February 12 The Ministry of Intercession

scripture reading: Colossians 4:2–3, 12
key verse: Philippians 1:19

I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

The model quarterback is Joe Montana or Bernie Kosar. The model evangelist is Billy Graham. The model pilot is Chuck Yeager. Each possesses the skills and attributes that younger generations seek to emulate.

For intercessors, the clear choice is Epaphras, Paul’s dedicated coworker who prayed with fervor for the Colossian people. His strategy is a proven model that will work in any age. Epaphras always prayed for the Colossian church.

As an intercessor, you must persevere as you allow the Lord to pray through you His concerns for others. Prayers may be answered not within your urgent framework but according to God’s timing. When you intercede for someone, you are to keep praying until you see the need met.

Epaphras labored in his intercession. Prayer for others is hard work; it does not come naturally; it can seem toilsome. But wouldn’t you want someone else to labor in prayer on your behalf?

His purpose in intercession was that the Colossians “may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God” (Col. 4:12 nasb). The intercessor must make the will of God for others the chief pursuit.

Do you want to be used by God? Then pray for others and watch God work.

I want to be used by You, Lord. I want to faithfully intercede for others, to labor in prayer in their behalf. It doesn’t come naturally, so I’m trusting in You to make me an intercessor.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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