Intercession

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My husband said I’d better explain what intercession is.

Intercession is a prayer to God on behalf of others.  All Christians are called to intercede.

That’s how God, our Father in Heaven gets his will done on Earth.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us the words to pray when there are no words.

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-34

At times a Christian may be asked to “stand in the gap” for somebody.  This is a special type of intercession where we stand in the other person’s shoes and plead for them.  I was asked to do this for “Kate.”

Kate shows up in my book when she came to me for help after getting tangled up in the web of Silver-tongue, the narcissist.  What happened to me was happening with her so I was certainly able to stand in her shoes.

I certainly had no words for what he was doing – only expletives, so I had to let God do the praying.

It’s interesting but I’d named the place of intercession in the story as “Clearwater”.

Years later I met my second husband, and through him a wonderful American woman named Eleanor, his Grandmother.  Grandma is a very strong Christian.  We travelled over to the States to meet her in 2008.  She is well into her 80’s, can’t move around very much but is an active intercessor.  My husband said “never underestimate God’s power working through a praying Grandmother.”  Her prayers brought him into the Kingdom, even though she lives half way round the world.

His Grandma lived at a place called Clearwater.


After note:

Oswald Chambers, an early twentieth-century Scottish evangelist and teacher said “Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Spirit carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.”

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