The struggle of intercession

There was an intercessor in our church whose husband was not a believer. One day he observed her sitting on a mat and praying for our city, state, and country. He began making fun of her by asking: “What are you doing? Did you take out a contract for the whole country?”

Some people have a deep burden for those in distress and pain. How do you handle those who are walking a dangerous path? Surely they know the dangerous situation they’re in. They don’t need to be reminded of that. In fact, they hate being warned or corrected.

Job made it a priority to intercede for his children (Job 1:4-5). His children had the habit of feasting with all the siblings together. Potentially not a dangerous practice as that was sort of a family gathering.

But Job wanted to intercede for them as a measure of safety. He said: “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts” (Job 1:5b). This was a constant practice for Job.

Intercessors are a peculiar type who make it their business to intercede for others in whatever situation they are in. It’s a calling, and a burden in their hearts for others. Would you be bold and step up to intercede for those around you?

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