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But, brothers, we entreat you to know those labouring among you, and taking the lead of you in the Lord, and warning you, even esteem them most exceedingly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we exhort you, brothers, to warn the disobedient ones, comfort those that are fainthearted, cleave to the ones being weak, be long-suffering towards all. See that not any one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue the good, both towards one another and towards all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things, hold fast the good. Keep back from every form of evil. And may the God of peace Himself fully sanctify you, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is the One calling you, who also will perform it. Brothers, pray concerning us. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (1Th 5:12-28 LITV)
Intercession (Prayer 101)
Part 3 Pray without ceasing
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3 Pray Without Ceasing©
But, brothers, we entreat you to know those labouring among you, and taking the lead of you in the Lord, and warning you, even esteem them most exceedingly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we exhort you, brothers, to warn the disobedient ones, comfort those that are fainthearted, cleave to the ones being weak, be long-suffering towards all. See that not any one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue the good, both towards one another and towards all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things, hold fast the good. Keep back from every form of evil. And may the God of peace Himself fully sanctify you, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is the One calling you, who also will perform it. Brothers, pray concerning us. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.(1Th 5:12-28 LITV)
And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. And this man was righteous and devout, eagerly expecting the Consolation of Israel. And the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it happened to him, having been divinely instructed by the Holy Spirit, he was not to see death before he would see the Christ of the Lord. And by the Spirit he came into the temple. And as the parents were bringing in the child Jesus for them to do according to the custom of the Law concerning Him, even Simeon received Him into his arms. And he blessed God and said, Now, Master, You will let Your slave go in peace according to Your Word; because my eyes saw Your Salvation, which You prepared before the face of all the peoples; a Light for revelation to the nations, and the Glory of Your people Israel. And Joseph was marvelling, also His mother, at the things being said concerning Him. And Simeon blessed them and said to His mother Mary, Behold, this One is set for the fall and rising up of many in Israel, and for a sign spoken against; yea, a sword also will pierce your own soul, so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was Anna, a prophetess, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in many days, having lived seven years with a husband from her virginity; and she was a widow of eighty four years, who did not depart from the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. And coming on at the very hour, she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke concerning Him to all those in Jerusalem eagerly expecting redemption. (Luk 2:25-38 LITV)
Now continuing from where we left off last time. Paul writes us saying we are to pursue good toward each other. We need to rejoice always in the LORD, for His Goodness toward us all! We need to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. For us to be able live and walk this victorious life, according to His Word. His Word of Promise remains true. He always honour’s His Word above His Name!
This is why we are to pray without ceasing. He is no man that He should lie! His Promises are secure. When entering a place of intimacy with Him, we need to spend time with Him. Through this we get to know His Character. We realize He is no impersonal being. In fact His Love far surpasses all our human understanding! Through Paul’s memories we see him always being thankfully gracious toward the Lord in all things. Here he reminds us to be thankful, for it is G-D’s will in all things through Christ Jesus (Yeshuah Ha Massiach).
Remember being graciously, thankful is one of the key foundations found in Scripture! Especially when it comes to our intercessory and conventional prayers. We find this element in all the prayers of Paul. Throughout the Scripture we discover how Praise, Prayers, Thanksgiving and Worship of YHVH, are working together for the fulfilling of our Lord’s Plans. He knows the plans He has for us! Plans of success and a future! Not of failure! (See Jer 29:11-13)
Our Lord daily delights in having fellowship with us. His Promises remain yes and Amen in Him! He needs to share His Heart with us! His Love brings us to repentance. Whoever, diligently seeks Him shall never be disappointed! He so longs to hear our voice and answer when we call.
