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!
© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas