INTERCESSION: Standing in the Gap for Others
In 2015, we began the year in a sermon series that generated lots of healthy conversation. The series was called A Theology of Work, and we discussed why work and vocation matters to God. After that, we launched into a series called Kingdom Feasts, and we looked at all of the meal scenes in the gospel of Luke. We discussed the importance of the table as one of the primary places the gospel is lived out. For the past 10 weeks, Why Church? has been the conversation. We have looked at why the local church is so important, and what it means for us to be at our best. The church gathers, and the church scatters. The church is God’s idea, and God doesn’t have bad ideas.
Beginning this Sunday, June 21st, and continuing throughout the rest of the summer, we are jumping into a series called Intercession. I have been praying, visioning, and planning for this series for well over a year. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul commands the church in Ephesus, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people…” Why not just say “prayer”? But instead, he urges and pleads for specific forms and expressions of prayers to be offered. One of them is intercession.
One of the primary definitions of “intercession” throughout Scripture is “to create meetings.” It is a meeting that is created between God and humanity. Throughout this series, we will talk about intercessory prayer, but intercession isn’t just a form of prayer. Intercession begins with God. Romans 8:26-27, Isaiah 53:12, and Hebrews 7:25 are a few places where we find Jesus and the Spirit of God interceding for us. Get your mind around that. God still intercedes for us!
Intercession is a way to pray, but more importantly, it is a way to live. As followers of Jesus, we are called to stand in the gap, and to be intentional about creating meetings between the Divine and others.
Join me in praying for this journey to ignite hearts, to increase faith, and to stir in us a desire to live and pray in victory.
Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015
by Justin Ardrey filed under