The Power of Intercessory Prayer
This summer for the 4th of July, my family and I watched the fireworks in the heart of our city. We laid out a blanket near the riverbank of the downtown area, surrounded by tall buildings and sparkling streetlights. As darkness settled over the horizon, we saw spectators in fishing boats and excited passersby in brightly colored glow sticks. In front of our view was a large bridge filled with people waiting with eager anticipation for the fireworks show we all were gathered to view. Then suddenly…BOOM!
The evening air was filled with the electrifying light of the fireworks, shooting high above the bridge like brilliant colored confetti.
When I think of intercessory prayer I think of that bridge, filled with glorious light. Jesus is the Bridge who provided a way for us to reach God. Without Him, we would be forever lost in our sins, separated from precious communion with the Father. But Christ’s work on the cross has become our bridge in the darkness, illuminating our way to God and filling our hearts with His brilliant light.
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34
Intersession in the Greek means to pray, intercede for, entreat, or meet with a person for the purpose of supplication. It is literally “bending over” to reach a person in need of a petition (source). Like a bridge arched over troubled water, Jesus “stands in the gap” in intercession for us. Whatever we are in need of, He entreats to the Father on our behalf. Now we can bravely approach God’s throne grace with confidence, and we have the power and privilege of interceding for others through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27).
Making Intercession for Others
Is there a family member or loved one you know of who is far from the Lord?
Pray for them. As Jesus intercedes for you, He has given you the authority to make intercession for those in need of His healing touch and illuminating light. Through your prayers, you can become a bridge that brings others to the Truth. Whenever we pray for others in heartfelt intercessory prayer, it’s like lighting a stick of dynamite. Like a massive fireworks show in the night sky, your prayers can ignite the power and glory of God for all to see. Your prayers can ignite the power and glory of God for all to see. Click To Tweet
Here are a few scriptures we can use when we make intercession on behalf of others.
Unbelievers and those in Authority
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority… This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1,4)
Prodigal Family Members
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ (Luke 15:4,6)
Those in Bondage to Sin and Addiction
…to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor… (Isaiah 61:1b-2a)
Those in Need of Emotional and Physical Healing
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
So whether you have been interceding for someone for a few weeks or for years, don’t stop praying.
Continue to strike a match and light the awesome power of God through your prayers. When you don’t know what to pray, trust that the Holy Spirit will intercede for you, stirring your heart with prayers and petitions from heaven above. In due time, you will see sparks begin to flare. The fire of God’s power will spread like a brilliant combustion of color in the sky. And you will behold His glory.
Here is a free Intercessory Prayer sheet you can download by clicking here or on the image below! Write the names of your loved ones in the circle on the page, and find promises from God’s Word you can pray over their lives.
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