“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6 vs 18)
Before I was selected to be apart of the intercessor’s group at my church I was always devoted to prayer and would always find myself praying for others whether voluntarily or upon request. Many times, I hear people say “it’s the prayers of my grandmother, or it’s the prayers of my mother that has kept me”). I know that to be true because my mother’s prayers have been very instrumental in who I am today. When we pray, we should never pray selfish prayers but instead, we should pray for the needs of others and do it willingly and in love.
The definition of intercession according to google is the action of intervening on behalf of another. When you intercede for others you are basically standing in the gap, forgetting your needs and focusing on someone else’s problems with a compassionate heart, and praying expecting God to move on their behalf. You may be saying that you do not know how to pray but Jesus taught us how to pray in Matthew chapter 6, and that prayer covers every area of our lives, it’s a complete prayer and can be used for any occasion where prayer is needed.
Today, I challenge you to purposely find someone to pray for. Ask God to send people your way who need prayer. You can start by praying for your country and its leaders. Pray for your friends and family or for your children. Pray for your school and for your teachers. Pray for the community where you live and for your neighbors. There is no distance in prayer so don’t be afraid to extend your prayers globally. Not everyone will want you to pray for them, they may feel offended for whatever reasons, but you can still pray for them behind the scenes because God answers prayers that are prayed in secret (Matthew 6 vs 5-6). Create your own war room.
Every night before bedtime I pray a specific prayer (I call it my nightly prayer) that prayer is for my children (anyone in my household) and two other family members that I have been praying for, for many years. Sometimes I pray for other people or issues during that time of prayer as well. Another way how I pray for others is to pray for anyone that God laid on my heart within that moment. Never wait until you get home or when it’s convenient to you, always pray immediately whenever the Holy Spirit urges you to pray. Remember that while you are praying for others Jesus himself is praying for you (Romans 8 vs 34)
If you have promised to pray for someone and somehow forgot stop what you are doing now and pray for that person. Let your prayers be effective and fervent because those are the prayers that availeth much (James chapter 5).
Let us pray: Lord I repent of my sins today. Please help me to pray for the needs of others and to pray without ceasing according to your word in 1st Thessalonians chapter 5. Remove every selfish prayer from my heart in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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