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Prayers of Intercession (and yes, free book Friday)

Looking through my journal from the past year, I’m slightly embarrassed. It reads like a litany of complaint, mixed with a lot of self-absorption. My prayers have mostly been about me. My “venting” on the page is about the struggles of my life. My privileged, blessed life. Which lately, has felt stuck.

Yesterday, I felt a tug on the sleeve of my soul. A word, I’m guessing from God, came to mind: intercession.

Pray for others. I know your pain, I know your questions, doubts, struggles, stuck-ness. I know already.

Intercede for others.

So this morning, I sat still. I waited for people to come to mind. As they did, I wrote their names in my journal. And prayed for them. Asked God to intervene as he sees fit. I engaged in the spiritual practice of intercessory prayer. 

I prayed for my neighbor who’s been laid off work, another friend who’s cancer came back, a friend who’s started a new job. I prayed for conflict resolution between some dear friends.

I wrenched my focus away from myself and my own little issues.

It was very freeing.

Oswald Chambers writes: “You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption.” His post on Intercessory prayer is brilliant, so click through to read it.

So today, it’s Friday again already. We’ll give away one more copy of Deeply Loved. Sometimes, the way you know you’re deeply loved is, ironically, when you take your focus off yourself.

To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment answering this question: who are you praying for besides yourself? Keep it short, don’t betray confidences or share confidential information.

I promise you, I’ll pray for the people you are praying for as well. I wonder what would happen if our little bloggy community prayed for others?

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. I am praying for a dear friend whose husband passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. His birthday was this week. Also, for my Mom who is having some health issues.

  2. “Sometimes, the way you know you’re deeply loved is, ironically, when you take your focus off yourself.” What a great observation about the glory of God, Keri. It’s focus on him that frees us from our burdens.

    Who have I been praying for? (And no, I’m not entering the drawing once again!) I’m praying for a friend who has moved to a new town and is dealing with all the settling in that goes on with a family of four kids. Then there’s one of my wife’s former co-workers who suddenly just lost her husband to a swift and deadly recurrence of cancer and is now raising two children on her own. I’ve also been praying for a friend whose husband had a scare with a lupus diagnosis and now the follow-up tests show it to have been a false alarm, which gives them something huge to be thankful for at Thanksgiving. I pray for my blogger friends too, like Rachel Stone and her family with their move to Malawi this month to take up station as missionaries.

    It is a privilege that God calls us into this work, the care of his people and his kingdom through prayer. And I am really glad he has provided the Holy Spirit to be praying for and with me through it all.

    Tim

    P.S. I wrote a really short vignette on intercessory prayer a couple months back.

  3. I pray for a lot of other people for lots of different reasons. I, too, this week have been praying for a friend that lost her father last year, a son to suicide earlier this year, and her mother earlier this week. I have personally witnessed the power of group prayer working miracles!

  4. I’m praying through this list of prayers right now. I hope each of you will pray for one another and the requests we’ve shared. Thanks for your responses and for the community we share here!

  5. Dawn, you’re our winner this week! Look for an email from me! And thanks, everyone, for entering.

  6. I am praying for a ministry in our church. Happy Thanksgiving!

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