Prayer / Intercession

 

 

Prayer: A solemn request or thanksgiving to the Almighty: speaking to, communicating with YaHuWaH - the Creator, for one's-self or for others.
Intercession: To intervene on behalf of another person or as a peacemaker; can only be made for others.

 

1. Prayer Likened to Fragrant Incense

Revelation 5: 8 And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.
Revelation 8: 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4: And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before YaHuWaH out of the angel's hand.
2. Ask

 

The Most High is an extremely generous Person. Like every kind father He is keen to give His children good gifts. But to ensure that we really want them - we must first ask.


1 Kings 3: 5 In Gibeon YaHuWaH appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and Elohim said, Ask what shall I give thee.
Matthew 7: 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9: Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10: Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?

 

 

3. Ask without Doubting

 

Doubt is the opposite of faith. Doubt is a form of sin. It exists, in varying quantities in all of us. Fight doubt. Conquer doubt.


James 1: 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of YaHuWaH, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6: But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7: For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of Elohim.
James 4: 2 ...Ye have not because ye ask not. - So ask.

 

4. Ask in Messiah's Name

To ask in Messiah's Name does not mean simply to voice the word YAHUSHUA after a prayer. It means to ask for the glory of YaHuWaH , for the good of YAHUSHUA's cause, for the spiritual benefit of the church and for the salvation of souls etc. It is most essential that the following mandatory conditions are met. If they are not, worthwhile results will not be obtained.

John 14: 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.
13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14: If ye shall ask any thing in My Name, I will do it.

Settle Differences First

Matthew 5: 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24: Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

1 Peter 3: 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

The Greek word for 'hindered' is 'ekkopt' means 'to cut off.' In other words if you don't want to have yours prayers ignored, 'cut off' or disregarded then as far as is possible be at peace with family and neighbor.

5. Intercession

 

The Most High wants His people to pray for others and He marvels when we do not. It is one of the few things that really surprises Him.


Isaiah 59: 16: And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: ...
  • Abraham
    Genesis 20:7 Prayed for Abimelech

     

  • Moshe
    Numbers 11:1-3; 21:1-7 Prayed for Israel
    Deuteronomy 9:20 Prayed for Aaron his brother
    9:26 Prayed for the People
    Exodus 17:10-12 Prayed for victory with uplifted hands

     

  • Hezekiah
    2 Kings 19:14-20 Prayed for Jerusalem and all Israel.

     

  • Daniel
    Daniel 9:3-19 Prayed for forgiveness for himself and all YaHuWaH 's people, also for understanding (chapter 10).

     

  • YAHUSHUA the Messiah
    John 17

    (whole chapter) Prayed as follows:
    I have glorified thee... I have manifested thy name...Keep those who are left behind (11-12 and 15) complete My joy in them

    (13) sanctify them through thy Truth

    (17-19) that all those who will believe through their word (teaching)

    (20) I will continue to reveal your name - your character and your very self; that the love which you have bestowed on Me may be in them - felt in their hearts, and that I Myself may be in them as thou Father art in Me and I in thee!.


    Note how the Savior first met all the mandatory requirements of prayer. I have glorified your Name (done your will.) Not that YaHuWaH will refuse to hear the prayers of imperfect believers; for we know from experience that He answers every prayer offered by the repentant soul. But if you want extraordinary results then you must first do YaHuWaH 's will, and then ask in YAHUSHUA's Name. If you do this you are guaranteed astonishing results.


Intercession

An intercessor is an advocate, a pleader, a person who makes a request on another's behalf. Believers should intercede for others.


Isaiah 59:16 YaHuWaH wondered that there was no intercessor!
Isaiah 53:12 ... He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Summary

 

Prayer is spiritual incense. Let it rise before the throne of YaHuWaH each day. To get good results follow these few basic rules:

  • Live a righteous life. Seek to understand YaHuWaH 's will and purposes for the world, His people, and for yourself. In other words, obey the Almighty's commandments.
  • Ask in YAHUSHUA's Name. For things that will glorify YaHuWaH and be of spiritual benefit to the cause of YAHUSHUA the Messiah, to the church and to the rest of humanity.
  • Ask with the right motives. Believers often ask for the right things but with the intention of showing off to others. This is not just a form of self-deception: it is juvenile. It is a waste of time and produces no results whatsoever. So check your motives. Be ruthless when you examine yourself. Constantly examine your motives; for here is where most of us fail miserably. We want to impress others with our power, our wisdom and our fame. YaHuWaH knows this and answers accordingly.
  • Wait for the results. They will come. If you are successful, praise YaHuWaH ; if not re-examine yourself, your motives and your life. The fault is somewhere there.

Note: Intercede for others. Meaningful miracles will happen! Souls will be converted to YaHuWaH 's Signature (His appointed Sabbaths) will appear in the minds of the hitherto rebellious. The good fruit of: faith, obedience, holiness, praise, thanksgiving and sacrifice will soon become apparent. These are the real miracles of grace the Savior came to perform in the soil of the human mind. These are far greater miracles than the healing of the physical body or the feeding of a multitude with bread and fish. The greatest miracles are seen when sinners give up sin and become holy like their heavenly Father is holy. You could be part of this almost incredible, miraculous process. Join me in aiming to make these verses a reality in our lives:


John 14: 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.
13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14: If ye shall ask any thing in My Name, I will do it.




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