Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Interceding for Others

Interceding for Others

Our Lord has revealed how to appropriate the fullness of His grace and mercy for ourselves  (read that article CLICK HERE). Can we intercede for the ones we love so that they are free of the attacks of the enemy? Let’s look at what the Bible tells us.
According to Chapter 9 in the Book of Daniel and as we have discussed, he intercedes for his people and his nation. He did so with a heart that was grieved and sorrowful as he confessed that God had rightfully punished his people and his nation. He acknowledged the following in a broad, general way:
  • The sin being committed. 
  • The ancestors’ sin. 
  • The lack of repentance for the sin. 
  • The lack of knowing God’s ways. 
These are the necessary ingredients when interceding for someone for grace and mercy from God. We don’t need to confess each specific sin, for God knows them. When we pray for others, our prayer should have all of the above ingredients, but going into specifics is not always necessary.

This is the same way we place ourselves before the Throne of Grace as we discussed in the first chapter (class) in the first Courts of Heaven Academy workbook. Daniel didn’t go into the Courts of Heaven to pray. However, he did study and acknowledged that the time for grace and mercy had come according to prophecy, which is what you are doing now.

 Who Can We Intercede For?

The Lord will intercede for us in the Courts when we ask. According to the Word of God, you can always intercede for your children.

But thus said the LORD…  for I will contend with him that contends with you, and I will save your children. (Isaiah 49:25 AKJV)

 The word translated “contend” is from the Greek word, riyb, which can mean “to conduct a case or suit (legal), sue.” The Lord is our Heavenly Advocate. If we will put Him in charge, He will not only take care of us but also our children in the Courts.

When we are on an airplane, we are told to first place the oxygen mask over ourselves before we take care of our children. It is the same with interceding. When we ask the Lord to help us, our children will benefit from it as well. We see this again in the Book of Psalms:

Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. (Psalm 35:1 AKJV)

This verse was directed toward all of God’s people. This means if the person is a Christian, a member of God’s family, we can ask the Lord to contend for them. We have so much more than Daniel had for his people. We have the sacrifice of our Lord and His righteousness. Make sure you use the Scriptures from the courses in the CoH Academy to support your claim! Here is an additional verse when interceding for others:

And I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD... (Jeremiah 24:7 AKJV)
Quote this verse in your prayer. Ask God to give them a heart to hear Him and know His ways. You should be aware that when you pray, it doesn’t mean everything in their life gets better. It means that which would keep them from God is removed. 
  • We hope our loved ones will feel God tugging on their heart and turn towards Him. 
  • We ask God to strengthen us to stand in faith if He has to bring them to their knees and prepare our hearts to know what to say and do.  

Can We Pray for Nonbelievers?

Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. (Jonah 1:1-2 AKJV)

The people of Nineveh were not Jews. They were not God’s people, yet God called His prophet to speak to the Ninevites so they could be saved. God also sent His Son to the Gentiles who were not His people. We can ask God to speak to those who do not yet know Him, but our access to the Throne comes when we take Jesus as our Lord.

The bottom line is this: Follow the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. If your heart is grieved for a person, as you pray for grace and mercy, you are going in the right direction. Don’t seek out someone else to pray for a person when the Holy Spirit has touched your heart and God is placing His desires in your heart. Simply ask God to send someone to speak to them as He sent Jonah, so that they may turn from their sin and be saved.

 More Effective Prayers

The results depend upon our heart. Is your heart grieved for the person you are praying for? If not, consider these verses:

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you… (Ezekiel 36:26 AKJV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 AKJV)

If your heart is not moved with compassion and grief for others, use these scriptures in your daily prayers. Ask God to change your heart to align with Him.

 Removing Hindrances

There are two main things that may interfere with our prayers for others:
  • Our own sin. 
  • Not honoring a husband and wife. 
Our sin won’t send us to Hell. Jesus paid the price for the curse of the Law to be removed so that we could be in relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. Curse is singular: the main curse of the Law was that you went to Hell for breaking any part of it. By taking Jesus as your Lord, you are coming into the right relationship with God and you should be working to remove sin from your life because our sin in this life can still have an effect on our life while we are here.

If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 AKJV)

 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does His will, him He hears. (John 9:31 AKJV)

God hearing our prayers and responding to them is contingent on our seeking Him and turning from our sin. The New Testament confirms this; we must be doing His will, then our prayers will be answered. In addition, husbands have an additional consideration:

Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7 AKJV) 

This was revolutionary at the time it was written. This statement confirms other scriptures that in spiritual matters there is no male or female, no slave or free nor black or white person. Though women may be physically weaker (weaker vessel), in the spirit we are the same because of the grace that comes through Jesus. A husband's prayers can be hindered if he doesn’t honor his wife as equal in the things of the spirit.

Taking care of our sin is easy. Jesus has revealed how we can appropriate the grace and mercy that He paid for so that we are not hindered (Read that article: CLICK HERE). Sometimes our own sin can cause us to respond in ways that may hinder God’s work, especially for those closest to us because we are around them more often. Learning God’s ways and implementing them can remove many of the issues allowing Satan to interfere with our loved ones through us. We have a Counselor and a Guide to help us: calling upon the Holy Spirit to tell us what to say and what not to say on a daily basis can be very helpful.

Besides the confession of sin and our forgiveness of that sin, our prayers should always be uplifting. We should be reaffirming God’s goodness and ability to do what we ask. We should not be stating the following:
  • The stubbornness of the person we are praying for. 
  • An inability to hear or receive from God. 
  • Any trait that is not according to God’s will for them. 
 We want to come into agreement with God who can do all things. We don’t want to come into agreement with the enemy to hinder them. After asking for them to be placed before the Throne of Grace, in future prayers thank God for this as a demonstration of your faith. The Lord became very stern with me when I wanted to place someone before the Throne of Grace who had already been prayed for and placed there. We must have faith that God’s mercy is in play, otherwise, we are operating in doubt and unbelief.

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