Saturday, September 5, 2015

Auntie's Full Shelf Challenge 15

BookThe Interceding Christian.

Author: Kenneth E. Hagin

Info: Copyright 1971, 1983, 1991: Tulsa, OK:  Rhema Bible Church

Where acquired: Part of correspondence course curriculum.

Rating (on a scale of 1-4 hashtags): # # 

What it's about:  Did you know that First Timothy 2:1-4 gives an order of how we should pray?  This book was first published in the early 70's, yet believers still don't understand the importance of praying for those in both civil and spiritual leadership.  Hagin offers a brief discourse on the subject.

Favorite Quotes

"People usually think that all praying is spiritual, but it isn't." - p. 45

"Some people are waiting for the Holy Spirit to make them do something.  They are waiting for something to overpower them.  However, we don't need to wait for some special feeling." - p. 72

What I Liked:
  • The examples he gave about Charles Finney intrigued me.  Now I want to read more about the man.
  • The book was a quick read.
  • After reading this, I'm more committed to praying for my leadership rather than complaining about it.
What I didn’t like: 
  • The author tended to ramble a bit, especially in chapter three.
  • Hagin starts out strong on the subject of interceding for the nation and its leaders, veers off into something completely different, and never gets back to the original subject. 
  • Part of what he veers of into is "travailing" in prayer.  Yes, it is a scriptural concept--Hagin cites many Bible passages--however, his wording gives the assumption that one must "work up" a travail in order to receive answers to prayer.  I see no biblical evidence of this.  Yes, we must pray, but any travail or groanings must come from the Spirit of God (Romans 8:26), not showboating or working something up in the flesh. 
  • I was disappointed that there weren't more scriptural and practical examples of the type of intercession he was originally dealing with.

To sum upThe Interceding Christian is an OK read, but Hagin's book The Art of Prayer was better.  I'd recommend that one over this offering.

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