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.

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