Prayer ~ Part 7

Last week I briefly mentioned intercession as a type of prayer that we can implement in our prayer lives. Today I wanted to dig deeper into this topic.

1 – We can intercede for others

It might sound complex at first, but this is actually something we do all the time. When we pray for other people, we are interceding on their behalf. And this is something the Bible instructs us to do.

1 Timothy 2:1-5 (NLT) it says, “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. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.”

We have many opportunities to pray for other people. First, we can pray for non-believers to be saved. It says above in verse 4 that the Lord “wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” We might be a witness to some people, and explain the gospel to them. But even if they reject the message, we can continue to pray that the seed planted in their lives will grow.

We might also pray for those who need healing of some sort. We can pray for anyone who is struggling with a particular difficulty in their life. Prayer would be a good place to start when we know someone who is battling something spiritually. I am being a little vague here, because the truth is that the opportunities for prayer are endless. From someone who has a drug addiction, to someone who has a problem with anger, to someone who is battling cancer, to someone who has a financial concern – we can pray in all these instances.

Sometimes we feel helpless when our loved ones are dealing with a mountain. But prayer is the most powerful weapon there is!

I really appreciate how 1 Timothy 2:2 says to “Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority.” This is a great reminder for us to add our government leaders to our prayer lists. We can pray for the leaders in our own countries and across the globe. The decisions they make will affect our lives. And I imagine it is not easy to be in such positions. Whether we agree with their views or not, there is room for prayer.

This verse also reminds us to pray for our pastors, law enforcement, bosses, and any other authority figures in our lives.

And there is something else that this verse implies. We don’t have to know someone personally to pray for them. Now this might seem to start a flood because there are so many people in the world. How would we know who exactly to pray for? It’s important to listen to the Holy Spirit. He will put a burden on our hearts for those who we should pray for.

2 – The Mediator

In 1 Timothy 2:5 it says, “There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” Jesus is our Mediator. It’s important to remember that Jesus bridged the gap between God and ourselves. In the book of Hebrews, Jesus is called our High Priest. Thanks to Jesus, our Mediator, and our High Priest, we are able to “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God” (Heb 4:16).

3 – The Lord intercedes for us

When we tell others that we will pray for them, it usually gives them a bit of comfort. And when we know someone is praying for us, it brings us some comfort too. Well, did you know that the Lord also intercedes for us? How amazing and comforting is that!

It says in Romans 8:26, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” And it also says in Romans 8:34 that Jesus “is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” These two verses should console us. No matter what difficulty we are facing, the Lord is interceding for us.

Intercession simply means that we can pray for other people. As you seek God in prayer, keep your loved ones in mind. Who do you know that needs prayer? And keep in mind that the Lord prays for us as well. So when we are facing something, big or small, we can have peace knowing that the Lord is interceding for us. What a glorious God we have!

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© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas

15 Comments on “Prayer ~ Part 7

  1. Intercessory prayer is such a wonderful privilege and it is so powerful. I have been the recipient of intercessory prayer and have done so for others.
    I am reminded of something a friend shared with me. She was in the waiting room while her husband was having a minor day surgery but she was getting very anxious. She told me that she was led to just sit and keep praying for everyone in our Bible study group and she said that she experienced such calm and all her focus was on God. May we pray more and criticise less, may we encourage and uplift.
    Blessings to you dear friend 💙🤗🌺

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    • You made a good point about intercessory prayer being a privilege. We GET to play a role in God’s Kingdom when we pray for others. What an honor!
      I love the story you shared about your friend. This is such a great point, how prayer brings peace. And praying for others helps take our focus off of our own worries. Sometimes we spin with worry, and it is unnecessary and makes us feel worse. But when we pray for someone else, it shifts our focus. I think it can also help mend relationships that have friction. If we keep someone in prayer who we don’t get along with, it will soften our hearts and hopefully theirs too.
      And I wholeheartedly agree with your last statement: “May we pray more and criticise less, may we encourage and uplift.” Amen to that!
      Blessings to you too, my friend!! 🌸💕

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      • I have seen it in my own life. Unfortunately, I just don’t always remember to pray for that person when I am feeling hurt. I need to get better at that! Blessings to you too, dear friend!! 🌼🌻

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  2. Great encouragement reading this post as I’m having quiet time with God this morning (part of my quiet time includes reading posts and reflecting on them during this time). It’s such a blessing to spend time in prayer, especially praying over others.

    The verses you cited from Romans are always such an encouragement to me when I feel a loss for words during prayer.

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    • I am so glad this post was encouraging. I love that you reflect on posts during your quiet time. That is a lovely way to add to your time with God.
      I agree, it is a blessing to pray, and to pray for others. It blesses them and us. Amazing how God beings this around in a circle.
      Yes, the verses in Romans are such a great comfort. And they help change our perspective. We realize we don’t have to worry so much when we know Almighty God is interceding for us!
      Have a blessed day, friend! 🌹❤️🌷

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  3. The Kendrick’s Brothers movie “War Room” gave a great example of this. I don’t have a War Room, but I do have a closet door where I post things and people I want to remember to pray for and about.

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    • I agree – “War Room” is a great example. That movie is so inspiring and motivating. When I watched it, I walked away feeling empowered to stand strong in prayer. It has been awhile since I have seen it and I really need to watch it again. So thanks for bringing that up. I absolutely love that you use your closet door to put up names and topics you want to pray about. That is an awesome idea. Thank you for sharing that. My closet door has a shoe rack on it. But I will think this over to see if I can come up with a similarly creative idea. Love it!

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  4. I love knowing that I can always send up a prayer for someone else. It makes me feel good to know I’m praying for them. I even say a little prayer for rude people in the grocery store!

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    • LOL, that is a great idea to pray for rude people in the grocery store! I love that! I will try to remember to do that too. And I agree, it does bring us comfort to pray for others. We can trust that God hears us as we do the most powerful thing we can.

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  5. Thanks for this reminder Bridget! I have two musicians in my prayer journal. But I keep forgetting to add this one particular famous person that could use intercession. The Holy Spirit does lead! Loved your post. I hope you had a wonderful weekend my friend and “neighor” ❤🌻🌳🦋

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    • Oh that is wonderful. I love hearing how the Lord guides in prayer and in so many different ways, when we take the time to listen. Thank you for sharing that with me, my friend and “neighbor” 🌷💕🌹

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