Does The Bible Say About.... Prayer?
instructed us to pray not only for our needs but to reach out & pray for others as well. We find this in I Timothy 2:1-6.
therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings,
and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and
to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
to pray & to make intercession for all men. What's intercessory prayer?
noun, "enteuxus," is the word for "intercession." It primarily denotes a "meeting with," a conversation or petition rendered
on the behalf of others. "Intercessory prayer," then, is seeking the presence & audience of God in
was the greatest intercessor of all time. Isaiah 53:12 records the following prophecy about Jesus:
will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his
soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
7:25 speaks of Him as a high priest that is still interceding on our behalf.
he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."
is looking for men & women today that are willing to enter into this ministry with Him. He has always sought people that
would "stand in the gap" for others. Ezekiel 22:30-31 says,
"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. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath:
their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God."
doesn't want judgment to fall upon people. He desires that they repent & return to Him. However, if they don't repent, judgment is inevitable.
Prayer for others
causes them to repent & seek God. Therefore, the Lord is always looking for those who'll take a burden of prayer
for the wayward ones, so that they might come to Him. He needs spiritual warriors who will selflessly intercede on behalf of others.
of intercessory prayer perennially stands open for volunteers who will join the Lord in this work. Thru
this ministry one can circle the entire world interposing for the multitudes who have no one else to "stand in the gap" for
don't believe the Lord will call anyone into a public ministry unless the ministry of intercession has first become
a priority in his life. There are many people eagerly wanting to do something for Jesus while this important field of work stands wide open.
not as glamorous as some other ministries, for no one is seen or applauded in their prayer closet &
perhaps that's exactly why there are so few volunteers.
people are interested in serving in this form of ministry, there's often a lack of knowledge as to the equipment & the
keys needed to be effective & successful in it.
presented here in hopes that if you have a heart toward God & are willing to become an intercessor, you'll know how to
obtain many victories. Intercessory prayer, being a ministry to others, isn't something that directly
an outreach ministry. Thru it we can truly lay down our lives for others. As we're faithful by sacrificing our time on the behalf of others, the Lord then takes care of our needs. As we minister to others, the Lord ministers to us. While praying for others, we
can't neglect mentioning the added blessing of being in fellowship with the Lord.
Holy Spirit directs us in the ways we are to pray for others, we need to keep in mind that He will always have us pray according to His Word.
& judgment prayed down on people aren't in harmony with the Spirit of the Lord. God is continually
extending mercy & help. Some people in ignorance pray for God to do whatever it takes to save someone.
They pray such prayers as, "Lord, if you have to break their back to get them to come to you, break their back Jesus,
take their business away from them, but save them. God, if it takes a car wreck to save them, do it Lord. Show them, even
if they have to get cancer."
examples of the way some ignorant Christians pray. They are truly crimes against the heart of Christ. He came to save,
not to destroy & kill.
9:53-56, "And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James
and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias
did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come
to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village."
gets saved just because he gets cancer. If that were true, then every one that had cancer would automatically come to God.
Getting cancer, or being in a car wreck, never saved anyone. On the other hand, many people have died & gone to hell in
some do come to the Lord when tragedy strikes, but it was the strength of someone praying for them &
the mercy of the Holy Spirit that caused them to come to God, not the tragedy.
the conviction of the Holy Spirit, their thoughts would never have gone out to God even in their crisis.
send calamities in order to bring people to Himself. He tells us in His word that it is the Spirit of God that "woos" &
"draws" people to Himself. This is hastened as Christians pray. John 6:44 says,
"No man can
come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
God for intercessors that stand against the enemy & keep him from destroying the souls & lives of men, women &
children who need the Lord.
of intercession is a vital part of our Christian walk & we can never attain to maturity & become overcomers by slighting
it. I often use the words "task" & "work" in reference to prayer because it's never easy nor convenient
to pray with any discipline or consistency.
remember that we have an enemy (the devil) who is constantly trying to keep us from our
prayer life because he knows (better than most Christians) the damage
done to his kingdom thru it. Let us never cease to pray.
was taken from the Overcoming Life Digest (July/August 1997 Issue); click here to view Digest
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