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Gospel Discovery of Intercessory Prayer

Intercession. It is praying and crying out for the future, heavenly, Kingdom-of-God power, to invade our present, hellish kingdom-of-darkness circumstances today.GospelSlide

Andrew Murray wrote, “Christ has opened the school of prayer especially to train intercessors for the great work of bringing down, by their faith and prayer, the blessings of His work and love upon the world around them.”[1]

Yes, a discovery of the Gospel is the life-transforming power of intercession and seeking God’s heavenly blessing, work, power and love to invade our world.

If you wonder if it’s okay to think and believe this, I’m going to tell you that Jesus not only gave you permission, but He also gave you instruction to pray this way.

The Disciples came to Jesus and said, “Lord, teach us to pray,” and He responded in Matthew 6:9 and said:

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

What did Jesus instruct us to pray? Your kingdom come. Your will be done. Where? On earth as it is in heaven. He goes on and says pray this way:

And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Jesus gave us specific instruction and permission to pray and intercede saying, “Your kingdom come.” When He was saying, “Your kingdom come,” He wasn’t just saying, “Lord, we’re praying that you would come back soon, and that heaven would come and we’d all go to heaven right now.” That’s surely something we want, but that’s not all Jesus He is telling us. He also is encouraging us to pray and deeply desire that His kingdom would come right now into our present circumstance—that we would be delivered from this present evil age by tasting the powers of the age to come and by God giving us a measure of revival no matter what our current bondage may be. Martin Luther wrote, “For if we are to be preserved and delivered from all evil, the name of God must first be hallowed in us, His kingdom must be with us, and His will be done.”[2] We intercede, in prayer, for God’s kingdom “now,” and “not yet.”

The gospel affords us much. It affords us eternity in heaven. It affords us power and expectation of God’s goodness demonstrated in and through our lives on earth—now! God wants us to live at this level of expectancy, proclamation, and this level of demonstration. The gospel is the very power of God that saves people. And, that gospel is present—here, now! That the kingdom of God is at hand—now! And it is here to touch your life, my life and the lives of others.

[1] Andrew Murray, Teach Me to Pray, (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1982, 2002), 31

[2] Martin Luther, Martin Luther’s Large and Small Catechism, (NuVision Publications, 2007), 84

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