Intercessory Prayer

Quote: “The church speaks finally in that it prays for the world.” Karl Barth

Meditation: When I grew up my father who was a pastor would pray for his congregation and for his family. At times he would pray for one or two hours before he began his day. He would choose a different area of concern each day of the week. At the time I did not quite know what to make of that. I did not know anybody else who was dedicated to pray for others as he was. Leaving home at the age of 19, I knew that my Dad “had my back”. Not by rescuing me from every difficulty, not by sending me exactly what I thought I needed or wanted, but by keeping me in his morning prayer… every day of my life. When my Dad died, I felt his absence and also the absence of the knowledge that there was someone who was praying for me, every day. When my husband says that he prays for our daughters every day, it brings tears to my eyes. There is power in intercessory prayer. Power in intergenerational prayer. Power in knowing that somebody cares enough, loves enough to pray like this for me.

Prayer: Gracious God, you are holding us in daily prayer. Your Spirit is the one that prays for us, in us and through us. Help us to become the one praying for those who need prayer. And open us up to request prayers from others. There is much power in intercessory prayer… keep us connected to that field of love, the power of prayer and the ongoing circle of intercession, so that we will be strengthened and healed. Amen

Colossians 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

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