Intercession

Dear Fellow-Disciple:

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make a request for this.

(1 John 5:16)

It will be interesting to get to heaven and discover that the things we disciples accomplished for God, were activated and empowered and perpetuated because of the prayers of others. Whether we realize it or not, we all have silent partners personally involved in spiritual battle on our behalf. Without them we would probably collapse under the onslaught of the enemy.

None of us is perfect, so we stumble through life attempting to serve God and lead Godly lives. Sometimes we slip and slide and fall because of the sinful nature of our flesh. Like Paul, we desire to behave according to God's Word, but ingrained habit patterns in our personality often take over. We do something embarrassing or stupid which makes us feel as if we are living a sham, and that we have no right to the kingdom of God.

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts...(Romans 6:11,12)

We are under grace, but we continue to battle our way through life, binding and loosing and releasing and praying, and occasionally accomplishing something God asked us to do.

In the meantime someone is petitioning God in our behalf, and He deposits another portion of His grace into our account.

Isn't it wonderful that when our intercessors see us falling on our faces, instead of resorting to criticism, they fall on their faces and intercede for us? They ask in our behalf and, because of their obedience, God gives us life.

When did this intercession begin in our lives? Are we riding the wave of yesterday's prayers? Perhaps, but it is more likely that our account has been building for a long time. A grandparent or parent or aunt or uncle or cousin may have made the first deposit. It could have been a teacher or a fellow-student or a co-worker. It really isn't important to know who intercedes, it is important to know and to admit that we could not be where we are without those precious petitions.

It is necessary for the grace of God to work in intercessors, also. It is not easy for them to persist in prayer even though they see no results. Intercessors realize they wage war with unseen forces of darkness. They know their prayers are heard and answered, and it is only a matter of time until victory. They may have no idea about the nature of the battle, but their concern is that God has laid us upon their hearts, and they determine to pray until He relieves them of their duty.

Intercessors don't agonize, they're too practical for that. They simply make themselves sensitive to the circumstances around them and the people God has brought across their paths, and they take those things into the throne room and place them at the feet of God.

They realize He is God, and the battle is His. They understand that principalities and powers of darkness have to yield to the Light, so they bring God into the picture. They don't rant and rave against the enemy and plead for God to help them. Instead, they use the power of prayer to disrupt the negative forces by exposing them to the positive power of God.

Intercessors never take the attitude that there is no use to pray because God always does what He wants to do. Intercessors never think it foolish to believe that God will give a positive response. God has told us to pray, He has told us whatsoever we ask, He will do. The intercessor realizes his prayer may be the ingredient that determines victory or defeat (Exodus 17:8-13). He understands that without his prayer, someone may spend his lifetime bound in darkness.

Intercession is part of the sovereign purpose of God. If there were no intercessors, our lives would be entirely different. When we make our transition into the heavenly realm, we will have an opportunity to see the impact intercession had on our lives. We will probably be surprised to discover who has made regular deposits into our account.

Remember, we are all called to intercede. We must be certain we aren't withholding blessings from anyone for whom God has called us to pray.

Jesus is King!

P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?

Question for today: For whom have I interceded today?