Intercessory Prayer as an Essential of
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