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June 28, 2017, 9:00 AM

Pray for One Another

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no intercessor” (Isaiah 59:15b-16a). It is utterly appalling to God for a people not to intercede for one another. The praying people of the Bible are intercessors. Abraham pleaded for Sodom and Gomorrah. Moses made intercession for lost Israel. Samuel prayed all night for Saul and continually for the nation. David pleaded on behalf of his people before God. Daniel prayed for the deliverance of the Lord’s people from Babylon. Christ prayed for His disciples, and made special intercession for Peter. Paul was an example of his own exhortation “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made for all men.”

The one thing that is said to have bewildered and disgusted God is that the voice of intercession had ceased. “…he was appalled that there was no intercessor.” His delivering mercy depends upon intercessors, who will put their shoulders under the burdens of others. The Lord tells us, “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30). The normal function of prayer is to make intercession with God for others. I wonder what the Lord might find among us regarding intercessory prayer today? Would He find a people who faithfully pray on behalf of one another?

That we may pray for others is the deepest mystery and crowning glory of prayer. If we do not know how to pray for ourselves as we ought, how can we know how to pray for others? If we know so imperfectly our own needs, how can we know the needs of others? Who are we that we should presume to interpret the needs of another to God? He alone knows, and may not His knowledge and love be trusted? The answer is that prayer cannot be solitary. It must be personal, but it cannot be isolated. Life is relative and interdependent, “For none of us lives to himself alone” (Romans 14:7). Prayer cannot stop at personal need. Even in the inner chamber there is no escape from the impact of those who cross our paths in the home, the church, and the world. The law of prayer is that each one stands alone in the Presence of God, just as surely as “each one of us shall give an account of them self to God,” each bearing their own burden, and yet everyone bearing the burden of others.

Jesus, as always, is our example in this regard. The Savior made intercession for us because He bore the sin of the transgressors (Isaiah 53:12). So it is in all prayer that we implore God on behalf of others. Who can tell the influences that have come into their life through the intercession of those who have prayed on their behalf? The great need of God and His Kingdom is of intercessors!

Let us pray together: Gracious Father, thank you for those who have interceded on my behalf. Help me to likewise be a faithful intercessor before You on behalf of others, that Your will may be done!

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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