Greetings to you in the name of the One who reveals Himself to us in ways that we can understand and respond to, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a beautiful December day in the Kingdom…good weather for travelling around doing our pre-Christmas errands! I trust that you had a blessed weekend and Monday – are you ready for a great week? I will be praying for you today, asking Father to communicate His love for you and His purposes/plans for your life.
Yesterday was our weekly prayer gathering – ‘THE CRY’ For Our City. We are completing the last month of our 11th year and it has been quite a journey. We have prayed a lot of prayers for our city/country…local government, employers and businesses…the agricultural community…police/fire fighters/emergency workers/civic employees…the medical community – doctors, nurses, support staff, the hospital, care facilities…the schools – administration, teachers, staff, volunteers, students…family of faith – churches, ministries, special events…specific issues that face our communities…families and individuals. God has answered many prayers…and in His usual and unusual ways.
Our role in praying comes with a title and job description(s). First, we are God’s secretaries-alerting Him to the commitments He has made to people…we call them promises and it would seem that He has made some 7,000 of them. We are told…”do not stop praying, give God no rest until the prayer is answered” – Isaiah 62:7.
Intercessors are also known as “bridge-builders” as they span the distance between God and man presenting the needs of individuals to God. We are instructed to do these things with boldness and compassion for others and with spirits that travail and prevail. In fact the Hebrew word for intercession is defined as “paga” – to struggle by prayer, to press forward, to travail, to weep, to come between, to touch, to reach, to strike the mark, to attack, to fall upon. There is an interesting definition for ‘prevailing’ prayer – the Hebrew word for ‘prevail’ is “yalad” which means the time of delivery for a mother – intense labour pains. We have found that the ministry of being “intercessors” can be demanding and messy…and it is satisfying and life-giving and light-revealing.
By the way…we are always looking for more intercessors — just saying! – Have a blessed day!