Intercessory Prayer

Sermon Notes
March 15, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Exodus 17:8-13
The Prayer Project

Intercessory Prayer

The definition of interceding is to act or interpose on behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition. Quite simply, intercessory prayer is the act of praying on behalf of others.

This sermon is going to have two parts. First we are going to look at the individual significance of interceding, praying for each other. Then in the middle of the sermon I am going to give you a minute or so to practice it. Then we are going to look at the significance of Corporate Intercessory Prayer. This is where we look at and practice praying together for the world, city, or even our own church community.

Individual Intercession –
Practice: Take two minutes and visualize bringing someone to God in prayer (or a couple of people).

Corporate Intercession –
Practice: Let us lift up together a one sentence prayer for a school, a church, a missionary, a circumstance in our world, etc.

I believe there is a spiritual battle for our world. Wherever we turn we can see the ramifications of humanity’s own greed. There is a spiritual battle for our cities, churches, and families. We, as the community of believers, can be like Moses on the hill lifting hands as an intercessor. As Jesus intercedes for us we need to see ourselves as intercessors through prayer for individuals, missionaries, schools, and neighborhoods.

Practice:

1. Make a list of folks and three times this week pray for them.

2. Take five minutes and visualize bringing someone to God in prayer.