Have you ever been nudged or prompted by God to pray for someone else or a specific event or situation? If you are spirit-led, chances are your answer is “yes”. That’s called intercessory prayer, and this is one of the times when you can pray knowing that’s what God wants you to do but not have a clue as to why God wants you to do it. From experience, you know God has His reasons, so onto your knees you go.
God gave us a specific prayer burden within the last couple of months. It was and is to intercede daily for a specific local fellowship that we had visited and know has experienced lots of challenges. So, onto their web site I went and found, to my delight, that they hold prayer meetings every Wednesday. That week, Pastor G and I made the effort to attend.
Imagine our surprise when the pastor spent about ten minutes on intercessory prayer for local health needs and other needs like God sending peace to grieving hearts. Then he switched topics and spent the rest of the time detailing and outlining a plan to change congregation seating arrangements and community outreach targeted to inviting seekers and other neighbors to services. That the plan was well-conceived was indisputable, but the important part was the pastor urging those he had given the responsibility to shepherd the small group type seating arrangements to spend much time in prayer, asking God to empower them and bless their efforts and the seekers’ time with the congregation. In essence, they were asking God to empower them to do His will for the congregation and for those He sent through their doors.
The results are amazing! Not only has attendance increased, new spiritual members have been birthed into our family. It is our heartfelt prayer that the congregation not grow weary in well doing and continue on this path of laboring in prayer and being God’s willing instruments to use as He sees fit.
Pastor G and I feel so honored and blessed to be part of this wonderful change that begins and continues with prayer. We are blessed to intercede not only for the new program but for the pastor himself, that he follow God’s lead and not his own. If you’ve read Blackaby’s classic Experiencing God, you know the best thing spiritually in service to God is to be where the Father is working and join Him, following His will and example.
So, pray with me: Father God, thanks for the gift and blessing of intercessory prayer. Thanks for allowing us to access Your throne and bring others’ sometimes unknown to us needs as we follow God the Holy Spirit’s prompting. May God the Holy Spirit take up where we leave off and communicate those needs for You to address according to Your will, plan, purpose and timing. Help us to pray without ceasing, and thanks for giving us the spiritual eyes to see Your hand bless those we pray for in such great love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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