November 17, 2017

New Series: Focus on Intercession

The last phrase of the DFD theme verse (Romans 12:12) exhorts us to “be constant in prayer.” 

Not only does that mean praying for our own needs, and praising God through prayer, but it also includes praying for others. In other words, practicing intercession.

Intercession is defined simply as petitioning God on behalf of another. It means to uphold each other in prayer, to carry our loved ones’ burdens before God’s throne, to plead with God for mercy and grace towards other men and women.

Scripture both commands us to intercede, and offers examples for us to follow.

We find Jesus Christ weeping over the godlessness of Jerusalem. We hear Paul pleading with God for Israel’s salvation. We see John seeking physical and spiritual health for his brother in Christ.

There is no category of people who do not need our intercession! Everyone from our next-door neighbors, to our church families, to our own blood relatives, to church leadership, to both local and federal government…

Consider Paul’s exhortation to Timothy:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings
be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions,
that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.
1 Timothy 2:1-3

We simply must intercede for others! In fact, since intercession is commanded of us, then failure to intercede is sin. And sin breaks our fellowship and communication with God.

Failure to pray for others will result in broken fellowship with God.
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And so, enter the new series…

 

Focus on Intercession

 

…a weekly Focus on Intercession.

Every Wednesday, I’ll share a specific category of people to pray for (the unsaved, family, church leadership, government, etc.). I’ll try to give examples of how to intercede for them, and relevant Scriptures to meditate on and pray back to God.

It will also be a day for you to share your requests in the comment section — and for us to pray for each other!

I hope you’ll join me.

And remember: interceding for others is obedient and pleasing to God, and will reap blessings for both you and those for whom you pray.

Next week, we’ll start with the specific categories. For now…

 

HOW CAN I PRAY FOR YOU??

Share your requests in the comment section!
Pray for each other’s requests too!

Invite others to obey God’s command of intercession. Share this tweet about the new series.

Comments

  1. johannahanson says:

    Great series, Elizabeth. Praying is something that this last year has been a huge growth area for me and has been such a blessing in turn. Looking forward to future posts!

  2. I agree. There is no shortage of people to pray for! I have a list and try to cover certain people certain days. It is encouraging to think that people pray for our family! 🙂

  3. Looking forward to this. Because, um, I need help in this area. 🙂

  4. Our message on Sunday was an introduction to the book of Philippians with a challenge to pray more like Paul did in verses 9-11–for people’s spiritual lives, not just their health, jobs, etc. I’ve been to two prayer meetings since this and people have specifically commented on this and worked on praying in this way. It’s a good reminder to me!

  5. P.S. Visiting through Fellowship Fridays.

  6. aroyaldaughter says:

    This is such a beautiful topic – and obviously very close to my heart. I’m thinking the Lord has some BIG things in store for praying women in online community with each other!

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