Tuesday, 16 May 2017
As I pray for a loved one, God puts His desire into my prayer. Usually, the words come out of the Bible. It helps my spirit recognize that it is truly God’s voice and God’s will for the person I’m praying for.
Sometimes, my soul is unsettled. I need to enter into deep worship before I can pray. God will settle my troubled heart first, then He calms my spirit for a time of prayer and intercession. The Holy Spirit strengthens us from within. The Bible says that He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself (1 Corinthians 14:4a).
Oswald Chambers: Worship and intercession must go together; one is impossible without the other. Intercession means raising ourselves up to the point of getting the mind of Christ regarding the person for whom we are praying (Philippians 2:5). One of the most subtle and illusive burdens God ever places on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning others. He gives us discernment so that we may ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY for those souls before Him and form the mind of Christ about them. We should intercede in accordance with what God says He will give us, namely, “life for those who commit sin not leading to death.”
Can we reach the point where Jesus Christ can see the agony of His soul in us?
Dear Father God,
We want to be so closely identified with Christ that we have His view concerning the people for whom we pray.
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and minds THROUGH CHRIST JESUS (Philippians 4:7). May the joy of the LORD be our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). May our love abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment that we may approve the things that are excellent, that we may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are BY JESUS CHRIST, to the GLORY AND PRAISE OF GOD. (Philippians 1:9-11)
Lam Yee Ling