Intercession is praying for others. A large part of the prayer time of a mature Christian is devoted to praying for others.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Rom 8:34)
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Heb 7:25)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; (1Ti 2:1-3)
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (Eph 1:15-19)
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: (Col 1:9-12)
Christ, the Great Intecessor
One of the great comforts of the Christian life is that Christ prays for us. That’s one reason our salvation is secure – He lives forever to pray for us. Remember, God wants us to be like Jesus, so we should follow His example of intercession. Not only that, but we are specifically commanded to pray for all men.
But, What Do I Pray?
Obviously, you can pray for specific needs in the lives of people you know. But what if you don’t know what people need, specifically? You could just ask God to bless them, or you could follow Paul’s example and pray for things that most believers need. Here are some of his requests for the Ephesian and Colossian Christians:
- He thanked God for them.
- He ask God to give them wisdom and to reveal Himself to them.
- He asked to enlighten them so they could understand their hope and God’s power.
- He prayed that they would know God’s will.
- He prayed that they would walk worthy of the Lord and please Him.
- He prayed that they would be fruitful in every good work.
- He prayed that they would grow in their knowledge of God.
- He prayed that they would be strong so they could patiently endure their trials.
What About You?
- Is your prayer life mainly focused on your needs?
- How much of your prayer time do you spend praying for others?