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What is Love?

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Sunday, 10 January 2010 19:34

Step 6


Intersession/Standing in the Gap

- Don Rogers, Incensory prayer, Spiritual Warfare Ministries, Inc..1990


This principle of intercession can be summed up by the words God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel concerning Jerusalem's sins. "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none."


“For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband” (1Corinthians 7:14 NIV).

Satan’s legal ground is bypassed by this truth! Halleluiah! Even though your spouse may be resistant to the things of God, as you pray the word of God, you are agreeing with God even when they do not want God to work in their life.

The change must occur in you first, before it can happen with your spouse. The next step is starting to stand in the gap for your spouse. Better description of this is interceding for them. In short this process is you praying for their salvation and for them to repent of their sin and turn to God. Usually when a prodigal spouse turns their eyes back to Jesus and repent of there sin then they return back to their waiting husband or wife.


Intercessory prayer is not the same as the prayers for you. Intercession is not just praying for someone else's needs. Intercession is praying with the real hope and real intent that God would step in and act for the positive advancement of some specific other person(s) or other entity. It is trusting God to act, even if it's not in the manner or timing we seek. God wants us to ask, even urgently. It is casting our weakness before God's strength, and (at its best) having a bit of God's passion burn in us.


"Charles Spurgeon

"I commend intercessory prayer, because it opens man's soul, gives a healthy play to his sympathies, constrains him to feel that he is not everybody, and that this wide world and this great universe were not after all made that he might be its petty lord, that everything might bend to his will, and all creatures crouch at his feet.


The Bible has many cases of people standing up for others before God. The master builder Nehemiah prayed to God to bring about the rebuilding of Jerusalem and of his people. As they took their concerns to God, the key motivation behind these giants of faith was compassion. They loved the people, the culture, the faith with a love like God's love, and it burned in them so much that they dared to take on God on their behalf. God listened to their cries -- not by ignoring the wrongdoings which got the divine wrath kindled in the first place, but by saving at least some of the people and bringing them back to where they belonged.


The New Testament has its cases of intercessory prayer. Jesus was the prime example of an intercessor. He interceded in prayer for God to bless and protect His followers. At the cross, He prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Indeed, His whole life, His whole reason for being born, was to be a living intercession, a giving of His life to span the rift caused by our rebellion against God. Others followed Jesus' example. Stephen's last words were an intercession on behalf of those who were killing him. Paul prayed constantly for the struggling young church, for character, behaviour, witness, and wisdom. It is Paul's regular intercession for the church and its people which sets the usual pattern for our own intercessory prayers.


Even at its earliest, the young church was praying for people : for safe travel, praying that people might know Christ through other peoples' witness, praying for healing and health, for rescue, for wisdom, for childbirth, for spiritual growth, for marriages -- asking God to bring benefit or blessing to people other than themselves. The others were not always beloved; they prayed for their political leaders, some of whom were out to kill them. But they knew their God was merciful and was intimately involved with what was going on in the world. And they knew they were called by God to share in that involvement.


Intercessory prayer aims to build people into what God wants of them, not to tear them down. The place where intercessory prayer must start is with you. It's great to know that others may be stepping up for someone before God, but God wants you to put something of yourself on the line. Otherwise, it's too cheap to be real. Your private devotions are not just for your own benefit. If God's love is at work in you, you will start loving your spouse in a deeper way, and your love for them will lead you to take it to the ultimate Source of strength, healing, and love. God likes to see divine love at work in you. God honours your part in the relationship.

Intercessory prayer does not work by our own power, as if we were the Almighty. When prayer is answered, it is answered in God's way, and it may not be at all like the 'victory' you are 'claiming'. Much of the time, the Spirit's main work is to change you, to make you care more, and to get you to focus on what others are going through instead of only seeing it from where you are.


God, in giving us all free will, said to us: "Your will be done." Some of us turn back to him and say: "My will is that your will be done." That is obedience to the first and greatest commandment. Then, when we do that, he turns to us and says: "And now, your will be done." And then he writes the story of our lives with the pen strokes of our own free choices.


Man has a free will but your prayers allow God to move more freely upon your prodigal. So don’t give up. Stand strong, for God “is able to do exceedingly above all that you ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).Take your eyes off the outward appearances and circumstances in your wayward loved one’s life, and aim your prayers towards their heart.“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 ). You can begin standing on God’s word for your spouse today.


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