Thank God, for the privilege of prayer. For communing with the creator of the universe and the lover of our souls. I suppose God could have done anything He wanted to do. Perhaps, He could have chosen to be unapproachable, but He didn’t!
How marvelous it is that the creator has invited us to draw near to Him. Isn’t it wonderful that we can draw near to Him in time of trouble? And much more importantly, the Bible says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4: 16).
God’s Word reveals that God hears and answers prayer. Therefore it is important that we learn how to pray.
Now, let’s continue this very important subject of “Kinds Of Prayer!” Today we will briefly discuss “The Prayer of Intercession!” As I did in my previous lesson; we will briefly define what Prayer of Intercession is, then, we will look at two examples and the results that were obtained with this kind of prayer.
The word intercede means to act between two parties with the thought of reconciling the two of them. Therefore, the Prayer of Intercession is standing in the gap in prayer in behalf of another. Normally we intercede for the unsaved.
God said something to Israel through the prophet Ezekiel which shows that God desires His people to intercede on behalf of others.
EZEKIEL 22: 30
30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and, STAND IN THE GAP before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: But I found none.
Do you realize what this verse is saying? God looks for people of prayer to stand in the gap, and make up the hedge, and to intercede so that people‘s life can be spared.
In Genesis chapter 18: 21 - 32, we see the example of Abraham as one who stood in the gap on behalf of others. When Abraham became aware of impending judgment upon the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, he interceded for them. I want you to stop reading this article right now, go ahead and read the Scripture in Genesis 18.
Think about that! God was willing to spare that wicked city which was full of corruption and immorality for the sake of ten righteous people. The Bible says God never changes – He is forever the same. God will do it for us today.
The Holy Spirit also helps us intercede as we pray in the Spirit. We can intercede for others with our understanding, as Abraham did, or we can intercede with our spirits in tongues or in groanings and travail. Let’s look at Romans Chapter 8.
ROMANS 8: 26
26 Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
As covenant children, we have the authority in the Name of Jesus to help others through prayer and intercession and to affect a change in nations for the glory of God.
Word for Today: "Be Innovative"
One of the most valuable traits any leader can possess is the ability to innovate. Innovation is the ability to create effective new ways to get the job done. Innovators never stop learning and growing. They find new solutions to problems, new ways to deal with changing circumstances, and fresh ways to accomplish the mission. Most innovators move against the tide of majority of opinion, which usually resist change. That’s why innovators must possess the confidence to move ahead despite opposition. Moses and David were such innovative leaders with the courage to go against the tide. Go ahead, and be an innovator.