I don’t understand it and I can’t begin to relate to it. It is dysfunction at a high level. The television show “Hoarders” captures my attention in a way no other show does. It is a difficult show to watch but I am glued to the show hoping and praying that those who are on the show are helped, restored to a healthy way of living and go on to live productively. Most times their families have given up on them and moved on with their lives without a relationship with the hoarder. Hoarders are often left alone in their filth and chaos with no way out.
Romans 8:27 says “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
A close member of your family is facing a tragic disease. Your co-worker needs a relationship with Christ, but doesn’t want to talk about Christ. The culture around us is eroding and evilness is creeping in. What can we do?
Many times the problems and obstacles we face seem so large and way too big for us too handle. No matter how we try to solve them, we just can’t face it on our own. I often think of intercessory prayer as a form of warfare. It is a prayer that is strong and bold. It is prayer that doesn’t give up until there is an answer. It is relentless.
As I listened to this week’s message on intercessory prayer I began to think of the ways I pray for others. I was gently nudged by the Holy Spirit as I was reminded that often I am a hoarder of prayers. Many times I am missing the opportunity and privilege of praying specifically for others. I am missing the connection with God when it comes to praying for others around me. I am missing the opportunity to “stand in the gap” for those in need of prayer. I hoard prayers as if God doesn’t have enough answers and hope for everyone. In the same sense I am reminded that my prayers are not always my own burden to carry. When I don’t share my prayer requests I am not allowing others to intercede on my behalf. I am hoarding the “filth and chaos” of my own life and not allowing those around me to come close and “stand in the gap” for me.
“The thing to watch in intercession is that no soul is patched up; a soul must get through into contact with the life of God. Think of the number of souls God has brought about our path and we have dropped them! When we pray on the ground of Redemption, God creates something He can create in no other way than through intercessory prayer.” Oswald Chambers
- Are you hoarding your prayers?
- Will you “stand in the gap” for that person God has placed upon your heart?
- Will you let someone intercede on your behalf this week?