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Prayer Operations: Intercession

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Prayer as defined by Houghton Mifflin (2009) is a reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship. However, when we make an appeal how do we capture His attention? It is through prayer that we are able to petition God and ultimately develop a consistent prayer life that pleases Him. Reading the word of God and prayer draws us closer to Christ. We begin to have His mind and His spirit living in us because of this Holy communication. Most Christians pray all the time. Our Prayers are usually self-serving. God help me with this problem, God these people are hurting me, God I need a miracle for my child, and in these prayers we are the beneficiaries. Although God does want us to pray and communicate our needs to Him, as stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14-15(KJV), we are also called to be an intercessor. Ezekiel 22:30(KJV) says God is looking for intercessors, “Someone to make up the hedge and stand in the gap for the land before Him but He found none”. In order to intercede for others we need to know what it means to be an intercessor and embody the character of Jesus.

The act of intercession is praying for someone else’s needs or desires without direct benefit to oneself. While reading I thought, who is fit to be an intercessor and why would they want to do this? It is sometimes a burden to pray for family, so why take on another load praying for others but the word of God says in Ephesians 4:16 that we are ‘fitly joined’ together. This means we have been brought together by God for specific purposes and one is to be co-laborers in prayer. “An intercessor is a man, woman, or child who fight for others and it is the activity that identifies us most with Christ. To be an intercessor is to be like Jesus becaus...

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... be filled through prayer and my responsibility starts but does not stop with prayer. Those dying and hurting souls who don’t know Jesus, or have just lost their way must be prayed for. Pleasing God, not man, will receive the greatest attention in my busy life, Galatians 1:10 (KJV). I will be a minister of reconciliation unto the Lord. Jesus does it and I am called to be like Him, so I am also called to intercede for others. I will pray the Word daily because it is my reasonable service. Romans 12 will be my platform: “To love and respect others and while rejoicing in hope; being patient in tribulation; and continuing instant in prayer”. To be more like Christ is my goal and “It is not the will of the Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish (Matthew 18:14)”. For it is truly Christ to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).
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