Dear Partner in Christ,
Welcome to the month of April 2023. May you walk in total victory, as you reflect on, and celebrate the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, during the Passover and Easter season this month.
Friend, to be effective in seeking, saving, and discipling the nations, we need to, first of all, intercede for the nations. Jesus placed a lot of emphasis on intercessory prayers and the effect it has in saving, delivering, healing, changing lives and destinies of nations.
Jesus is our intercessor who stands before a righteous God and sinful man. Our Great High Priest Jesus Christ as an act of intercession, stood in the gap and died in the place of a sinful man. He took our shame, rejection, pain, and sickness so that we might be forgiven of our sins, redeemed, healed, saved, and reconciled to God. Isaiah 53:10-12.
“But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He can also save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:24-25.
Are you an intercessor?
An Intercessor has a strong desire or heavy burden to see people delivered, saved, released, healed and set free but understands that it is by no power of their own that their prayers are answered.
An intercessor reminds the Lord of His promises until they are fulfilled.
I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth. (Isaiah 62:6-7)
Examples of intercessors in the Bible:
- Abraham interceded for the people of Sodom for the sake of his nephew Lot (Genesis 18:23-33). He memorably started by asking if God would spare Sodom if 50 righteous people were there. From there he boldly but humbly asked about 45, 40, 30, 20 and finally 10, and God answered, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” Though God did not find 10, He fulfilled Abraham’s intent by sparing Lot and his family.
- Moses pleaded for God’s mercy for the sinning people of Israel (Exodus 32:9-14; Numbers 14:11-20). Moses turned down God’s offer to make a nation out of Moses’ descendants, and persuasively begged for God’s mercy for God’s name’s sake.
- Daniel begged God for his people (Daniel 9:3-19). Daniel’s passionate and meaningful prayer ends with his plea, “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name” (verse 19).
Is God asking you to intercede for a person, a city, a nation, or an area of breakthrough? Is He asking you to be the one to stand in the gap?
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30
“God shapes the world through prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil…” M Bounds.
“Intercession is truly universal work for the Christian. No place is closed to intercessory prayer: no continent, no nation, no city, no organisation, no office. No power on earth can keep intercession out.”
It is my prayer that our prayers and evangelism will release the greatest power of All, the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, to resurrect the spiritually dead and bring multitudes to life in Christ this Easter.
Yours in Christ,
NB: This month’s charge was written in conjunction with the Prayer Team of the Darlene Erbynn Ministry. To join our No Limits Prayer Intercessors for the Nations, please send an email to DEMINISTRIESINT@GMAIL.COM
Praise God for a time of refreshing and renewing for all intercessors,
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