Intercession by James Robor
September 10, 2017
Hearts on Fire Christian Fellowship
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.
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A. THE POWER OF PRAYER AND INTERCESSION (VIDEO)
CBN/Benni Johnson Interview (Bethel Redding)
B. *EXHORTATIONS TO PRAY
“pray for one another, that you may be healed”
“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains”
1 Timothy 2:1-2
“that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”
God compares prayer with sweet-smelling incense that pleases Him
C. *BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER
Abraham interceded for the people of Sodom for the sake of his nephew Lot (Genesis 18:23-33).
Moses pleaded for God’s mercy for the sinning people of Israel (Exodus 32:9-14; Numbers 14:11-20).
– Daniel made supplication to God for his people (Daniel 9:3-19).
– The apostle Peter prayed for Dorcas (Acts 9:36-41).
– The apostle Paul prayed for the people he served (Romans 1:9-10; 10:1; Ephesians 1:15-19; Philippians 1:3-11; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13).
D. *HOW TO INTERCEDE IN PRAYER
Prayer is a vital part of our communication with our loving Father in heaven. In the Bible He tells us how we can pray most effectively—in a way that pleases Him. Here are a few biblical principles for effective intercessory prayer. We should pray:
- From the heart.
- In detail.
- With faith,
- With love.
- Fervently. James 5:16 tells us “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
- Occasionally with fasting.
E. Patricia King – The Impact of Intercession (YouTube Video)
F. Scriptures for Further Study
1 Timothy 2:1 ESV
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
Romans 8:26 ESV
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Isaiah 59:16 ESV
He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him.
Ephesians 6:18 ESV
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Hebrews 7:25 ESV
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
John 17:1-26 ESV
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. …
Psalm 106:23 ESV
Therefore he said he would destroy them— had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
Ezekiel 22:30 ESV
And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.
Isaiah 62:6-7 ESV
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth.
* = inspired from the article/blog post, Intercessory Prayer: How Does God Want Us to Pray for Others? by Mike Bennett