Gift of Intercession

Ephesians 6:18

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

We don’t always understand the way God works.  Perhaps our greatest lack of understanding concerns our prayer life.  Sometimes God clearly answers our prayers while other times we’re not sure if the answer is “no” or “wait.”

People with the gift of intercession have a desire, perhaps even a burden to pray for others.  To some people they are known as prayer warriors.  This may sound over the top but Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but… against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

How else do we combat this type of evil but through God’s power which is obtained through prayer?  Not that we should ignore the physical needs of others – those in poverty, those who are ill, those who are in the military – but Christianity is plagued by weak prayers.

Intercessors don’t just pray about physical needs; they pray about the spiritual ones as well.  They aren’t limited in their topics and they don’t pray by the clock.  They’re done praying when they’ve expressed all to God that they have, not when five minutes are up.  And if five minutes pass and something else crosses their mind, they might offer up another prayer, regardless whether it takes fifteen seconds or five minutes.

Paul told us to pray continually and people with the gift of intercession take this especially to heart.  They will pray at any time about anything that the Lord lays on their heart.  These are the people that you want praying for you because they will be faithful in praying until God answers one way or another.

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