That’s me, sister Anne and Adaora and this photo was taken a few years ago. More than five years ago. No. A little over six years ago, I think. I’m getting old, my memory fails me.
It’s another new day and our Father has not changed. He will never change. He’s so amazing, so faithful, and so awesome! Thank you Lord.
Intercession – the action of intervening on behalf of another, the act of saying a prayer on behalf of another. It doesn’t mean pointing God to someone else’s problem and saying “God, please help them”, it effectively means putting yourself in the person (or situation)’s shoes and crying out to God for mercy and deliverance, as if it was your problem or your fault.
Without it, God cannot move in the earth! Sounds ridiculous, right? But it is true. No revival of note, no salvation of souls, no healing or deliverance ever took place without someone crying out to God to step in. Jesus, patterned it for us when he taught the Lord’s Prayer – “Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
So why don’t we intercede always? For starters, the enemy has made us believe a lie, saying “what can my ‘small’ prayer do, what effect does it have in the grand scheme of things? With all the horrors going on around, how would my little prayer make a difference?” If we begin to think of ourselves as insignificant, then chances are we won’t put any effort into the big picture. A body of water, no matter the size, is composed of droplets of water, the more the droplets, the bigger the body of water. So, by making us think we’re insignificant, the enemy dams up all the sources of prayer and we’re left with dryness all around.
I dare say our bucket needs filling. I was reading Isaiah 59 and it talked about the proliferation of evil all around. God wondered that with all that was going on (verses 4 and 16), no one was crying out or interceding. In Isaiah 64, the prophet began to cry out for God to come down (please read and allow the Holy Spirit to fill your heart with truth). We do need Him now more than ever before – in our services, in our homes, on our jobs etc.
Not sure how many of you are like me, when I read about the children of Israel and all the mighty acts that God did among them, I used to wonder how they could still do the stuff they did (backsliding and worshipping other gods, etc.), even after they had experienced God like that. The bible tells us (1 Cor. 10:6-12) that they were an example for us that we should not walk as they did. Truth be told, if we have truly committed our hearts to The Lord Jesus and asked Him to be our Saviour, we have experienced the New Birth, not even the children of Israel could come close to this experience. Yet, we find ourselves, time and time again, falling from His grace.
We must begin to cry out to God, let our drops of prayer begin to flow so that His power and glory can manifest in our lives. Did I say ‘drops’? Jesus said RIVERS OF LIVING WATER would flow out of our bellies if we believed on Him! I pray that a spirit of intercession and prayer would envelope us and tug our heart strings, causing us to stand in the gap as His Spirit leads. There’s so much to pray for – Lord give us grace to pay the price.
And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him]. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. (Hebrews 4:13-16 AMP)