4) Intercessory Prayer was a part of the life of Jesus. (John 17:1-4, 20) there was a time that Jesus went off by Himself to pray all night. When He returned He chose the twelve to follow Him. Surely Jesus was praying for them and seek His Father for their lives. He interceded for them. (Luke 6:12-16)
Paul writes to Timothy a “call to prayer” in order that all will be saved.(1 Timothy 2:1, 3-4, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people… 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”) Focused prayer penetrates the darkness, preparing the way for spiritual battle. Part of our prayer life should be focused in on lost people and call them by name before the Lord allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us to those who are caught in the throes of darkness. Surely you know people who are lost and if you will ask God He will give you a burden to pray for them and to have them come to know the Father through Jesus. Our prayer life should be connected to all around you being led by the Holy Spirit who leads us to be rich in prayer for the lost and hurting of this dark world. Prayer pushes back the darkness that covers many lives.
My great desire is that our prayer room will be used much more. Also, that each of us will make it a practice to choose people who are lost for whom you will pray regularly. If we go to the Father in intercessory prayer we can be a part of pushing back the darkness from someone’s eternal soul.
D. L. Moody said, “Behind every good work of God you will always find some kneeling form.”