I have been part of the intercessory group at my church for a little over 10 years now. We have gone through changes as the Lord changes us and I’ve seen changes in leadership as well, as those in the leadership positions move on or step down for whatever reason.
Well, recently, the woman who was leading the group decided it was her time to step down. My pastor, his wife and the elders approached me and asked if I would be willing to lead the group. Only because I knew that they would not have asked had they not heard from the Lord, I accepted, telling the Lord that whatever He would use me for, I was a willing vessel.
My pastor’s wife and I got together to find out what direction I should take this group. She gave me a bunch of intercessory books, some of which I already had. I asked the Lord which book I should start with and I felt impressed to Dutch Sheet’s book, “Authority in Prayer – Praying with Power and Purpose“.
We also wanted to make sure my current group and those interested in joining were on the same page, so we decided to look into a DVD teaching on intercessory prayer. We decided on Dutch Sheets’ “Lightning of God” DVD teaching series. This was done over the phone so I did not look at the item online and didn’t make a connection between the book I had chosen to read and the DVD series. Come to find out, they are linked, he goes into greater details in the book, but it’s from the teaching or the other way around.
Anyway, it’s great to see God confirming what I believed to be His direction in this path.
The book is very good, as is the DVD teaching. It has taken me a while to go from someone who knew God wanted her to pray, but didn’t expect to see answers to prayer to someone who has seen God answer prayers in her life for personal things as well as seeing God move in answer to prayer in regards to the weather and other things. I believe this book is allowing what I know in my head to drop down into my heart and my spirit and walk in the confidence knowing what my Lord has commissioned me (and the rest of His kids) to do – bring God’s will to earth.
It’s an incredible book with incredible stories. It’s a book explaining what “normal” Christianity is all about.