A Call to Pray
By Korky Rogers | March 2, 2009
Prayer is a call to participate with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the precious Holy Spirit of God, IN POWER, to change things. Intercessory prayer, or praying for others, is not about YOU and what you will gain; it’s about others and what God wants to do for them through your cooperative prayers. Intercession means to step into a “between place”. We step in and help those who need, with our prayers. The Bible says that “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person carries much weight” (my personal paraphrase of James 5:16). This type of prayer is God’s love in action; it is participating in heaven’s business, helping to bring God’s will to pass on this earth!
"Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (Message Bible: about vs.13-18)
How do you know if you’re praying God’s will for someone? “And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.” (Ampl. 1 Jn.5:14, 15)
Know His Word - Know His will! KNOWING THE WORD of God is absolutely essential to knowing God’s will in any matter of life and especially in prayer! We come to know our heavenly Father intimately through prayerful reading and study of the scriptures. We come to know His character through Jesus as revealed by the Holy Spirit but, you have to put the Word in, to get the Word out!
Also, the Bible tells us in 1 John 5 that we have the witness of the Spirit within us; as born again believers, the Spirit of the Lord lives within our spirit and gives a “witness” (check and balance system) of the Truth. We are able to accurately determine God’s will and direction because of His Spirit that lives within.
The most powerful prayers that could ever be prayed are the words of God Himself! When you find what to pray in the scripture and make those words your prayer for another person or situation, you can be confident that you are indeed praying the will of God!