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Book Review: The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer by Jack Hayford

I have always appreciated the ministry of Jack Hayford.  His passion for worship, his heart for God and His Word, and his desire to see the people of God seeking God’s face in prayer.  This aspect, intercessory prayer, has been my passion as well.  So much can be done on our knees before a sovereign God who hears our cries and answers our prayers.  We read the promises in the Word concerning prayer but too often we are not motivated to pray, too lazy to seek God’s face, too full of the world to really see our desperate need for Christ.  Hayford’s book is a call to intercessory prayer.  The very title, The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer, with the subtitle, “Unleashing God’s power in the lives of those you love” should capture our hearts as we long for the Lord to touch those around us.  Especially our own families.

Yet this book is unique in that Hayford’s focus is not merely on seeking God for the nations.  Certainly that is commanded by God in Scripture (Psalm 2:8; 1 Timothy 2:1-7).  But Hayford takes intercessory prayer in this book to focus on praying for our families and loved ones.  How many of our loved ones need a touch from God?  How many of our loved ones need salvation?  This book focuses us on praying for those purposes.  It is call to intercede for God to move in our own homes.  This takes the work of intercession from a world-wide focus to a focus on those directly whom we love.  How often do we fail to pray for those right around us.

In this book Hayford looks at prayer and he applies it directly to our human relationships.  The focus is not just on praying for our children or spouse but upon those in the church as well.  Relationships of all kinds are transformed through prayer.  The book is very encouraging as we see the call to not just pray but to be specific in prayer.  Along the way Hayford uses both Scripture and practical experiences from Christians (including himself) to show us how God has used intercessory prayer to touch lives for His glory.

I was encouraged to pray by reading this book.  Much like the books of Jim Cymbala on prayer, Hayford knows the power that God has for those who will cry out to Him.  He knows that God hears and answers prayers and his call is a call to be specific in our praying.  Jesus said that His disciples would pray (Matthew 6:5).  Do you pray?  Does your heart long to be a 1 Thessalonians 5:17 disciple who knows what it means to commune with your God?  This book will no doubt help you build your passion to touch the throne of God.

This review is based on a review copy sent to me by Chosen Books, a division of Baker Books.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/06/2012 at 2:36 PM

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