God is willing and able to use us to touch the lives of others in gracious and loving ways. Intercessory prayer will “put us in their shoes.” We will be drawn into their sorrows, and needs. We may not have the resources to bring healing, blessing, joy, and peace to them, but we know the One who does. He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). Through intercession we will release God’s power and grace into other’s lives. We will touch their lives in a way that non-intercessors cannot.
As we pray prayers propelled by love, we are one with Christ in His ongoing ministry of intercession. We are members of His body, and as such we share with Him in this ongoing work. Our prayers of intercession are an extension of His ongoing love-driven ministry of intercession.
When we truly love others we are committed to their ultimate good. Love means that we want them to be blessed “with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). We want them to have “everything [they] need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). We want them to enjoy the fruit of the Spirit and to be effective and fruitful. And knowing that God in His goodness is willing and able to grant such blessings, we willingly extend ourselves in prayer for those we love. That is intercession at its best. That is prayer born of love.
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend.
Loving Father, You have given me an incredible gift to unwrap in Your Presence! I have the ability, the privilege and the great responsibility to pray Your desires, hopes and dreams into the lives of others. As I grasp the reality of living continually in Your throne room, may the eyes of my heart be drawn to the people and situations around me that need Your touch. Help me to have great love for every man, woman and child living upon this earth today, and for those yet to come!
Praise God as your mighty, protective, and loving Father. Thank him for adopting you as his own son or daughter and for making you heir to all the promises given in Scripture (Gal. 3:26-29). Confess those times you have forgotten who you are—a child of the Most High God. Commit yourself to remembering each day that you have been born into God’s family and have “clothed yourself with Christ” (3:27). Ask God to help you understand and appreciate your complete inheritance in Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:18).
Pray that the fathers you know will be able to reflect the Father’s love, compassion, and wisdom to their children, so that the entire family will grow to trust and love God.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend