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The Commitment of an Intercessor


Our nation needs prayer. I'm encouraged by the governors, mayors and other political leaders who are holding large gatherings for the purpose of humbling themselves, seeking God and asking for forgiveness. Our nation needs to return to God. If we do, it is possible that the best days are ahead for the USA. Remember, what is not possible for man, is possible for God. In fact Jesus said, "All things are possible with God" (Mark 10:27).

The following is a short excerpt from pastor Frangipane's book The Power of One Christlike Life.

The Commitment of an Intercessor
(En Español)

Then Moses returned to the Lord, and said, "Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. But now, if Thou wilt, forgive their sin---and if not, please blot me out from Thy book which Thou hast written!" (Exod. 32:31-32)

The prayer of Moses is remarkable. Moses was not only the leader of Israel, he was an intercessor as well. Ultimately, an intercessor gives up all personal advantage for the sake of those for whom he prays. Moses knew he personally had favor with God. Yet he presented himself as a remarkable portrait of one irreversibly committed to Israel's transformation. He said, "If Thou wilt, forgive their sin---and if not, please blot me out from Thy book."

Moses said, in effect, that he was not serving for individual gain or glory - this was not about him, but about the people he loved and served, rebellious as they were. The soul of Moses was bound together with the future of Israel. Similarly, we must see ourselves irreversibly bound together with the lives of those we pray for, both family and friends, as well as our community and nation. Moses would not be blessed, honored or pleased apart from the fulfillment of God's promise to the Hebrews. If God would not forgive them, He could not have Moses either. Israel and Moses had become a package deal.

Have you struggled with situations in your personal life in which you cannot seem to break through? Perhaps you are spending too much time on your needs and not enough time praying for others. Make a prayer list of people with desperate needs, and as you intercede for them, see if the Holy Spirit doesn't break through for you, too. Indeed, include your enemies and those who have hurt you. Remember the story of Job. When he prayed for his friends, God healed him (see Job 42:10). Intercession not only transforms the world, but also transforms us.

Lord Jesus, I am awed at Your willingness to show mercy. You actually changed Your mind about judgment on sinners because of one man, Moses. Lord, in my world and times, let me be that one who so delights You, who is so intimate with You, that my prayer for mercy outweighs Your judgment to destroy the disobedient. May the favor You have given to me be multiplied to those who yet do not know You, and may it spread until all the earth is filled with Your glory!

 2011/7/16 11:39
AbideinHim
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 Re: The Commitment of an Intercessor by Frangipane

Thank you for sharing this portion from Frangipane's book. A true intercessor is one that seeks the heart of God for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. The only hope for this nation is for the Church to be awakened to prayer and intercession, standing in the gap, pleading for mercy over our land, and repenting for our own sins and the sins of our nation.

Mike


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Mike

 2011/7/16 13:18Profile
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 Re: The Commitment of an Intercessor by Frangipane

Great piece!!!!! But before anyone says that this an old testament example let me say that apart from the great man Moses there are other new testament generals that bear witness to the heart of the intercessor in forsaking personal gain to see the fulfillment in the life of the people they are committed to. Apostle Paul forinstance said in Rom 9:2-4 ''That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;''

 2011/7/30 12:19Profile
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 Re: The Commitment of an Intercessor by Frangipane

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AbideinHim wrote:
The only hope for this nation is for the Church to be awakened to prayer and intercession, standing in the gap, pleading for mercy over our land, and repenting for our own sins and the sins of our nation.

Mike


Amen brother Mike, the Church is the only hope for the world.

Two things (or opinions!); the governor of Texas is trying this but the church seems to be criticizing him rather than rallying around him - a day of prayer and fasting for this once great nation. It doesn't matter if it's him or someone else: the Church needs to drop everything that she is doing, confess her sins and repent (humbling themselves), fast and pray and seek our God.

And two, I believe as American’s we need to get rid of our nationalistic mindset and know that God does not love America more than another country. He loves obedience! Any country that observes 2 Chron 7.14 according to the will of God will be blessed and favored.

In the Old Testament, only “one” generation after Joshua died neither KNEW NOT God nor the works that God had done for Israel (Judges 2.10): people that generation is here in America in the church.

Just my two cents and God bless,
Lisa

Reference verse: 2 Chron 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


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 Re: The Commitment of an Intercessor by Frangipane

James 5:16

The prayers of a righteous man are powerful a.d effective.

Bkaine

 2011/8/1 11:11





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