The Ministry of Intercession

David Muyskens

READ : Romans 8:22-27

The Spirit helps us in our weakness. (v. 26)

Our prayers of intercession grow out of a deep desire that God’s will be done. We allow the Holy Spirit to author our prayers. The Spirit prompts us. Romans 8:26 says, “We do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”

Being an intercessor is not a matter of telling God what you think is best for someone. It is a matter of bringing a person or situation before God, then giving voice to the prayer the Holy Spirit prompts in you on behalf of the person or situation. Here are some steps to take when praying for others.

  1. Hold the person or situation in the light of God’s love.
  2. Ask God, “What is your desire for this person or situation?”
  3. With the Holy Spirit as the author, let your request be expressed to God.
  4. Be persistent.
  5. Pray with confident hope. Rest in God’s love, while holding up your concern in trust that God can act.
  6. Ask yourself, “Is there anything I need to do for this person or situation?”

When you intercede you need to be ready to be part of the answer as you may be led by God.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, guide us as we make our petitions for people and situations on our hearts. Amen.