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.