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If the answer to prayer is so positively promised in scripture, why are there so many unanswered prayers today (often misinterpreted as a “no”)? Scripture teaches us that answer to prayer depends upon certain conditions. Christ spoke of faith, of perseverance, of praying in His name, of praying in the will of God. But all these conditions were summed up in the one central If the answer to prayer is so positively promised in scripture, why are there so many unanswered prayers today (often misinterpreted as a “no”)? Scripture teaches us that answer to prayer depends upon certain conditions. Christ spoke of faith, of perseverance, of praying in His name, of praying in the will of God. But all these conditions were summed up in the one central statement: If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. It becomes clear that the power to pray the effectual prayer of faith depends upon the life. Let Andrew Murray show you what it means to live in Christ, and let his challenge for genuine intercessory prayer change your life – and the lives of those you are praying for. About the Author Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a well-known South African writer, teacher, and pastor. More than 2 million copies of his books have been sold, and his name is mentioned among the other great leaders of the past such as Charles Spurgeon, T. Austin-Sparks, George Muller, D.L. Moody, and more.


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If the answer to prayer is so positively promised in scripture, why are there so many unanswered prayers today (often misinterpreted as a “no”)? Scripture teaches us that answer to prayer depends upon certain conditions. Christ spoke of faith, of perseverance, of praying in His name, of praying in the will of God. But all these conditions were summed up in the one central If the answer to prayer is so positively promised in scripture, why are there so many unanswered prayers today (often misinterpreted as a “no”)? Scripture teaches us that answer to prayer depends upon certain conditions. Christ spoke of faith, of perseverance, of praying in His name, of praying in the will of God. But all these conditions were summed up in the one central statement: If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. It becomes clear that the power to pray the effectual prayer of faith depends upon the life. Let Andrew Murray show you what it means to live in Christ, and let his challenge for genuine intercessory prayer change your life – and the lives of those you are praying for. About the Author Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a well-known South African writer, teacher, and pastor. More than 2 million copies of his books have been sold, and his name is mentioned among the other great leaders of the past such as Charles Spurgeon, T. Austin-Sparks, George Muller, D.L. Moody, and more.

30 review for The Ministry of Intercession (Murray): A Plea for More Prayer (Murray Updated Classics Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    I'm still processing this valuable, challenging book. Review forthcoming. I'm still processing this valuable, challenging book. Review forthcoming.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Wattier

    On my reading schedule I planned to read this book in four weeks. It has taken me nearly five months. The content is not complex but the way it is put together has been something that needed to seep deep into my heart. As I read, the Holy Spirit convicted and prompted me in a way few books have ever done. This book will be something I read over and over again, and recommend to those wanting to learn more about prayer as well as those struggling to pray. The author describes intercessory prayer i On my reading schedule I planned to read this book in four weeks. It has taken me nearly five months. The content is not complex but the way it is put together has been something that needed to seep deep into my heart. As I read, the Holy Spirit convicted and prompted me in a way few books have ever done. This book will be something I read over and over again, and recommend to those wanting to learn more about prayer as well as those struggling to pray. The author describes intercessory prayer in such a way that your heart begins to crave it. His thoughts are bathed and wrapped in scripture, which I believe brings power to his words, but he also provides very real life and practical advice as to how to overcome the challenges in prayer. There are several chapters too for those feeling like they are helpless to connect in prayer, he makes sure to point out that it is not an uncommon struggle. Buy it, read it! You won't regret it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne Marie

