Sun, Jun 30, 2019

The Supreme End of Our Intercession

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Intercession is a ministry of love, it is meant to develop us into willing actors. Intercessory prayer, if practiced properly, forces us to think seriously about our environment and the people who live in it.

John 18:1; John 16:20
Intercession is critical in times of distress.
- God is resourceful, willing and able to intervene on our behalf.

The transition from words (prayer) to works (action) is difficult.
- People confuse prayer and practical works.
- You cannot pray without God giving you the solution to what you are praying for.
- People find it difficult to act on what God is saying as it requires them to be out of their comfort zone.
- If intercession remains in words it is not effective as it is meant to transit into works.
- You need to be willing to act upon what God lays on your heart to do.
- The supreme end of our intercession is for God to raise us as solutions.

The ministry of intercession (ministry of love) is meant to develop us into willing actors.
- As a child of God, you need to be willing to do something about what you are praying for.
- Intercession turns intercessors to become solutions to what they are praying about.

- Many people choose to just pray and not an act on what God lays on their heart to do.
- You cannot pray to God for people in need without God making you the answer to their problems.
- When you pray, God creates in you a willing spirit to do what He has called you to do.
- When people encounter God they change their perspectives and priorities.

Don't wait for someone else to address issues, you do it!
- Jesus chose to lose His own life for the redemption of humanity.
- He crossed the valley in order for humanity to be saved.
- When you pray, you view life the way God views it.

What vision do you have with the life God has given you?
- Isaiah 6:8

Intercessory prayer, if practiced properly, forces us to think seriously about what to do to improve our environment and the people who live in it.
- Intercession - improving the fate of  people.

What are you going to cross over to the other side for because you prayed?
- God will never disappoint you when you place your life in God's hands.
- Christianity is not a selfish religion.

Supreme End of Intercession = God creating a willing heart in you to act on what you are praying about.

1. Self sacrifice
Your prayer is meaningless if you are not willing to self sacrifice.
- Being willing to serve God with your time, talent and treasure.
-  Isaiah 6:8
-  Lord, here I am, send me!
- God appreciates it when you self sacrifice.

John 10:17
If you want to be loved by God, you need to be willing to self sacrifice.
- God pays special attention to those who are willing to go an extra mile to do what He has called them to be.

- Every Christian that is abundantly blessed by God have one character in common, they are givers (time, talents & treasure).

Without sacrifice there is no beauty.
- God loves people who sacrifice.
- A Christian life becomes relevant when it makes an impact in other people's lives.
- Whenever you self sacrifice, you die to self.

John 15:12-13
Until you sacrifice for someone, you don't love them enough.
- The language of love is sacrifice.
- How have you sacrificed for God?
- What have you sacrificed for people to get to know God?

Romans 12:1-2
God's grace is not for you to consume but contribute.

Self sacrifice is the essence of true love.
- Prayer without practical action is a mockery.
- Love is a verb; it comes with a cost and requires practical action.

2. Sustained Service
Find opportunities to serve and make a difference.

John 13:12-17
Don't put too much conditions you need before you begin to serve.
- It is serving one another that speaks to why we pray.

Romans 12:3-7
We all have a gift that God has given us to be a blessing to humanity.

Galatians 6:7-9; Hebrews 6:10-12; 1 John 3:16-18
You need to cross from Words (prayer) to works (practical action).

Sustained Service is the mark of true love.
- You prove your love when you serve others.
- Prayer should lead us to sacrificial service.

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