This week, I travelled to Wellington to speak at Elim International Church for good friends Ric and Marissa Knott. I shared there a message that had been on my heart for a while and that I had shared in our Church.
In this message I talked about the two types of prayers we commonly pray. The first one is “intimate” prayer. This is helpful for making our requests known to God. We are intimate with God and as a result we grow deeper in our relationship with Him. We fall more in love. He hears our heart and we hear His. It’s a beautiful thing that can take place any time of the day. Morning, noon or night depending on your preference and circumstances. Intimate prayer builds you up, makes you stronger.
The second most commonly used prayer is the prayer of "Intercession". This is not building us up but about building up those around us. This is no longer about strengthening our own lives but the lives of those around us. The prayer of intercession is about standing in the Gap for another.
What I have come to realise is that when we prayer prayers of intimacy we are wanting to “receive from God”, but when we pray prayers of intercession we are taking from God. We are pulling down, grabbing hold of, connecting ourselves to something greater.
Intercession is about moving from prayers that start with the phrase “Dear Jesus” to prayers that start with “In the Name of Jesus!” Intercession is about standing on the authority and power you have in Jesus and speaking from that place. Intercession is powerful and bold, it knows no limits, it has no boundaries.
This week I want to encourage you to grow more disciplined in the area of both Intimate and intercessory prayer. Keep Asking God for the big things you are believing for. Personally I’ve seen God move again and again that you will not be able to convince me otherwise.
Our God is a big God, nothing is impossible for him. Let’s keep going in prayer and see what the Lord can do.
John 16:24 “Until now you have not asked for anything in my Name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.”
Ps. Nu Telea.