Your part in intercessory prayer is to …utilize the common-sense circumstances God puts you in, and the common-sense people He puts you amongst by His providence, to bring them before God’s throne and give the Spirit in you a chance to intercede for them. In this way God is going to sweep the whole world with His saints.
I’ve learned that God puts me in circumstances for a specific reason. It’s not random chance when I meet up with – for instance – someone standing in line at Panera Bread who’s cradling a concern for the fact that she’s pregnant….again…at age forty, already pouring into a nest of young children at home. And concerned for what the upcoming ultrasound might reveal about that weak heart beat the doc heard at last visit.
Can I relate to this circumstance? No.
Does that matter? No.
Had I inadvertently occupied a space and time at a local eatery which God meant for someone else? No.
So, will I pray for her? Yes.
Recently I had a day where the Lord had surely taken His holy broom and began to sweep His Spirit across the whole world – starting His task in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains where I call home.
Their concerns quickly became my concerns. I took on their fear, their confusion, their doubt. And their need for God’s peace, strength, and wisdom.
Being handled by the Almighty Broom Master that day, I found myself emotionally exhausted when my head sank into my pillow that evening.
As I scrutinize the world around, I see it still needs sweeping. Not for lack of effort on God’s part but maybe because I’m still in recovery from that last go round of sweeping and thought it best to set my phone on SILENCE the following day. Trying to dust myself off and rest up awhile.
But wait. When I send out urgent prayer requests, I expect my fellow brooms in Christ to cooperate as God begins to sweep the Spirit into my situation. Not flash a stiff-handed palm and say, “Later. I need a break, Lord.”
“I’m ever so sorry. Did my prayer request catch you on a busy day?”
Your part in intercessory prayer is to…bring them before God’s throne and give the Spirit in you a chance to intercede for them.
In this way God is going to sweep the whole world with His saints.
God is about His Spirit-sweeping task when someone says, “Pray for me about…” or “Please pray that I…” And when someone lays a burden at my feet, probably waiting for me to take the initiative with, “I’ll be praying about that for you.”
Will I cooperate each time He grasps His broom from (what must be) a mighty big closet?
Will I intercede for one who needs the Spirit’s touch, His power, His mountain-moving capability? Sometimes even pray with or over a person at that very moment if He should prompt me?
Will I pray that I have the energy to pray so I can pray anyway? (Say that five times fast)
Because when the soul Sweeper sees a need to sweep His Spirit, someone’s life may be a mess. It might even be my own.