My Bible teacher Mr. Nixon says If you are told a secret by a friend, or find out something like a sin or a deep struggle that not many people know, you have a duty to be an intercessor for that person. Because not many people know, but you do, God is counting on YOU to pray for that person and their problems, to take them before the Lord for them.
I have such a hard time with prayer and praying for other people
Please if you're like me just stop, get on your knees right now, and talk to God. Right Now. I just did =)
Intercession is a special part of prayer. This is sad, but to be honest, you don't hear a lot about intercession in church and Christian education these days. It's not stressed. I haven't ever been a big intercessor myself, but I've realized lately that intercession is so important, and it's something God's calling us all to do.
1 John 5:16 says "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death."
I'm not going to lie, this is a new concept for me. And this is amazing! I'm like what how did I not know this?? Wow is this for reals? We can pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and God will forgive them? We can confess on their behalf?
Let me read the verse again with Message translation: "For instance if we see a Christian believer sinning, we ask for God's help and he gladly gives it, gives life to the sinner whose sin is not fatal."
This totally amazes me! How gracious is our God?! That when we talk to Him, He listens so genuinely and He cares about what we say. Not like those friends who just nod their head and say ya and are multitasking when they talk to you (I do that sometimes) but He genuinely cares. "How bold and free we then become in his presence freely asking according to his will, sure that he's listening. And if we're confident that he's listening, we know that what we've asked for is as good as ours." He is such a loving Father, and He really wants to make us happy- to give us the desires of our heart.
Oswald Chambers gives us a good warning. "If we are not heedful of the way the Spirit of God works in us, we will become spiritual hypocrites. We see where other folks are failing, and we turn our discernment into the gibe of criticism instead of into intercession on their behalf."
God.. "reveals things so that we may take the burden of these souls before Him and form the mind of Christ about them, and as we intercede on His line, God says He will give us "life for them that sin not unto death." "It is not that we bring God into touch with our minds, but that we rouse ourselves until God is able to convey His mind to us about the one for whom we intercede."
How dare we not intercess on our brothers' behalf?