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Thoughts on Intercessory Prayer #1-12

Posted by Cinda On March - 19 - 2013

Jennifer Kennedy Dean is Executive Director of The Praying Life Foundation, a respected author and speaker, and contributor of Coffee Cup Friends. “Thoughts on Intercessory Prayer” is a must-read if you want to grow in your prayer life and relationship with God.

prayer1. Prayer is the most aggressive, pro-active, offensive, invasive action one can take in any situation. Prayer reaches into the spiritual realm and accesses all the power of heaven for the circumstances of earth. (Live A Praying Life) “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

2. What God wants to do on the earth, He will do through intercessors. When God wants to change the course events will take on their own, He searches out an intercessor on whose heart He can place His  desires. (Live A Praying Life) “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30

3. Through an ongoing prayer relationship with the Father, He will reproduce His heart in me, shaping my desires to match His. He will take my self-centered heart and fasten it on Him. (Live A Praying Life) “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4

4. Prayer is the means by which you will be freed from your earth-bound, time-bound thinking to participate in eternity. (Live A Praying Life) “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

5. Prayer will work as God intends for it to work when it becomes what God intends for it to be. Prayer is not an activity, but a relationship. Prayer is not a formula, but a life. Only when we have learned to live prayer, breathe prayer, be prayer—only then will the power promised in Scripture consistently be your experience. (Live A Praying Life) “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:18

6. Don’t focus your faith on an outcome. Instead, focus your faith on God. (Live A Praying Life) “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up’.” Daniel 3:16-18

7. His sovereign decree has established prayer as the bridge between the spiritual realm— where the Word of God is settled forever and all the promises are already ‘Yes’ in Christ— and the material realm. Prayer bridges the gap between heaven and earth. (Live A Praying Life) “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10

8. God initiates prayer. Scripture tells us that God is awakening desires, initiating spiritual hunger, creating in His children the inclination to seek Him. When you pray, you are opening your life to His power and provision. (Live A Praying Life) “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelations 3:20

prayer089. True prayer is when God’s heart is expressed through your words. Prayer in its highest form occurs when the words I articulate, with my mouth or in my mind, are merely the containers for God’s thoughts and desires. (Live A Praying Life) “I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand.” Isaiah 51:16

10. God’s heart is the beginning point of prayer. Powerful, earth-changing prayer starts in the heart of God and flows through the hearts of His people. (Live A Praying Life) “The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.” Psalms 25:14

11. God wants to answer prayer in such a way that He will be glorified. He wants our lives to be billboards upon which He can advertise Himself. He wants our lives to be stages upon which He can perform. He wants our lives to be trophy cases in which He can display His mighty deeds. (Live A Praying Life) “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Psalms 50:15

12. As you are learning to live a praying life, prayer takes on a much broader definition than “saying prayers.” Much of what prayer is accomplishing cannot be condensed to a list. Sometimes the direct answer to a specific petition is the least important aspect of what prayer accomplished. Most important is what has occurred in the heart of the praying person. (Live A Praying Life) “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.” Psalms 119:76-77

By Jennifer Kennedy Dean
Used with permission.  http://www.prayinglife.org/

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