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Book Review: The Happy Intercessor
Are you an intercessor? Do you wonder what an intercessor is or what they do? Do you have questions about being an intercessor? Do you struggle with depression, lack of peace or loss of joy as a result of the burdens you carry around in prayer? Do you long to pray, but don’t know how? Do you long to stand in the gap for others, but the few times you did it, it drained you so dry that you determined that it wasn’t for you? If you, like me, answered yes to any or all of these questions, please read on.
A very good friend of mine gave me a copy of The Happy Intercessor along with its companion book, The Joy of Intercession, for which I’m very grateful. This book could not have come at a better time in my life. Beni Johnson begins by sharing some of her background and what lead her to seek joy as an intercessor, a gift, by her own admission that she really was not wanting. While it’s an honor to pray and intercede for others, it can also be rather draining and even lead to serious depression if not careful. The nice thing is we now have tools and a strategy for interceding and not allowing it to steal our joy at the same time.
The Happy Intercessor covers topics like praying from the heart of God, learning to pray from an offensive rather than a defensive position and taking ownership over where you live and how to intercede for your area. The book reminds us that Jesus is our example of joy and about the three realms we can operate from, though Beni shares that most of us will tend to work from two of the three. No worries, she does share the importance of the third realm and how to operate and battle from that place. The best part is we learn about going to battle with worship and joy and how to find rest within, which I’m sure we all could use more of.
Beni shares her own personal experience and the experience of others, including those from Scripture, to help us see how intercession can be effective and still maintain joy. I love stories and tend to learn best through them, so that made the book all the more helpful for me.
Would I recommend The Happy Intercessor? Yes, absolutely. It contains a lot of practical information, encouragement, and insight into the area of intercession that I had not heard before. It offers ways to reach into a deeper, more wonderful and effective place in intercessory prayer. I will be reading The Happy Intercessor again to glean more from it. If you are searching for a book that will help you intercede for others without losing your peace, joy or sanity, this is a book that I believe will benefit you for years to come.
I hope you found this review helpful. If so, please share it with your family and friends, so they can learn about this great book too. You can click on any image of the book on this page to see it on Amazon. I’m also including a link to The Joy of Intercession, which is a 40-Day Devotional. You can get them together, which is helpful, but not a must. Both are great books that I highly recommend for anyone looking to learn more about intercessory prayer and how to have joy while being blessed to intercede for others.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review and God bless!
I believe we are to be a people that have Jesus’ joy full in us. We are to be like that in every area of our life and ministry. One of the missing elements I see in many of those who are interceding is that they need their lives fillled up with heavenly joy.
-Beni Johnson, The Happy Intercessor