J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ Romans 9:1-3

The prayer of intercession is the second level of prayer. This is when we turn our focus from our needs and concerns to the needs and concerns of others. In Romans 9:1-3 we find Paul’s great intercessory prayer. There is hardly a more selfless prayer in the Bible than the great apostle’s prayer for his fellow Jews. He even prays to be “accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”

Moses prayed a similar prayer of intercession in Exodus 32 when he pled with God to blot his name out of the book, which He had written rather than refuse to forgive the Israelites for their sins.

Jesus also gave us a beautiful example of intercessory prayer in John 17 when he prayed for his disciples. It would be worth your time to read this prayer of our Lord to see how he fervently prayed for his followers.

Every Christian man should consistently intercede for his wife and children particularly. He would do well to keep a prayer journal with the names of family members, friends, servants of God and unbelievers for whom he prayers.

When people find out you are an intercessor they will begin to ask you to pray for them and their needs; and there is nothing that is a greater compliment to the man of God than to have others to entrust you with their prayer requests.

PRAY:
God, help me to lose sight of myself and to prefer others above my own needs and interests. Give me a heart of compassion and a sensitivity to the hurts and heartaches of others.  Help be to become a prayer warrior and a true intercessor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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