Thursday, September 6, 2012

A reflection on Intercessory Prayer by John Contoveros

Chase Oaks Church hosts a free daily Bible devotional over at their site called VERTICAL which I enjoy reading and sometimes write for. 


Here is the devotional for today. 




Focus text is from: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 



Intercessory prayer is simply the act of praying for others. We have an amazing privilege to enter into God’s presence and speak with Him on behalf of Christians and non-Christians alike. Just as my children should feel free to speak with me openly and honestly, we can speak to God our Father without reservation. Just as children should feel free to ask anything of their parents, the Lord wants us to approach Him freely with all that is on our hearts, even if we don’t know what to say. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul urges Timothy to make “petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for all people.” Although he refers to “all people,” it’s interesting to note he especially mentions those who are in authority. He follows by stating that God wants all people “to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” This is a good model of how we should pray for those who have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Of course, we can also intercede for others regarding health issues, emotional and financial needs, guidance, wisdom, etc. As we pray or intercede, it’s good to keep in mind that Christ Jesus is the mediator for us (verse 5). He stands before God the Father and presents our requests to Him. In Romans 8:26 we also read, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” We have an amazing privilege and responsibility to participate in God’s work here on earth through prayer. With the Lord as our mediator and the Spirit as our helper, we cannot fail . . . unless we don’t pray. 



About the Author : John Contoveros I became a Christian in 1972. The intercessions of many Christians have upheld me over the years. I cannot imagine what life would be like for me and my family (Debbie, Timothy, Christina and Elizabeth) without these prayers. Thank you, Lord, for the prayers and intercessions of your faithful children.

TOO LONG!

It's been officially too long since my last post. Although many things have happened (well in my mind anyway), it is a sad excuse for the absolute absence of any new words on this blog!

I've had some withdrawals due to the fact that I am taking a sabbatical from reviewing homeschool products at the moment, but it has freed me up to do some more reading.

One of the books which I have read is THINK BIG by Ben Carson M.D.





Dr. Ben Carson is the author of the highly acclaimed GIFTED HANDS.

THINK BIG is the inspiring autobiography of an amazing, God-fearing man. 

People often think that those who are successful come from successful backgrounds or money ... or both. (At least what the world considers to be successful.) It is also often thought that those from a low socio-economic class have little to no chance of becoming great and successful. Unfortunately, often people who live in these situations sadly believe this of themselves.  

This could not be further from the truth for Benjamin Carson, who in 5th grade was at the very bottom of his class. Although, at the time he might have thought that he was not going to amount to much, his mother thought differently. 

The following is an excerpt from the Johns Hopkins website that describes Benjamin Carson's current situation:

"Dr. Benjamin Carson is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Carson focuses on traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, achondroplasia, neurological and congenital disorders, craniosynostosis, epilepsy and trigeminal neuralgia. He is also interested in maximizing the intellectual potential of every child. An internationally renowned physician, Dr. Carson has authored over 100 neurosurgical publications, along with three best-selling books, and has been awarded 38 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations."

So how did he go from 'class dummy' in 5th grade to neurosurgeon? 

It all started with reading two books a week and a single, hardworking, God-fearing  mother who never gave up on her boys. 

If you feel discouraged or lost motivation or feel that life's dealt you a bad hand, then rush to the bookshop or library and get  your hands on a copy of this book...today! NOW! READ it, then come back here and tell me what you thought of it.

Blessings,