The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer by Jack Hayford {Book Review}

The Secrets Of Intercessory Prayer – Unleashing God’s Power in the Lives of Those You Love by Jack Hayford is a a powerful read which is aptly titled and delivered well that which it promised. Beginning with Chapter Ones’s “A Divine Invitation to Partnership” and our call to partner with God in prayer, to the final chapter “Having Done All, Stand” Pastor Hayford divides and conquers the obstacles to our intercessory prayer lives and leads us on to new hope to persevere in prayer. 
As a Moms In Prayer leader and one who desires to have a healthy personal prayer life I read a lot of books on prayer, and  this is one of the most practical books on intercessory prayer I have come across. Specifically challenging the hearts of those who desire to intercede for others by first examining their own hearts toward those whom they pray, makes this read immediately applicable. I found myself pondering the points and reflecting on steps I could take immediately apply with regard to addressing and assessing my own prayer “attitude”. Oh my heart was rejoicing at the wisdom presented in this book and I pray that every Christian would read and apply it. I intend to share it with my Prayer Partner and Co-Leader and then would like to read through it again. 
I really liked the way Believers were called out for some of the self-righteous and holier than thou attitudes  that pollute and permeate Christian circles which can hinder prayers being answered. I appreciate also the way I was convicted in the chapter “Praying For Someone You Don’t Want To Pray For” because God so often calls me to do just that. The reminder that “God does not sign off on people who sign off on Him” is a reminder every single professing Christian needs to remember. Loaded with powerful quotes worth further reflection and practically applicable to the life of all who desire to intercede effectually and effectively for their loved one, I highly recommend this book.
I received this book for free from Chosen Books in return for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are completely my own.
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Standing Up To The Bathroom Bully

The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
(Psalm 45:11)
How is it that we who are chosen, precious, and beautiful in His sight would be so swayed by this measuring tool? By a number that cannot reflect but a measure, limited, inaccurate, finite- unable to define the essence of our true being. Ill equipped to measure the fatness of our souls; the richness we overflow with in abundance. Oh friends, I assure you, as one who has studied long and hard the physiology of the body and discovered what you already know: You are not a number. You are not defined by the pounds that you weigh or by your body fat percentage. You are not measured by the muscle you carry or the density of your bones. Your value is immeasurably more than this bathroom bully can ever reveal.
Answer the questions below to make peace with the bathroom bully once and for all!
  • Will you ask God to reveal to you your true value in His eyes?
  • Will you promise to set your eyes on Him who looks upon you with eyes of grace, mercy and love and embrace simple, consistent steps toward healthy choices?
  • Will you remember to take every thought captive to Him who has chosen you, and calls you His, at great cost?
  • Will you stand up to the bathroom bully and make peace once and for all by weighing yourself less, perhaps once a week, and remembering that you are not a number.
You are chosen.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
(Ephesians 1:11-12)
This guest post was originally written for my dear friend Barbie’s health series called ” Spring in My Step” at My Freshly Brewed Life!

*This post is part of The 12 Days of Blog Posts, Weekends and Wednesdays in December!*

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