By A. Mitchell
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“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people…” (1 Timothy 2:1)
Have you ever considered how many times someone has prayed for you? Recently, I reflected on how many times someone petitioned God’s intervention in my life. From childhood to adulthood, faithful intercessors confidently and boldly entered into God’s presence to pray for my safety and salvation. Eventually, through faithful fervent prayer, their intercession reached fruition, birthing rescue and redemption. In almost every instance, believers come to faith as a result of intercessory prayer.
Intercessory prayer is the most selfless form of prayer; it prioritizes others over self.
Throughout Scripture, patriarchs, priests, and prophets consistently and fervently modeled intercessory prayer. Jesus advocated intercession with the foreknowledge that His sin ransom would allow us free access into God’s Most Holy Place – where He remains our ever-faithful mediator and intercessor. In Hebrews 4:16, Paul reminds us, that as believers, we can freely “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” What a glorious, blood-bought privilege for every believer!
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the privilege of interceding for others. As I enter Your Most Holy Place, clothe me in reverence and humility. Help me to lay aside my personal petitions and to remember the names of those You have placed on my heart. May Your will be accomplished in each of their lives – for Your honour and glory – in Jesus name, amen.
As you pray, clothe yourself in God’s armour. Ask God who He wants you to lift up in prayer. In a journal, record their names and claim God’s promises for their lives.
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