    As with all of Andrew Murray books, this is an in-depth study on the power of intercessory prayer. I have read many books on prayer and this one is both powerful and practical. A must read for anyone wanting to make prayer more central to their Christian walk.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I read this as the most recent of three books on prayer, praying for my adult child away at college. The other two were Tony Souder's "Pray for Me," about praying for the next generation, and Stormie Omartian's "The Power of a Praying Parent." Unlike the prior two books, this one wasn't focused on praying for one's children particularly, although the topics and prayers could certainly be applied to children as well. Each of these three books had different emphasis and strengths, and different to I read this as the most recent of three books on prayer, praying for my adult child away at college. The other two were Tony Souder's "Pray for Me," about praying for the next generation, and Stormie Omartian's "The Power of a Praying Parent." Unlike the prior two books, this one wasn't focused on praying for one's children particularly, although the topics and prayers could certainly be applied to children as well. Each of these three books had different emphasis and strengths, and different topics. (Andrew Murray is not the tennis player Andrew Murray, but of an older generation, 1828-1917.) I chose to reread Andrew Murray's "The Ministry of Intercession," having read and enjoyed it some number of years ago. ("Intercession" is the part of prayer in which the person praying asks on another's behalf.) This time I read it, though, I found the focus so different from my own focus on my children that it was harder to absorb. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The topics were important ones to pray over, and not ones that I would've automatically thought about - praying for the government, church leaders, the Holy Spirit to be active in the lives of Christians. I've prayed over such things in the past, and I found it a fitting time for me to expand my prayers to include them again. And yes, although I've prayed many things over my children, I don't know that I've prayed recently for the Holy Spirit to be active in their lives. Good reminders. I love Andrew Murray's many books on prayer and the emphasis that he had on it in his ministry. I love the way he speaks of drawing near to Jesus, and I've loved his books ("Abide in Christ") ever since my teen years. Reading Andrew Murray books is often an act of worship, of loving God. I know that prayer and scripture should fuel our Christian volunteering and service, but I've often thought that if/when I ever grow so old and so infirm that I'm no longer able to serve, that "the ministry of intercession" may become my ministry. This book took a little longer to read because there are 31 days of "Helps to Intercession" at the end, which were intended to make such prayer a habit. I'm afraid I still find myself rushing through prayers rather than lingering in them and enjoying God in the process. Sigh. I remembered from before what an impact Murray's first chapter had on me, about the verse, "And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor." - Isaiah 59:16. It astonished me that there are things that God Himself marvels over, and one of them is our lack of prayer, when He is so powerful and so good to us. Very bad things tended to happen in the Bible during those times when there was no intercessor, no one to pray. I also remembered the powerful chapter about the sin of not-praying, focusing on the verse, "God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you." - 1 Samuel 12:23. There are doubtless many people whom I've failed in this way. I did have one caveat in recommending the book. Murray occasionally comes across a little more strong than I would in the way he phrases things. For instance, he spoke of prayer being "the one power on earth that commands the power of heaven." Um, no. The only power in prayer is in the God Who graciously answers. We don't command Him. We request of Him. But, given Murray's other statements throughout the book, I don't imagine that he really thought we commanded God, either. I don't know why he chose that word. After all, Murray also said, "His wisdom and His righteousness - indeed, His love - dare not give us what would do us harm if we received it too soon or too easily." I also found this quote problematic: "Defeat is always a sign of the loss of God's presence." I disagree, because what of the strategic "defeat" of Jesus on the cross, through which our pardon was purchased? Of course someone might answer that wasn't truly "defeat" at all, that it was an intended, planned, strategic loss, which is true. But there might be other strategic losses that appear to us to be defeats, when they are actually not, but are for the advancement of God's kingdom. The truth is that we don't know. We cannot see or understand everything. And one quote I'm uncertain about: "Discouragement must bring defeat." Must it always? I'm not so sure. There have been times I've been discouraged, only to see in awe what He does with the situation in grace, when I was not in a frame of mind to ask or receive anything. Of course, others were praying, too, so nothing's conclusive, but God is always free to do more than we could ever ask or imagine. Favorite Quotes: ".... a question of whether the call of God for our time and attention was of more importance than 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 shortsighted policy to put other work in the place that God and waiting on Him should have." "We will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." - Acts 6:4 "Prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him." - Acts 12:5 "Intercession is the most perfect form of prayer, in that it is the prayer Christ prays