“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25).
We need to understand the truth of God’s Word that is clearly apparent from the Old Testament through the New Testament, where Jesus is spending His time as an intercessor: there is nothing more powerful in the kingdom of God than intercessory prayer. God is calling His people to pray. All Christians are exhorted to pray for others and to watch God work in astonishing, astounding ways. Some people are better at it than others. There are some people whose main spiritual gift is intercession. But we are all called to be intercessors and to make a difference in the world through intercessory prayer.
Most of us do not look at ourselves as “world-changers.” We do not see ourselves as having the power or influence to change the direction of nations. As Christians, however, we affirm the power of God to impact the nations. That power is released through the prayers of people just like you and me. Would you make a commitment today to change your world? Take a step in prayer. Begin to pray more for the people around you, as well as for world leaders and the flow of world events. Bring the amazing power of God to bear upon this world and see what our awesome God will do!
Lord Jesus, I want to join You in the ministry of intercession and to become a world-changer through my prayers. Please give me the desire to stretch my heart towards the people You love in my family, neighborhood, city, nation and world so that Your plans and purposes may be accomplished in their lives.
–Adapted from the article Intercession: Unleashing God’s Power on Earth by Dave Butts. Click on the link to read the rest of the article.
God sends his teaching like rain and his words like the dew (Deut. 32:2). Praise God for being your teacher (Ps. 71:17). Thank God for the privilege of receiving his instruction through his Word. Confess any lack of attention you’ve paid to God’s teaching. Commit yourself to listening closely to what God has to say to you. Ask God to reveal himself more clearly through his Word each day.
Ask that God will shower the blessings of salvation on unsaved people in your community as they learn of Christ.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.