Hebrews 7:25 says, speaking of Jesus, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” The present day ministry of Jesus is that of intercession. He is praying for us. What wonderful assurance! Jesus is continually before the Throne of His Father on our behalf.
What is really exciting is that you and I are called to join Jesus in His present day ministry. We are called to intercede – especially for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Paul, in his command to intercede in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 focuses our prayers especially on leaders. I want to encourage you to pray for leaders. They have great responsibility and because of that face even greater attacks from the enemy. Satan has limited forces and focuses his attacks on those in leadership, whether it is among nations, or in the Church. If the Enemy can take down a leader, many other people are usually badly damaged. So Paul tells us, “pray…for all those in authority.”
Are you praying for your pastor? Your church leaders? Your national leaders? This is a command from Scripture. It doesn’t command us to agree with them…but to pray for them. Those who move into leadership, whether in a nation or in a church, often face great criticism. This should not come from Christians. We are those who are committed to following Jesus, the great Intercessor. May every word we speak identify us as followers of Christ.
Adapted from the article The Accuser Versus the Intercessor by David Butts.
Lord Jesus, You live to intercede and I am awed and honored that You invite me into this powerful ministry with You! Give me the grace to love all those in authority over me so that I might pray what is on Your heart for them and not be tempted by my own feelings to do otherwise. Help me to see the power of Your life touching those in leadership through the prayers of Your people so that the Father will be honored and glorified!
Praise God as the creator of all life, including your own (Isa. 45:18). Give thanks for his splendor, seen in all his mighty creation (Psalm 148). Confess to God those times when you have forgotten that all of your life and this world is a creation of God. Commit yourself to seeing your life as God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:10). Ask God to show you the good works that he has prepared in advance for you to do.
Pray that parents will raise their children as the handiwork of God and encourage their children’s creativity as image-bearers of the Creator.
“Teach us to pray that we may cause
The enemy to flee,
That we his evil power may bind,
His prisoners to free.”
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend