Prayer Principles for Intercessory Prayer— taken from the subtitle, it aptly describes this book’s contents.
Part of this book is loosely patterned after the story of Esther…you know, the way Esther had to come before a king with a petition.
The author includes excellent clarifications on the different parts of prayer, information on the different names of God (you can’t pray rightly without knowing who God is, after all), ideas on what to pray for (social issues, government, persecuted church, Israel etc.), and an appendix with a sample prayer outline.
Also included are snippets of stories to illustrate points and lots of quotes by other famous Christians on prayer. Nothing personal from the author herself, but that’s o.k., it’s not a memoir, but a teaching book.
She has the gift of teaching for sure. One thing shone through to me and it was this: clarity. There was no muddying of any waters here, only clarity and clearness. Beautiful. Much needed.
I also noticed that the author asks pointed questions. They were challenging but not condemning. She makes you feel like it is possible (the “it” being whatever she is discussing at that point in the book). Along with the pointed questions there is a bit of forcefulness, her actually using the words “should” and “must” a few times. But still she gives grace and allowance for individual differences and circumstances and encourages the reader to give grace to themselves.
This book seemed comprehensive but not overwhelming. But I would also say that if you are an absolute beginner at prayer this book is probably going to be too much for you. If you want to learn more about prayer or love to read about prayer like I do, then you are going to love this book.
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