It has been a little while since I have done a book review, but I really wanted to recommend the book The Secret of Intercessory Prayer by Jack Hayford. I have referred to the book several times in the last few months in my bible studies and finished it a few weeks ago.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and loved that it really explains how we can pray for our loved ones (friends or family) in an effective manor. It uses new and old testament verses to explain that we have the authority to pray not only for those in our lives, but also for others who may need our help as well. Here is an example of a few of the chapter names:
5. Basic Promises to Apply
7. Heirs Together of the Grace of Life
8. Your Prayers are Decisive!
11. Praying for someone You Don't Want to Pray For
12. How to Pray Without Ceasing
Here is a verse that really touched me.
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are parishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
2 Cor 4:3-4
There are so many people who are blinded to God's word. They are blinded by the enemy, who wants them for himself, and is trying to keep them from the kingdom of God. We can pray for them, rather then fighting with them. One of my prayers for those who are blinded is "to lift the veil from their eyes and also to lift the scales from their eyes". Our words will probably not open their eyes, but our prayers can and will.
There is so much more in this short book that is so relevant for prayer for others. I really recommend it. I am reading another book now called Penetrating the Darkness by Jack Hayford. I'll let you know what I think of this one, when I am finished.
Have a blessed week.