Our church theme for the year is intercessory prayer. Pastor Paul had five couples come forward to be ordained by laying on of hands. They will be prayer intercessors who at the end of each church service come and stand and those with needs come forward to be prayed for. The ordaining minister anointed the right ear of each intercessor with oil, for their hearing from God and the needs of those thy pray for. He also annointed the right thumb of each intercessor for the work of their hands.
We need to hear from God always. When a need comes up, we must seek direction from our Holy Father.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our intercessor to the Father. He prayed for us on earth and he prays for us now. Through the Holy Spirit he hears our prayers.
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
We are united as one unit, one body in the Lord Jesus Christ. As members one of another and with God, we do intercede for those needing help. Our Father supplies the need and he answers our prayers. There are old testament types of cleansing for service.
Lev 14:12 And the priest shall take one he lamb, and offer him for a trespass offering, and the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD:
Lev 14:13 And he shall slay the lamb in the place where he shall kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the holy place: for as the sin offering is the priest's, so is the trespass offering: it is most holy:
Lev 14:14 And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:
Lev 14:15 And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand:
Lev 14:16 And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD:
Lev 14:17 And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering:
Lev 14:18 And the remnant of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall pour upon the head of him that is to be cleansed: and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD.
Lev 14:19 And the priest shall offer the sin offering, and make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed from his uncleanness; and afterward he shall kill the burnt offering:
Lev 14:20 And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the meat offering upon the altar: and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and he shall be clean.
There are two important symbols for cleansing and ordaining for service: The blood of the lamb and the sacred oil. We know that the blood is a symbol of the blood sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. No person may serve God unless he be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. We come to him, repenting of our sins and we receive of him by faith. It is the work of God. His baptism is the Holy Spirit. The oil is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. The Spiritual gifts come to those cleansed and made the sons and daughters of God. They are given by him. The church sometimes will recognize and confirm these gifts, in an ordaining service. They sometimes ordain not by the spirit, but by programs of man. God will do the chosing, whether or not the elders of a church are obedient to ordain. Ideally, the church is to be obedient to God's will through the Holy Spirit.
Rom 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Rom 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
We must submit to Christ, not just religious things. We need to hear from God.
Rom 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
There are people of God who hear from God who recognize the spiritual gift that God has given to you. These may lay on hands to confirm these gifts. Elders may ordain you for service and send them out. If you have a gift or gifts you are to use them, for you serve God first, whether or not mans church recognizes your gift. The church are those given the spirit of God who are blood washed believers in Jesus Christ. The local meeting places of the church have shepherds, pastors, teachers and elders to protect and to guide you.
Now that we have spoken of the church, let us speak of using the power of prayer. We are to interceed to God for others in prayer.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
In our Internet chatroom Bible studies, many people come in. Some have needs. We should be sensitive to these needs and if they are not saved, bring them to Jesus. We also are to speak to the needs using God's word in His spirit. We are to show the love of Christ and pray as intercessors for those in need. There are some who come to destroy others with false teaching. Others seek to bring others under there power through deception and appealing to pride or lust. These are not blood bouught spirit filled believers. We are to allow the righteous ones, those with the righteousness of Christ Jesus, to interceed in prayer.
The teacher is also shepherd, to keep the Spirit of God in the room. Where confusion and strife are allowed, there is no gentle spirit of peace. The rooms are being sent missiles from satan called "bots". These are computer generated names with links to evil rooms. These can be avoided in private rooms. If we go to a private room, it does limit access so that those seeking help that are not invited cannot find us. Let us look at the verse again.
The effectual fervent prayers...(Strongs concordance) to be operative, be at work, put forth power. It is work to pray, but the work is aided by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray earnestly in the Spirit.
Pray in groanings and the Spirit still prays.
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
1 Tim 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
Pray like Anna
Luke 2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
Luke 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
Luke 2:38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Her prayers were answered in seeing her redeemer as a baby. We see him as our Lord and Savior. Seek him in prayer and wait for the answer. He will answer you.
Prayer in Unity is powerful
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Let me say that we must continue stedfastly, devoted and constant. These are good words: to be devoted to prayer, to our God with heart and soul and to continue, be constant, never letting down our guard. He is our strength. The enemy will send "bots" as dreams and thoughts in our minds to cause us to worry or fret or to lose hope. Boot the bot from your brain, from your thoughts, from your presence..
Be constant in prayer.
Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
1 Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
1 Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Prayers of deliverance and safety
Rom 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
Rom 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
The LORD hears our prayers
1 Pet 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
1 Pet 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
1 Pet 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
1 Pet 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
Intercessors in prayers are needed, for our nation, our leaders, for Israel, Christian brothers and sisters and all those bound. Will you join others and be prayer intercessors? Some send prayers to ministries, that is good, but do not to have others do the praying you should be doing. Make your requests known and pray.