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Day 12 | Prayers of Helplessness & Intercession
Helplessness = “ help
Paul Miller, in his book A Praying Life, says “We forget that helplessness is how the Christian life works.” Many times we think of prayer as a way to remedy our helplessness. But that is not what God wants from us. That is probably why we get so frustrated and perplexed by prayer. We treat prayer as a vending machine.”
Miller also says, “The gospel, God’s free gift of grace in Jesus, only works when we realize that we don’t have it all together. The same can be said for prayer. The very thing that we are allergic to – our helplessness – is what makes prayer work. It works because we are helpless.”
In light of yesterday and praying prayers of thankfulness, let’s look at what the Apostle Paul says about helplessness.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Ask God to remind you that his grace is enough for you, that his strength is made perfect in your weakness; ask God to allow you to boast in your helplessness and ask Him to allow the power of Christ to rest upon you.
Be thankful for helplessness, God is drawn to it.
Intercession = “
As we’ve looked at what it means to be people who are helpless in our prayers. Let’s take it a step further and consider the helplessness of others. Often times in our prayers, we focus on our own issues. We cry out to God regarding the mess of our own lives and souls. But another part of prayer, is interceding to God on behalf of those around us.
The greatest picture of this is Jesus Christ:
“Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Romans 8:34, ESV).
What a great hope we have, that our Savior is always pleading and fight for us. Find hope in that today. But, let’s also learn from this. As Christians, we are to be daily conforming to the image of Jesus. So more and more our prayers should be cries, not only for our own lives, but also for the lives of others.
Who can you intercede for today? Spend some time looking at these scriptures and then praying specifically for others. Take a minute today to let them know you are praying for them.
1 Timothy 2:1 (ESV)
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.
Hebrews 7:25 (ESV)
25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
Romans 8:27 (ESV)
27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)
18 Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
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