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A family member faces a deadly disease. Your neighbor desperately needs Jesus, but turns away every time you try to share Christ. A nation begins to crumble because its people follow their own evil ways. But what can you do? Often, the problems we face seem too big for us. No matter how much we try, we cannot solve them on our own. It's times like these when we need to turn to the Lord in intercessory prayer. Intercession is prayer that pleads with God for your needs and the needs of others. But it is also much more than that. Intercession involves taking hold of God's will and refusing to let go until His will comes to pass.
Intercession is warfare -- the key to God's battle plan for our lives. But the battleground is not of this earth. The Bible says, "We are not fighting against humans.
We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and spiritual powers in the heavens above" Eph. Intercessory prayer takes place in this spiritual world where the battles for our own lives, our families, our friends and our nation are won or lost. If you are born again, you are God's son or daughter John As His child, you have a direct "hotline" to God.
At any time, you can boldly come into His presence Heb. This incredible access to God is the basis for intercession. Once you are in God's presence, you can now discover His battle plan for the situation you are facing. Because prayer alone is not enough -- you need a target for your prayers! To discover God's plan, all you have to do is ask.
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The Bible says that "if any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you" James When we ask God for wisdom, His desires will become the focus of our prayers. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him" Romans Intercessory prayer is a serious matter. And just like soldiers who are preparing for battle, we cannot take on the enemy if we leave our weapons behind.
That's why we must go into "battle" armed for spiritual conflict see 2 Cor. First, recognize that Jesus is in control of the situation. Jesus "rules over forces, authorities, powers, and rulers He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then, put on "all the armor God gives" see Eph.
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These are the "weapons of our warfare" that can pull down strongholds in the spirit world see 2 Cor. They will also protect you from the attacks that are sure to come once you begin the spiritual battle. Next, bind the work of Satan, knowing that Jesus has given you authority "to defeat the power of your enemy" Luke If God shows you the identity of specific spiritual strongholds that are at work, take authority over these strongholds in the name of Jesus. And always remember that "God's Spirit is in you and is more powerful that the one that is in the world" 1 John Finally, as you begin the spiritual battle, take comfort knowing that you are not alone: Jesus also is interceding on your behalf!
The Bible says that Jesus "is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them" Heb.
The Intercession of Christ
Intercessory prayer is also prayer that doesn't give up. It's the kind of prayer that endures all setbacks and overcomes every obstacle. It's prayer that "presses on" until we "apprehend" God's will in whatever situation we are facing see Phil. This kind of prayer is the key to seeing breakthroughs in your life and in the lives of those around you. Jesus gave a great model for intercession in the story of the persistent friend. Here we see a friend who knocks on his neighbor's door at midnight to ask for three loaves of bread. The neighbor does not want to get up, but Jesus said, "because of his friend's persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs" Luke , NASB.
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