The Professor was asked to speak to a large group of intercessors, curiously most were women who are praying for the United States and the November election.
The Professor began by encouraging them to continue in prayer and not lose heart as the Master taught in His parable in Luke 18:1-8.
Just then a young man asked, “Professor, some mornings when in prayer I just feel like my prayers are flat and going nowhere. And lately, when I listen to news reports about our nation, well, I get discouraged, not seeing many results.”
Sometimes intercessors spend too much time watching the world’s news which can affect their feelings. "Take heed what you hear." (Mark 4:24)
Some intercessors who are so dedicated to “The Call” mistakenly let other things slip. Don’t let the call get ahead of your fellowship time with Father! You can't burn the candle at both ends. That means, don't overdo it. Be led of the Spirit in your commitments to prayer.
ARE YOU EATING YOUR DAILY BREAD?
Every Believer, but especially intercessors, must put God’s Word first place in their life every day. That means — sit and study!
Your spirit man must have strength in order to persevere. Spiritual callings require spiritual food. Why?
An intercessor stands in two realms:
the place that needs change — and the future “there it is!” Faith is the requirement.
Your body requires food every day, right? So does your spirit!
STANDING IN THE GAP
All ministries have one objective to complete — a call to fulfill:
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Jesus is the Chief Intercessor who works through His Holy Spirit within the Believer. (Hebrews 7:25)
Praying in tongues can bring you into unity with the Holy Spirit to pray what He desires. You are to follow Him...not the other way around.
Intercessors know there is a pushing forward that is taking place in their prayer to establish God’s kingdom in our nation. As we each take our place, we are all participating in this advancement, with the result that strength and momentum is taking place for the entire Body of Christ.
The disciples experienced resistance many times when they were sent out to do God’s will. One evening Jesus told them to get in the boat and go to the other side while He went to the mountain to pray.
“Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them.
“Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.”
Notice: “Straining at rowing for the wind was against them.” Even though they were obedient to do what Jesus said, they were in distress, becoming fatigued.
Straining — Greek definition (Strong’s): basanizó: battered; to vex with grievous pains (of body or mind); to be harassed, distressed. Interesting that one definition is: the pain of childbirth.
There are different fundamentals and purposes in the ministry of intercession. One aspect that many students don’t practice in prayer is The Authority of the Believer!
Sarah raised her hand. “Sir, I remember when you taught us about another event when the disciples were on the sea and Jesus was asleep in the boat. A hurricane-force wind came up and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus and said, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ Jesus then spoke peace to the sea and to the wind He said, 'Be still!' Then Jesus asked them, 'Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?' (Mark 4:40)
“Professor, when a disciple’s heart is hardened with fear and unbelief, is it hard for him to walk in faith? And, does Jesus want us to use our faith against obstructions that come to hinder or block our assignment?”
Absolutely yes, Sarah, to both questions! Walk in faith with authority. We can back this up with four scriptures.
Your assignment this week: Write these four scriptures in your journal every day for the next seven days and see the effect they will have when you pray.
This is that…
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12)
“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)
“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God…” (Hebrews 3:12)
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19)