Do you read books from front to back – the normal way?
I laugh at a friend who always, always, reads the last chapter first. Always.
Can you imagine? (It’s possible that you do that, too.)
I’ve actually never tried it – until recently. Something was mentioned in the first few pages of Jack Hayford’s book, The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer, that made me do it. I jumped to the last chapter and read the entire thing before beginning again at the…well, the beginning.
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I’m no longer laughing at my backwards-book-reading-friend, because I’m so glad I read the last chapter first!
Those six pages had a secret nugget of gold in them. The entire book has wonderful, meaningful, helpful nuggets, mind you. This 13th-chapter-gold-nugget has forever changed the way I pray for my family.
Jack Hayford tells a story of how, when he was a young boy, his father and mother began praying for their family and naming their names specifically. This following is a quote from the book. I wanted you to see it word-for-word.
Lord, we ask that You would, by Your Spirit, move in Your grace upon everyone who bears the surname Hayford and everyone who bears the surname Farnsworth. We ask that, by Your Spirit and for Your glory, You would move upon people who bear our family name. Strengthen all who already know Your name, and draw those who do not know You to hear Your Word and receive Your Son.
This became part of their daily prayer for their family – the names of the maternal and paternal parents. Hayford said it would take too long to explain the things that happened to their family over the next two and a half years after adding this prayer principle to their prayer life together. He speaks of uncanny results that amazed them, divine intervention involving family members with their surname (some who they’d never met).
They experienced opportunities to share Christ with family members, but also discovered family members who’d received Christ since the time of beginning the added prayer.
God’s promises are ours to partner with through prayer. Hayford shares two concluding statements (summary by me):
- God loves you and He loves your family. (He created you and your family and wants His best for you all.)
- Everything of God’s promise is practical, including your role. Jesus Christ as your Lord qualifies you (and He calls you) to take your position as a continual bearer of your family before God’s throne.
Doesn’t that give you chills? Hayford’s final words challenge us to stand! We should take our position and pray for the inheritance that God wills for our family!
I need not say more…except that I pray you have a spectacular Sunday. Amen!
If you don’t know who Jesus Christ is, read this.
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