Biblical LifeHacks series
Examples of Intercessory Prayer
#3 Consider how to be God’s answer to prayer —
When God lays a burden on our hearts to intercede for others, it is a signal that we have a role to play in how the petition is answered. Sometimes we are able to help directly.
If we intercede for a single dad to find a job, we can help by babysitting him children or pay for childcare while he goes on interviews. You may be lead to take him to an store to get clothes appropriate for the workforce or point him in the direction of outlets that purpose for the occasion. Your aid might be more indirect.
Praying for a person to recover from a terminal illness can serve as motivation for us to be more diligent or being a passionate and comforting presence. It can influence us to research the symptoms of the ailment and gain a more detailed understanding of the pathology instead of wasting precious time address the generalities of the issue. It may influence us to bring a group of like minded people together for the purpose of addressing issue in a corporate manner.
The hack: regardless of how you intercede, individually or in group, prepare yourself to be the impact of God through Jesus Christ. Spend time investigating what He wants rather than making memos.
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
The LORD Whose Name Is Jealous, Jehovah Kanna Shemo (Exodus 34:14); we thank You making us watchmen on the wall of the Kingdom. We praise You for the acts of peace that strengthens us. We declare and decree blessings upon those who act upon the Faith that we declare, so that the works of the watchmen fail not, neither faint during their watch but call on the Lord day and night. Now, for the sake of the Kingdom and for the Glory of God, we petition, with an anointing in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.