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July 6, 2013

A positive minute: I is for Intercede

I John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

I Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

Here’s what one dictionary says about intercessory prayer: the act of interceding or offering petitionary prayer to God on behalf of others.

Do you find yourself praying for others? As Christians that is part of what we are called to do. In our worship services there are various ways in which we pray for other people. In some churches it’s called “prayer requests,” “concerns,” or “prayer of intercession.”

Regardless what it’s called, it leads us to the same place of asking God to do something on behalf of a person we mention.

We need to keep in mind there are many intercessors, but only one mediator – and that is Jesus Christ, as is recorded in the book of I Timothy. As Christians we really are called to share one another’s burden. One meaning of that term is to intercede in prayer for the person who is struggling.

I remember an incident when I was a child. My grandmother accused me of doing something and I told her that I wasn’t the one who did it. My Great Aunt Nettie interceded for me and was I ever thankful for that! Someone stood up for me when I wasn’t able to prove my point.

We are often called upon to pray for someone when it’s difficult for them to pray for themselves. Sunday morning in our church we will have a time of prayer for the needs that have come before us and as the pastor will end one of the paragraphs of prayer for whatever the need, the prayer is ended with, “Lord in your mercy.” The response from the congregation is, “Hear our prayer.”

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