I am reading Wesley Duewel’s Mighty Prevailing Prayer again. This is my fourth time through it in about six years. If you are an intercessor, in my opinion, this is THE book on prayer. Every time I read it, I underline more things. It’s always fresh, always inspiring, always encouraging.
My first encounter with Mighty Prevailing Prayer was when it was required reading for the intercessor group at our church. I must admit, I had a bad attitude about it at the time. “Why,” I thought, “must I read about prayer? Why don’t we just do it, and stop talking about it?” I was wrong. God used Wesley Duewel to change my life. I was shocked to find out that Mr. Duewel knew all the innermost secrets of what had been happening to me in prayer — the deep emotional involvement, the physical exhaustion, the obsession and preoccupation with getting my answers so great at times that eating and sleeping became temporarily inconsequential. I had thought I was off the deep end. (So did my family.) Mr. Duewel assured me I was normal! I found out I was doing what I was supposed to. I found freedom to move into the calling God had for me, without thinking I was a blooming nut!
There are days when I get really tired of being an intercessor. It is hard labor, and results aren’t always immediate or visible. Sometimes it would be easier to toss prayer out the window and go jellify my brain watching Gilligan’s Island or F Troop. But when I get a little discouraged, I refire by reading Mighty Prevailing Prayer. It isn’t the kind of book you read thirty pages of at a time. Every word counts, so a few pages at one sitting are enough to chew on.
Here are just a few quotes:
[The prayer of faith] is a prayer willing to believe and prevail for God’s answer in a situation that is utterly impossible. Regardless of the difficulty of the situation, you require no external confirmation but believe God in spite of appearance. Your eyes are on God, not on the situation.
The Spirit does not lead you to pray for useless goals.
God delights in your holy boldness that will not take no for an answer. God counts it “great faith,” and He then counts you His friend, for you understand His heart.
Prayers prayed in the Spirit never die until they accomplish God’s intended purpose. His answer may not be what we expected, or when we expected it, but God often provides much more abundantly than we could think or ask. He interprets our intent and either answers or stores up our prayers. Sincere prayers are never lost. Energy, time, love, and longing can be endowments that will never be wasted or go unrewarded. (This is from his earlier book, Touch the World through Prayer.)
I appreciated Mr. Duewel’s balanced biblical approach, his detailed explanations of how prayer works and why, and his down-to-earth tips for a better prayer life. The stories of miracles that have taken place in his own and other people’s lives through answered prayer aren’t half bad either! (How would you like to pray for thirteen hours for an unsaved dead person, and have him rise up, totally healed, and give his heart to Jesus — all because you had a promise from God for the man’s salvation that you wouldn’t let go of? So he died — so what?)
If you have an intercessor calling on your life, don’t deprive yourself of Mighty Prevailing Prayer. It will give you keys to greater prayer effectiveness, and it will spur you on to deeper levels of knowing the Lord than you have yet attained to.
I love this book. Thank you, Mr. Duewel. I will meet you in heaven and tell you how much you’ve done for me.
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