For some reason, I’ve separated worship and intercession. In fact, they vitally belong together.
Intercession means raising ourselves up to the point of getting the mind of Christ regarding the person for whom we are praying (see Philippians 2:5). – Oswald Chambers
Without a heart of worship, I become dictatorial telling God what to do. I become informative with him. And, I can even doubt him. Prayer becomes rote and lifeless. But, oh the joy when I worship in prayer. Chambers reminds me that preaching the gospel has its share of pitfalls, but intercessory prayer has none whatsoever.
Interceding for my brother and sister
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life-to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. 1 John 5:14-16
One of my most vital privileges is interceding for others. Often, I pray for healing and for family concerns. But, I am also to intercede when I discern that my brother and sister are failing. I often take my discernment and turn it into comments of ridicule and criticism, instead of turning it into intercession on their behalf.
Being prayerfully vigilant prepares me for God to convey His mind to me regarding the people for whom I intercede. So, am I closely identified with Him that I have His view concerning the people for whom I pray? Do I see behind the trappings to the heart? Is my relationship with others maintained through the work of intercession, where God works His miracles?
Interceding for understanding God’s will
Beware of getting ahead of God by your very desire to do His will. We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, becoming so burdened with people and problems that we don’t worship God, and we fail to intercede. – Chambers
I was not created to bear my burdens or anyone else’s. Burdens alert me regarding how to intercede. It is the most precious ministry to be one who intercedes for the burdened. The intercession clarifies what more I am to do. Out of Worship, intercession rises; out of intercession, ministry rises. And, that ministry is fueled by nothing more than God’s Spirit.
Lord, may nothing interfere with my true worship of You. May nothing become more enchanting than my interceding to You on behalf of others.