“Praying for those we love is not a substitute for their need to hear God’s word of truth—the gospel. But many of those we find resisting already know it, and for them the ‘pushiness’ of a relative deepens resistance …. While it is painful to see a loved on persist in sin, especially if it is self-destructive, God’s Spirit has spoken or is speaking to them about their need to turn to Him. Our prayer for them is pivotal in this regard. But it is also our job to leave God’s part for Him to achieve as only He can.” (pp. 47, 48)
Other chapters that were especially meaningful are the ones about how to pray for one’s children, and how to pray without ceasing. In Hayford’s life, singing plays a large part in that latter.
The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer will help you pray for loved ones with sharpened focus and strengthened faith. It would make a valuable addition to the prayer section of any home or church library.