We as Christians are called to pray for one another. To intercede on each other’s behalf. Some don’t understand, some may not know what that entails. I didn’t really understand until recent years.
There are many articles and commentaries on intercessory prayer. Some are good, some are confusing and some are void of the Spirit. You don’t need a special language to pray. God hears even the groan, the cry and simply Help Me. He knows our hearts and our needs before we ask.
Evil and sin have roamed the earth since creation. God gives us Faith and prayer to combat this.
Intercession: To interpose or pleading on behalf of another person.
To interpose: To place oneself between others.
There you have it. Christ is an intercessor. He put himself between us and sin and plead on our behalf.
It took a bit to realize this gift, for me anyway. I knew that God would give me intense feelings at time while praying for others. Sadness and hopelessness for instance. I didn’t understand until talking with another who had this gift. When you truly intercede in prayer, when you place yourself between the person you are praying for and the person or thing that you are praying against, God will allow you to take their pain and feel their suffering briefly. Talking with other intercessors I discovered the importance of this. If God can allow them peace for a minute than we as intercessors gladly accept this.
But what if you place yourself between a person and darkness. At times I have felt the sting of evil even demonic activity while interceding.
I was asked to pray for a small child once who was having nightmares. The darkness the child described startled me as right before I was asked to pray I received a vision of the same darkness this child described. It was as if God prepared me.
I am frequently asked ” pray for me” without details. I immediately go to work pleading to God. He knows the details!
When God gives you someone to pray for, we may not always know why. Only that we are to pray. Many times I have been woken in the night to pray. Sometimes I know who, sometimes I know what. But I always know to pray.
Say you are praying for a sister who is struggling with her husband’s infidelity. Infidelity is a dark deception that steals not only truth, but trust and the very feeling of safety. So while you are pleading to God for these feelings to end and comfort and peace to be given, you are actually putting yourself between evil and your sister.
When you pray in the Spirit and plead with your very heart and soul in prayer, God hears your cries. We must remember to pray in God’s will though not ours. Jesus taught this by example as he prayed in the Garden. When He said “Father take this cup from me, but your will be done.”
That is where many make a mistake. When we plead before God over a situation in our life or others we must know the answer will be God’s will not ours. He is our Father and know our needs better than us. Sometimes a delayed or no answer is actually a blessing.
I know I have witnessed it many times. Once recently I was in anguish over a mission that wasn’t going well, and I began to ask God why would you give us cries in our sleep of someone crying for help if the mission couldn’t go forward. A few days later he revealed the mission and the person whose cries we heard! But I was going against the will of God not yielding to His will. He had a few different ideas.
So talk to God, ask Him to open this gift in you. Ask Him to fill you with His heart and Spirit and get to work! Time is short.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
A Call to Prayer
1First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men 2for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. 3This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself as a ransom for all—the testimony that was given at just the right time.