Good morning and happy Truthful Tuesday!
Today, I wanted to talk about a topic that my eyes were recently opened to at CROSS Conference. A big part of the conference was focused on prayer for the unreached, and that people would have a heart to send and go to these areas of the world. We did this before every session, and in the mornings, there was an extra opportunity for prayer.
As the leaders were praying, they kept asking and thanking God for the opportunity to intercede on behalf of these people. While I know what the term means, and would have previously agreed that that’s what we were doing, it really got me thinking.
Intercede: To intervene on behalf of another.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.
1 Timothy 2:1
Whenever you pray for other people, you are interceding on their behalf. How beautiful is this!? Let us not also forget that Jesus interceded for us on multiple occasions, praying to His Heavenly Father on our behalf (and, of course, preformed the most selfless act of intercession by dying on behalf of our sins). The very least we could do to say thank you is intercede on behalf of all the people He died to save.
Part of living a Christ-like life is interceding on behalf on His people, and praying for those who do not yet know the goodness of Christ. This could be people across the world, but it could also be your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Your prayer is in God’s will, and He is using all of us to carry out His divine plan. What a privilege it is to be a part of that.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
God says, let it never be a lack of asking that you do not receive. Our God is a big God, and He can do more than you could ever fathom. Are you asking Him for miracles daily? It’s an area of my prayer life that I sure need to work on, and I doubt that I’m alone in that.
How is your today affecting the tomorrows of people that don’t know Christ?
“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.”
I want to talk about the verses above for a second. This is a story in the gospel Luke about a man who descends to Hell after his death on earth. When he gets there, after living a life of unbelief, he realizes the magnitude and realness of God, and begs Abraham to send Lazarus to warn the rest of his family. Friends, this is a reality. If the unbelieving dead could talk, they would beg us with all they have to tell their family and friends.
You have the amazing ability in your prayer life to intercede for the people that have not yet placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Will you live like Christ and do it?
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