Pastor’s Corner

 

Intercessory Prayer as an Essential of

Enduring Ministry

 by Lon Alderman

 

Every Marine is a rifleman regardless of his MOS (Military Occupational Specialty).  That is, the Marines in the kitchen, motor pool, air wing, and front lines all have basic training as a rifleman.  I propose that every pastor needs to be, at the core, an intercessory pray-er in order to enjoy Enduring Ministry.

 ”…pray without ceasing…” ~ 1Thessalonians 5:17 NIV

Prayer is the spiritual breath of the Christian.  Just as my body cannot maintain health without air, so my spiritual life suffers without prayer.

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” ~ James 5:16 NIV

When I look into the lives of the people around me I can often tell what is wrong with them.  My natural inclination is to judge them based on these insights.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” ~ Matthew 7:1 NIV

We do not discern these truths for the purpose of judgement; rather, our discernment is for the purpose of intercession.  Oswald Chambers writes, “God reveals this truth about others to us not through the sharpness of our minds but through the direct penetration of His Spirit”.  The Holy Spirit allows us to discern these truths so we will intercede in prayer for them.

When we intercede, Chambers teaches that God conveys “His mind to us regarding the people for whom we intercede.”  In other words, as we pray for others, God shows us how He sees them.  And, when we see the people around us the way God sees them, then we have the perspective we need to minister to them, not to judge them.

Get involved in the real work of intercession, remembering that it truly is work – work that demands all your energy…  May we learn to intercede so wholeheartedly that Jesus Christ will be completely and overwhelmingly satisfied with us as intercessors _Oswald Chamber

Check out Lon’s website Enduring Ministry here

World Prayr has chosen to be different, starting with teaching others that the pilgrimage all those who have been brought near to God are on is not one about our focusing on what we are doing, or focusing on our sin or anything we are not doing, but focusing on what Christ did in order for us to know transforming grace. We refer to this message as the gospel of grace. We then live this out as a ministry by serving others through counseling, prayer, and sound biblical teachings.

We also differ from most ministries in another key area, working to live out the message of Philippians 2:4 by aggressively promoting other ministries and churches. As a mission team, World Prayr is working to serve those who are disconnected to reconnect them, one soul at a time, to local bodies of believers.

We refer to our team as an “Ohana” made up of many nationalities spread across the globe and within the Protestant faith.

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