Intercessory Prayer

“On behalf of a man he pleads with God…” Job 16:21 NIVPrayer

The Bible says: ‘So Joshua fought the Amalekites … and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired … Aaron and Hur held his hands up … So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army…'(Exodus 17:10-13 NIV) This story illustrates the power of intercessory prayer. Far from the crowd, but seen by the eye of God, are men and women who ‘hold up the hands’ of ministries in prayer. And God is looking for more of them. Charles Finney had an intercessor called Abel Clary who travelled with him wherever he went. Finney wrote, ‘Mr. Clary continued as long as I did, and he did not leave until after I had left. He never appeared in public, but he gave himself wholly to prayer.’ Finney may have impacted nations, but he didn’t do it alone. Job writes, ‘My intercessor is my friend … in behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.'(Job 16:20-21 NIV) The ministry of intercessory prayer is: (1) A ministry of identification in which you stand with others. (2) A ministry of sacrifice which calls you away from the pleasures and comforts of life. (3) A ministry of authority, for your prayers more the hand of God on behalf of others. Today the God who said, ‘I sought for a man among them, who would … stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land…'(Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV), is looking for intercessors. You can be one of them!

So how important is prayer really? Very! You may think that your little part is insignificant, however it all adds up!!

*The Word for Today is published by UCB Australia. A free introductory copy of the devotional may be obtained from UCB Australia; 1800 00 777 0 or admin@ucb.com.au*

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5 thoughts on “Intercessory Prayer

  1. I appreciate this reminder. God called me to a ministry of intercession last year. I’ve been faithful, but starting to feel like it doesn’t make any difference. I need to be reminded that it does, and I don’t have to see any results. I just need to continue to be faithful to pray for others, and to identify with God’s desires for them.

    • What a wonderful thing it is you are doing! Sometimes I feel the same way you do, and hence don’t feel like praying because I think ‘What’s the point, if so many others are praying? What difference will my prayer make’. However the devotional reminded me that the prayers all come together to be one powerful source. God bless you through your ministry!

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