1 Timothy 2:1
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
It has been about seven months since I moved back to Las Vegas from Southern California and have been attending Paradise Calvary Chapel. God’s grace has continually allowed me to witness and be a part of the moving of the Holy Spirit in the body of our church. It has reaffirmed some things, changed some of my various views, given me a deeper understanding and appreciation of our Father’s unending supply of love, mercy, forgiveness and grace but the biggest revelation has been the answered prayers of all the brothers and sisters in Christ.
Through prayer has came an enrichment of praise, worship, thanksgiving, as well as the reading, studying, meditating, and application of the Word on a daily basis. The most enlightening part has been the intercession for others. James talks about the importance of prayer for one another in meeting certain needs. The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said in his book “Life Together” that “Intercession is a daily service we owe to God and our brother. It’s a gift of God’s grace.” Christians pray anytime and anywhere---and they make a difference. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “pray without ceasing”.
I have discovered that while praying for others I must not be afraid to ask others to pray for me. Life is happening for everyone but prayer is a bond of unity to strengthen all who participate. Jesus told us to love our enemies and those who persecute us. How do you do that without prayer?
The apostle Paul reminds us that the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us and it is for the saints according to the will of God. Further along in Romans 8, he tells us that Christ who is risen and at the right hand of God makes intercession for us. With Jesus and the Holy Spirit interceding for me encourages me to intercede for others.
Intercessory prayer shows our love for others whether they are believers or non-believers. We forget ourselves in prayer for others and only ask that God’s will be done. One of the most powerful things someone has said to me is “I’m praying for you”. It shows me that they only want what God knows is best for me and that only He can accomplish it.
Who are you praying for today?