Some time ago, I read a book called, “The Joyful Intercessor” by Beni Johnson. I cannot recommend this book enough! It really resonated with me, because when I really and truly gave my whole life over to God, He soon showed me that I was created to intercede. I was so put off by that at first because all of the intercessors I knew up until that point, were….well….pretty miserable and down trodden people and I did NOT want to be one of those. Over time though, I found so much joy in interceding. And by the time I read that book, it was just a confirmation and an Amen to all God had been showing me about the true intercessors heart.
I believe that all Christians are called to a certain level of intercession. So, my question to you is, “Do you intercede from a place of victory or defeat?” Your answer to that question can reveal so much about how you view the Father.
Take a minute and allow yourself to be honest. When you come before God and pray do you come as a pauper, or a King/Queen? Do you come as a beggar, or a son/daughter?
When we accept Jesus into our hearts to be our Lord and Savior, we become co-heirs. We become adopted into His family. Grafted into the Family tree.
The reality of that truth should change the way you come to your Father. As a parent, I can honestly say I really dislike it when I see one of my children is afraid to ask me a question. I also feel so grieved if they appear afraid to ask me for something. How much more does our Heavenly Father desire us to come boldly before Him with our questions or requests?
We are to come boldly before the throne. He has met us on the redemptive road, with joy and celebration upon our decision to come Home. His joy over our initial entry into His household carries on throughout eternity. He is truly a good, good Father.
I challenge you today to come to Him. Come boldly before the King of all kings and present your heart’s desire to Him. You can trust Him with your dreams. You can trust Him with your sorrow. You can trust Him to be your All in all. Come to Him and expect that He will provide exceedingly, abundantly more than you could ever ask or imagine.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Now if we are His children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. Romans 8:17