Intercessory prayer is a wonderful way to serve others. Have you ever spent time praying for another person without them knowing about it? If you have then you know the joy that is associated with the time spent praying for them. You know of the burden that is carried for someone else… the heavy heart. You also know how much you begin to think about that person throughout the day. The care and concern for the other person grows… and you wait on God to be who you believe Him to be in that persons life.
If you do not know what it is like to pray for someone else… commit to praying for someone else… there are circumstances that surface everyday that call us all to our knees – you can touch the world through prayer.
Your part in intercessory prayer is not to agonize over how to intercede, but to use the everyday circumstances and people God puts around you by His providence to bring them before His throne, and to allow the Spirit in you the opportunity to intercede for them. In this way God is going to touch the whole world with His saints. (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, November 7).
We are living in desperate times. It seems like finances are a struggle for almost everyone I know. While driving to work yesterday I saw a tow truck snatching a car from one of the schools I pass. I know what the tow truck was doing… it was the probably the second re-po of the morning all before 7:40 in the morning. There was already another car up on the flat-bed.
I wonder how that teacher felt last night? I don’t even know who the car belonged to but I hurt for them. They are even on my mind this morning. I pass by a business everyday also… that’s their business – repossessing cars, trucks, and right now there is even a boat in the yard. The yard is full of vehicles! This is not a time to point a finger… to put people down for their mistakes… but rather a time for all of us to get things right. I think we are all under a microscope of sorts right now – at least that’s how I feel. And now is the time to repent of the sins and to walk the path God would have us to walk.
I pray for the person who owns that maroon car. I pray God helps them in this situation. I pray for grace and mercy for this person. I ask God to give them a miracle.
Your intercessions can never be mine, and my intercessions can never be yours, “. . . but the Spirit Himself makes intercession” in each of our lives ( Romans 8:26 ). And without that intercession, the lives of others would be left in poverty and in ruin. (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, November 7).