The thrill and privilege of prayer is not always getting precisely what you want, but seeing God active in your world. I never cease to be humbled when God works in my life through answered prayer (even when He says, “no” or “not yet”). Maybe the greatest thrill is seeing God work in the lives of others.
Scripture teaches that as Christians we have only one Mediator – Christ (1 Timothy 2:5), but we have more who can and do intercede for us at the throne of God. Paul says the Spirit intercedes (Romans 8:26) and the Hebrew writer speaks of Christ interceding (Hebrews 7:25). These intercessions are special and powerful, but there are others. There is more. We can intercede for each other. Consider the following verses:
- And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.” (Acts 8:24)
- So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. (Acts 12:5)
- Brothers, pray for us. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)
- First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
What a privilege to speak to God on the behalf of others! What an honor to have others praying for me!
When I pray an intercessory prayer for others, I am admitting their needs, my weakness, and God’s power. When I pray for you, I am asking God to partner with you in your life or specific situation.
May I ask you to pray for me? Pray for me as a minister, writer, and servant of God. Pray my words reach the hearts of people. Pray for me as a husband and father. Pray for me as God’s child.
Let me pray for you.