Intercessory Prayer is Needed!
Back to Toronto Maranatha Prayer Series
Isaiah 59: 16“And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor….”Isaiah 62: 6“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night; ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence.”2 Thessalonians 3: 1“Pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men, for not all have faith.”Isaiah 42: 16“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight.”Maranatha, p. 38.“I remember in Battle Creek when there were those who felt the burden for the unconverted … and saw no light; then prayer meetings were appointed…that they might make the strength of God their strength. In every case the heavenly intelligences worked with these efforts, and souls were saved.” Testimonies to Ministers, p. 19.“Jesus sees His true church on the earth, whose greatest ambition is to cooperate with Him in the grand work of saving souls. He hears their prayers, presented in contrition and power, and Omnipotence cannot resist their plea for the salvation of any tried, tempted member of Christ’s body.” Unknown Christian“The Lord Jesus is as powerful today as ever before. The Lord Jesus is as anxious for men to be saved as ever before. His arm is not shortened, but He cannot stretch forth His arm unless we pray more and more.” The Kneeling Christian p. 35Sidlow Baxter“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our person — but they are helpless against our prayers.” E. M. Bounds“If men would pray as they ought to pray, the marvels of the past would be more than reproduced. The Gospel would advance with a facility and power it has never known. Doors would be thrown open to the Gospel, and the Word of God would have a conquering force rarely if ever known before.”James Fraser“Can it be that a great work for God involving thousands of souls devolves upon our prayer life, half a world away? I am feeling more and more that it is, after all, just the prayers of God’s people that call down blessing upon the work, whether they are directly engaged in it or not. Paul may plant and Apollos water, but it is God who gives the increase; and this increase can be brought down from heaven by believing prayer, whether offered in China or in England.” M. R., p. 35.Andrew Murray“Oh, when will Christians learn the great truth, that what God in heaven desires to do needs prayer on earth as its indispensable condition. It is as we realize this that we shall see that intercession is the chief element in the conversion of souls.” The Secret of Intercession, p. 53.Andrew Murray“Prayer is the power by which that comes to pass which otherwise would not take place.... (God) has left it to prayer to say where the blessing is to bring the living water to the desert places.… ‘Such honors have His saints.’” With Christ in the School of Prayer, p. 167, 168Charles Spurgeon“There is nothing that intercessory prayer cannot do. Believer, you have a mighty engine in your hand—use it well, use it constantly, use it now with faith, and you shall surely prevail.” PIBLSome ExamplesHudson Taylor’s MotherDavid Nash & Charles FinneyThe Woman Praying for MoodyThe Students at Knox & GoforthPraying Hyde & Revival in IndiaFraser Praying for 100 Lisu FamiliesMy Experience
How does intercessory prayer work?
Interceding 1. Accept your responsibility.1 Samuel 12:23 “Moreover, as for me (Samuel), far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you….’”Psalms 106:23 “Therefore He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.”Ezekiel 22:30,31 “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it’; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them….”Stand In The Gap Examples• Abraham (Gen. 18:22-332) “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”Stand In The Gap Examples• Moses (Ex. 32:10-14) “Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said, ‘Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against Your people….’”Stand In The Gap Examples• Samuel (1 Sam 12:19) “The people said to Samuel, ‘Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die….’”Stand In The Gap Examples• Jesus (Luke 22:31,23) “‘Simon…I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail….’”Stand In The Gap Examples• The Disciples (James 5:16) “Pray for one another….”Child Guidance, p. 518 “Fathers and mothers should often lift up their hearts to God in humble supplication for themselves and their children. Let the father, as priest of the household, lay upon the altar of God the morning and evening sacrifice…. In such a household Jesus will love to tarry.”Child Guidance, p. 520 “It is the duty of Christian parents, morning and evening, by earnest prayer and persevering faith, to make a hedge about their children.” J. A. MacMillan “God is waiting for those whom He can trust and use, who will have the discernment to foresee His steppings and the faith to command His power. Authoritative intercessors are men and women, whose eyes have been opened to the full knowledge of their place in Christ. To them the Word of God has become a battle chart on which is detailed the plan of campaign