“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
What is intercession? To intercede is defined as acting or speaking up for someone in difficulty or in trouble. But why do we need to pray prayers of intercession? After all God’s in control and will just do what He wants anyway, right?
The story of Abraham reminds us that God does listen to us, that we tug on his heartstrings. God wants us to plead with Him not because that always changes the circumstances but because He wants intimacy with us, He wants us to wrestle with Him in prayer. In those moments of wrestling, pleading and crying out to God we find Him and He changes us. We start to see things as He does.
We pray the prayer of the founder of World Vision, Bob Pierce “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” As we pray for the hurting, the suffering, the hungry, we find ourselves weeping with them and find a new desire to be the answer to our prayers, to make a difference, to live differently. It also helps us keep focused on serving and blessing others, not just thinking of our own needs and challenges.
As we intercede we say to God “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. We offer up these earthly places, whether in the hearts of man or in physical places and say to our Father ‘have your way here’ and somehow we then start to see God claiming them back for His own.
But what shall we intercede for? There are so many things to pray for! Listen out for those God-given passions. Many people will find themselves being stirred up by certain causes, those injustices that make you weep and cry out… If something specific does not come to mind, start by praying for your local area. Buy a newspaper, read the news and pray, asking for God to show you where He wants to bring in His Kingdom rule. Then pray and take action.
Let’s not just be people who pray for the hungry to find food but also be the people who take food to the hungry, and maybe even go further and invite the hungry to our homes for a meal. Let’s ask God how we might be able to be part of the answer to our prayers.