Interceding for our brethren, through prayer, will yield results!
Romans 8:26-27 (KJV)
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Galatians 6:2 (KJV)
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
James 5:16 (KJV)
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Truly, there is power in interceding for our brethren. I’ve heard stories of people sharing a time in which they sought GodI when they were in desperate need of miracles in their lives, and in the end, it was revealed that at the very minute of their trial, someone was down on their knees, praying for that particular person. The prayer warriors have shared that they had a heavy burden, that they didn’t fully comprehend, but knew that somehow, they needed to take up friends in prayer.
Their intercession opened the way for God to miraculously meet the individual’s every need. So, carrying one another’s burdens allows for us to come to God’s throne and pray on the behalf of others. He is a good God! When you pray, don’t forget to pray for others that may not know God, as well as you. Your intercession, God willing, will lead them to God!
The Power of Intercession
BY: GAIL PENNIMAN
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.
In the fall of 2011, I made what I thought was a bad decision. I mentally berated myself, but then something wonderful happened. I remembered that my God is bigger than my circumstances. I went fervently to prayer and implored heaven to go to work on my behalf. After my time in prayer, I was at peace and knew that I would get the wisdom I needed to make the situation better.
I kept up this kind of fervency in prayer for a few days and, with the wisdom of my husband and the intervention of God, I was able to see the outcome of that decision turn from bad to good.
What was VERY good was that I had acquired a new appetite for intercession. Mark 11:24 says, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. As I was praying over my problem, I did truly believe that I had the answer I was seeking and, sure enough, I did receive it.
I began to apply this when praying for the needs of others. God taught me how to truly carry the burdens of my brothers and sisters in Christ, of my family, friends, and neighbors, of the lost and forgotten all over the world, to the very throne room of God. In times past I would randomly pray for the needs, I knew about. Now, I am more focused in my prayers. I leave my burdens at the only place of power knowing that God, who loves all mankind, will carry out his perfect will in the lives of the people and situations I bring to his courts.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: When I pray, do I truly believe that God hears me and that he will answer?
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