Intercession - Thomas Benson
WHAT IS PRAYER?
Why do we pray? Well, for one thing, because nothing good is going to happen without it. We pray so that we can communicate and have relationship with Him. We are also instructed in Philippians 4:6 to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God.”
We all have petitions that we desire from Him, not only our needs, but we bring our wants, as well. We are told we have not because we ask not.
We pray for our families, we pray for our ministries, we pray for our finances. We also pray for how we want to see God move in a lot of different situations. These are only a few of the things that we pray for. And we are directed to come boldly before the throne of grace.
But then there is intercession.
WHAT IS INTERCESSION?
I don’t believe that we intercede to move the hand of God. I believe that we intercede to find out how God is moving, and then bring our intercession into alignment with whatever it is that God is doing.
Make no mistake whether you can see it or not God is always moving.
We need to be like Jesus when He made the statement “I only do what I see my Father doing.” How do we do that? I asked the Lord that question and was told that I needed to go to the place of intercession. So I asked, “Where is that?” He said, “At My right hand, where Jesus ever lives to make intercession for you.”
I always thought that Jesus was up there praying for us, and I do believe that is part of what He prays for, but that’s not all that He prays for. Jesus sees what the Father is doing and He intercedes for that, as well. So when we come up into that place of intercession we are then able to intercede with and for what Jesus has already made intercession for.
But in order to do that we have to separate ourselves from the things of this earth and get alone with Him. This is what our Lord would do when He walked on the earth with His disciples. I really want to encourage you to spend more time finding out what is on the Father’s heart and interceding for that. This is much more productive that praying for our wants and needs, besides most of what we pray for has already been promised in Matthew chapter six. Your heavenly Father already knows that you have need of these things and they are freely provided by Him.
If we really believe the Word of God we can place our trust in Him. Not only will He provide what we need but He will provide it when we need it.
We really can trust Him! There is much more to be said about intercession but that will do for now.
Thomas Benson is the Head Intercessor at the Headquarters in Spokane, WA, USA