|Series Theme: Prayer|
Title: 6. Intercessory Prayer
In 1 Tim 2:1 Paul spoke of “intercessions” as one of the forms or intensities of prayer. In this Part we will consider some introductory thoughts on intercession, prayer that is both passionate and persistent
1. What it is
In Ezek 22:30 God said He looked for a man to stand before Him in the gap on behalf of the land. It is a picture of someone who, like Moses in Ex 32:11-14 stood in front of God and pleaded on behalf of sinful Israel.
It is said that, comparing intercessors against others, intercessors:
2. The Jericho Example
The illustration of the destruction of Jericho in Josh 6 is a powerful teaching tool when considering the process of intercession.
1. Joshua is instructed to take Jericho v.2
2. For six days Joshua encircles Jericho. We can now speculate:
3. On Day 7 he:
Thus the intercessor senses a call to pray, starts to pray, realises implications of the task, its impossibility and the need for God to move, and a growing realisation that this IS what
a) God wants to happen and then what
b) God will do!
The intercessor aims to pray into a place of faith where they KNOW the will of God and come to a place of faith to claim it.
3. Different Burdens
Within our church context it is likely that different people will be at different places with the Lord with regard to prayer. Some may not be praying at all, some may be praying weakly or sporadically, while some may be moving towards or be in a place of strong regular, urgent and persistent prayer. These latter ones may perhaps be referred to as intercessors, but even they come in different shades. They may have different burdens to pray, perhaps for:
It is helpful in encouraging the growth of intercession to recognise that we are all different, are at different places in our calling to prayer and have different burdens from God. Resting in but seeking to develop your own particular calling is essential (see Rom 12:3-6)
4. Helps for Potential Intercessors
4.1 To recognise your calling
4.2 Personal Determination
Rom 12:6 It is God's gifting but we determine how we will use it
4.3 The Holy Spirit
4.4 Holding to the truth
In the face of every difficult situation remember Jesus is Lord!
5. Opposition & Dangers for Intercessors
The main danger that an intercessor (or anyone else who feels they are moving strongly in the purposes of God) faces is that of a wrong attitude towards others. The following are specific things to avoid:
We can overcome these if we allow the following to prevail in our lives: