Are you asleep? I don’t mean physically, I mean spiritually. In essence, the body of Christ has been asleep for the past 50 years or more. To put it bluntly, we sit by and watch while the world around us goes to Hell in a handbasket, and sometimes we don’t even notice that. We’ve become so concerned with how to survive in our own private lives that we’ve forgotten about others: our famiies, our neighbors, our church, our government, our world, and ultimately the body of Christ. We need to pray for one another for strengthening in the time to come.
Satan has us exactly where he wants us; enslaved in our own fears and engrosed in our own survival. Hollywood has become our favorite past time, and divorce among Christians is just as high as with non-Christians. We hear of shootings every other day and disasters happening in unlikely places. Yet what do we do? We sit by and watch and perhaps even wonder, “Where is God in all of this?”. The answer is; He never left us. We left Him.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we are a sleeping giant. We’ve got to wake up, and the only way to do that is by accessing God in our daily lives. He is still there through all the chaos. Can you feel him?
Time is of the essence. So let me introduce you to one of my favorite Bible studies: a book called Prayer Portions by Sylvia Gunter. Moreover, I recommend you get it. It’s not a small book by any means. It may cost you, but think of it as a lifelong investment.
For the present, I want to talk with you about Intercessory Portions, a chapter in Sylvia’s book.
Introduction to Intercessory Portions
Praying world-changing prayers begins as you and I obey God’s promptings in the “little things” close at hand. God entrusts His best secrets to people who have their ears tuned for listening and whom He can trust to follow through. Are you willing to be awakened at any hour of the night with one of God’s prayer assignments?
(You may ask yourself) does prayer really work? I mean, at nitty-gritty places like the (store)? I’ve taken prayer to the streets at churches and schools, on mountains and on interstates at 65 mph, in historic districts and in rapid transit stations…I take God’s holy nudges very seriously. A few intercessor-friends in particular make a vital difference in my life. (One can be so sensative about specific people, that he or she dare not ignore the slightest urge to pray for them.) That is how you learn–by experience, Heb. 5:14. We may miss the call of God to intercede here and there when we don’t listen and obey instantly, but we grow and learn. God constantly fine-tunes our antenna to His still small voice…I don’t usually start with the ABC’s (of prayer). I think the church has heard more instruction about prayer than we are doing. We probably don’t need any more seminars, studies, sermons, or even books on prayer. We just need to be doing what we already know. However, it is helpful to go back to the basics and see again that our foundation for prayer is solidly biblical.
Next month we’ll start getting down to the nitty-gritty of intercessory prayer. I’ll post more excerpts from Prayer Portions: Prayer Boot Camp on page 263. In the meantime, keep a running list of things that concern you and prayer requests from others and refer to it every day. Commit to prayer every day for them and for your spiritual growth. Most of all, pray that you will grow closer to God with each passing day. Go easy on yourself at first. If you’re not familiar with praying regularly, start by giving Him 10 to 15 minutes of your time every morning. If you can’t even do that, give Him time on your morning route to work, or when you’re doing dishes. God never despises meager beginnings. Trust me.