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Prayers of Intercession from a Redeemed Position

Prayers of Intercession from a Redeemed Position

 

“Yes, truth is lacking; and he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the LORD saw, And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice. And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; then His own arm brought salvation to Him, and His righteousness upheld Him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a Helmet of salvation on His head….A Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression….” (Isaiah 59:15-17a, 20a)

A believer in Christ Jesus is indwelled by the Holy Spirit of truth. When a culture moves away from truth and justice, he finds himself an outsider and even pursued and attacked as “prey.” Truth and justice, as well as those who cling to these virtues, are currently targeted in America (sometimes in the name of justice) and are vanishing from daily practice. What is God’s response and how should a believer maintain His perspective?

God’s answer was provided through the prophet Isaiah around 700 years before the virgin birth of Jesus. Chapter 59 revealed just such conditions in the nation Israel and the LORD was displeased and “astonished that there was no one to intercede.” Rather than condemn sinful man who already stood condemned, He mercifully offered Himself as the solution. His own arm would provide salvation and righteousness, and “A Redeemer will come to Zion.” Jesus intervened as our intercessor and continues to “intercede for us.” (Rom. 8:32)

Our response as saints (Eph. 1:1), like our Redeemer, is to act as prayerful intercessors. God shared in 59:17 that He is the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation that Paul introduced later in Eph. 6:14-18 as the armor of God. We have such a fortified position and sure salvation in Christ that we can renew our minds with the mind of Christ and stand firm and victorious in this prayerful truth battle. Our identity and character in Christ is our vantage point and the platform for us to pray with all confidence in the face of our cultural, national and global decline spiritually. Having been outfitted in God’s armor we are fully equipped as intercessors and are commanded to pray all kinds of prayers and petitions on all occasions, and to pray for all of the saints and for the preaching of the gospel. (Eph. 6:18-20) This is not a moment to roll over in defeat, but a call to spiritual arms, “Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled but rather healed.” (Heb. 12:12-13)

Oswald Chambers writes in My Utmost for His Highest, “…many of us leave off praying…because we have only a sentimental interest in prayer….Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray….Get into the real work of intercession, and remember it is a work, a work that taxes every power; but a work which has no snare.”

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care