From January through April, I am hosting a virtual book club. Our reading selection is “The Ministry of Intercession – A Plea for More Prayer“.
This book is available for the Kindle and other reader devices FREE of charge. You can also order the book in paperback priced at $9.99 shipped free with Amazon Prime, or in hardcover for $26.38 shipped free with Amazon Prime.
This month we read chapters 1 through 4. And today, I ma sharing my thoughts from this months reading. I’d love for you to share answers to the discussion prompts in the comment section or leave a comment with a link directly to your answers if you’d much rather post them on your blog.
This Month’s Discussion Prompts:
1. Share at least one paragraph from this months reading that stood out for you and why?
2. Was there any part of this months reading that was especially convicting to you?
3. Has this months reading affected in any way? If so, share how?
4. Do have anything you’d like to add or ask? If so, leave us a comment below.
If you are just learning about the book club, it’s not too late to join us. Feel free to jump in at anytime.
Share at least one paragraph from this months reading that stood out for you and why? Also, was there any part of this months reading that was especially convicting to you?
What stood out for me was on page 184 where it talked about the “imperative calls of duty”other wise known as busy-ness. It stood out because I have already felt convicted regarding all the excuses I use when I don’t get around to praying.
I too, like the minster in this chapter am often overwhelmed by the “imperative calls of duty” that often threaten and succeed at keeping me from praying as much as I desire.
On the days when I wake up later than planned it seems as though I’m already behind the eight ball and feeling overwhelmed. The act of praying begins to seem too time consuming and more often than I like, gets scratched of my schedule for the morning.
What convicted me most was how insignificant I view prayer when I am pressed for time. I feel as if it is the one thing I can postpone on my to-do list over everything else when it should be the opposite. On page 184 the authors words shook me so deeply. When he asks the question, I knew that the question was for me. He asks, “whether the call of God for our time and attention was more important that that of man. If God was waiting to meet us, and to give us blessing and power from heaven for His work, it was a short sighted policy to put other work in the place which God and waiting on Him should have.”
This question helped me to put prayer in it’s proper perspective. I want to remember that my morning prayer time is not about just about praying as some sort of favor to God on my to-do list. This paragraph reminded me WHY I NEED to pray.
Has this months reading affected in any way? If so, share how?
Before reading this months reading I felt as though I prayed enough. I pray more often than not in the mornings. And I pray at night with my husband. I pray often with my children as well, therefore I felt as though I prayed a lot. I realized however that there were some issues that I could be praying more fervently about. Those issues especially concern the salvation of close friends and relatives who have not accepted Gods salvation. Before reading these first few chapters my prayers for them were becoming “luke warm” for a lack of better terms. It was like’ “Lord don’t forget so and so who we continue to pray will be saved”. Now it’s more like, “Lord, use me in anyway you see fit to help release this unsaved soul from the snare of the enemy”. I’ve regained a renewed zeal and hope for those that I have been praying about for such a long time.
I am so glad that I found this book and I am looking forward to sharing more with you during next month discussion. If you are participating in the book club, please leave links to your answers below or just leave a comment.
I will post next month reading schedule and discussion prompt on 2/1.