Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
March 23 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 7-9
Food for Thought: I Sam. 7:1-9
As believers, we have a great weapon at our disposal: the power of the prayer of intercession. All around us there are people who face pressures from this world, or have been beat up by the enemy, and they need help to get free. The prayer of intercession for them may be all they need to get the victory and even for some to begin their new life in Christ.
I Timothy 2:1-4 encourages us to pray for all men, and specifically mentions those in positions of authority: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Prayer for a believer’s eyes to be enlightened is a great way to intercede on behalf of someone who needs more revelation on what to do in a particular situation. It also wouldn’t hurt to pray that way over a person who has no revelation of the truth yet. The apostle Paul gives a great model of a prayer in Ephesians 1:17-19 for such situations: “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.”
Intercession also involves lifting one’s shield of faith to cover the one being prayed for and wielding the Sword of the Word of God to resist and stand against the attacks of the devil (James 4:7; I Pet. 5:7-9) on his or her behalf. Since the enemy has no effective recourse in the face of faith and the Word, intercession yields great successes when we persevere.
Intercessory prayer is key to support people and be the conduit by which lives are changed. Ephesians 6:18 urges us to take advantage of this powerful ability: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—“ As we persevere in intercessory prayer, we have the assurance in James 5:16 that we will get results because “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):