“Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The Lord answered his prayer and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.” (Genesis 25:21)
There are no records of Isaac’s prayer, but I suspect he asked God that if it be his will for Rebekah to become pregnant, that He would give a positive response to Isaac’s request for his wife.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of intercessory prayer I consider it an honor to pray on behalf of someone else; first because I must talk to them to get a feel for what type of prayer they desired, and two, because I get the honor lay hands on their head or hold their hands, to pray and feel both their presence and also the Presence of the Lord as He joins us in listening to the prayer. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Thanks be to God that He doesn’t give u what we deserve; instead, He gives us what we cannot earn.”
“Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the temple porch and he altar. Let them say, ‘Spare your people, O Lord. Do not make you inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Whey should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” (Joel 2:17)
God’s judgment on His people and their land indicated His absence to some. God is present in the work of discipline as well as in the work of salvation. Priests were God’s servants, mediating God. They interceded with God on behalf of the people before God. Under the new covenant all Christian disciples are priests. However the priests were mediators before God for the people. Moses had prayed that God would spare Israel because she was His inheritance. Preachers should intercede for their people as well as preach to them.
“Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—-more that that, who was raised to life—-is as the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)
Three New Testament writers state that Christ as High Priest is interceding with God on behalf of the saints. That He is at the right hand of God indicates that He is very near to, intimate with, and has access to the ear of God, as well as sharing God’s authority. The Holy Spirit is the Intercessor with the saint on earth. Christ is the Intercessor with God in heaven. These facts are the reasoning fro confidence in prayer.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven. He causes his son to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:44-45)
A son is marked by obeying his father and by following in his father’s steps. For Christians, sonship means sacrificial love evidenced by loving one’s enemies and y praying for one’s persecutors. Intercession for enemies is an important prayer for Christians, for it reveals that even in the midst of persecution by your enemies, you are still obedient, faithful, and trusting in God’s protection from those who would mean us harm, and it is our prayers that initiate His protection.