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 the Book of Daniel, chapter nine, as we have discussed, he interceded for his people and his nation. He did so with a heart 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
This is the same way we place ourselves before the Throne of Grace & Mercy discussed in last week’s article. Daniel didn’t go into the Courts of Heaven to pray, but he did study and know that the time for grace and mercy had come according to prophecies, 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 the Greek word, riyb which means “to conduct a case or suit (legal), sue.” The Lord is our heavenly advocate. If we will put Him in charge, He will take care of not only ourselves, but 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. (Psalms 35:1)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 for 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 prior article to support your claim! Here is an additional one when interceding for others:
And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD: (Jeremiah 24:7)Quote this verse in your prayer. Ask God to give them a heart to hear Him and know His ways.
Can we Pray for Unbelievers?
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)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.
The bottom line is this: Follow the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. If your heart is grieved for the 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 that the Holy Spirit has touched your heart for when 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 hearts. 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)
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10)If your heart is moved with compassion and grief for others, use these scriptures in your daily prayers. Ask God to change your heart to align with Him.
There are two main things that may interfere with our prayers for others:
- Our sin
- Not honoring a husband and wife
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)
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)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)This was revolutionary at the time this was written. This statement confirms other scripture that there is no male or female, no slave or free, no black or white, in spiritual matters. Though women are physically weaker (weaker vessel) they “heirs together” for 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 He paid for so that we are not hindered. (Read that article: CLICK HERE)
Sometimes we can hinder God’s work in those we are closest to. Learning God’s ways ourselves can remove many of the issues. We have a Counselor and a Guide to help us: calling upon the Holy Spirit to help us know 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 stating 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
After the meeting about interceding there were some great questions asked. We also interceded for a child, if you would like to see an example of how to intercede for others.
Articles on the Courts of Heaven can be found in the:
Courts of Heaven
tab in the menu at the top.
Believers' Boot Camp series
Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
- Knowing what weapons are available
- Learning how to use those weapons
- Receiving orders and following them
Believer’s Boot Camp series is a collection of books which teach us how to hear more clearly from God with the goal to ready ourselves for a face-to-face meeting with our Lord, Jesus. The series reveals the “weapons and tools” God has given us and how to use them, so we can bring God’s kingdom to Earth. Each book in the series focuses on a single topic to clearly define one tool or weapon from our Heavenly Father.
The series uses the Word of God to reveal all that He has given us through Jesus. The Bible is our instruction manual and the Holy Spirit is our guide to understanding it.