The in’s and out’s of Intercession

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The work of the kingdom must be bathed in prayer. Scripture gives us numerous examples of this: Moses who stood in intercession on the hillside during the battle at Rephidim (Exodus 17) or Daniel, who stood in the gap for the nation of Israel while they were in exile (Daniel 9). The prophet Ezekiel reminds us that God is looking “for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land (Ezekiel 22:30). But what do these watchmen on the wall do? How are those who stand on the wall and in the gap pray?

In two words the role of the intercessor is to pray “in” and to pray “out.” They pray “in” what God is doing, the advancement of the kingdom of God. Then they pray “out” the plans and the schemes of the enemy. The watchman stands in the gap between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light.

An intercessor listens to the Holy Spirit to discern what it is God want to do in a particular situation and then they begin to pray as they have been directed into the things, which the Lord wants to do. The job of the intercessor is to join in the work of praying into existence the things of the Lord, “Thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.” So the intercessor is praying for hearts to be changed or for people to be drawn deeper into a relationship with the Lord. They are praying for God’s kingdom to be advanced.

At the same time an intercessor is also discerning through the Holy Spirit what the strongholds and schemes the enemy is using to prevent the advancement of the gospel. Then they are praying for the removal of those strongholds and barriers. Prayer is the weapon, which can demolish strongholds “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). Through prayer the hindrances to the advancement of the gospel can be removed.

History, it is said, belongs to the intercessors. Praying out the obstacles and pulling down the strongholds of the enemy and praying in the establishment and building of God’s kingdom. The Lord continues today to look for those who will stand in the gap and pray “Your kingdom come.”

Voice Mail

7594181You pick up the phone, dial, wait and sure enough you getthe automated answering message telling you to “listen carefully as our options have recently changed” and then listing all the options you don’t actually need. Imagine if it was the same with God…

Thank you for calling heaven.

  • For English press 1
  • For Spanish press 2
  • For all other languages, press 3

Please select one of the following options:

  • Press 1 for request
  • Press 2 for thanksgiving
  • Press 3 for complaints
  • Press 4 for all others

I am sorry, all our Angels and Saints are busy helping other sinners right now. However, your prayer is important to us and we will answer it in the order it was received. Please stay on the line.

Fortunately God does not treat us that way. He comes to the prophet Jeremiah and says: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) God listens when we pray to him. Not only has God promised to listen to us but he has also promised to respond. He promises if we call He will answer. That answer is not always the one that we want. Sometimes God will reply and tell us “No! “You can’t have that” or he may say “Wait it’s not the right time.” We may not get the answer we want but we always get the answer God wants for us. He always answers in our best interests; even if we can’t understand that in the moment.

Jesus instructs us to ask, seek and knock in prayer: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). It’s not just a one-time request but an encouragement to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, and to knock and keep on knocking. Prayer is an ongoing relationship with our heavenly father who loves us; it’s not a one-time deal. The promise that Jesus makes to those who persevere in prayer is simple: “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:8).

God hears when we pray to him and he has promised to answer when we call, no voice mail!

Have you talked to God today?

Feeding Time

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He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3

Our dog Molly is a beagle. Beagles are well known for their incredible sense of smell and their love of food. One guide to the breed describes them as “inquisitive, determined, and focused on food.” As feeding time approaches she becomes increasingly vocal reminding us that it is almost time to give her food. When the time actually arrives she becomes so excited and enthusiastic running around as the food is put into her dog dish. There is an inbuilt longing within her for food and she is always looking for more.

Her attitude is one we could well do to adopt when it comes to getting fed by God’s Word. Are we excited and enthusiastic when we sit down to read, listen or study the Word of God? God’s Word is our spiritual food, which sustains us. Jesus quoting the Deuteronomy says, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4).

Feeding ourselves with God’s Word is essential to our relationship with him. When we starve ourselves of God’s Word then our relationship with him suffers. His word becomes the basis and vocabulary of our conversation with him in prayer. So it is important that we feed ourselves.

To have that same excitement and enthusiasm for being fed by God’s Word as Molly the dog has for getting her own food is perhaps a little bit over the top, but to have that sense of expectation that as we sit down to open God’s Word we are sitting down to meet with the author through the work of the Spirit, is certainly an attitude which we can seek to encourage. It is time to be fed…

Father, thank you for your Word, which truly is food for our souls. Instill in us a hunger for that Word and a thirst for you that brings us again and again into your presence. As we feast on your Word may it become the vocabulary of or praise and of our prayer. This we ask in Jesus name, Amen.

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