But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:6 (NASB)

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

Mark 11:24 (NASB)

pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NASB)

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.

James 5:16-18 (NASB)

I make no apologies for writing yet another post about prayer. If this winds you up, why? You have two choices, first you can ignore it, the problem with ignoring it though is God usually gets His way. The other choice is to do something about the fact that God has put this subject in front of you again. Prayer is an important ministry which every christian is qualified for, no one is exempt.

The prayer ministry I refer to is that of intercession, approaching God on behalf of others. People we know and people we don’t know, we can pray for either with great effect.

If you are an intercessor your ministry is as important as anyone else in the church. If you think of the church as a great cruise ship, the pastor and office bearers are the captain and his officers. They will often get credit for much but, the real work that drives a cruise ship towards its destination takes place in the engine room. Here the engineers labour tirelessly unseen, yet their work is imperative. Such is the position of an intercessor, they run the engine room of the church. Without their service the church would achieve little.

Dear reader, never make the mistake of belittling the prayers of the saints who are housebound by health issues. The work of intercession is for all age groups, male or female, everyone is valuable. It was two old ladies interceding for revival in Lewis that brought the power of Heaven down on the Hebridean Islands. Our world is in turmoil right now, men are leaning on their own understanding and have turned away from God. There is need for an army of intercessors to pray for the church and our world. The fervent prayer of the few can affect many. A revival is not impossible, with God all things are possible.

32 thoughts on “Intercessory Prayer

    1. That is a great wee book, I am reading it right now too. I have read it a few times though, I think it is one of these books that can never read it enough. Another great Godly man to read on the subject of prayer is E.M. Bounds. Thank you for your encouragement brother.

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  1. Am housebound by health issues. Am now an intercessor by calling. Who are hard pressed through the Lord’s olive press often pour out finer oil? Intercession is hard work. Not for some of weaker resolve. Prayer for them is needed also. Your post on the subject is straightforward as is needed.

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  2. Intercessory Prayer is a Calling at any age at, during, in, or watching life’s ebb and flow. Any intercessor led by God’s Spirit and surrendered will journey the world in prayer. Sometimes even heart-wrenching KNOWING the pain of unfolding events , living them and being led by God as to how to pray. The events of 9/11 2001 taught me life lessons I carry to this day. Years after the twin towers and that terrorist event I met an intercessor (man) from the other side of the world who KNEW and SAW that event from opposite ends of the globe,(exactly the same Vision) and INTERCESSORY PRAYER calling. When God is allowed to lead it is is a powerful and often painful journey. Thank you for your post. As always inspiring. Blessings! It is painful and tragedies like the 2004 tsunami surrendered to Him remain for me ever to know……..It is a private Prayer Calling but God Knows!

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  3. Alan, I find it fascinating and affirming when the Spirit of God moves or inspires multiple writers to touch the same topic (without consulting one another). It puts me in awe. We are across the globe from each other and yet we have both written posts about prayer.

    Last week, I shared the testimony of how a faithful prayer intercessor was influential in my dad becoming a Christian. I was wowed tonight when I saw your photo using the 2 Chronicles 7:14 passage because my next/current post, scheduled to go live at 4:00 AM US/Central, begins with the same verse in the lead photo.

    Our writings touch on prayer in different ways but I find that is how the Holy Spirit works in my own life when He’s trying to get me to focus on something. It comes up in many places i.e.: a devotional, scripture, sermon, radio broadcast, a friend, etc. Evidence of our living God. Let’s continue sharing the message HE has chosen. Blessings.

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    1. I find it not just affirming but hugely encouraging that our God uses blogs, radio, YouTube etc. Nothing is outside His reach to deliver His message to us…Hallelujah! May our Father God guide and bless you each day sister.

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  4. We can never have enough posts on prayer! Makes me want to do some prayer posts in the future! I truly believe my prayer is yes empowered by God but through the means of the elderly in our congregation and also home bound individuals on WordPress praying for my ministry, preaching and our church. So a big amen to your post!

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  5. I agree whole heartedly with Slim Jim- You can never have enough posts on prayer. Intercessory prayer is not something you hear too much about these days in the church so I’m doubly glad you wrote on it. I really like your engine room analogy. We recently spent an evening with a missionary couple. The husband made a powerful remark about prayer. He wondered why it took traveling halfway around the world to understand the power and importance of intercessory prayer.

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    1. You make an important point Beth, regarding how things like intercession is just not spoke about or preached. In my opinion there are far too many manmade programs but not enough Spirit guided prayer. The husband in your story makes a valuable point indeed. Thank you for your encouragement, may our Father God guide and bless you today.

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      1. Alan, this year I’m starting my days with a hymn from “The One Year Book of Hymns.” This week I was introduced to one titled, “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship.” As I sang the first stanza I immediately thought of this post. The words go, “Brethren, we have met to worship/ And adore the Lord our God; Will you pray with all your power/ While we try to preach the Word?/ All is vain unless the Spirit/ Of the Holy One comes down;/ Brethren, pray and holy manna/ Will be showered all around.”

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