Seven Steps for Intercessory Prayer

1 Since it is the prayer of the righteous that is powerful and effective (James 5:16), examine your conscience before you pray, and repent of any sin or harsh feelings you may have against other people.

2 Spend a few minutes in silence, to quiet your mind and come into God’s presence.

3 During this time, ask the Lord to give you a sense of the things God wants you to pray for. Put aside your own agenda, concerns, and desires and unite yourself to Jesus’ heart. You may want to write down the things that God places on your hearts.

4 Briefl y refl ect on what you wrote down. What do you think God is leading you to pray for?

5 Pray for the things on God’s heart—for those who have no faith; for those who have fallen away from Jesus; for renewal and unity in all the Christian churches; for respect for all life; for all the lost, abandoned, or forgotten children of the world; for those under the power of addictions or bound by depression, anxiety, or bitterness; and for prisoners and service men and women. And, of course, pray for your own intentions and those of your loved ones.

6 As you pray, take confi dence in God’s power to overcome any obstacle. Stand fi rm in faith, and wait to see God work in power.

7 In your prayer journal, keep a record of what you prayed for, and of the ways God answered those prayers. Thank him and praise for all the ways he has worked through your prayer.

Jesus promised: “If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). One of the most powerful ways we can pray as intercessors is together with others. Consider forming an intercessory prayer team.

The final chapter of the Book of Habakkuk gives us a glimpse into the heart of an intercessor, both in praying for a mighty outpouring of grace, and in his abandonment and trust in God’s provision. Let us take Habakkuk’s prayer as our own as we intercede for the many needs of the church and the world:

O Lord, I have heard of your renown, and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work. In our own time revive it; in our own time make it known; in wrath may you remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)

You Never Have to Do It Alone

thornsNo matter who we are or what we have done; good or wrong, GOD IS OUR ROCK in times of trouble. It is all stated in his Word: The BIBLE.

Read  Psalms 23 and you will see what I mean.

This psalm tells us about the protection of God.  YOU NEVER HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!

God is our maker, our provider, our daddy, our rock and of course THE ONE who sustains us.

In Psalms 3:5 says: “I lie down and sleep, I wake up again, because the LORD sustains me”. David concludes by saying in verse 8: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD make me dwell in safety”.

He is the one in whom we take our refuge: Psalm 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you be glad” and Psalm 7:1 “O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save me and deliver me from all who pursue me”.

When ever you feel down, like if the world is closing in on you and you have no where to turn. Think of God and remember that he is there with you, watching over you and you have nothing to fear because he is protecting you.

Here is a pray that you can also say to help you along the way: 

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me…
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer