“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)
I believe that God is calling the Church today to a whole new level of intercession. We are seeing God do amazing things around the world because we are learning to intercede for the lost.
We are learning to intercede for whole nations. God has shown us clearly that prayer is the frontline strategy for reaching unreached people groups, for breaking down barriers to presenting the Gospel, and for planting churches. It is astonishing what God is doing as we obediently pray His will into the lives of others.
We need to understand that the importance of intercessory prayer can best be understood as the only ministry you can do today that is the current ministry of Jesus. Intercessory prayer is what Jesus is doing today: “…because He always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25). It is astonishing to realize that Jesus is interceding for us…Jesus is praying for us.
There are a lot of things that Jesus used to do. Likely He used to build houses with His step-father, Joseph and to fish on the Sea of Galilee. He died on a cross to save mankind. But the one ministry He is doing today is what He is asking us to do with Him… intercession. To cry out for others, to share God’s love in a way that releases God’s power into people’s lives.
Lord Jesus, I am constantly amazed that You are living and active within me, and that You have given me all that I need to intercede on behalf of others. Give me a deep desire to join You in this power-filled ministry so that God’s power can be fully unleashed upon people and situations that so desperately need a touch from You.
–Adapted from the article, Unleashing the Power of Prayer by Kim Butts, author of The Praying Family: Creative Ways to Pray Together. This resource is available at prayershop.org.
Read Ps. 47:5-8 and praise with joy your God, who has ascended amid the sound of trumpets. Thank him for being the King of all the earth, for reigning over the nations. Confess that you often do not think of God in such lofty terms. Commit yourself to praising God wholeheartedly today. Ask God to reveal himself to you as you praise him.
Ask God to be in the midst of his people in every time zone as they bring a worldwide symphony of praise. Pray for an anointing of the Holy Spirit in every place of worship.
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