on His throne." "Blessed is the man who has made that 'I have nothing' the motto of his ministry... When the desolation of hungry souls in the midnight darkness comes upon him, intercession appears to him as his only hope, the one thing in which his love can take refuge." "Do let us learn that in the darkness of midnight - at the most unlikely time and in our greatest need - when we have 'nothing to set before' those we love, we have a rich Friend in heaven, the Everlasting God and Father, who is waiting to be asked for help." Murray was commenting on Luke 11:5-8 "His wisdom and His righteousness - indeed, His love - dare not give us what would do us harm if we received it too soon or too easily." "Remember the marks of the true intercessor, as the parable taught us: a sense of human need, a Christlike love in the heart, a consciousness of personal impotence, faith in the power of prayer, courage to persevere in spite of refusal, and the assurance of an abundant reward." Also in comment of Luke 11:5-8 "... there is a part of you that may appear perfectly innocent and legitimate, but it depletes your interest and your strength to such an extent that it must be pruned and cleansed away." "When the pressure of work for Christ is allowed to be the excuse for our not finding tie to seek and secure His own presence and power in it as our chief need, our sense of absolute dependence on God is not right." "Law demands; grace bestows." "... your inability to walk the Christian walk joyfully is a sign of [spiritual] disease." "Simply confess that you cannot bring yourself to pray as you should, because you cannot give yourself the healthy, heavenly life that loves to pray, that knows to count on God's Spirit to pray in us." "The great reason for our lack of faith is our lack of knowledge of God and our weak communication with Him." "The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." - Romans 8:26 "Do not think that grieving Him is a necessity." "He knew that too much contact with men could cloud the fellowship with God." "His [Jesus'] own prayer life enables Him to teach others how to pray." "Our Lord taught us to pray in secret, in simplicity, with our eyes on God alone, in humility, and in the spirit of forgiving love." "I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me." - Micah 7:7 "He delights in hearing prayer and answering it." "... that prayer was neither a duty nor a burden but the natural turning of the heart ot the only place from which it could possibly obtain what it sought for others." "In all His instructions, our Lord Jesus spoke more often to His disciples about their praying than their preaching." "I dwell ... with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit ... to revive the heart of the contrite ones. - Isaiah 57:15 "To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word." - Isaiah 66:2 "Men would gladly have a revival as the outgrowth of their agencies and progress. God's way is the opposite. It is out of death, acknowledge as the desert of sin, confessed as utter helplessness, that He revives. He revives the heart of the contrite one." "The more we study and try to practice this grace of intercession, the more we become overwhelmed by its greatness and our feebleness." "I beseech you, brethren ... for the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in your prayers to God for me." - Romans 15:30 "You cannot do better than to pray as Jesus prayed." "Pray in the assurance that He is faithful." "Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with me." - Isaiah 27:5 "The church may be seeking to evangelize the heathen and be giving up her own children to secular and materialistic influences."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    What a powerful, scriptural, and always relevant discussion of the urgent need for and training in intercessory prayer. Murray makes the point that this is expected of every Christian as we seek to follow Christs example, and that much failure in missions and ministry results from prayerlessness. There are practical tips given for every kind of barrier or difficulty that prevents prayer, and I found myself unable to read more than a chapter at a time without stopping to ponder and put into pract What a powerful, scriptural, and always relevant discussion of the urgent need for and training in intercessory prayer. Murray makes the point that this is expected of every Christian as we seek to follow Christs example, and that much failure in missions and ministry results from prayerlessness. There are practical tips given for every kind of barrier or difficulty that prevents prayer, and I found myself unable to read more than a chapter at a time without stopping to ponder and put into practice the teaching.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    You need to read this! Whether you are a teen or in you're nineties, whether you are a new convert or a minister, whether you struggle to start a prayer or you are a prayer warrior. Andrew Murray was a man lead by God, and he was blessed in the writing of this book. No matter what denomination you come from, it is impossible that you can read this book without learning at least one important lesson on prayer. Not only does this book teach and challenge, but it is hopeful, comforting, and uplifti You need to read this! Whether you are a teen or in you're nineties, whether you are a new convert or a minister, whether you struggle to start a prayer or you are a prayer warrior. Andrew Murray was a man lead by God, and he was blessed in the writing of this book. No matter what denomination you come from, it is impossible that you can read this book without learning at least one important lesson on prayer. Not only does this book teach and challenge, but it is hopeful, comforting, and uplifting to the soul.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andy Bintoro

