The Power of Intercessory Prayer

PART 1:

  1. Prayer that pleads with God your needs and the needs of others.

1 Timothy 2:1-5

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

[No prayer is too small no prayer is too big that He will not intercede ON OUR BEHALF]

We see throughout all scripture of people coming to Jesus when he was in their town interceding for a person on their behalf and every time that need was met.

Sometimes it was instant other times it required persistence 

PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF

LUKE 18 – PERSISTENT WIDOW

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

WE MAY QUESTION GOD, DOES HE REALLY CARE?

Hebrews 4:15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are yet without sin…

QUESTIONS TO ASK OURSELVES:

Are we pressing in for the need that we have been asking?

Are we pressing in for the needs of others

OR we just stop asking 

stop pressing and 

walk away. 

It’s NOT TIME TO GIVE UP ON GOD — KEEP PRESSING IN

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In this particular story of the Canaanite woman we see that she had to press in for God to deliver the promise. 

Matthew 15

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman – 

persistence pays off

21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly. 

JESUS DID NOT SAY A WORD WHEN SHE PLEADED FOR MERCY FOR HER DAUGHTER.

 – where most stop praying

 – where most give up on the need

In verse 25 “She came and knelt before Him”

Don’t stop pleading, don’t stop kneeling before Him asking for that need in your life or of another to be met!

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Cultivating a Heart of Thankfulness

Studies have shown that being thankful improves our physical and emotional health. Holding on to feelings of thankfulness boosts our immune system and increases blood supply to our heart. Daily guided exercises or the habit of keeping a weekly gratitude journal can increase our alertness, enthusiasm, and energy, and improve our sleep. People who describe themselves as feeling grateful tend to suffer less stress and depression than the rest of the population.

LUKE 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance.

  • ITS COMMON TO SEE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAS THE SAME OUTLOOK AND THE SAME ATTITUDE OF A CONDITION HUDDLED TOGETHER. 
  • LIKE NEGATIVE NANCY, DEBBIE DOWNER, PESSIMISTIC PAT, AND A FEW OTHERS WERE THERE.

 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” (DO YOU WANT TO BE HEALED?) 

SOMETIMES WE ARE NOT PRESENTED WITH A QUESTION FROM GOD BUT AN ACTION AND THAT ACTION IS THANKFULNESS, PRAISE AND HONOR!

HE WANTS TO SEE OUR HEARTS REACTION TO A MIRACLE OR A BLESSING. 

PSALM 86:12-13

“I will give thanks to you with all my heart, O Lord my God. I will honor you forever because your mercy toward me is great.”

And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 

  • (STOOD AT DISTANCE) IT WAS LAW THAT THEY HAD TO KEEP A DISTANCE BETWEEN OTHERS. JESUS IS STANDING IN FRONT OF THEM. RELIGION KEEPS US FROM GIVING THANKS, RELIGION KEEPS US FROM BELIEVING THE IMPOSSIBLE.  

16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” 

THE LEPERS WERE WANTING HEALING BUT ONLY ONE CAME BACK WITH A SOUND OF PRAISE! 

BE THANKFUL. IF WE ARE NOT CONTENT AND GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE AND WHO WE ARE, THEN WE ARE NOT LOVING GOD AS WE SHOULD. 

EMBRACE TRUST RATHER THAN CONTROL

THE BEGINNING OF REBELLION IS A THANKLESS HEART.

Greatest Treasure of All

There are many treasures in this world that we can find that has value, that is of worth. But only One treasure chose to find us, He chose to become flesh and dwell among us. There is no other treasure that we must embrace not just in this holiday season but everyday.

For thousands of years, God’s chosen people had waited for the fulfillment of his promises, and for four hundred years, God had, so it seemed, gone silent. 

…Until one night in a little town called Bethlehem, Immanuel, God with us was born.

HIS SILENCE IS NOT HIS ABSENCE, HE IS IMMANUEL, GOD WITH US.

Just imagine…

This child, the creator of the universe, the almighty God who spoke creation into existence. Came and humbled himself to become a baby. He was not laid in satin sheets, but in rags.  He was not laid in a bed of gold befitting a king but in a feeding trough for animals. There he was the greatest gift of all — In simple wrapping.

Luke 2:8-19 In the same region there were shepherds in the field. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and they were filled with fear. Angel said ‘fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And fthis will be a sign for you: you will find a baby gwrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel ha multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14  i“Glory to God jin the highest,

jand on earth kpeace lamong those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened.  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 

I like verse 19 when “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”

Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”

Are we truly treasuring Christ?

When we treasure the words of what he speaks in our time of difficulty those words will come to mind that will give us the courage the faith to help us get through the battles. 

I believe when Mary was kneeling at the cross at the time of His Crucifixion, we could see Mary with tears flowing her down face. She knew the purpose of her Son, but still she felt the pain of a dying loved one. I believe her mind would go back to the night Jesus was born and remembering the words of the what the shepherds spoke to her.  “Glory to God in the highest,
 and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When life has taken a turn for the worse always treasure the Word. Always go back to the Word.

STAY IN THE FIGHT

Who and what are you leaning into? That is the question.

26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” – Genesis 32:26

Maybe at times we have wrestled with God about a certain situation. We think of all the why’s. Why hasn’t He fulfilled that promise in my life, why hasn’t He performed this miracle that He said He would do? Our mind could go in a thousand directions off of just one why. But we are told to not lean on our own understanding. So who and what are you leaning on?

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When we experience the pain from those “why’s” we have two options.

