Monday, April 11, 2016

Sweet Intercession

Just think about the blessings that would flow if we interceded for one another? Oh, the sweet prayers of others on our behalf. That's what Christ's love is. Standing in the gap for another. 

Imagine the sound within heaven's gates where continual prayers are being spoken and heard for others? Brothers and sisters in Christ and those we know who have yet to come to receive Jesus as their Savior? 

Those midnight wakings of having someone you haven't thought about for quite a while come to mind. Pray.

Sitting in traffic and looking over at the driver as they wipe tears from their eyes. Pray.

Those we pass in the super market with hurried steps and aggravation upon their faces. Pray.

The friends we know going through such tragedy and trial. Pray.

Those co-workers who we know going through tough times. Pray.

Children on their way to school. Pray.

The accident we pass by as we go about our day. Pray.

The new opportunities for a friend. Pray.

The test results awaiting for another. Pray.

Job loss, sickness, death. Pray.

The owners of the home burned to the ground. Pray.

While watching the news and seeing tragedy all around us. Pray.

Presidential campaigns. Pray. 

The safety of our children. Pray.

Our husband/wife on their way to work. Pray.

The child without a home. Pray.

There is always someone to intercede for in prayer. There is always a reason for prayer. This is why we are told to pray without ceasing. God is always listening. He is waiting for us to listen to the Spirit. Prayer spoken remains alive. 

The Lord hears our prayers and He moves on our behalf when we humbly go to Him with faith, trust and obedience. Mountains do not move without prayer!! Oh, the sweet legacy of our spoken prayers for one another can not only change our lives, but for generations to come!

We may never even meet those we have lifted in prayer, but what a joy to think that one day we may meet in heaven. To ponder the prayers that have been spoken by mothers and fathers on their children's behalf. The prayers lifted heavenward for those who are journeying through trial will leave a trail of grace and mercy for their road ahead. We can forge a gap between heartache and healing just by interceding for another.

There are twenty-four hours in a day and if we are continually in prayer for others, just think, there isn't any room for anger and bitterness to creep in our hearts. If we are continually giving the Spirit room to move though us on behalf of another mountains will be moved, hearts will be changed, lives will be blessed. Amazing how when we are lifting others up our troubles don't seem so heavy. In fact, we begin to see with a whole new perspective. We begin to count our blessings. 

Intercede for another today. Open your heart to the Spirit. When we pray for others we are opening a door for God to move through in ways we thought were impossible. But, all He needs are willing vessels and obedient souls, for the possible to blossom into a hope lived in us all. 

"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:13-16

"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mid of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God." Romans 8:26-27

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." Psalm 34:17-19

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