A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dutch Sheets ~ Intercessory Prayer (How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven & Earth)

Well, it's been quite a good long while since I have posted a book review. Yup - you guessed it...I'm back at it again. A bit more selectively, albeit, but back at it nonetheless.

I have been reading through a book written by Dutch Sheets entitled Intercessory Prayer. It is a book about exactly what you think it's about when you see the title; prayer, and specifically that of intercession. If you don't know what that is off the top of your head, no worries - you are certainly not alone. In a nutshell, intercessory prayer is any praying done on behalf of other people or situations that is intended to generate a specific and tangible change. An excellent example would be the time spend praying for your child in one certain way - concertedly, and until God moves and answers.


This book, published by Bethany House and available for purchase at Amazon and other retailers, is one of the few books I have read on prayer that actually talks about how to pray. Not vaguely dancing around the idea, quoting Bible verses and giving general thoughts on prayer - which is fine, but shouldn't a book about prayer be about actually praying? Well, Dutch talks a whole lot about how to pray, what to pray, when to pray, and gives loads of examples of how prayer impacted life on earth in the here and now. It's 316 pages all about prayer. Which is excellent, since prayer is the most important daily business a believer can be about.

I pray quite a lot. So I am all about books that encourage Christians to pray. So many overlook this aspect of a disciple of Christ's life. Our prayers make a difference while we are in the flesh on this planet living out our one short life. There will be no need to pray in the next life, as we'll be with our Lord and will see Him and speak with Him face-to-face. Let's make a difference in this life by spending time in intercessory prayer. You will never regret one moment spent in prayer - but you might well regret all the moments you failed to spend praying. (Go ahead - write that down on your to-do list or on your calendar or text it to yourself...it's actually a pretty important point and I really, really want you to get a grasp on it.) I love that this book is all about prayer. There's a whole lot that can be learned and/or gleaned from Intercessory Prayer.

And yet there are some things in this book that I found myself uncertain about. Was that because they were wrong, Biblically speaking? Not necessarily. Were those things traditions that I am unfamiliar with in my Christian experience?  Possibly. Were any of these ideas or methods right for someone else but very foreign to me? Absolutely. Have I been applying what I have learned to my own prayer life? Yes - yes, I have. So overall, I think this book is a "winner winner chicken dinner" when it comes to an in-depth, applicable study on intercession.

Prayer - just do it. That would make a pretty great slogan for Christians, wouldn't it? So if you're up for some challenging, inspiring, make-you-really-think reading to spur on your prayer life, go ahead and pick up a copy of this book.

On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 4.5

Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge for review purposes from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions shared here are solely my own. 

 Day 341 done :)

Jan L. Burt
The Homeschooling Mother's Bible Study
All Things Homeschool
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My Best Advice for the Homeschooling Mother? Be a Thankful Woman

Psalm 78:4 says this: "We will tell the next generation..."

Tell the next generation what? What are we to tell them?

"...of His power, and the wonders He has done."

Do you know the absolute best way to convey to the next generation God's great power, God's great wonders? It is by being a woman who is consistently thankful. Full of thanks. Always grateful. Speaking of God's great power and astounding wonders with such a thankful heart that the two become inseparable.

A thankful woman is a content woman. Is that how you see yourself? How others would describe you? Do you feel discontent? Try some gratitude. The impact will be pretty much immediate. Not to mention, your family will love the "new you".

Homeschooling is very much about proclaiming the Lord's mighty deeds and declaring who He is to the next generation (at least for the Christian homeschool family). It is a big part of why we do what we do, isn't it? Do we forget that sometimes in the midst of cooking dinner and grading math and diapering the baby? We just do what we do on a daily basis- and that's not a bad thing- but sometimes we need a reminder that we are actually raising little eternal beings and our job assignment from God is to make sure they know who He is. And we know He is arrayed in splendor, mighty in word and deed, powerful beyond all compare. He truly has done wonderful things and will keep right on doing wonderful things for time and all eternity. That's what the Christian homeschool family is really all about.

Do go ahead and do it - give thanks. Be thankful. Live a thankful life in your own home right now, this very day. Give thanks continually. Give thanks in prayer. Give thanks out loud. Give thanks to one another and for one another. As you read your Bible, give thanks. Write down your thanks.

Be a grateful woman. Thank Him, and then thank Him again.

And then watch and see how He begins to move and display His great power and amazing wonders in your very midst - right in your very own home.

Have a blessed and thank-filled day!

Day 340 done :)

Jan L. Burt