Intercessory Prayer: Praying for Others

Intercessory Prayer: How to Pray for Others

We’ve all heard of intercessory prayer and many of us have prayed prayers on behalf of others. But do we really believe that those prayers could be or would be answered? Let’s talk about the power of praying for others around the world from your prayer closet. Let’s learn about powerful intercessory prayers.

Intercessory Prayer: Pray for Others
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Prayer is powerful, there’s no doubt about it. It may seem like such a little thing to do but the cliche, “Prayer Changes Things” is true. It does change things. Prayer will either change you or the person or the situation that you are praying for.

The Roman soldier in Matthew 8:5-13 certainly understood the power of authority when he told Jesus that He didn’t have to go to his house, just say the word and his servant would be healed.

That’s prayer covering a distance.

He understood authority and prayer is part of that authority.

Today, I’m going to help you understand how your prayers are powerful in the spirit realm and that from where you are right now, your intercessory prayer can touch lives and situations around the world. Does this interest you?

31 Days of Global Intercessory Prayer Calendar

Here’s a free prayer calendar that will be helpful for you to help you pray over the next 31 days. It is called 31 Days of Global Intercessory Prayer and is stored in my Public Library for anyone to access. There’s no sign up required. Everything in the Public Library is available for everyone!

As you look at the prayer calendar, you’ll see the colour rows with each day of the week covering different prayer topics. This will keep you focused on what to pray for others around the world.

Right away, on Day 1, you’ll pray for the power of the Holy Spirit. Have your Bible open and turn to the scripture reference to read it in context. As you pray for the power of Holy Spirit, first pray for yourself, your husband and family, then pray for those around you, your church family, your neighbourhood, your city and extend it out to the Christian brethren around the world.

You may spend five minutes praying this or you may spend 15 minutes in prayer. Let Holy Spirit lead you as He fills you with what to pray and for whom.

On Day 2, you will pray for the Spirit of Supplication. Again, look up the Scripture references provided and pray for others as you did the day before, or, as the Spirit leads you.

As you continue in this fashion, you will find your prayers are powerful in the spirit realm! God is working on accomplishing your prayer petitions!

Constant Prayer

Does the phrase ‘pray without ceasing’ mean that you never stop praying all day long? You may be thinking that you don’t have time for that because you have busy children who need your full attention. I get that!

Yes, you can pray without ceasing, even in the midst of your busy day. I’ll show you how you can do this.

As you follow the prayer topics provided in the prayer calendar, you’ll notice that you are praying without ceasing. You may find yourself talking with God about that topic throughout the day.

Maybe something you hear or see throughout the day reminds you to pray. Not just for the prayer topic on the calendar but in general.

Or, it could be that you receive a prayer request from a friend for which you promise to pray. Take a few minutes and talk to God about your friend. Do it right away before you forget!

Romans 12:12 says “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” ESV

Again, Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ESV

Constant prayer and Intercession are closely related.
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Did your child hurt himself? Pray about it, right away!

Did you hear sad or bad news from your family? Bring it to God, right away!

God wants to hear from you. Praying is talking with God. I talk with Him all day. When I’m watching TV and I see something that is against Scripture, I pray quickly. As I’m working on my blog, even as I’m writing this post, I ask Holy Spirit for help. That’s a form of prayer.

If I stub my toe, the first words out of my mouth are, “Oh God, that hurts!” Or, maybe it’s “Ow!,” either way, I’m always talking to God. You can too!

Pray without Ceasing

Does ‘pray without ceasing’ mean that you pray for the same topic continually until you obtain the answer? Does it mean that you are in constant prayer all day long even while you have a family to care for?

Yes, to both questions.

There are times when we enter our prayer closet, Matthew 6:6, for special seasons of prayer as you persevere there until you are released from that prayer.

Set yourself specific times to pray. If you can, set aside the first minutes of your day and even the last minutes before you fall asleep. Maybe you can set aside time while the young ones are napping. Whatever it is, endeavour to have set times of prayer. For without it, the spirit of prayer will be dull and feeble, wondering what to do, or what to pray.

Praying without ceasing is praying for yourself, your family and for those whom you have never met. The prayer calendar will help you with those prayers.

When you look at Day 11 on the calendar, it is a prayer for more labourers. As I see this topic, right away my heart fills up and my eyes become teary. We are desperate for more labourers in the field! There are so many people who need to hear the gospel message, right in your home city and around the world. And there are not enough labourers. Pray for labourers!

