MEMORY VERSE: And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 21-30
There are several types of prayers; today, by the special grace of God, we will be looking at intercessory prayers. To intercede means literally to “come in between God.” The intercessor is one who comes in between God and those for whom he is praying. Intercession is one of the highest arts of a Christian life. Sadly, many of us rarely pray intercessory prayers and when we do, we spend little or no time doing it. We spend quality time bombarding heaven with our personal prayer requests – things we want God to do, household enemies we want Him to destroy, etc. – but we rarely pray for others. Many of us who claim to intercede for others only intercede for our close friends. Ezekiel 22:30 says: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” The Bible is littered with examples of men and women who made a difference through their intercessory prayers. Abraham, in Genesis 18, stood in between God and a city. Verse 22 says: “And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.” This is the position of an intercessor. Abraham stood in front of the Lord and said, “Lord, hold on a moment. Don’t go just yet. I have something to say to You.” In a sense, he held the Lord back. And then began a time of bargaining.
Intercessory prayer is a must for all believers. One group of people the Bible enjoins us to pray for are leaders. We have a responsibility as believers to pray for Presidents, State Governors, Principals, Vice Chancellors, Police Chiefs, Head of Departments, Pastors, just name it. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 says; “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” Someone asked, I want to intercede but I don’t know who to intercede for. You can intercede for judges all over the world. Pray that God will give them boldness and wisdom to judge cases correctly. Many innocent people are being committed to prisons whilst the guilty roam around the street. You can also intercede for men especially fathers. Pray that God will fill them with wisdom and give them the wherewithal to look after their families. You can pray for marriages all over the world. Pray that the Lord will still every storm affecting marriages. Pray for the police and security agencies. They need our prayers to do their jobs. There are a lot of wicked people out there and except God helps them, they will not be able to do their jobs effectively. Pray for missionaries. Many of us forget to pray for missionaries. Remember, some of them left families to do God’s work. Pray for the family they left behind. Pray for those on the sick bed that God will miraculously heal them. Pray for those who have lost loved ones that the Lord will comfort them. A lot of accidents could have been prevented if only believers prayed when the Holy Spirit nudged them to pray.
NOTE: God is looking for people who will stand in the gap for the barren, singles, pastors, wives, etc. Will He find you? Your prayer in Congo can prevent a car accident in Nepal.
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