Two Powerful Prayers

Intercession Prayer

This is the prayer that begins with God, not man.  God looks for someone to stand in the gap, to lay down their will/life and empty themselves of hatred and tradition.  This prayer brings reconciliation and restoration of God’s grace to people.  It’s the ‘last supper’ principles of this prayer that make it so powerful. 

In reality, intercession is a prayer of corporate and collective repentance.  It acknowledges that ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s will, including the intercessor.  Intercession is a Prophet’s ministry where God looks for someone willing to “make up the hedge” and pray. 

One man said, “Intercession begins in the heart of God.  It is God brooding over His creation and it is a necessary ministry due to man’s free will.” 

God wants to intervene with blessing and put right what He knows went wrong.  Intercession is His means of accomplishing this for He knows what is ‘most important’.  We rarely do. 

But why does a sovereign all powerful God ask us to participate in a location or event where He intends to intervene?  First, it may be that God wants a prayer collaborator for the prayer mission.  Second, it may be that God needs a legal entrance point (human agency) into men’s affairs. Could it be that in intercessory prayer, we invite God to mediate human affairs after He signals us to invite Him to do so.? This seems to be God in His goodness looking for a legal way to help in a broken situation.

Intercession is a prayer that re-establishes the divine connection.  It is a bridge that brings God’s grace back into both national, local, and personal circumstances.  It is a gift from God.

Nationally, it might bring reconciliation after judgment for the 3 antichrist practices of idolatry, immorality, or despising (ignoring, avoiding, disrespect) the poor (including the fatherless and defenseless).  Intercession restores a remnant, a small subset of godliness that God leads to replant His Kingdom in righteousness. 

Locally and Personally, intercession brings warring people together.  Swords and spears must be beaten into plowshares and pruning hooks (Micah 4:1-8).  God may call for intercession between divided Church members or even denominations.  Jihad has no place in the Church of Jesus Christ, however it repeatedly and subtly attempts to creep  in anyway.  How? Through the pens and mouths of polemical apologists hiding in the high towers of self righteousness (usually seminaries).  

Two of the greatest national prayers of restoration came from Daniel (Dan 9:3-23) and Nehemiah (Neh 1:3-11)Intercession prayers create unity and restoration, the precious commodities of Christian peacefulness and strength.

Intercession prayer is the endtime evidence of  prophets. Intercessors always go unrecognized, obscured, called to the sacrificial ministry of Elijah and John the Baptist.  A great growth in their numbers indicates that the imminent day of God’s vengeance is near (Isaiah 61:2).  They are commissioned to turn God’s wrath away.  Intercession prayers move the hearts of fathers to children and the hearts of children to fathers by divine help
(Malachi 4:5- 6).  No better portrait of reconciliation and forgiveness can be painted. 

Intercession prayer is centered in the ‘Last Supper Principle’ of Jesus, taught immediately before his death?

Unjust Judge Prayer

A little known prayer in the New Testament is the prayer to the ‘unjust judge’.  This passage of scripture gets little attention and exposition in the Church today, but it should.  Let’s read it from a different perspective.

Luke 18:1-8 KJV  And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;  (2)  Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:  (3)  And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.  (4)  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;  (5)  Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.  (6)  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.  (7)  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?  (8)  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

First, it is clear that the unjust judge is God Himself.  But why is He called unjust?  Could it be that because of His long patience in dealing with the case?   Thus, the widow in her petition perceives that God’s ‘waiting to correct the injustice’ connotes His approval of the injustice. 

When things go wrong in the city, the Church, the widow who has no sponsor or husband to support her case, and can only appeal to the judge Himself.  Note, the judge in this parable does not fear man’s political structures or power bases.  The widow wearies Him by suggesting that His patience in correcting the situation is in fact, a part of the injustice, from her point of view.  As a Christian, she cannot take vengeance to punish the major perpetrators.  The widow recognizes that ‘vengeance is mine saith the Lord’ (Romans 12:17-21)Christians may only engage opponents with peacefulness, prayer, and blessing, the recipe for ‘coals of fire’.

Romans 12:20 KJV  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

The ‘unjust judge prayer’ shows us that a merciful God can be spurred to speedy action by the cries of the widow.  In other words, when God’s patience and mercy look like support for oppression and injustice, this prayer may be used.  However, a great caution is warranted here.  When God moves speedily, He will expose the sin and motives of all participants in the injustice, including the widow’s.  If bitterness of heart or hurt emotional feelings are the impetus for the prayer, then those things will be dealt with expediently by the Almighty.  What I am saying is, if the Christian reconciliation process is not first used to put injustices and differences aright, look out (Matthew 18:6-11; 15-17; Luke 17:1-5; John 13:4-31)

No one is exempt from punishment, including the widow’s role in the injustice.  God is no respecter of persons. 

It is clear from the word FAITH, that reconciliation is an obedience process.  Who dares go to the unjust judge’s court not having demonstrated ‘faith for forgiveness’ by using this process? 

Matthew 18:15-17 KJV  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  (16)  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  (17)  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Before we go to court with the ‘unjust judge’, we must first go to each other with the reconciliation process detailed above.

My conclusion is that ‘intercession prayer’ is a greater prayer than the ‘unjust judge prayer’.  Both work and yet, both have different outcomes.  We need to choose wisely. 

I am not suggesting that the ‘unjust judge prayer’ should not be used.  It should where idolatry, immorality, or abuse of the poor occurs.  Just be sure you have exhausted all other means in resolving the injustice, that is, the more excellent way:  humility, peacefulness, and love.

1 Corinthians 6:7 KJV  Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

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