Intercessors Arise: Personal Prayer That Changes the World By Debbie Przybylski was an engaging and challenging book. That said, I still have mixed thoughts about the book. On the one hand I was challenged and motivated towards prayer like I never have been before. I really appreciated most of what the author had to say in leading the reader towards a deeper prayer life. On the other hand, the author and I part ways on a few theological elements of prayer. The sentence that probably best summarizes our differing theologies would be… “It’s time to release God on earth through our prayers” (pg 15). My understanding is that God is already actively at work and we should join what He is doing by engaging in prayer. Perhaps it is just a subtle difference (as the author really puts God forward as the initiator through most of the book), but it is one that made me uncomfortable giving a full and complete endorsement of the book.
Beyond the subtle difference, the book is full of great wisdom and insights on becoming a prayer warrior. Indeed as I shared in the first paragraph, God used this book to stir in me a passion for Him through prayer that I have not felt in a long time. I often found myself on my knees crying out for God to move.
The book is very practical and application oriented. I would highly recommend it to discerning readers, maybe not so much for new or immature believers. The retail price is $12.99 (Paperback), and is available at a discount at Amazon.com for $11.04. I gave it four stars
If you are looking for other great resources on prayer I have found that Grudem’s Systematic Theology has several good chapters on prayer, also John Piper’s Desiring God has a great chapter on Prayer. If you are looking for a great beginners resource on prayer check out R. C. Sproul’s The Prayer of the Lord. I wrote a review for it a few weeks back you can find it here.
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