Prayer

   


From learning as a child, “Now I lay me down to sleep”, to the time you learned the prayer we should model our prayers after, Matthew 6:9 – 13, “The Lord’s Prayer”. We discover these two prayers have one thing in common, at one point and time you made intercession for someone else. “God bless mommy, God bless daddy, etc., to “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” in actuality you were praying for the needs of someone else. In this teaching we are going to embark upon the importance of intercession.

Before we learn about true intercession, we must develop a foundation and our foundation will be established through understanding the power of prayer itself. Prayer is just not mere words, words that should not always be self-centered and concern your particular situation. God’s word declares he will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. Philippians 4:19

Our foundation scripture will be 1 John 5:14 – 15. This scripture let’s us know that we must pray with confidence (faith) and when you do so you have what you ask of God. There is nothing greater you can do as a believer than pray for God’s will to be done in yours and someone else’s life. God not only answers prayer according to your faith, but also based on the intent of your heart. What is your motive for praying this prayer?

There are several records left of what the power of prayer can do throughout the Word of God. One record that can be noted is Abraham and the way he prayed, and because Abraham prayed the way he did and with a humble heart, we today as believers in Christ are now heirs of Abraham’s seed. Who was Abraham? He is the father of many nations; one who prayed God’s will and prayed it with confidence.

Prayer without praise and glory is empty. In order for you to help others walk in the power of God, you must acknowledge him for what He has done for you as an individual. Now we move to Judges 6:11, which deals with God coming to Gideon. How does this apply to what we are discovering here? It helps us to realize at some point and time you must have confirmation from God that He is there. God came to Gideon the least in his father’s household, but called him, “a mighty man of valor”. Begin to praise God for Him seeing you as more than what you see yourself as, and start seeing yourself as whom God sees you as, “you mighty man or woman of valor”. God is not looking for you to have a long resume of accomplishments in order to come to Him on someone else’s behalf just realize who you are and the power you have. When Gideon realized who he was only then could he save Israel from the Midinites. God will show you who you are in Him not in your carnal way of thinking. Know that Jesus is making intercession to the Father on your behalf.

In keeping with the principle of reaping and sowing in dealing with intercession, if you pray for someone else and their needs, God will allow someone to see your need and go directly to the core of your situation and make intercession for you and your need. First God must build up your self-image outwardly as well as spiritually so that you may realize you have time for other people’s situations besides your own. You will find at certain times in your life you receive a better and quicker response if petition is made on your behalf, rather than a direct line prayer. God will sometimes reveal to someone else your situation so they can deal with the root of your true need.

Let’s use some examples for today’s time, an alcoholic, drug addict, or even a sinner. Before any of these people must admit they have an issue they normally go through what is called self-denial. God has given the believer power to see that this person is in need of some spiritual intervention. You as a Christian will be the direct line between that person and Jesus until they can help themselves. At times change does not come because an individual has prayed for themselves, but due to intercession being made on their behalf. It’s the prayer that went up for God’s grace and mercy to be sufficient for them.

Now let’s review some things that could stop intercession from being effective. As we turn to Joshua 7:5, we see Joshua was used to obtain victory in battle because of the favor of God, however, when sin came into the camp due to Achan, Joshua was defeated. Mighty man or woman of valor you can not accept defeat, you must go back and recover ground when it looks like sin is in the camp and the victory in your intercession is being lost. Don’t take “no” for an answer when you know you are standing on the Word of God. If there is anything in your household that is hindering your intercession “GET IT OUT!” Sin will hinder your intercession.

Intercession first begins with having genuine concern for human kind. We find in II Kings 5, Naaman was encouraged to go and be healed of leprosy by a captive he was holding and because he received the word from the captive he went and was healed. Sometimes you must first encourage someone and then they can receive intercession or change in his or her situation. Another text that can be used is found in John 1:40 – 42, where John encouraged Andrew and Simon Peter to follow him.

There are several things you must do when preparing to make intercession:
  • You must love God.
  • Set your heart for the process of belief.
  • You must have a level of expectation.
  • Do not become impatient.
You as an intercessor have to be willing to spend time with God.
You as an intercessor have the authority to call people out of bondage. By the power of the Holy Spirit you have the power to cancel out:
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug Abuse
  • Fornication
  • Poverty
  • Depression
  • Lesbianism
  • Homosexuality
  • Spirit of Lying
  • Idolatry
  • Anger
  • Lewdness
  • Financial Bondage (frivolous spending, gambling)
  • Profane Spirit
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Sickness
  • Disease
  • Many other things that we in society are plagued by.
You can base these things being canceled out on the promise made in Mark 11:24, Jesus speaking, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them”. The operative word there is believe This is the faith work that must be put into action first.

There is a reward waiting for you, the one with authority that is making intercession on someone’s behalf. God gives you the power through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. If you’re going to stand and just look at the situation, then don’t expect change. When you expect change with praise, you will evoke the power of God when you begin to confess what the promises of God decree. Exhibit your faith, which is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1). For without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

In Colossians 1:16 – 19 everything that was made was made by God and this let’s you know you have power because the same one that conceived Jesus conceived you, and you have the same entitlements. The only difference is you have to die spiritually to the carnal man. Jesus constantly throughout his ministry went about making intercession for sinners and we are of like precious faith. This means your intercession is needed to evoke change in the world.

-Sometimes for the soul, good is confession, But better is the believer that makes intercession –
-Author Unknown –

Don’t be moved by what you see, only by what you believe!
Pastor Frederic Pinkney
   

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