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“ We can change the course of events if we go to our knees in believing prayer. Prayer should not be merely an act, but an attitude of life. We should not pray for God to be on our side, but pray that we may be on God’s side.” – Billy Graham
Do you believe we can change the course of events like pandemics through prayer? Do you believe in the power of prayer?
We all love those moments when God shows up as we pray and He releases healing or moves powerfully. But what happens when He doesn’t?
What happens when we have prayed for 10 years and family or friends still aren’t saved? What happens when we have prayed for months for Covid to stop ravaging the nations and it still continues on?
What we really believe then is what we really believe about Intercession.
Ask yourself, what do I really believe about Intercession?
This is not just a self reflection question. It is so easy to let disappointment and delay change our theology around prayer and its power.
One of the great challenges we all face is to NOT create a theology from our experience. When we do this, we disembowel our authority, protection and value for one of the most important front line gifts to your life, your family, your faith community.
THE GREATEST BATTLE OF YOUR LIFE IS OVER YOUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY
INTERCESSION is about who has spiritual authority.
So What is Intercession?
Revelation 5:8-10 says “And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of saints.
And they sang a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation;
And have made us unto our God a kingdom and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
First and fore mostly, intercession is a call to a conversation with God. In verse 8 it says “having every one of them harps, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of saints.” These harps and bowls are the prayers of the Saints.
A musician can play an instrument from formula and it will be perfect, but when a musician plays an instrument from relationship to it, it has a whole other sound and effect.
Prayer is about a relationship not a formula.
Secondly, as we intercede, we need to know who we are!
Verse 10 “.. made us kings and priests to our God and we shall reign on the earth.”
Kings and priests reigning on the earth is who God is committed to making you!
This is why we must understand atmospheres. In intercession we will discern atmospheres.
Have you ever been driving down the road and all of a sudden some random thought pops into your head? Might be that someone is about to drive straight into your car yet just previous to that thought you were thinking about work that day or singing at the top of your lungs?
You’ve driven through an atmosphere. Spiritual atmospheres are real.
They are atmospheres, not you! It’s an atmospheres that just intruded into your thoughts. It’s is not you!
You are a priest, a King, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. To believe what an atmosphere says about you, that’s below your dignity. We must be aware of the battle for our authority!
Ask yourself, do you really believe that you can REIGN on earth?
If no, then the atmosphere of shame might be going at you. Shame says ‘you’re not enough” and when you’ve beaten your way through that message it will hit you up with “Who do you think you are?”
Do you know who God says you are? What atmosphere are you listening to? Who has your authority?