Posts Tagged ‘intercession’

  

“By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.” (Proverbs‬ ‭29‬:‭4‬ NIV)

As I sat in a surgical waiting room yesterday, I was entranced by the chaos I saw breaking out on the television. Baltimore was being torn apart at the seams. With recent accusations of people dying because of police brutality, it has caused much tension and rioting in different parts of the nation. While I am a firm supporter of our Brothers in Blue, I do know that there are some loose guns and low morals in certain segments of authority, albeit a small number in my opinion. Yet, just one rotten apple can mess up things for the rest. 

When leadership is bad, it tends to corrupt whatever it touches. Yet when it is good, it seeks to uplift those it oversees. But if godly people aren’t voting or lifting up our nation in prayer, how can we expect right or righteous things to take place? Evil does certainly reign when good people do nothing, especially in places of authority!

Take time to lift up our nation’s tumult to God. Pray for your national, state, and civic leaders, as well as the community you are in. And ask God to intervene and shutdown the anger and rioting we are seeing. Bad things followed by bad things will never lead to good things. Lord, let your love be felt in our nation today! 

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The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the Lord; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered.” (Jeremiah‬ ‭10‬:‭21‬ NIV)

Peter Wagner once surveyed 572 pastors across America regarding their prayer lives and found that, on average, they prayed about 22 minutes each day. About 57% prayed less than 20 minutes, 34% prayed more than 20 minutes, but only 9% prayed more than an hour. The conclusion: While there are many reasons that a church doesn’t grow – location, sacred cows, poor facilities, etc. – but perhaps the greatest reason is prayerlessness!

The great missionary Hudson Taylor once remarked, “The power of prayer has never been fully tried in any church. If we want to see the mighty wonders of divine grace and power, instead of weakness and disappointment, the whole church must accept God’s standing challenge: ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.'” (Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭3‬ KJV)

Don’t go another day without assessing your prayer life and making changes. No one has ever “prayed too much”! Take time today and see the difference! You are loved! 

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Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy.” (Isaiah‬ ‭64‬:‭7‬ NLT)

Joe Young, one of my previous members from years past, had shared a story of intercession with me. His son was a fighter pilot during the Korean War. Joe awoke one night with his son’s safety burdening him. He knelt in the living room, praying fervently for a couple of hours until he felt a release that all was well. Later, his son told him that at that very moment, he was involved in a dogfight with several enemy planes and barely survived the ordeal, thanks to his Father’s urgent prayers.

The work of intercessory prayer is what causes God’s hand to move among us. But what happens if it’s not being done, we being too busy and hoping someone else will? Who suffers because we don’t?

Hear Andrew Murray’s perspective from years ago: “The need of God’s people, and the call for God’s intervention, is as urgent in our days as it was in the time of Isaiah. There is now, as there was then, as there has been at all times, a few who seek after God with their whole hearts. But, if we look at Christendom as a whole, at the state of the church of Christ, there is infinite cause for beseeching God to rend the heavens and come down.” This world needs God, and God needs you and His few praying so that He can move. Listen for the urgent call of intercession! Your prayers matter & you are loved!

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Victory comes from you, O LORD.” (Psalms‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ NLT)

As I write this, our local high school football team, the Poyen Indians, and numerous parents are slogging through the cold rain to a second-round playoff game across the state. In our team devotion this morning, I encouraged them in playing hard and giving their best, and to be proud for achieving our school’s best record ever! But can we ask God to help us win?

In all of our battles in life, there is effort on our part, whether it’s in our marriage, overcoming addictions, or simply finding the will to press on each day. God comes alongside and helps us to overcome whatever we face. Regardless of its magnificence or urgency, if it’s important to you then it’s important to God because you are important to God!

There will probably be Christian students on the other team praying, and somebody will leave the field tonight having lost. Even losses become victories if it makes us more Christlike. So, when we pray, ask for what you will knowing that you don’t have if you don’t ask! But always finish every prayer the way Jesus did: “Father, let YOUR will be done.” If it’s so, then you will always win! You are loved! Have a great weekend! (And Go Indians!)

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Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior.” (1 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭2-3‬ NLT)

Ever been frustrated with leadership? I’ve had bosses cuss me, accuse me of theft, and make judgments against me while favoring those actually doing wrong. I’ve watched our government leaders vote and create policies that undermined God and our nation. Nothing like bad leaders to make you appreciate good ones!

The Bible is very clear on the fact that our main responsibility as Christians is to pray for them, not gripe. By bringing our leaders to God, we give Him the opportunity to shape their thoughts and bring conviction, making our lives blessed and better!

Take time today to pray for those who rule over you, from the White House to your house. Pray for your spiritual leaders to help make you godlier. If we do, we will be blessed! You are loved today!