The Power of Intercession

By: Gail Penniman

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

In the fall of 2011 I made what I thought was a bad decision. I mentally berated myself, but then something wonderful happened. I remembered that my God is bigger than my circumstances. I went fervently to prayer and implored heaven to go to work on my behalf. After my time in prayer I was at peace and knew that I would get the wisdom I needed to make the situation better.

I kept up this kind of fervency in prayer for a few days and, with the wisdom of my husband and the intervention of God, I was able to see the outcome of that decision turn from bad to good.

What was VERY good was that I had acquired a new appetite for intercession. Mark 11:24 says, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. As I was praying over my problem, I did truly believe that I had the answer I was seeking and, sure enough, I did receive it.

I began to apply this when praying for the needs of others. God taught me how to truly carry the burdens of my brothers and sisters in Christ, of my family, friends and neighbors, of the lost and forgotten all over the world, to the very throne room of God. In times past I would randomly pray for the needs I knew about. Now, I am more focused in my prayers. I leave my burdens at the only place of power knowing that God, who loves all mankind, will carry out his perfect will in the lives of the people and situations I bring to his courts.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: When I pray, do I truly believe that God hears me and that he will answer?