of the hosts of the Lord. They realize that they have been appointed by Him for the oversight of certain sections of the advance, and they have humbly accepted His commission. Deeply conscious of their own personal unworthiness and insufficiency, they yet believe God's statement concerning their identification with Christ in His throne power. Increasingly they realize that heavenly responsibility rests upon them for the carrying forward of the warfare with which they have been charged. Their closet becomes a council chamber from which spiritual commands go forth concerning matters widely varied in character and separated in place. As they speak the word of command, God obeys. His delight is in such co-working. They have caught his thought concerning the method of the advance of His kingdom.… Through them He finds it possible to carry forward purposes and to fulfill promises which have been long held back for lack — not of human laborers nor of financial means — but of understanding spiritual fellow laborers.” Authority of the IntercessorInterceding 1. Accept your responsibility. 2. Make a list.David Nash “Nash had remarkable power in prayer and was in the habit of making a ‘praying list’ of persons for whose conversion he daily prayed in secret. The answers to his prayers sometimes seemed almost miraculous, for he did not confine his ‘list’ to those whom he thought might be reached by the revival, but the most (challenging) and unlikely cases were made the subjects of prayer, with results that were truly astounding.” He prayed more and more; he used to take the map of the world before him, and pray, and look over the different countries and pray for them, till he expired in his room, praying.”Interceding 1. Accept your responsibility. 2. Make a list. 3. Understand the battle.John 8:34 “Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.”Proverbs 5:22 “His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin.”Mount of Blessing, p. 43 “Down in the plain there are souls enslaved by Satan; they are waiting for the word of faith and prayer to set them free.”Spiritual Gifts Vol 4, p. 103 “When poor souls have been fascinated with the eloquent words of the teachers of Spiritualism … and would renounce and flee from it, some cannot. Satan holds them by his power.… They should entreat those who are experienced … to plead with the mighty Deliverer in their behalf…. Satan will reinforce his evil angels… but if the saints of God with deep humility fast and pray, their prayers will prevail. Jesus will commission holy angels to resist Satan, and he will be driven back, and his power broken.”Signs of the Times, November 18, 1886“Satan is ever ready to insinuate that prayer is a mere form, and avails us nothing. He cannot bear to have his powerful rival appealed to. At the sound of fervent prayer, the hosts of darkness tremble. Fearing their captive will escape, they form a wall around him, that heaven’s light may not reach his soul. But if in his distress and helplessness the sinner looks to Jesus, pleading the merits of His blood, our compassionate Redeemer listens to the earnest, persevering prayer of faith, and sends to his deliverance….a re-enforcement of angels that excel in strength. And when these angels, all-powerful, clothed with the armor of Heaven, come to the help of the fainting, pursued soul, the angels of darkness fall back, well knowing that their battle is lost, and that one more soul is escaping from the power of their influence.”Signs of the Times, October 27, 1881“There is a mighty power in prayer. Our great adversary is constantly seeking to keep the troubled soul away from God. An appeal to heaven by the humblest saint is more to be dreaded by Satan than the decrees of cabinets or the mandates of kings.”Desire of Ages, p. 466.“Every soul that refuses to give himself to God is under the control of another power. He is not his own. He may talk of freedom, but he is in the most abject slavery. He is not allowed to see the beauty of truth, for his mind is under the control of Satan While he flatters himself that he is following the dictates of his own judgment, he obeys the will of the prince of darkness. Christ came to free the shackles of sin-slavery from the soul. ‘If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.’”Interceding 1. Accept your responsibility. 2. Make a list. 3. Understand the battle. 4. Plead the promises.Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”Desire of Ages, p. 431 “Lay hold upon God’s word and upon all the helpful agencies He has appointed. Thus your faith will be strengthened and will bring to your aid the powers of heaven. …The obstacles piled across your path by Satan, though apparently as insurmountable as the eternal hills, shall disappear before the demand of faith. Nothing shall be impossible to you.”E. M Bounds “The Word of God is a great help in prayer. If it is lodged and written in our hearts, it will form an out-flowing current of prayer, full and irresistible. Promises, stored in the heart, are to be the fuel from which prayer receives life and warmth.”Great Controversy, p. 209 "From the secret place of prayer came the power that shook the world in the Great Reformation. There, with holy calmness, the servants of the Lord set their feet upon the rock of His promises. During the struggle at Augsburg, Luther did not pass a day without devoting three hours at least to prayer, and they were hours selected from those most favorable to study.”Interceding 1. Accept your responsibility. 