Holy Spirit will fill you with the words to pray. As you identify yourself with Christ, with the cost of His death on the cross and its significance, your heart will reach out to others in prayer.

How to Learn Intercessory Prayer

If you have never interceded on behalf of anyone before, you can learn how it is done. In fact, I’m sure you have interceded for someone but you haven’t thought of it that way.

Have you spoken with someone in authority, for example, a school teacher, about your child? Did you explain your child’s special needs or dietary restrictions?

Maybe you were the spokesperson at an event or for a special cause. These are examples of interceding on behalf of someone else.

When it comes to prayer, you are speaking to God rather than other people. God will hear your petitions and supplications. And God will answer them.

The best way to learn how to intercede in prayer for someone else is simply to do it. In fact, that’s the only way to learn…by doing.

Set apart some time every day to pray. It doesn’t have to be an hour of prayer as 10 or 15 minutes will do.

At first, when you begin to pray using the topics on the prayer calendar, you may not sense any urgency to pray. You may feel that your prayers are feeble or of little value. Don’t let that stop you. You can tell Jesus that you are feeling your prayers are not valuable and ask Holy Spirit to teach you how to pray with power and boldness.

God will help you as you begin to pray and continue praying each day. Let Holy Spirit be your teacher and you’ll soon find your love for prayer, and, you’ll sense the power you have through prayer. Paul reminds you in Romans 8:26 that Holy Spirit will help you to pray as you should.

What to Pray

The prayer calendar provides topics of prayer and Scripture references to guide your prayers.

These topics fulfill the Scriptures telling us what to pray. Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 that we should pray for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions. We may not like or agree with those in authority over us but we are commanded to pray for them. Let God deal with them!

Daily you hear of what you can pray about as you listen to news stories or read the headlines on social media.

There have been hundreds of Christians in Nigeria who died for their faith recently. You can pray for all the Christians there, for their safety, that they will remain true to Christ, and yes, for the executioners, that their hearts will change from evil to good. That Jesus will reveal Himself to them and they will stop the executions.

As you drive through the streets of your city, do you see prayer needs? You can quickly pray for them.

The cashier who looks like she’s ready to have a meltdown, she needs your prayers.

The school bully needs your prayers.

The teachers who have to deal with changes in the curriculum need your prayers. And the students who are faced with confusing issues need your prayers.

There’s much to pray about and many who require intercessory prayer.

Hold Prayer Meetings

It could be that you are able to attend prayer meetings at your church. Or, maybe your church doesn’t hold prayer meetings but don’t let that stop you from starting an intercessory prayer meeting yourself.

If you go that route, invite a few friends to join you in prayer. Maybe you can meet at your home, or at a friend’s home. Or, you can meet at a park, weather permitting. Start small and let it grow supernaturally.

Set a time frame, once a week for one month to see how it works for everyone. Don’t make it rigid but do make it consistent. And the purpose should always be about prayer.

Begin your prayer times with praise and worship. Use these Powerful Bible Verses to Pray the ACTS Way to get you started. Simply spend time worshipping God before you lead into your requests and petitions. Let the Holy Spirit lead you from one aspect to the next.

Related Post: The ACTS Way: Pray the Word is a short post that explains how to get in the place of praying those powerful Bible verses, of getting into a wonderful worship time with God.

You can use the prayer calendar as a basis for topics in your weekly prayer meetings, or, you, as the leader, can have a few topics for prayer to lead the group in and then let Holy Spirit guide your prayer direction.

Either way you choose, when Holy Spirit is included, it will always be an amazing and powerful time of intercessory prayer.

Related Post: The Holy Spirit, A Powerful Force in the Church will help you to recognize His role in the Church body as well as in your life.

That’s a Wrap

Well, there you go. You’ve learned

  • about constant prayer,
  • what to pray and
  • how to pray
  • as well as how to start an informal prayer meeting with your friends.

Intercessory prayer is all about standing in the gap on behalf of others, bringing their needs and situations to God for answers.

The point to remember is that God wants to use you. He wants you to pray so He can answer your prayers.

Your weakness is His strength as “He says My grace is sufficient for thee.”

Take courage and start doing! You’re taking part in world-wide intercession, in fact, it’s heaven-wide!

As you give your life to intercession, you will know of its blessedness and its power. The world needs your prayers!

One final point to remember this:

Ask as simply and trustfully as a child asks for bread. Ask for the power of the Holy Spirit everywhere.

— Andrew Murray, Helps to Intercession

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