  • Lean into God
  • Lean on self

It took me years, I mean years to learn not to lean, to listen to others, to figure out my understanding of the issue. But to “Be Still and know that I am God” resting in Him will divert your own solution to the issue.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you leaning on His guidance? The direction of the Holy Spirit?
  • Or are we leaning on ourselves to figure the why’s of life out?

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4

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  • There’s value in struggles
  • There’s value in trials 
  • There’s value in temptations 

Jacob didn’t understand in that moment but he still leaned into Him…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Struggle, trial, sickness, temptation,) In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”- Proverbs 3:5

…And whenever God is ready there will be a blessing in the release. 

James 1:12 blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life.


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STAY IN THE FIGHT

Life itself is not a problem to figure it out, it is a gift. And at times that priceless gift that we have received from God is going to come with a fight, a fight for your faith.

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ, who loved us.” – Romans 8:37

At times we question of why something is happening, but we need no reasoning but to wait on Him by submitting to Him. But most importantly we must remain steadfast in the struggle/trial.

Genesis 32 tells a story about Jacob who ‘wrestled with God’.

Gen 32:22-28

22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. And Jacob was left alone. 

And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 

WHY WAS JACOB LEFT ALONE? HE WAS AFRAID TO MEET HIS BROTHER ESAU AFTER MANY YEARS OF SEPARATION. HE SENT A PRESENT TO ESAU AHEAD OF HIM HOPING TO APPEASE HIM. ESAU WITH FOUR HUNDRED SOLDIERS, AND JACOB BEING BY HIMSELF. 

JACOB WAS NEEDING BREAKTHROUGH TO END THIS FAMILY AFFAIR, HE WAS TIRED OF THE SILENCE, THE BROKEN RELATIONSHIP THAT STARTED FROM A YOUNG AGE. AND GOD SEEN THAT AND MET HIM WHERE HE WAS.

When we pray for breakthrough, sometimes we don’t expect it to happen the way we think it should. 

Jacob was not expecting for his hip to be out of place, 

God will cause us to limp to increase our faith.

but that pain drove him to stay in the fight, to not give up. 

It did not shake his faith, or silence his prayer.

OUR WRESTLE WITH GOD BEGINS IN PRAYER,

EPHESIANS 6:12 “ FOR WE DO NOT WRESTLE AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST THE RULERS, AGAINST THE AUTHORITIES, AGAINST THE COSMIC POWERS OVER THIS PRESENT DARKNESS.

However tried or discouraged, we shall prevail; and prevailing with Him in prayer, we shall prevail against all enemies that strive with us. Nothing requires more vigour and unceasing exertion than wrestling.

We are to come boldly before the Throne Room

HEBREWS 4:16 “ LET US THEN WITH CONFIDENCE DRAW NEAR TO THE THRONE OF GRACE, THAT WE MAY RECEIVE MERCY AND FIND GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED.”

SURRENDER ALL

Surrendering is not on our weekly to do list. I know it isn’t on mine. with the hustle and bustle of life, it’s so easy to strive for success than to surrender. But for most we define success as a fulfilling and prosperous career, satisfying relationship, and a happy and productive life.

God though, defines success a lot differently then we do. He isn’t concerned with the amount of money you make, the shoes you wear, the position you hold in a company or a church. He doesn’t measure you on the accomplishments or charitable work that you’ve done.

God cares about who is in the driver’s seat of your life — and that is determined by your level of surrender.

The question I have to ask ourselves is this. We repent to be forgiven but are we choosing to surrender in order to be changed?
  1. There is always a call to surrender

Everyday of our lives, we are called to surrender our will for His. We are called to lay down our lives for His name sake. Luke 14:27 “And whosoever cannot bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

The beauty of surrender is that in everyday life, we have the choice to lay down our burdens, our ways of doing things and exchanging them for His rest.

When Jesus called the disciples, it meant no going back to the way of life they once knew.

In the book of 1 Kings 19:19-21 after Elisha is called of God to follow Elijah, Elisha went back, not to stay, not to think about it or to throw a “going away party” but he did something very crucial. He destroyed his livelihood, the very means of secure necessities of life. Elisha seen more value in the pursuit of God than his own.

“To step forward in your destiny you have to step away from your security.”

Just like Elisha, we have the choice to follow God or our own agenda.

” Choose this day in whom you will serve.”

MARKS OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN

PART 1 – REJOICING IN HOPE

Have you ever been asked, “how is it possible to be so joyful in your situation?” or ” how are you being so patient with ___________?

Paul in Romans 12 shows us what the true character of the child of God has. A character of hope, a character of patience and a character of steadfastness.

Romans 12:9-12 “ “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

IN ANY WALK OF LIFE, THERE WILL BE TIMES OF GREAT BLESSING AND TIMES OF GREAT DIFFICULTY.

There will be times when we will be joyful, and times of desperation in the middle of our crisis. But experience in the Christian walk is to be a learning tool. You don’t learn truth by just remembering it you learn it by experiencing it in our lives. God teaches us His word through experience.

HOW TO REJOICE IN HOPE WHEN LIFE IS HARD?

  • IF WE KEEP THINKING THAT SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN, AND IT DOESN’T, YOU END UP FEELING SICK, DON’T PUT YOURSELF IN THAT POSITION. DON’T LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU SET YOURSELF UP TO BE DISAPPOINTED.

PROVERBS 13:12 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

As you learn to rejoice in hope, you will not be overcome by life’s hardships. Instead, you will overcome them with good!

IN HIS WORD, GOD CALLS US TO PERSEVERE OVER THE LONG HAUL.

Are you pressing onward toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God? – Philippians 3:14