By: Melanie Clarke
Day 2: Intercession
“May your Kingdom come soon.”
What is intercession? Intercession is asking God on behalf of other people for the things that they need. It is intervening/mediating between two parties. Just as the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf, we are called to intercede on the behalf of others. God has designed us so that human will works hand in hand with the will of God. Intercession is also taking hold of God’s will and refusing to let go until God’s will comes to pass.
How do we pray intercessory prayer? To pray intercessory prayer, we need to be informed about the needs of others, whether it be our friends, our neighbours or more global needs. Pray earnestly, believing that God hears you and answers prayers. Pray boldly, not being afraid to ask God to bring healing where there is hurt, justice where there is injustice and peace where there is turmoil.
Biblical example of intercessory prayer:
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.
For ourselves: Pray for your friends, housemates or family members, bringing their specific needs before God.
For LIFT: Pray over the people at LIFT who are currently struggling with physical or mental illness. Pray for God’s healing hand upon them.
For our city: Pray for provision for the people in our city who are living in poverty, and pray against injustice.