“Offering intercessory prayer means nothing other than Christians bringing one another into the presence of God, seeing each other under the cross of Jesus as poor human beings and sinners in need of grace. Then, everything about other people that repels me falls away. Then I see them in all their need, hardship, and distress. Their need and their sin become so heavy and oppressive to me that I feel as if they were my own, and I can do nothing else but bid: Lord, you yourself, you alone, deal with them according to your firmness and your goodness” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).
What a beautiful picture of what it means to intercede in prayer on another’s behalf.
I confess I’m not really good at praying for people. I’m really good at telling people I’ll pray for them but sucky when it comes to the actual praying.
It’s not that I don’t have good intentions. It’s more like I have spiritual ADHD. I get distracted. I forget. My mind wanders and I chase shiny objects.
But there’s nothing more powerful in my mind than when a believer intercedes in faith for another. Nothing moves the heart of God more than that.
Who has God laid on your heart to intercede on their behalf?
Maybe it’s time that you and I stop telling people we’re praying for them and actually pray for them.