If you want to be a faithful priest to God in this area of intercession, you must first acknowledge your total inadequacy. Hence, you must be totally dependent on Christ and the Holy Spirit to do this great work of God.
when you get this feeling of inadequacy, thank God! This feeling is good. For it is God’s designed way of bringing us to Him so that we may receive the necessary resources in order to intercede for others. Just as with the man in the story who felt desperate to supply the need of his friend who had come on a long journey, in which case God did help him to seek Him and supply that need, we too may benefit from times when we feel that we desperately need His help. For He has planned all along for us to feel inadequate and desperate so that we will…
It is certainly clear from scripture that we have a great job ahead of us—to pray for all men. But why must we do it? And if we must do it, how do we get motivated to do it?
Why do we have a responsibility to intercede for people? The answer is that God has made us responsible by making us His priests. As priests He has commissioned us and called us to intercede for all men.
With this calling He has given us a desire deep inside us to intercede. And so, even though we may at times regret the hard work of intercession, deep inside our soul we secretly love it. Yes, we love to be involved with Christ in His work. For as His interceding priests we have the glorious privilege of ruling with Him and extending His rule. Hence, in no other way can we…
1. That God would give you wisdom to see clearly and really understand who Christ is and all that He has done for you (Eph. 1:17).
2. That your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future He has called you to share (Eph. 1:18).
3. That you will realize that God has been made rich because we who are Christ’s have been given to Him (Eph. 1:18).
4. That you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him (Eph. 1:19).
5. That out of His glorious unlimited resources He will give you the mighty inner strength of His Holy Spirit so that Christ may be more and more at home in your heart as you trust in Him (Eph. 3:16,17).
Paul wrote, “first of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men” (I Timothy 2:1). We see from this verse that there is a sense in which our prayers must include the whole world. They must go beyond our own families, our churches, our friends, and our country. What a great and awesome responsibility we have. And at the same time what a great privilege and honor God has given to us to be able to touch a soul on the other side of the world.
I have laid out for you what I have found from my study to be the main groups of people we should pray and intercede for. Here are those groups, eight in all.
1.Secular leaders (1 Timothy 2:2). Under the heading of “all men,” the first group that Paul instructs…
1. It is standing in the gap or praying on behalf of a person who needs help, and in many cases, for whom Satan is trying to destroy.
2. It is praying for those whom God has given to us—for those whom God has put on our heart; most often it is for those whom we have a ministry with.
3. It is a particular kind of prayer that demands our unselfish devotion to God, to a pure life, and to those whom we pray for. It demands our willingness to loose ourselves for others and for the will of God.
4. To be an intercessor we must feel a concern and a responsibility for those we are interceding for. We must associate with their sins and their needs.
3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. 6 Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. 7 O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day — to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and…
The story of Esther gives us a clear picture of how intercession works. In the story, Queen Vashti was divorced from King Ahasuerus because she refused to dance before the king and his guests at a banquet. Later, after the king’s anger had subsided, a search was made for a new Queen. Esther was chosen, and the king loved her.
Soon afterwards, King Ahasuerus appointed a man named Haman as Prime Minister; and as the king commanded, all the king’s officials were to bow down to him. But Mordecai, who was Esther’s cousin and the one who reared her, refused to bow down to Haman because of his Jewish faith. Upon hearing this news Haman was furious and immediately began to plot the destruction of all the Jews, out of which a decree was issued and signed by the king that all Jews would be killed on the 28th of…
Minneapolis on Thursday became the first major American city to permit unfettered broadcast of the Muslim call to prayer, allowing the adhan to be heard over speakers five times a day, year-round.
The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to amend the city’s noise ordinance, which had prevented some morning and evening calls at certain times of the year because they occurred at times of the day when tighter noise restrictions are in place.
“The Constitution doesn’t sleep at night,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), after the vote. He said Minneapolis’ action should show the world that a “nation founded on freedom of religion makes good on its promise.”
Thursday’s vote, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, marked the capstone of a years-long effort to allow more calls to be broadcast in Minneapolis, whose burgeoning population of East African immigrants has led to mosques dotting the landscape.
Three council members — Aisha Chughtai, Jeremiah Ellison and Jamal Osman — identify as Muslim. “In a body of 13, that’s a real caucus,” Ellison said before the 12-0 vote (Council Member Andrew Johnson was absent).
Not only was the council vote unanimous, the decision drew no organized community opposition. Mayor Jacob Frey is expected to sign the measure within a week.
I live in Minneapolis, and, while I was working outside one day I happened to hear these prayer calls. One bold Muslim decided to do it on his own (with a loud microphone). I’m not Muslim, so I didn’t agree with it; but on the other hand, I thoiught this man was quite bold and dedicated to his religion; and I wished I was as bold as him. I wish more Christians would be more dedicated to prayer.
I recalled that Daniel prayed three times a day in his window chamber (Daniel 6:10). David also prayed many times a day. They were dedicated prayer warriors.
It is not the Father’s role to intercede. The Father is the one who hears, receives, and answers our prayers. But I think He should be included in the intercession process, because if it wasn’t for the Father we could not pray at all. In fact, all prayer comes from the Father. We will take time now to consider seven things regarding how the Father is involved in intercession.
1.He is the head person of the trinity and is in charge over the whole intercession process. Jesus said that His Father is Lord over heaven and earth (Lu. 10:21) and that He is greater than all (Jn. 10:29). Jesus also said in John 6:57 that He lives because of the Father. This does not mean that the Father gave Him existence (Jesus has always existed); however, it means that His special life of power and authority was…
The one obvious result, of course, will be that we will see more answers to prayer, and we will experience the great joy in the Lord that follows (Jn. 16:24). But there are also other results. Here are three things that I can think of:
Importune Prayer will become Easier
The more you pray with importunity, the easier it will be to continue to pray with importunity. Not that importune prayer is ever easy, but the first few experiences of it will tend to pave the road and make the way smoother for more and more importune prayer. For when you have that prayer experience behind you, you will have gained the insight that makes your prayers more importunate.
Accordingly, with this experience, you will pray with more patience and strength, and with more ability to press on in prayer, even when it seems hopeless. You will have developed…