She came in late, and sat beside me.
I didn’t like it.
She wasn’t living as she ought, according to my interpretation of Scripture, and I didn’t want to be around her. I was tired of her mistakes. She wasn’t even trying to get her life together!
And that’s when God thumped me on the head.
The words He spoke to my heart went something like this: “Perhaps if someone was standing in the gap, she wouldn’t have gotten so far off track. Why aren’t you praying for her?”
Immediately, as I recalled the verse in Ezekiel, remorse dropped over my shoulders. Rather than my judgement, she needed my prayers, and I had withheld them.
That very day I got on my face before God and lifted up my dear sister to Him.
“The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice. I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.“ Ez 22:29-30 (emphasis mine)
As we stated last week in our post “Is Anyone Praying”, we have a responsibility to pray for each other, to ask God who He would like to us to stand in the gap for. That got me pondering…
What are the tools we need to be effective intercessors?
Prayer Warrior Tool Kit:
1) War Room: We have several posts on this topic already, so I won’t go into detail. Sure, we can pray anywhere, anytime, but there is something powerful about setting a specific meeting with the King of Kings!
2) Notebook: It’s a good idea to carry a small notepad in our purse. When we feel led by the Lord to pray for something, or when a friend asks for help, we can jot a note to refer back to later.
3) Phone: Whether it’s a verbal conversation, or a quick text/email, it’s important to reach out to our sisters to let them know we’ve got their back.
4) Here and Now: When something comes to mind, we lift it up to God immediately. We can wait for later to have a detailed conversation with Him, but in the moment, we can simply ask for His attention to the matter.
5) Meetings: Usually, praying WITH a friend does more for them than offering to add them to our list. Getting together for prayer is great encouragement for weary souls, so we need to get comfortable speaking to God in front of others.
6) Scripture: God’s Word is powerful, and adds a burst of divine energy to our prayers. When we speak His truth and claim His promises, our prayers become more effective.
7) Holy Spirit: This final tool is vital – if we are not praying according to God’s will and earnestly seeking His direction, our prayers will fall flat. We need His discernment, and we must be willing to submit to His will.
What are some other tools an intercessor would need?