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Intercessory Prayer – A Devotional by Katherine Kehler

“Be alert and at all times carry on praying” Ephesians 6:18b.

What’s intercessory prayer? Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes it as

“(a) manner of loving others when God’s Spirit strikes inside us inflicting us to wish to pray for others and giving us ideas (methods) to do it.

I had a chance to expertise intercessory prayer within the lifetime of certainly one of my neighbors. Vera, my neighbor, was dying of most cancers. I visited her typically, bringing books and baking. I wished to be an encouragement to her and the household. I additionally prayed for her salvation. There was nothing of their way of life that indicated they have been Christians.

As a result of I knew she was dying, I used to be particularly involved about Vera’s everlasting future. I requested my Bible research group to wish for her and likewise to wish that I’d have the ability to share the gospel along with her. There have been instances once I was decided to share the gospel along with her, however then her husband would hover so shut – I felt like he was afraid I’d get “spiritual.” I prayed for an open door.

One night time I awoke with nice concern for Vera. I obtained on my knees beside the mattress and interceded for her. The subsequent morning I knew that I needed to go to her once more. Vera was within the hospital. This specific morning she was alone and really weak. It was troublesome understanding what she was saying.

I requested her if I may learn the Bible to her and he or she nodded “sure.” I learn Psalm 23 and requested her lovingly if she was prepared to satisfy God. Then she advised me that the night time earlier than – when the Lord woke me as much as intercede for her – the satan and God had been within the hospital room. She mentioned that there was a struggle for her soul and that Jesus had gained.

When Vera advised me that, I knew why the Lord had prompted me to wish for her. God cared about Vera sufficient to wake me up and to place an urgency in my coronary heart to wish for her. He gave me the obedience to get away from bed and pray. That’s intercession – praying for others.

Are you alert and listening to God’s nonetheless small voice when He prompts you to wish for somebody?

Father God, give us ears to listen to Your promptings to intercede and the desire to obey. Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
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