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April 2017 Issue

The Gift of Intercession


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April 2017 Issue

The Gift of Intercession

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Many kids in the 1980s and 1990s delighted in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” children’s book series. Based on the original idea of American author Edward Packard, readers make choices that determine the plot’s twists and turns. The books involved the readers in the development of the story, enlarging their imagination and sense of adventure.

Intercessory prayer is a lifelong adventure for every Christian. We can’t know the outcome, but we have to make a decision to pray. In his book Prayer, pastor Timothy Keller writes: “Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life. We must learn to pray. We have to.” This month’s study in Today in the Word will help us learn about prayer and intercession. We’ll learn what the Bible says about prayer for each other, for our families, and for the unbelievers. We’ll look at examples of intercessory prayers—for forgiveness, healing, revival, and missions—as well as what Jesus said when He taught His disciples how to pray.

We hope you will be encouraged by this month’s study and continue to walk faithfully with our living Lord, seeing the answers to your prayers. Thank you for praying each day for various Moody’s departments and ministries in the “Pray with Us” column in each issue. And your financial support of the ministry of Today in the Word is the Lord’s answer to our prayer for provision. We praise God for our readers!

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Executive Editor: Bruce Everhart; Managing Editor: Heather Moffitt; Senior Editor: Elena Mafter; Contributing Editors: Jamie Janosz, John Koessler; Writer: Megan Hill; Art Director: Lynn Gabalec; Graphic Designers: Larry Bohlin, Dana Chen; Business Manager: Paul B. Currie; Marketing Maneger: Claire Kniowski