The general misconception is that interceding in prayers for others is a thing for only people called intercessory prayer warriors. Yes, there are some people in the Church with the never-ending zeal to pray for themselves and others. However, as Christians, we are all called to pray for ourselves and others.
In the story of Judea and Jerusalem,
Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them who should make up the hedge and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
This is God searching for believers who can intercede for others. Before the destruction of Jerusalem, this verse makes us understand that God openly invites us to pray for others.
Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the Law of Christ.” This shows that God mandates us as Christians to intercede for others in times of need. And what other perfect way to do this than in prayer.
Richard Halverson “Intercession is the truly universal work for the
As Christians, we need to understand that praying for others shouldn’t be a choice; it is a privilege, God demands it. Praying for others is an exercise that should be commonplace in our
When We Pray, we Experience the Peace of God
This is perhaps the most significant benefit we get from praying. As we pray for others, we ultimately show love and compassion for our brethren, which is in perfect alignment with the commandments of God. When we obey the Lord’s commandments, our lives get to be blessed with His peace.
2 Corinthians 1:4 “Who comforts us in in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in trouble, by the comfort wherewith we are comforted of God.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the Peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
When We Pray for Others, we Glorify God
When we carry out intercessory prayers, we admit that God is the true solution, and there’s no solution we can provide if we get involved without Him. God is glorified when we put him first before anything else when we go to Him in prayer and thanksgiving in any situation. Through prayer, we give praise and thanksgiving to God, and his name is glorified. When prayers are answered, his name is glorified.
John 14:13 “And whatsoever you shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
We Learn to Trust God When we Pray for Others
Praying requires Faith, and having faith in God requires us to trust him. When we intercede on behalf of another brethren in any situation, we show our dependence on the strength of God and pray in the belief of his ability to hear and answer our prayers.
Isaiah 26:4 “Trust you in the LORD forever; for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
For Our Spiritual Growth
When we go to God in prayers, we do so in spirit, and this helps us grow and strengthen our spirit-man. Our prayer and spiritual life grow as we pray for others, which stimulates our evangelical nature for ministering to others.
1 Corinthians 12:1 “Now concerning Spiritual Gifts, Brethren I would not have you ignorant.”
When We Pray for Others, we Emulate Jesus
Throughout the new testament in the bible, we find Jesus praying in every situation he finds himself in. in every miracle, performed he prayed and gave thanks to God. Even near death on the cross, he prayed. We as Christians should aspire to be like Christ by engaging in prayer, not only for ourselves but for others, as Jesus did.
Psalm 72:15 “And He shall live of Sheba: prayer also be made for Him continually; and daily shall He be praised.”
Participate in the Ministry of Reconciliation
By praying for others, we become ministers of the gospel, revealing the gospel to our brethren in prayers. God wants all of humanity to hear his word and be saved. And to do this, he needs his good soldiers; ministers to spread His word.
Paul writes in:
2 Timothy 2:1-4 “Thou, therefore, my son, be strong in the Grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men who shall be able to teach others also. You therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man who wars entangles himself with the affairs of his life; that he may please Him who has chosen him to be a soldier.”
Share in Each other’s Burdens
In the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians, we see him preaching to them on how to be good Christians. He talks about preaching the gospel to fellow brethren and bearing one another’s burden in spirit and Truth. We learn that praying for ourselves only, thinking of only our problems, is a thing if the flesh reaps corruption. In Paul’s messages to the Philippians, we’re taught to have the mind that thinks of others, as it is also in Christ.
Galatians 6:2-3 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ. For if a man thinks himself to be something, when he his nothing, he deceives himself.”
Philippians 2:3-5 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, bot every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which is also in Christ Jesus.”
As We Pray for Other’s we Participate in God’s Work
We all need prayers to battle the everyday challenges and temptations of life. Interceding for a fellow brethren makes us do the work of God, as Jesus and the Holy Spirit also intercedes to God on our behalf. Although there are times we may not know the problems of others to pray for them, in Paul’s message to Timothy, he teaches us how to say a general prayer for others.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all , supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all who are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth.”
We Are Changed When We Pray for Others
We understand that praying, especially for others, fuels our spirit, which changes our life for the better. When we pray, we connect to our Lord, the one Who can change any situation for the better. At the same time, or closeness to God in prayers opens our hearts for change.
Pastor Oswald Chambers “Prayer is not a matter of changing things externally, but one of working miracles in a person’s inner nature .”
Ephesians 1:15-23 “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 you 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. Which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and set Him at His Own Right Hand in the Heavenly places. Far above all principality and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this world, but also I that which is to come. And has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church. Which is His Body, the fullness of Him that fills in all.”
God Answers When We Pray for Others
In Genesis 18, we see an example for Abraham interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah for it not to be destroyed s punishment for the sins of the people. We see again in the story of Samuel making intercession on behalf of Paul (then Saul). God hears when we pray for others, and he ultimately answers.
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1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His Will, He hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”
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In Ezekiel 22:30 God Speaks,”And I sought for a man among them, who should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” God is inviting us to be intercessors for others; we should take it as a privilege and not a choice