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The Power of Persistent Prayer

The Power of Persistent Prayer

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Published by: RicardoGomess on Feb 13, 2013
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s I have traveled around the world leading prayer gatherings
and initiatives, it is not unusual for someone to pull me aside
and whisper, “Cindy, how can I
see my prayers answered?
Can you tell me the secrets that God has shown you through
your years as a prayer leader?”Often as I am asked that question, my mind will flash backover my years of leading others in prayer. As you will read in the
pages of this book, I didn’t start out with the aspiration of becom-
ing a general of intercession, believe me. I sincerely wanted to be
a stay-at-home mom, but God had other plans. I was not, at first,
a willing officer of prayer! You see, my husband, Mike, and I didnot set out to claim the title
generals of intercession.
Frankly, it isthe name that came to be given to our ministry over the years—not so much by us at first, but rather by being introduced overand over as prayer generals.
Finally, through the nudging of friends like Kyle Duncan,
who edited this book, I have written down these “secrets of a 
prayer general” for all to read. I have chosen the topics for you
in a careful fashion so you would have the keys needed to see
your prayers answered.These keys to answered prayer are gleaned from my times of 
prayer in places like Iraq, where we stood on rocky mountainsides
praying for wars to shift. Such dramatic scenes were contrastedby quiet moments of anguish in my prayer closet, bent over onmy knees, weeping for my own generations (mine and my fam-ily members’).
I would like to take a journey with you in this book. Sit down
with it in your morning devotional time and teach it to your
prayer groups. We will begin with the most basic but sometimes
unasked question: “Why do we need to pray at all? Since a loving
and everywhere-present God knows our needs, why do we needto ask in prayer?”
For those of you who are more seasoned intercessors, this
may seem elementary, but I assure you that we cannot afford toskip steps as we share with others how to pray. We often assumethat people know many things that they do not know and thusleave huge gaps in their understanding of the purposes of God.That is why we are starting with this most foundational ques-tion: “Why pray?” Not only that, but like me, hopefully you willdiscover ways to deepen your own prayer life, even though youmight have been a prayer leader for many decades.
While reading, I want you to imagine we are sitting down
together, having a conversation over a cup of coffee or tea. I want
to share my heart with you in this book in an intimate way, aswell as give you a window into times when I was struggling tobreak through in persistent prayer. A critical question that we will look at in our conversation

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