[Friday May 2, 2014]
And he spake a parable unto them
to this end, that men ought always
to pray, and not to faint; Luke 18:1
Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-2
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of
all, supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and giving of thanks,
be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in
authority; that we may lead a quiet
and peaceable life in all godliness
and honesty.
Prayer is an ordinance of God. It
should be noted that both
Christians and non-Christians pray.
The prayer that God will answer
however is one from a sincere
outpouring of the heart to God. It
should be done through Christ and
with the strength and assistance of
the Holy Spirit. Prayers should be
for such things as God has
promised according to His word.
Prayers should be made for the
good of mankind and the church,
and should be made in faithful
submission to the will of God.
Prayer is a requirement which all
children of God should give
considerable attention to for their
joy to be full ( John 16:24 ).
People engage in all sorts of
prayers. Experience has shown that
the most interesting of all types of
prayers is intercessory prayer. Every
child of God is called and anointed
to be an intercessor ( 1 Timothy
2:1-2 ). This denotes praying for
others – whether they are members
of your family, church or others for
whom God has laid a burden on
your heart. Intercessory prayer is
one prayer every Christian should
engage in. It is important and
greatly rewarding. It could take the
form of wrestling for the salvation
of a soul or praying for his or her
deliverance. We are also enjoined to
pray for nations and leaders, be
they local or international. One
reason you should engage in
intercessory prayer is because it is
good and acceptable before God.
Intercessory prayer brings peace,
prosperity and power. It brings
victory when problems and troubles
arise and it brings victory when
other prayers are not answered.
There are many reasons prayers are
not answered. Many people pray
and their prayers do not ascend to
God because they are not willing to
forgive those who offended them
(Matthew 6:15 ). Anger and
quarrelling are other reasons
prayers are not answered (1
Timothy 2:8 ). Other reasons
include: unwillingness to make
peace with others (Matthew
5:23-24 ), heartlessness and
insensitivity in family affairs (1
Peter 3:7 ), carnal motives (James
4:3 ), disobedience ( John 9:31 ) and
pride. Intercessory prayer is
mandatory. To engage in
intercessory prayers, you should
first and foremost have a burden
for others. This means, you should
have an empathic understanding for
others. This should be followed by
your willingness to clear your way
before God and to plead the blood
of Jesus over yourself and others.
Intercessory prayer becomes
effective when we pray creatively
(Romans 4:17 ), without ceasing ( 1
Thessalonians 5:17 ), with
unquestioning faith (Mark 11:22 ),
with authority (Luke 10:19 ), with
boldness for the unprecedented
(John 16:23 ), and in unity under a
corporate anointing ( Acts 12:5 ).
Action Point:
Unite with someone today in prayer
of agreement for your nation.
Bible in a Year:
Revelation 16:1-19:10; Psalm 95


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