Interceding for other people in prayer is a call for every Christian. By praying for others we unite our hearts in a special bond with the people we are praying for through the Holy Spirit. Intercessory prayer helps us to build bridges between God the people we pray for. Jesus did the same while he was here and still intercedes for us with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
“if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins.”[1John 2:1-2 ]
Before you intercede for someone,forgive any grudge that’s in your heart:
“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” –Mark 11:25
Enter into the phase of thanksgiving:
From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.[Jeremiah 30:19]
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.[Psalm 107:8-9 ]
How do you feel when you help someone and they come back to thank you overflowing with joy? Secretly, you start thinking of ways to do more for this person to achieve the same results.It gives you the fulfulment to know that you’re a blessing to someone. That’s exactly how God feels when we praise Him.
Lean in to worship:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[Romans 12:1]
Worship is the total submission to God reflecting his infinite love to mankind through His son,Jesus Christ. Our worship should put the supreme worth of God in display.True worshippers values and treasure God above all things.“The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” [John 4:23–24]
Until the time of Jesus, entry into the Most Holy Place was reserved for the high priest only once a year.Everything that keept us from an intimate and fulfilling relationship with the Lord was dealt with at the Cross. We now access to Him all the time.Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the veil, that is, his body.[Hebrews 10:19-20]
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”[Hebrews 10:22]
God is looking for the opportunity to reach us. He did it numerous ways in the old through angels and then through His only begotten son. His desire for you is to avail yourself to intercede for others like the High priest did and to have an intimate relationship with you as you use your intercession to bridge the gap between man and God. It’s the highest office in God.While you pray for others not only will He take care of your needs and you’ll establish a bond with Him and the Holy Spirit. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.[Psalm 37:4] You’ll be like a tree planted the water.[Psalm 1:3] Says he is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does.