Saturday, January 6, 2018

Psalm 122:6-7, John 17:6 NIV 2011

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within the walls and security within your citadels.”

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.”

 

David’s prayer was a petition for the city of Jerusalem. His great love for the city and its people drove his prayer. The priests used corporate worship, prayer and petition in Jerusalem. Psalm 26:8, “Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.” God was their fortress. Psalm 48:3, “God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress.” Jesus prayed for His disciples. God granted Jesus authority over the people in John 17:2, “For you granted him authority over all people.” Intercession is another element of prayer.

 

Praying for others is a privilege believers receive. Approaching God on behalf of a family member or friend draws me closer to them and to the Lord. Prayer is the vehicle I use to spend time in His presence daily. Like David and Jesus did, I also choose to pray for and petition God for the health of family and friends especially those with cancer. I pray for their peace and healing. When others do not know how to pray, I begin with intercession.

 

Who needs our intercessory prayers today?

 

Praying for others together,

S

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