I’ve often wondered how intercessory prayer works. Not that I have regular prayer figured out, but I have no doubt in its power to transform. But, praying for others, now that raises many questions for me.
I do believe in intercessory prayer, praying for others is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to them, and ourselves. Someone once said that it was like ‘giving God the permission to do what he so longs to do for us.’
I guess that I’ve always been concerned about those who have no one to pray for them….
Anyway, intercessory prayer, as with many things faith-connected, will remain a mystery to me. How does it work? Don’t know. Does it work? Absolutely. Consider this…..
(Lk 5:17-20) A paralyzed man is brought to Jesus by his friends for healing, I am sure. They can’t get close to Jesus because of the crowds and so they go up on the roof and cut a hole through the tiles and lower him down to where Jesus is standing. What is the next line? “Seeing their faith Jesus said, ‘my friend, your sins are forgiven you’.” Whose faith???? The faith of the man’s friends. No where do we read that this man said a thing. Perhaps he asked to be brought to Jesus, but if his friends didn’t lower him through the hole in the roof, he would not have gotten close enough to Jesus. Seeing their faith – Obviously these friends had enough faith and love to take the time and effort it did to bring this man to Jesus.
This is a beautiful example, for me, of the power of intercessory prayer. It was the faith of this man’s friends that brought healing to him. When others bring us to God, through their prayers and petitions, that prayer is so very powerful…..powerful enough to heal us. Your prayer for others works miracles.
And so, we must pray for our friends and, ask them to pray for us….and don’t forget, in our prayers, to pray for those who have no one to pray for them. Let us bring them to Jesus and listen for his response…..because of your faith….