Whenever, I think of intercessory prayer, a few Bible characters come to my mind. Christ’s ministry as a whole was a perfect demonstration of intercession. He lived a selfless life. He would spend time in prayer interceding for others, healing the sick, giving hope to the suffering, and feeding the hungry. Intercessory prayer is a prayer offered on behalf of others. When you stand in the gap, you are interceding for others. Intercessory prayer is important because it takes our focus from ourselves to others. It helps us to be there for others as well. Paul urges that we intercede for one another, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” 1 Timothy 2:1.


Christ is our mediator

Just like in the Old Testament where the high priest would make sacrifices on behalf of the people, Christ continually intercedes for us in the heavenly sanctuary. He is the ultimate high priest who lives forever. He is our mediator. We can come boldly to Him through prayer anytime, and He will save us. “Therefore He is able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25.

Christ’s whole ministry was about reconciling the lost to Him. Even now, Christ is still interceding for us. Paul says in Romans 8:34, “…who is even at the right hand of God interceding for us.”  This is why we pray in Jesus’ name. He is the Priest forever. Even death would not stop Him from continuing with His priestly role of interceding for us.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:20

 


The Holy Spirit 

Prayer does not require eloquence, it is about pouring our hearts and minds to God. Sometimes, we do not know how to pray or what to say, “Likewise the spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26. As we pray, the Spirit is interceding on our behalf. Even silent prayers are answered. When our prayers are not answered in the way we expected, we should continue to trust God and know that everything happens for a reason. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Why participate in intercessory prayer?

People are hurting. There is suffering and pain everywhere. If there is a way of reaching out, intercessory prayer is one of them. When you plead on behalf others, you are interceding for them. You are standing in the gap. When you don’t know how to reach out, pray that the Lord may meet them at their point of need. You can also include intercessory prayers in your Prayer journal

Who can we intercede for?

Pray for family members

Pray for the world

Pray for those who need healing

Pray for the bereaved families

Pray for those in need

Pray for the Church

Pray for the leaders

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