“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope.”
Have you been praying for someone for a very long time? It could be for their salvation or their need for a changed heart. Perhaps they struggle with alcoholism, drug addiction, and/or a mental illness. Or maybe we are praying for their spiritual, emotional, and physical healing. Whatever the plight, we may be on the verge of giving up because of the lack of change or progress that we see ….
One of the reasons why many Christians do not spend much time in prayer is that they feel that they are inadequate in their praying, or that their prayers are not effective. In other words, they feel or question in themselves, “who am I that Almighty God will hear my prayer?” But the truth of the matter is that the Word of God assures us that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)
As intercessors for others, we are often tempted by Satan to shrug our shoulders and walk away from the pressure. It’s his primary method to get us discouraged to that point, and to give up. Yet, we can remain on our knees in intercession because as long as there is life, there is hope ….
Since we walk by faith and not by sight, we keep interceding and trusting in God to do His great work. As much as we want to throw off the mantle of intercession, we press forward in faith asking the Lord to strengthen us in this journey. And as intercessors, we are also partners with Jesus who prayed for us, interceded for us, and who continues to intercede at the right hand of the Father always (Hebrews 7:25).
In the midst of His greatest trial, Jesus prayed fervently. What would you have prayed about when facing torture and death? It’s fascinating to see what was on Jesus’ mind as He prayed, not only for Himself, but for His disciples and for us. And above all, for the Father’s will be done, not His own: “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42).
Jesus did not just focus inward on His own sorrows, but by His words and His prayers; He showed that He wanted love, joy, peace, patience, sanctification, protection, and all of the fruit of God’s Spirit for His followers. (John 17).
He knew that His trial would be their trial. He knew that when He, the good Shepherd, was struck, “the sheep would be scattered” (Mark 14:27). He prayed for them; and us, out of love and deep concern …..
He is our constant Intercessor (Romans 8:34), and He is at our side and can sympathize with our weaknesses, and He makes it possible for us to receive the mercy and help we need at any hour of day or night (Hebrews 4:16). He wants us to learn to be intercessors too ..
We must cling to hope because we know His promises are true; and as it is written, “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” (Romans 8:24-25).
Intercession isn’t easy, but it’s well worth it. We are breaking down spiritual barriers even though we may not feel nor see it. Our labor of love and prayer aren’t in vain as the Lord receives our prayers as sweet smelling incense in heaven. (Revelation 8:3-4) Our intercessory prayers are accepted and answered all according to God’s will ….
We must resist the urge to quit interceding for others simply because we may not see immediate results; and not because we are good and righteous. Rather, we are compelled by the Spirit of God to come boldly to the throne of grace for those who need His help ….
Therefore, don’t you give up praying. As the Word instructs us, we must always “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Be vigilant and watchful, and continue to pray, and as written; “be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Phillipians 4:6). When it is the hardest to pray; pray even harder!!
“Continue in prayer, and watch (be vigilant) in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:2-6)
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 20-23)
Let us pray ~
Precious Lord, my hope resides in You to answer in Your perfect will and way.
Thank You for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the ministry of intercession and we pray Your protection over each one, knowing that they are in the front line of a spiritual warfare that has been raging in the heavens, since man chose to rebel against his Creator, and Satan took the reins of power over this world system.
Help each one to recognize the significance of the spiritual conflict in which they are involved and we pray that they would be vigilant in putting on the whole armor of God daily, knowing that the enemy is seeking to destroy their testimony and cripple their effectiveness.
Direct and govern their prayers and intercessions and give them an ever present recognition that greater is HE that is in them, than he that is in the world. May each one rest in the knowledge that the victory is secured in the Lord, which has already been won at Calvary. May each one simply abide in Christ and remain faithful to their post, so that the Spirit of God may use them as a vessel to forward His plans and purpose in the world until Christ is all in all. Thank You Father for the ministry of intercession and raise up we pray, many who will take up the baton of prayer, to Your glory, in Jesus name we pray, Amen