1 Timothy 2:1-4 “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Intercession means “to pray on behalf of someone other than yourself.” Paul is encouraging Timothy to pray, or intercede for everyone. Paul knew that the gospel could be more easily spread in a peaceful environment where the governing officials were not hostile toward believers and their practices. Paul also knew that through intercession, people could be changed.
Our prayers should come from hearts of love and compassion. True intercessory prayer is driven by a genuine love and concern for the one about whom we are interceding. Just think…..we just might be the only one standing in the gap in a particular situation. Our prayers are the link between God’s inexhaustible resources and people’s needs. And when we intercede on behalf of someone, we are standing in the gap between the need and the satisfaction of that need.
While we are praying for others, we must desire their highest good. Don’t pray selfishly. Don’t pray with conditions (God if you do this, then I’ll do ____) Then once we have interceded for that person, BACK OFF. Let God work any way He desires and remember, we might be the person God will use to answer those prayers! If we aren’t willing to be used to answer our own prayers, we aren’t cooperating fully with God.
And finally….persevere. Don’t give up. We are to stick with it until either our prayer is answered or the burden is lifted. God will honor your obedience. Remember: He can do it without us, but often He chooses to include us in the process. And that, my friends, I consider an honor!