TOTD

19th July 2024


The Power and Purpose of Intercession

When it comes to intercession Jesus has us fully covered in every possible way.
He is interceding for us in the Father’s presence through the intercession of the Son.
At the same time Jesus is interceding in, & through, us through the intercession of the Spirit.
In addition to this He asks us to pray & intercede, with passion & purpose, for all men everywhere.
Today we will be focusing upon the intercession of the Saints.


Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For 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. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV


We are called to join with, & come alongside, the Son & the Spirit in their priestly intercessory ministry.
Scripture exhorts us, the saints of the Most High God, to pray for all men (people) everywhere.
The intercession of the saints is to have both a global & a heavenly influence & impact.
We pray for people, places & this planet but we also pray & intercede about the battle that is going on in the heavenly places.
We stand upon the earth, yet we are seated in heavenly places ‘In Christ’ (Ephesians 1:20, 2:6, 3:10, 6:12).
Our prayers & intercession matter & they make a difference in both places. SELAH
Think upon the miraculous impact of Moses’, Elijah’s, Daniels, Paul’s & many other people’s prayers in scripture.
This is evidence of the saints of God effectively executing their priestly ministry. Hallelujah!!

Note the purpose attached to the powerful prayers & intercessions of the saints.
Firstly, all people, secondly (especially) those who are in authority (local, regional, national & global leaders).
Thirdly that we would be able to lead a quiet peaceable life & experience (& exhibit) godliness & reverence (for God) in society.
Fourthly that all people, everywhere, would come to a knowledge of God, & His truth, through salvation ‘in Christ’.
In summary – all people, those with authority upon this earth, reverent godliness in society & salvation for all.
Plenty to keep us busy in prayer & intercession especially in these hugely turbulent times. SELAH
It is easy to see why we need Jesus’ constant prayers for us & the Spirit’s intercessory groans to assist us!!
Note to the differing means of prayer that we are to use alongside our intercession.

The intercession of the Saints are most precious unto the Lord. The Lord desires these offerings & they bring Him great pleasure.
Wonderfully, & most beautifully, they are like sweet smelling incense unto Him (Revelation 5:8, 8:3-4).
As well as bringing the Lord pleasure these intercessions also contribute (in a mystical way) to the outworking of God’s purposes.
In this way the course of history & outworking of God’s eternal purposes takes shape & moves ever forward.
Jesus ‘s victory, via His death & resurrection, guaranteed God’s desired outcome but the prayers of the saints help to reinforce that victory.
How wonderful that your prayers & intercessions matter & make a positive difference on this earth & in the heavens. SELAH
As a priestly people we are called to the awesome ministry of intercession. Stand in the gap today!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways have I experienced answered prayer? Share a testimony about this today.
  • How faithful & committed am I to prayer & intercession?
  • Meditate upon the Holy Spirit interceding in & for the believer.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You not interceded for me through your Son,
And that You intercede in & through me by Your Spirit.
Jesus, thank you that You have secured & guaranteed the eternal victory of God,
Yet you welcome my participation & prayer as Your kingdom comes in ever increasingly measure upon this earth.
Holy Spirit keep me diligent & dedicated in prayer & intercession,
Recognising its power, influence & impact & paying full attention to the details of the purpose,
That more & more people may come to a saving knowledge of god ‘In Christ’.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

18th July 2024

Intercession is powerful & there is no one & nowhere beyond its reach & power.
The intercession of the Son upon Calvary’s cross has changed the shape of history & all eternity (Isaiah 53:12).
As a result of Christ’s victory over sin, death & evil God’s eternal plans & purposes are secured.
In addition, Jesus now prays for every believer, unceasingly, in the presence of the Father (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).
It gets even better still. Not only is Jesus always praying for you, He also prays in you & through you.
Today we will be focusing upon the intercession of the Spirit.

17th July 2024

Intercession means to come in between & to stand in the gap between two parties.
God is always looking for someone on the earth to take up this intercessory(priestly) role.
When it came to our salvation God took the initiative & became our intercessor (Isaiah 59:16).
God was in Christ reconciling this world to himself (2 Corinthians 5:19). He did this through His son Jesus Christ upon Calvary’s cross.
Today we will look at that intercession of the Son & also how He continues to intercede for us. Hallelujah!!

16th July 2024

The word intercession literally means to come in between. To bridge or stand in the gap between two parties.
It is a means of loving our neighbour by accessing the heart & will of God through prayer & releasing it upon the earth.
The scriptures repeatedly call the people of God to prayerful intercession. It is a ministry for & of the Body of Christ.
It is a ministry for every Christian which some will specialise in through the gift of God upon their lives.
We will focus upon both the power & the purpose of intercession in this week’s TFD series.

12th July 2024

Jesus uses this phrase to highlight that many (all) are called to follow Him but few truly live up to the calling.
Allowing the Lord, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, to transform our attitudes & actions is the key.
This is what produces Christlikeness, alongside kingdom fruit, in our lives & reveals the ‘chosen’ ones.
Christians are tasked to partner with the Holy Spirit in making their calling & election sure (2 Peter 1:10).
A few concluding thoughts around being CHOSEN today.

11th July 2024

Jesus uses this phrase to make the key point that how we live matters & it matters a lot.
God is looking & longing for those who will align their lives fully with His will, word & ways.
For those who will respond in excellence to His extravagantly generous invitation.
We have seen how all are called but few are chosen. The masses are invited but it is the few who respond with enduring faith.
We will unpack a little more around this today. Jesus is using a kind of play on words.

10th July 2024

Jesus uses this phrase to conclude two of His Kingdom parables (the vineyard workers & the wedding banquet).
These are hugely relevant everyday stories which contain profound truths & deep mysteries about the Kingdom of God.
Both parables are about how we respond to the incredible goodness, grace & generosity of God.
ALL have been invited to respond to God’s invitation to salvation & to take their place in His kingdom.
How we keep on responding (endure to the end), rather than the initial response, is the key to being a ‘chosen one’.
All are called but few are chosen. We will unpack a little more around this today.

9th July 2024

Jesus uses parables to speak about some of the profound truths & deep mysteries of the Kingdom of God.
Within Jesus’s parables there is always a hugely relevant story with a deeper ‘veiled’ meaning for those that are truly seeking.
Alongside this Jesus often uses pithy statements or memorable phrases to draw & catch people’s attention.
It is one of those statements we will explore & think about in this week’s TFD series.
The phrase in question is ‘many are called but few are chosen’.

5th July 2024

Christians have the Holy Spirit living within them. He lives & dwells within them (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:11).
He is their helper, comforter, guide, equipper & empowerer & the One who reveals the great truths of God to us.
The Spirit receives from the Father & Son to release revelation (make it known) to the child of God. SELAH
A beautiful transfer of divine truth, along with the unveiling of God’s purposes, from the Father, through the Son, via the Spirit.
Today as we conclude this TFD series we will think upon how the Holy Spirit brings that revelation to the believer.

4th July 2024

Amazingly, God let’s His children (those ‘In Christ’) in on His thoughts, plans & purposes.
This takes place through revelation (the unlocking & opening of divine wisdom & truth) from the Holy Spirit.
It is the Spirit of God who provides a full a detailed report into the gifts of life & salvation.
The Christian life is to be lived from this revelation rather than our own human knowledge & understanding about God.
The Spirit gives life (Job 33:4; John 6:63; 2 Corinthians 3:6) & brings energy & inspiration to the believer. SELAH
Using our chosen passage for the week we will again today think upon the revelation that the Holy Spirit brings.