A couple weeks ago, I received a most encouraging letter. It was from an elderly couple in the first church I served in Nebraska. YES . . . it was an encouraging letter but more yet. It was gratifying, and almost unbelievable. At least I had never before received such a letter. Here is the sentence that will be memorable forever . . . "Pastor and Evie, we have prayed for you daily for the past 17,155 days." I immediately did some simple mathematics and I discovered that indeed they had prayed for me from the mid-sixties until now. I thank God for everyone that has prayed for me in the past. But this has to be the record, 17,155 days.
The Bible is filled with exhortations calling us to intercession. There are also many illustrations of men and women who prayed for others.
The Godhead is forever involved in intercession.
The Father invites you and me to come to Him on behalf of others.
The Son, the Lord Jesus, is at the right hand of God interceding for us (Romans 8:34).
The Holy Spirit also helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will (Romans 8:26-27).
Isn't that good news? Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are always involved in intercession for you and me. That's right. Even as I send you this letter, we can be sure that they are praying for me. They are praying for you. In Luke 22, after the last supper, Jesus had a one-on-one conversation with Peter in which Jesus said to Peter, Peter, I am praying for you.
I've met some intercessors who have specifically prayed for me.
George Cowan, the former president of WBT, told me that when he became the Head of Intercession for WBT, "This is the most important job I have ever had."
Wesley Duewel, author of many books on prayer, once invited me to join him on a speaking tour in India. On that trip we hosted huge prayer conferences in the major cities of India. I heard him preach on prayer. I watched him lead prayer in multiple settings . . . one-on-one, small group, and mass prayer. He showed me his prayer lists and he placed me on his daily prayer list. In recent years he has often reminded me that he prays for me daily.
Carol Evans, wife of the Barnabas International board chairman during these last 25 years, is an intercessor. She has many gifts that bless God's people, but perhaps her greatest gift is intercession.
There are many more. Paul, in his Colossian epistle singles out one person, Epaphras, who was an intercessor . . . Epaphras is always wrestling in prayer for you . . . I vouch for him that he is working hard for you (Colossians 4:12-13).
If God would speak of true intercessors, would you be one that He singles out? Anyone can become an intercessor. But you say, "there are things that I would rather do." I can't imagine anything that would be more important, more fruitful. or more eternal in its impact. Is God calling you to become an intercessor? Not an occasional intercessor but a consistent and persistent intercessor who like Epaphras, wrestled in prayer (4:12). He worked hard at it. Are you ready?
Samuel, the judge, in his farewell speech said . . . far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you (I Samuel 12:23). Samuel believed that prayerlessness is a sin. More specifically, he believed that the non-intercessors among us are guilty of sin against the Lord.
Pray for one another, brothers and sisters.
Founder, Senior Associate
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