And He also spoke a parable to them to teach it is always right to pray, and not to faint, saying, A certain judge was in a certain city, not fearing God and not respecting man. And a widow was in that city, and she came to him, saying, Avenge me from my adversary. And for a time he would not. But after these things he said to himself, Even if I do not fear God, and do not respect man, yet because this widow causes me trouble, I will avenge her, that not coming to the end, she wear me down. And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge says; and will God not at all execute the avengement of His elect, those crying to Him day and night, also having been long-suffering over them? I say to you that He will carry out the avengement of them speedily. But the Son of Man coming then, will He find faith on the earth? (Luk 18:1-8 LITV)
Now let us have a quick look at the above Scriptures. We recall Paul writing in his first letter to the Thessalonians, as he encourages them to always be rejoicing in the Lord. In the beginning of his Thessalonian letter, Paul as always prays giving thanks to the Lord, for them. Paul always prayed while writing his letters to all the church.
As men and women of G-D, we are to continue praying. This is right and pleasing in the Lord’s sight. He desires fellowship with us as His Bride as mentioned earlier. We are reminded to seek first God’s Kingdom, then all these things shall be added unto us (see Mat 6:33-34). `
He reminds us to stand secure and sure in our intimacy with Him. Through our intimate relationship with Father, we’re able to feel, seeing how much His Heart yearns for us. He longs to speak with us. We’re to listen for His yearning heart. Actively praying the Prayer of Praise, Thanksgiving and Worship. They almost, always normally function together as one.
During the intimate times of our conversations with Him, He wishes to let us into His secrets. It is written that our Lord, will not do anything without letting His Servants the prophets into His plans (See Amos 3:7-8). He desires to keep us in the know. He delights in our fellowship we have with Him.
Both Simeon and Anna the elder widow being a prophetess, had this intimate relationship with YHVH. Both came at the same appointed time to see the fulfilment of Messiah’s birth and dedication in the temple according to their individual words the Lord had given. Both spent intimate prayer with YHVH. He thus revealed to them His hidden Truth.
Both prevailed in prayer, in travail to see the fulfilment of G-D’s Salvation represented in Yeshuah (Jesus)! Why down this route? Easy! We are talking of prevailing prayer and intercession. When going further down this route, we start realizing and seeing, the strategic opportunities of prevailing Intercessory Prayer for all the nations across the globe.
This includes prevailing before G-D for those amongst us, in our families, our house, who do not know Him. This means prevailing prayer for our family members whom are lost, living in sin. Prevailing before G-D in prayer for their repentance and Salvation! As intercessors we are in the honourable, privileged, position as appointed by & through G_D to minister before Him!
Prevailing Prayer is Intercession!
As intercessors we are able to pray in the future! What do we mean through this statement; pray in the future? Good question. Remember Paul wrote about Abraham calling that which is not as though it is. Yes! Even in interceding, we act according to faith, in G-D’s Promises. When reading about the persistent widow of Luke 18 (See Lk 18:1-8)! Notice this small statement: –
_ _ _He spoke a parable to them teaching it is always right to pray and not faint_ _ _
We find this scenario in the parable. Briefly, a parable is an illustration often used by our Lord, to explain a certain matter. In this parable, our Lord is bringing across to us the importance of persistent, prevailing prayer! Remember prayer, intercession is a ministry. It is also having an intimate relationship with our Lord.
But it is also a battle upon our knees. Through our consistent intercession and prayers; we are able to live in overcoming victory. I remember reading in Rees Howells life story (Biography) how through his constant intercession, he changed the Second World War’s outcome. We see similarities in many men and women of God.
Approximately Ninety percent of their lives were changed! Due to an interceding aunt, uncle, family member; whether parents or spouse who battered the gates of hades & hell, for their Salvation.
When was the last time we earnestly prayed? When last had we interceded, standing our ground, in the gap fighting for our family members whom are close to us to be saved? As interceding people we need to persistently, continue praying!
- Our Lord surely hears and answers us quickly.
- He fights for us!
- He is; “The Lord of Hosts!”
- He delights in answering our Prayer and Intercession!
13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”[d]) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”(Rom 4:13-15 NKJ).
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