Intercessory Prayer (Part 2)
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In order to “pass on” the baton of intercessory prayer to the next generation, here are more essential aspects of prayer that need to be embraced:
6. Forcefully and Energetically – Answer to prayer happens by intervention of God, not by our own effort. On the other hand, real prayer requires a huge amount of effort. Elijah prayed so forcefully, that it stopped the rain and changed history (Jacob 5:17). When Shimon (Peter) was put in jail, the community prayed with great forcefulness for his release, since in the previous case, they apparently didn’t pray hard enough for Jacob’s release, and he was killed (Acts 12:1-5). We are urged to pray unceasingly, with diligence and boldness (Luke 18:1; Romans 12:12).
7. Not Our Will – Often we simply pray for what we want. However true intercession starts by denying ourselves and seeking God’s will (Luke 9:23). One of the greatest moments of prayer was Yeshua’s simple but piercing cry: “Not my will but Your will” (Matthew 26:39-40). Yeshua is still seeking those who will pray that kind of prayer, because it will change the whole world.
8. By Kingdom Plan – Prayer is not only asking for God’s will to be done in our own lives, but that His plan for human society would come to pass. That plan is called the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:9-10). Since He told us to pray for that kingdom to come, we understand that prayer can advance the purposes of God’s government. We coordinate our personal prayers with this overall pattern and strategy.