Praying Your Future Into Reality
Last Sunday we had special guest , Pastor Gerri Di Somma teach us on what it means to be an effective intercessor.
Moses was a great intercessor in the Old Testament. We see that when he prayed for his sister after she contracted leprosy for challenging him about his foreign wife, (Numbers 12:13). The apostle Paul was also a great intercessor in the New Testament. Notice how the apostle Paul opened his letters, “…that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers..” Romans 1:9, Ephesians 1:15-16 says “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers”, and in Philippians 1:4 “…always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy…”
Paul was someone who had such a profound effect on the church, and the secret to his success was his prayer life. Your future is dependent upon that intercession and how you go about it.
We need to realise that we have been empowered by God in our intercession; Hebrew 7:25 tells us that Jesus makes continuous intercession for us. In Romans 8:26 the Holy Spirit intercedes through us, and 1 John 5:14 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” And so we know that the Father hears our prayers.
We now have this circle of prayer that looks something like:
Jesus prays for the believer — The Holy Spirit prays through the believer — the believer is directed by the Word how to pray -– and God hears the prayer because it is in accordance to His will.
When you stop interceding and stop praying you are actually stopping the plan of God for your life. It’s easy to have vision but you have a responsibility to pray that vision into reality. It is important to pray in accordance to Gods will so that God can hear that you are in submission to His will. God will then empower that which you have prayed in accordance to His Word and bring about the desired result for your future. God has an amazing future for you that is better than your own plan. So don’t be satisfied with the dream you have, but rather dream the bigger dream of God. This bigger dream of God requires intercession and praying into reality those things that the future holds for you.
Who you pray for are the very people that will be part of where you’re going in the future. But if we refuse to pray for those that God requires us to pray for, we wont get into our future. It is easy to pray for yourself, but the power of your future is whom you pray for other than yourself.
4 Aspects of Intercession
1. Interceding for those you know
This is easy because some of the people you know are dear to your heart so the prayers are driven by emotion or sentiment. We don’t want to see those we love suffer. This strong emotional bond makes it easy to intercede for those we know.
2. Interceding for those you don’t know
God can move a believer to pray for someone, yet they don’t know whom it is they are praying for. They are not even aware if their prayer of intercession has been answered.
In Esther 4 & 6, it talks about how Esther and Mordecai interceded for the Jewish people. They didn’t know the people they were praying for but they just knew of them. When they prayed God exposed the plot of Haman and the Jewish nation was set free. Similarly in Daniel chapter 9, Daniel interceded for the nation of Israel and even took on the responsibility to repent for the sins of the nation. Sometimes we may not know the people we need to pray for but we know about them.
Very often our intersession is about ‘me, myself, and I’ and the circumstances or our nation. But God can lay on your heart to pray for other nations and other people even though you may not know what effect that prayer will have. You will be rewarded for your obedience not your accomplishments.
3. Interceding for those you wish you did not know
You are to make intercession for those you wish you did not know so that God may save them. When someone hurts us we want to find the prayers that say ‘destroy’, ‘kill’ and annihilate him or her. But when that doesn’t work and it seems like your enemy is getting stronger, you wonder what is going wrong. This is because you made the prayer about you and not about that person’s salvation. When we make material things greater than eternal things that is when we get into trouble.
In Luke 6:27 Jesus said “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Notice He says to love, do good, bless and pray for them. Some of the problems you may be having in your life could be the result of someone you refuse to forgive, the Bible says “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” We have faith to move mountains, but if you want to move the mountains in your life you must first release the people that are stopping the power of your faith in your prayer. Your future becomes hindered if you don’t deal with the situation.
4. Interceding for those who you have yet to know
Intercessory prayer creates the track that vision needs to run on in order to become the reality that will change the world and glorify Jesus. Look at how God enabled David to interpret Nebuchadnezzar dream concerning his future, and as a result of that Daniel’s future was secure with Nebuchadnezzar. Prior to this Daniel didn’t even have access to the king until he prayed and interceded, after which Daniel was promoted by the king.
You have the ability to pray, but you need to take up the responsibility so that you can see the capability that God can do through you if you are willing to intercede. You must be willing to approach God in prayer and intercession about the people in your life; past, present, and future, the unknown, the friend and even the enemy because your future is dependant upon it. James 5:16 says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”
My challenge to you is, you can have all the knowledge and methodology about prayer, but the most powerful prayers are to be prayed in obedience to God’s Word, where He leads you and empowers you to take you into your future. Let God take you on the train track of intercessory prayer towards the future that He has planned for you.
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