“And the Lord said unto him [the man clothed with linen],

Go, through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem,

and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry

for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” (Ezekiel 9:4)

Intercession is difficult.  Intercession drains us spiritually and physically.  Perhaps God has put someone in your heart to pray for, or perhaps He wants you to pray for the city/town in which you reside, or the nation in which you live.  You now have received a prayer burden from the Lord.  How much you engage in this burden is up to you.  But if the Holy Spirit has prompted you to pray, you should never enter lightly into the cause He has put before you. 

The matter in your head (reason to intercede) must become a matter in your heart (your spirit uniting with the Holy Spirit in prayer).  How we reason and what we feel emotionally are not separate entities.  When we go into intercession before the Throne of God we bring with us our reason (what our finite mind determines is the reason for the prayer) and our emotions (how our heart responds to the need).  A prayer lightly spoken will be lightly answered (if at all).

God wants us to communicate with Him.  He wants us to pour out (from the bottom of our hearts, so to speak) our prayers and petitions.  When you enter into intercession it is vital that you believe in God and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Your faith must be strong.  At the same time, we need to keep in mind what God thinks about sin.  It is an abomination!  A vessel full of sin with an unrepentant heart cannot truly expect God to answer prayers.  Sin is the sole reason that people are heading for Hell; sin is the reason there is so much suffering in the world (including sicknesses).  It is because of sin that you go into intercession.  Sin is responsible for the woes of mankind.  

Some saints never approach God in intercession.  They have no burden for the hurting body of Christ, or for the lost.  They have established their own standards of righteousness:  “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”  (Romans 10:1-3).  We have all been called to pray ‘one for another.’  It is a gift, an honor and a privilege given to the children of the Almighty.   

God has called all of us in this critical time in history to pray, to remain impartial is not an option.  Today we heard about a bumper sticker someone spotted on a car in Virginia.  It read:  HEAVEN HAS A WALL, A GATE, AND A STRICT IMMIGRATION POLICY.  HELL HAS OPEN BORDERS.  I don’t know about you, but my spirit was angered and grieved when I heard this. “Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shall not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor” (Leviticus 19:15).  The Lord, Himself, told us not to judge anyone, for with what judgment we judge, God will judge us.  We are not to meddle in the affairs of others.  Our job is to go to our Heavenly Father praying for them.

Scripture tells us that right now Jesus is at the right hand of our Heavenly Father making intercession for us (His Bride).  “It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).  Jesus our Lord and King prays for us.  Should we not be following His example by praying and interceding for others!  Listen to that still, small voice within you.  When you are called to pray for someone or for a situation (Godly cause), make this a matter of your head and your heart.  To be called to pray is a holy calling … don’t take it lightly.


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