while despondency knocks at our nation's door with his friend fear at his side.
I have a friend in Israel who has two daughters in the military. Her relatives were part of the Holocaust and are no strangers to hardship. While I am amazed by her, I am concerned for Israel and her family. There's one "I".
Ine is also home to some innocents. Not everyone there agrees with the rebels. Another "I".
By now, hopefully nearly everyone has heard of Pastor Saeed Abedini; a pastor being held hostage in Iran, with many serious health issues due to treatment in captivity in Iraq. Third "I".
Also widely published are the horrific and downright evil acts of ISIS in Iraq. Another "I".
The last "I" is about a friend of mine is going through a great trial related to her heart for India. I share that heart, but only share the burden in prayer.
THIS is what today's post is about...
Bearing a burden of intercession correctly.
So, what is it like to have a burden of intercession? Here are some of the identifiers of a God-given prayer assignment or "burden of intercession":
- Often you will feel a much greater empathy ( feeling what someone else feels) than normal.
- A sense of danger or a sense of dread can come to you.
- You might feel like you are depressed, but no logical or practical reason exists.
- You might see someone's face appear before you, or hear their name repeatedly over a period of time. God is trying to get your attention.
- If feelings of sadness, heaviness or anxiety come, the first response needs to be asking the Lord if He is calling you to pray! Don't give in to the feeling and say to yourself "I guess I just don't feel well today". ASK!
- He may give you an image in your mind's eye, speak a person's name to you, or even bring a place/situation to mind. If it doesn't come immediately then pray in your spirit and continue to ask.
- Once you have "downloaded" your information , then ask Him if He has a specific word for you to pray, and pray it until that "feeling" goes away. It will feel like a weight has lifted off of you.
ONLY ACCEPT ASSIGNMENTS THAT "HAVE YOUR NAME" ON THEM. NEVER assume a burden!
Being an intercessor means you share; share hope, joy, love, encouragement, prayers with someone else. You may do this face to face, at a distance, or you may do this for someone you never meet in this lifetime. But the reward is great and the journey is fascinating!
Remember all those "I"s? Guess what? The exact phrase is really
"The AYES have it". My google-d definition search landed this:
"If the ayes have it, those who voted in favour of something have won."
God has all my "I's" before Him. If God be for us, who can be against us?
IF YOU prayed in response to a God-given assignment in accordance with His direction,
He brings favor and the battle is WON!!!!