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"And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none" (Ezekiel 22:30).
"And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor..." (Isaiah 59:16).
Intercession is love on its knees for others! An intercessor brings the burdens and needs of others to the Throne of Grace and presents them to God. Some have defined intercession as the very climax of prayer, prayer at its highest pinnacle.
How desperately needed is the love of God in human lives. Mind-bending need surrounds us wherever we go. Our Father is able to meet these needs. He delights in mercy; He waits to be gracious; He longs to pour out His blessing. He yearns that men take hold of Jesus Christ. And yet men keep perishing and suffering. If God so longs to love and to bless, what is the reason for His holding back? It is because of prayerlessness...the great lack of intercession. He has taken His people into partnership with Himself, choosing to make their prayers one of the standard measures of the working of His power.
God limits Himself to the level of our praying!
If we could grasp the magnitude of the privilege of intercession and its great power to bless, we would ask God above all things to make us intercessors. But man, by nature, is selfish, caring little for others, so this region of riches remains largely unexplored by the church.
God cannot, He will not, take the responsibility of prayer out of the hands of His church. He longs to answer our prayers and to send His power into aching lives. Scripture tells us that He is amazed that there are not more intercessors: "And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor" (See also Isaiah 63:5).
God will not do apart from prayer what He has promised to do in answer to prayer. Painful truth!
It is the faithlessness and unfaithfulness of Gods people in failing to intercede that limits God. We must come before Him in Jesus name claiming His promises for others, pleading for mercy instead of judgment and standing against the devil.
If there are any regrets in heaven the greatest may be that we spent so little time in real intercession...praying for others.
Precious Believer, you are in partnership with God! Let the burdens of the Holy Spirit press you to the closet in prayer. Someone once said, "Every convert is the result of the Holy Spirits pleading in answer to the prayers of some believer." His delivering mercy depends upon intercessors, those who will shoulder the burdens of others. Nothing is so costly, and nothing is so precious to God. In fact this is the very activity of the Son of God at this moment. Enthroned in heaven as High Priest, "He ever liveth to make intercession." If we are Christlike, we will be doing the same thing.
Do you want your life to count? If you do, you must become a person of prayer. God uses only prayerful hands to build His kingdom. He who would be much for God, must be much with God.
Ask the Lord to give you a fresh burden for intercessory prayer. Today begin to pray for others who have the same problems that you normally would pray about for yourself. Go ye into ALL the world, in prayer! And Brethren...Pray for us.