God wants to use you to bring heaven to earth on behalf of someone else. We have help from the Helper—the Holy Spirit. What a comfort for our prayer life we find in Romans 8:26-27. Many times, especially when we are burdened with someone’s need, we aren’t exactly sure how to pray. But the Holy Spirit comes to our aid. He may give a scripture to meditate on, or reveal with a dream, sign, or in any way He sees fit.
With our limited knowledge we may not have any idea how or what to pray for a situation; but God’s Holy Spirit steps in and prays for us and through us—always in harmony with God’s perfect will. He knows exactly how to get our attention….and when our ears are tuned in to hear His Voice, we will know what is on the Father’s heart. This is the way Jesus lived here on earth.
If you are called to be an intercessor, you will be one who identifies with others. You won’t snub your nose in the air, think negative thoughts within, or blast people out for prideful reasons. You won’t automatically assign motive or heart intent and criticize. You have a heart that is tender to people.
Intercessory prayer moves one to cry out from the innermost depths of the heart with tears for someone else. The apostle Paul says, “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26 NIV). Jesus identifies with us and reached the deepest agony at Gethsemane. Jesus prayed with “loud cries and tears” as written by the author of Hebrews (5:7 NIV).
Jesus was numbered with His transgressors and identified with all people through experiencing everything we would ever experience here on earth. Jesus epitomized lasting love. He identifies with us in every situation and on every point.
When we are moved by identifying with others, praying with deep cries from our heart and tears, and stand in our God-given authority, we move the heart of God. Our intercessory prayers move God and causes Him to change His mind.
Pray and then get up and go out to be a great encourager, not a critic. Pray for our leaders. Pray for your pastor. Pray for their strength, their family, and ministry. Get rid of evil obstacles such as envy, greed, lust, malice, prejudice, and lies—all of which Satan uses to destroy the power of our prayers. Realize that if it had not been for the Lord, well, need I say more.
Amazing victory is ours when we pray. The world in which we live needs love. God uses ordinary people to be vessels of hope and encouragement, and to move mountains through prayer. Listen for and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Divine influence in personal lives and world events are not brought about by achievement, manipulation, prestige, control, or power, but upon humble and utter dependence upon Jesus Christ Himself. The Spirit of God will awaken you to a whole new level of extraordinary prayer as you obey His promptings and pray until you sense release.
I remember many years ago hearing the phone ring in our home only two times before I could get to it at 3 AM in the morning. I saw the name that appeared on the caller I.D. and knew it was one of the staff at our home church, but was not a number I recognized. I got up to pray, sensing in my heart and spirit that it was God moving me to prayer for the person with that name.
The next morning, I called the church to inquire from this couple and learned that at the same time the Holy Spirit used the telephone ringing in our home to get my attention, the husband’s father (with the same name) was being taken by ambulance to the hospital with heart attack symptoms. She shared the story and told me he was going to live…that he had made it through. You can see how God gets our attention in natural ways. The Holy Spirit unveils Heaven’s agenda to us when we are open, aware, and expecting God to speak to us at all times. We live with eternity in mind and are increasingly aware of His Holy Presence. We don’t have to understand all the details…but simply obey the leading of the Holy Spirit.
You never know what someone else is walking through. Don’t ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Stop and pray….your prayers dispatch Heaven’s angels from the throne room of God to bring answer to prayers. (Psalm 103:20).
People are in despair and wondering what on earth is going on in the world in which we live. I heard a mother’s message yesterday at her own son’s funeral. He had taken his own life. He left behind heartbreak, confusion, and distress. Suicide is a permanent choice to a temporary situation. Life is a precious gift from God. Talk to people and take time to listen with your heart. Encourage people…life is short..eternity is forever.
“The Father who knows all hearts” (Romans 8:27) can use us to make a difference in the lives of those we pray for—even when we don’t know “how” we ought to pray.
Prayer is a gift from God! We are able to partner with the Holy Spirit, cooperate with Him, and see the Kingdom of heaven released here on earth! The sweet Presence of God within us brings hope and reformation to the world around us—encountering a loving Heavenly Father.
HIS love and mine,
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You may be waiting on God to answer a specific prayer, to vindicate you or someone else, or to intervene in some other situation. No matter what, God is faithful. It’s imperative that we all learn to wait for God’s best—from a husband or wife, to the right job, move, purchase of a house, to having wisdom in life.
In Genesis 9:11-17, God speaks and Noah listens. God always listens. God’s listening helped Noah survive a flood by building a boat. Noah heard and obeyed God’s instructions. Now God is speaking again—and his words are words of love. “Never again will there be a flood that will destroy all life” (Genesis 9:15). That was great news to Noah—and even better for us today. God makes a promise and He always honors His Word.
I can almost see Noah shading his eyes as he gazes at the first rainbow. I would imagine that Noah stood in awe as he first saw the beautifully hand-painted rainbow that God placed in the sky for him to see.
The rainbow is a sign of God’s promise, a signal of His amazing love. God has flawless integrity, keeps His promises, and always honors His Word. God gave us a sign that reflects His promise and sealed it with showing us the sign in the sky. This is the God to whom we pray as born-again believers in Jesus Christ!
God’s timing is perfect, but it sometimes doesn’t feel like it when we are stretched in our emotions and physical strength to the wire. Have you ever felt like God waits to the final wire?
For twenty long years Rebekah had a desire for a child. (See Genesis 25:21) Her mournful life filled her days and tearfully wrapped itself around an empty cradle—for twenty years she waited. Isaac was sixty years old, and Rebekah had never laid her arms around a son. I can almost see her now, with tears rolling down her cheeks, crying out to God, one more time.
Let’s not forget—Isaac waited too. He also prayed. Isaac probably asked for a child for years alongside Rebekah. God heard, and He answered, giving double what Isaac prayed for—twins! God heard their prayers and cries of worship. He was not deaf—and He was not angry. It wasn’t like some might say, “their fault”—to a whole host of excuses people like to make. God had simply chosen the perfect time according to His plan to bring the twins into the story He was writing here on earth.
Don’t give up in the waiting. Keep praying and believing. God’s timing is perfect. He hears and answers prayer. The only way to have answered prayer is to pray. Open altars where we connect with the LIVING GOD to bring heaven to earth. We can’t replace altars with coffee shops where we spend time talking about problems—we must connect with the LIVING GOD where we have access to all of Heaven’s resources to bring change and talk to God about everything. Create a place of prayer–an altar in your own home–where you meet with God.
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