When I first started learning about Intercessory Prayers I didn’t know much about it. All I remember as a child was going to church with my parents and seeing a bunch of Christians just “Yelling, screaming, crying” etc. I usually took this opportunity to find my other friends who’s parents had brought them to church also and go play with them in the Children’s Service. Hours would go by, whether it was at the church or at a local brother or sister of the church’s house and then we’d head home.
I often wondered sometimes as life’s crazy twists and turns would happen as i continued to grow, why i’d be around all the bad stuff and nothing ever happened to me. (Veering from hitting a COUCH in the middle of a Freeway which injured others, Escaping Gun Shots at Parties, Always finding out about something Tragic happening after I left the location 30mins prior) But as I got back into the church & Started learning more, I realized the POWER OF PRAYER.
Intercessory Prayer is when you Pray for others. We usually tend to only pray for US even as kids growing up. My prayers always consisted of ME, MINE, MY, I Want, yadi, yada.. you know what I mean. But in interceding for others, we are praying on their behalf. God says that when we pray for others, and genuinely care for the Next Man, we are learning to be able to be a servant. We are then able to put away our selfish needs and wants and just become better followers of Christ. His 1st commandment was that we Love our Neighbors as we Love ourselves.
I started off my intercessory prayers by just looking around the church. I started praying that the members would have peace inside their households, Their Children would not see any harm come their way, Single Mothers with children will not stress about bills or food for their kids, Members who walked to church would be blessed to find jobs to help them save for a car, etc.. I started learning to pray for what might seem simple but could be a big struggle for my brother or sister next to me. I’ve been in situations where i was in most of those situations before being born again and I stressed about those issues so much that I don’t even remember how I overcame them.
That’s when it finally hit me. All those times growing up when i’d make it out of crazy situations and nothing bad ever happened to me was because of my Parents and the other church members Intercessory Prayers for us. I never understood why I always barely missed trouble, Angels were answering the prayers of others who were genuinely praying for us as children that no harm would come our way. When you intercede for others, you care about the next man’s well being; God will send his angles to take care of them and in the same time come take care of you also. I went from praying about my want’s and needs to now praying for others first. God knows all the wants and cares of my heart and since i’ve cast all my burdens on the Lord, i’m able to pray for You, You, You, You annnnddd YOU that all will go well for you this week. The Job you’ve been waiting to hear back from will call you. The Questions you’ve been wanting answered will be. The issues you had last week will not matter this week. Your Rent will be paid on time, Your Kids will not go through the same issues you went through In the Name of Jesus… Amen
Take time to pray daily for others and watch what it does for you. I’m still practicing it daily. Pray for me as well.
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