2. Make a list. 3. Understand the battle. 4. Plead the promises. 5. Unite with Christ.Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” SSW February 1, 1896 “The sincere, humble prayer of the true worshiper ascends to heaven, and Jesus mingles with our lowly petitions the holy incense of his own merit…. Christ makes our prayers wholly efficacious through the savor of his righteousness. What does intercession comprehend?--It is the golden chain which binds finite man to the throne of the infinite God. The human agent whom Christ has died to save importunes the throne of God, and his petition is taken up by Jesus, who has purchased him with his own blood. Our great High Priest places his righteousness on the side of the sincere suppliant, and the prayer of Christ blends with that of the human petitioner.”Faith I Live By, 203 “The intercession of Christ in man's behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross.” ST June 18, 1896 “The Lord Jehovah accepts the argument that is presented in the name of his Son, and places the resources of his merit at your command. It is our privilege and duty to bring the efficacy of the name of Christ into our petitions, and use the very arguments that Christ has used in our behalf. Our prayers will then be in complete harmony with the will of God.”Andrew Murray “In our blessed Priest-King, Jesus Christ, the kingly power is founded on the priestly 'He is able to save to the uttermost, because He ever liveth to make intercession. In us, His priests and kings, it is not otherwise: it is in intercession that the Church is to find and wield its highest power, that each member of the Church is to prove his descent from Israel, who as a prince had power with God and with men, and prevailed.”Interceding 1. Accept your responsibility. 2. Make a list. 3. Understand the battle. 4. Plead the promises. 5. Unite with Christ. 6. Join others.Matthew 18:19,20 “I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”Testimonies Vol. 3, 429 “Christ here shows that there must be union with others, even in our desires for a given object. Great importance is attached to the united prayer, the union of purpose. God hears the prayers of individuals, but on this occasion Jesus was giving especial and important lessons…. There must be an agreement in the things which they desire and for which they pray.”Letter 23, 1903 “The promise is made on condition that the united prayers of God's people are offered, and in answer to these prayers there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the unity of the members and their love for God and for one another.”Interceding 1. Accept your responsibility. 2. Make a list. 3. Understand the battle. 4. Plead the promises. 5. Unite with Christ. 6. Join others. 7. Live out your prayers.Child Guidance, 499 “It is our privilege to come to Him with holy boldness. As in sincerity we ask Him to let His light shine upon us, He will hear and answer us. But we must live in harmony with our prayers. They are of no avail if we walk contrary to them.”Courtland Myers “We must not make the fatal mistake of not moving in the direction of our own prayer. Go to the one for whom the heart yearns and reveal the anxiety. Plead with him as well as plead with God for him. This is to live as we pray.” Read Prayer, p. 84
Prayer & FastingMatt. 17:21“This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matt. 17:21Spirit of Prophecy, Vol 2, p. 335“Unbelief, and the carelessness with which they regarded the sacred work (had brought about the failure to cast out the demon). They had not fitted themselves for their holy office by fasting and prayer. It was impossible for them to vanquish Satan except as they received power from God; … Nothing but entire dependence upon God, and perfect consecration to the work, would insure their success.” Andrew Murray“Prayer is the reaching out after God and the unseen; fasting, the letting go of all that is of the seen and temporal. While ordinary Christians imagine that all that is not positively forbidden and sinful is lawful to them, and seek to retain as much as possible of this world, with its property, its literature, its enjoyments, the truly consecrated soul is as the soldier who carries only what he needs for the warfare. Laying aside every weight, as well as the easily besetting sin, afraid of entangling himself with the affairs of this life, he seeks to lead a Nazarite life, as one specially set apart for the Lord and His service. Without such voluntary separation, even from what is lawful, no one will attain power in prayer: this kind goeth not out but by fasting and prayer.”
Back to Toronto Maranatha Prayer Series