16th May 2019

Prayers of Intercession

“And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.’”
Luke 22:41-42 (NKJV)

Jesus was about to face His greatest trial and Jesus was praying fervently. Let’s for a moment put ourselves in Jesus’ place: what would we have prayed about when facing torture and death? It’s very interesting to see what was on Jesus’ mind as He prayed. Jesus prayed not only for Himself, but also for His disciples and for us! John 17:18-21 reads, “As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify (holy or holiness) myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” Jesus prayed for all believers!

We, too, are instructed to pray for others. In 1Timothy 2:1-2 Paul exhorts us that “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for Kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” So why does God want us to pray for others?

1-Intercessory Prayer reflects God’s own character of outgoing love and mercy. We notice in the above scripture that Jesus did not focus inward as He prayed. He is our intercessor (See Romans 8:34 & Hebrews 7:25, and He wants us to learn to be intercessors too.

2-God wants us to think like He does, and praying for others helps us to think beyond ourselves and to grow in compassion for others. Ephesians 6:18-20 exhorts us to be, “praying always with all…perseverance and supplication for all the saints” and for those who preach the gospel, “that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel…”

3-People are often encouraged when they are told that other people pray for them. Jesus prayed for his disciples while he was still on earth, but it is even more encouraging to know that the risen Lord prays for us at the father’s right hand.

Prayer
Almighty God, we thank you for your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who intercedes for us. In Jesus name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne
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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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