I firmly believe that the calling of every Believer in Christ is to be constantly changing into His image. Christ came to interceed, to suffer and to die for lost humanity; because God the Father so loved the world that He gave His only Son as a sacrifical lamb. The Lamb that is worthy at the end of this age to open the books and the break the seals in Heaven to bring His own, finally, to be with Him for all of eternity. Christ was an intercessor; and so should we be.
Do not lie to yourself, have others lie to you, or most of all believe the lies of the enemy of our souls that we have missed our calling and that it is too late to make admends. If you have prayed for anyone that is lost and without Christ, you are fullfilling your calling. If you pray for a pastor or missionary or other ministry you are fulfilling your calling. If you are trying to live a life in Christ Jesus, you are fullfilling your calling.
It is Christ in us that is the hope of glory. Faith and prayer move heaven, earth and hell, We do not fight physical battles but our battles are spiritual. They look physical because evil spirits roam the earth and attack every Believer and often use physical means to expose their deeds.
How powerful is this weapon of prayer? Here are several examples and they involve the man Moses who was dealing with a very hardheaded, stiff necked people. His intercession on behalf of Israel in their Wilderness travels will live for all of eternity as an example of a man who had great influence with God. He saw God face to face! And he was not afraid to present his case before God, to disagree and argue with God, as it were, over something He was about to do. This event is recorded for us to read in Numbers 14:11-20 and again in Exodus 12:8-14.
God told Moses, " How long are these people going to provoke Me? How long will it be before they believe Me, look at all of the signs I have given them? I will smite them with pestilence and disinherit them and will make of you a great nation, mightier than they."
Listen to Moses argument and reply to God, "Then the Egyptians shall hear of it, for You brought this people up in Thy might from among them; and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land for they have heard that You LORD are among this people, that Thou LORD are seen face to face, and that Thy cloud stands over them and that You go before them by day in a pillar of cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if You shall kill all of this people as one man, then all of the nations which have heard the fame of You will say that You are not able to bring this people into the land that You have promised them......"
How is that for an argument? Did Moses cross the line? Would we cross a line if we prayed in such a manner? I think not. God has instructed us to present our case to Him. He says "come now and let us reason together...( Isaiah 1:18) Present your case in prayer. It is as if we are presenting our case in a Court of Law. "God, You have changed my heart to hunger after the things of God; do the same thing for them."
The Apostle Paul is another excellent example. He said that if he could be accursed so that his brethern could be saved he would be willing to do it. That is intercession!
Exodus 32:7-14 is another example for us to follow when we present our arguments during intercession for other lost friends, family members or even when taking our enemies before the Throne of God. It says ~
" And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down (get out of here!) for thy people which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt (Moses people, not God's anymore!) have made a golden calf, worshipped it, and have sacrificed unto it and said, "These are the gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt."
" And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people and behold they are stiffnecked. Now therefore LEAVE ME ALONE! that My wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them, and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the LORD his God and said, LORD, why doth Thy wrath wax hot against Thy people (no one wanted to claim them!) which Thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?"
Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did He bring them out, to slay
them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from Thy fierce wrath, and repent (change Your mind) of this evil against Thy people..." verse 14 says that God repented, changed His mind because of what Moses said to Him. What an awesome thought; changing the mind of God.
On what basis as New Testament (New Covenant) Believers can we pray in such a manner? 1 John 5:14,15 says, " And this is the confidence that we have in Him (not in ourselves, but in Him because we know His character) that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of Him."
He has said that it is His will that none perish. Remind Him of this when interceeding on others behalf. He did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. This is His will; this is our prayer. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to our prayers (Psalm 34:15)
Do we not feel confident in praying thus? Do our hearts somehow condemn us? Remember 1 John 3:20-22, " For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him because we keep His commandments, and do those things which are pleasing to Him."
What is more pleasing to God than intercession on behalf of lost friends, relatives, enemies or even nations?
Perhaps I should not write this but I will explain one of the ways I pray; when interceeding for someone who has really been layed on my heart I remind God that He forgave me; the one I am interceeding for surely has not sinned any worse than I have in my 57 years! If You forgave me LORD, how can you not forgive them? You, LORD, have been merciful with me and You called me back, You gave me a new heart, You changed my heart from one of stone to one of flesh; do the same for them.
Those who win souls are wise!