Praying God’s Will – The Importance of Intercession

Jesus, our Intercessor modeled and taught His disciples how to pray. He never neglected to pull away to seek His Father’s will. Jesus’ disciples witnessed His faithfulness to pray, so much that they said, “Lord, teach us how to pray.”

Intercession involves relationship. It takes time – reading His word – getting to know God’s will over a matter. If we are uncertain of His will, we can simply pray, “Not my will but Your will O Lord!” I love the verses:

1 John 5:14-15  Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Amazing! Praying God’s will assures us that God hears and will answer. If we allow God’s Spirit to intercede through us as shown in Romans 8 below, we can be effective intercessors and watchmen for God’s kingdom purposes. I believe it is the calling of all who believe on the name of Jesus Christ.

If you do not know where to begin, start with the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15. There are many prayers in the Bible such as Paul’s prayers. These prayers have been used throughout the ages by the saints.

An intercessor is like a secretary. He reminds God of His word, so He can perform it. Jeremiah 1:12 tells us that God watches over His word to perform it.

The following are verses regarding Jesus, the Intercessor, who always lives to intercede for us:

Isaiah 53:12  Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Romans 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Romans 8:27  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:34  Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Hebrews 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.