March 7, Saturday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, written by Pastor Sam Lee who leads Catalyst Agape Church in Northern New Jersey, was first posted on October 10, 2013. 


Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“What Intercessory Prayer Looks Like”

Matthews 6:9-10

This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 

Our prayer needs to be balanced with personal prayer and intercession. Intercession is a prayer focus outside of self. We need an encounter with God not so that He knows what we want, but so that His purposes are revealed in us—i.e., “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 

Intercession makes us have compassion for the things that is in the heart of God.  Furthermore, intercession burdens us for the things God is burdened. Intercession brings heaven on earth. 

Today, pray for others. Pray for your church and government leadership. Pray for people who do not know the Lord. Pray for your community. Pray that researchers can soon find the vaccination for the coronavirus.  As you read or listen to the news, pray for the thing God highlights in your heart. Pray for people who are being spiritually attacked. Pray that God would raise up worker for the harvest. 

By the way, don’t forget to pray for yourself as well. 

Prayer: Father, remind and empower me to take praying seriously. Help me not only to pray for my own needs but for the needs of others.  Constantly remind me not to just talk about prayer but actually pray. Call out my duplicity when it comes to prayer (since I don’t pray much) so I can really pray. Amen. 

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 29-30

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