Intercession – standing up for others

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Weapons of Warfare
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“And the Lord saw it…and wondered that there was no intercessor…” Isaiah 59:15, 16

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people.  Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.  This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” 1 Timothy 2: 1-4

“Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.” 1 Samuel 12:23

To intercede is to speak up or act on someone’s behalf.  In a world where the rules are often ‘every man for himself’ and ‘survival of the fittest’, the eyes of God are ever searching for those who are interceding for others. Isaiah 59 would indicate that, while the world spirals into utter darkness, wickedness, and death, intercession by the children of God is nonexistent. Let it not be so.  Honor God’s great name by bringing requests in faith to Him on behalf of others.

In a world laden with troubles, we must intercede for our loved ones and people in our lives, brothers and sisters in Christ, our spiritual leaders, those in political authority, those who labor for the gospel, those who are suffering, those facing persecution and adversity, for believers who have fallen into sin, for the lost, for the sick, for the weak and helpless and anyone else God places on our heart.

Our intercession is the workhorse of our faith and the weapon we use to fight for and defend others.  Jesus Christ himself never rests because He is interceding for us (Hebrews 7:25).  The Holy Spirit of God is always at work, interceding for us (Romans 8:26).  They’ve set a clear example.

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