So I don’t have a “Miss Clara” to help me out, but I trust in Jesus that He will help me see this through! Thank you for offering us advice and the worksheet!

    1. Hi Colleen – I truly wish we could all have a Miss Clara. You know – that’s what Titus 2 is all about – the older women in Christ being that for younger women, so we learn these things. I pray that God will continue to give you wisdom to know how to fight effectively and remain strong in the faith! God bless you, my sister!


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