(Originally written for Christian Faith Photographers on Facebook)
God has really opened my eyes this week to the power of prayer and how much we need each other as Christians and intercessors. I’ve heard from several friends and acquaintances this week who are experiencing pain or trouble and requested prayers. I used to find it difficult to ask another to pray for me but I know that’s what we as Christians should be doing.
I opened one of the four devotionals I like to draw on and today’s was all about intercession. This message couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I actually talk to God a lot. I pray at stop lights in my car, walking my dogs, before going to bed, before doing a photo shoot, before dinner, etc. But I guess I never really grasped the power or meaning of intercession (prayer) for another. As much as I’ve done it, I didn’t realize the difference of just praying and interceding.
An intercessor is someone who is especially called and equipped by God through the Holy Spirit to spend time in earnest prayer for others. You become an intercessor simply by receiving such burdens from God to pray for others.
Here’s what Henry Blackaby of Experiencing God Day by Day says about it:
“God looks for those whose hearts are prepared to be intercessors before Him. Intercessors have hearts in tune with God’s heart. They are so acutely aware of what is at stake, for their land, that they will stay before God as long as necessary in order to obtain God’s answer. That is why you do not volunteer to be an intercessor. God enlists you.
Why do we not intercede as we should? Perhaps we are afraid to put God to the test. We worry that God might not answer our prayers. Yet God promises that if we ask we will receive (Matt.7:7) We may fail to intercede because we believe the busyness of our everyday lives is more effective than prayer. Jesus warned that apart from Him , we can do nothing (John 15:5) Without being intimately acquainted with God and His will, all of our labors are futile. Perhaps we fail to intercede because we misunderstand the heart of God. Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem as He interceded for it (Matt. 23:37). If we truly have God’s love within us, we will feel compelled to plead with God on behalf of those who face His imminent judgment.
Intercession is a lonely business. There may be many days or even years when there appear to be few results for your labor. Yet intercessors can be the only ones standing between a family and God’s judgment, or between an individual or nation and God’s wrath.”
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
Have a blessed day!