    This is the continuation from the previous book about school of prayer. Some of the content basically the same in verses and explanation, just with more expanded and detailed. You would also found a simple yet helpful tract by the end of the book which explained what and how to pray in a simple way.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Amazing book that greatly challenged my perspective on prayer! This book + the Spirit’s working in my heart through these words have truly changed how I view prayer!! Loved this and will recommend it to all and hope to reread it throughout my lifetime! It was killer!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Milla

    This book is so very rich. Almost too rich for me - I kept getting bogged down. But whenever I came back to it, I found myself greatly encouraged to pursue God in prayer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Abigail G

    Every chapter of this book contained profound facts on the reality of the necessity yet great lack of intercession. For most points that he made numerous scripture references were quoted. There was no condemnation expressed towards those who pray less rather a general exhortation that applies to every member of. The body of Christ that while we fail at prayer now we can bit by bit succeed in living everyday before God in prayer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lillie

    Although this book was written more than a century ago, everything the author says about the lack of intercession in the church is just as true--perhaps more so--today. At the beginning, it almost sounds like a modern "name it and claim it" theology. However, he is talking about intercession, not generally asking for things for yourself. While he does say to pray for all needs (such as healing), the main focus is on interceding for others to be saved. All too often, I think, our intercession is Although this book was written more than a century ago, everything the author says about the lack of intercession in the church is just as true--perhaps more so--today. At the beginning, it almost sounds like a modern "name it and claim it" theology. However, he is talking about intercession, not generally asking for things for yourself. While he does say to pray for all needs (such as healing), the main focus is on interceding for others to be saved. All too often, I think, our intercession is focused more on the physical and material (healing, provision, protection) and less on salvation. We should be more concerned about the eternal than the temporal welfare of those we pray for.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matthew McGuire

    Murray's writings don't come across as overly sophisticated. Those looking for an esoteric "secret" to successful prayer will be disappointed. However, those seeking exhortations that remind us of Biblical promises from a man who practices what he preaches will be deeply benefitted by The Ministry of Intercession. Truly Andrew Murray writes with no guile. His ethos is manifest and he is thus to be trusted in his admonitions. Murray's writings don't come across as overly sophisticated. Those looking for an esoteric "secret" to successful prayer will be disappointed. However, those seeking exhortations that remind us of Biblical promises from a man who practices what he preaches will be deeply benefitted by The Ministry of Intercession. Truly Andrew Murray writes with no guile. His ethos is manifest and he is thus to be trusted in his admonitions.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Should be mandatory reading This book took me a couple of months to get through. Mostly because I took the time to look up almost every verse. This book is a hundred times ears old but more relevant now than ever. Hi little I knew about intercessory prayer. Even after all these years.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Krystan

    This was a good balance to the book I read by James Goull on Intercessory prayer. Still, said to have faith and believe in the working of The Spirit but it was less Charismatic in it’s presentation without loosing the truth of the ability of the Spirit to move as He chooses when we pray as God commands. Going through the 30 days of prayer slowly now

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Best book I have read on prayer. Chapter 10 is an absolute treasure, to be read and re-read over and over. Opened my eyes so much more to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. I recommend reading it slowly - I enjoyed reading a chapter a day as part of my Quiet Time. Gave me time to think about it, pray, and really absorb the rich messages.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Washington

    Having effective prayer life This book is full of everything we need to have an effective prayer life for self and others. I would recommend this book to all that want an effective rather life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This book was so good, I read it twice, and I will need to refer back to it. It emphasizes the value and need to intercede for others in prayer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in prayer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark A. Lewis

    Abide A great challenge and insight into how our Father wants us His children to pray and depend on Him. To pray and ask if Him day and night always laboring.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tara Ashley

    it was a tough read but a good one. working through the 31-day guide at the end

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Merriman

    I found myself reading this book slowly and in small bites. There is so much to savor.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marie Schuh

    I read this for a Bible study at church for the women’s group, and while I personally disagree with some things in it, it is well written and I can’t find too much fault in it based on its age.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zinnada Hodges

    This was a good book to challenge us to take our prayers to another level.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Duane Maddy

    Tough to read, because it was really repetitive. I enjoyed the information, but had a hard time staying focused on the points.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Jones

    Provided great insight to intercession!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Pretty repetitive but with meaning.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam M.

    Good to know and read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Jones

    A Great Help I’ve used this the past month to expand my prayers for others. Time will tell if they are blessed. I’m guessing they will be.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tribhuwan Kalladeen

    Tremendous book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kyle McManamy

    An outstanding plea to Christians to pray to their God who longs to answer! I'll reread this! An outstanding plea to Christians to pray to their God who longs to answer! I'll reread this!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Mast

    This is a great book to read to stir you up to pray more. I didn't find it to have any especially new or deep thoughts, just a good reminder. He does emphasize how much we must depend upon God to help us pray. This is a great book to read to stir you up to pray more. I didn't find it to have any especially new or deep thoughts, just a good reminder. He does emphasize how much we must depend upon God to help us pray.

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