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The Gift of Intercession

By May 20, 2013 No Comments

This is a humble request for a gift.

Its something I am asking on behalf of our pastoral team.

Its the request of a “minute” of intercession.Slide1

There are four vital questions that demand honest answers:

1. Do you believe God answers prayer?
2. Do you believe God answers YOUR prayers?
3. Are you praying for your pastoral team…daily?
4. If not, will you start today?

We believe that if you will manage your minute(s) praying for the team, God will manage miracles.

You ask, “What good would praying for a minute a day do?”

I ask, “Are you praying a minute a day for the team already?”

If not, then your praying can only help.
It would help our staff.
It would help you.

A Remarkable Experience

Exodus 17:8-13 records a remarkable experience in the life of Moses.

“The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”

The experience indicates there is a direct correlation between Moses’ intercession and the army’s victory.

I believe Moses’ actions are an illustration of a pastor’s primary responsibility: intercession.

Intercession for the people we pastor is vital to their victory as they fight the good fight of faith each day.

That’s a heavy responsibility for pastors.

Moses felt the heaviness. Its seems as though intercessors need intercessors.

That’s where Aaron and Hur came in. As Moses grew weary, the enemy began to win. So they lifted up his arms. The tide of battle turned back towards victory.

What amazes me is that Aaron and Hur let the hands of Moses drop and the tide turned again. Once again they lifted his hands and once again the tide turned. Its seems as though this scene was repeated more than once.

Aaron and Hur were the “Minute Managers.” They were intercessors for the intercessor.

What Could You Pray For?

Luke 11:1-4 records a summary of Jesus’ approach to prayer.

A short phrase with a long reach is “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

As a Minute Manager that’s a great covering prayer for your pastoral team.

“Lord, keep our pastoral team from evil and the Evil one.”

“Lord, keep them from temptation and if not FROM, keep them IN temptation.”

Martin Luther once wrote that anything in which we place our hope and trust becomes our God. We are tempted to replace the God of all creation with the god’s of fame, fortune, comfort, and security.

The temptations that Jesus faced in the wilderness reflect three areas of evil.

1. The bread tempted him to satisfy his physical desire for food and place that above his devotion to God.

2. At the temple peak Jesus was tempted to seek the notoriety of being the only person to jump from that height and survive.

3. On the mountaintop, Satan wanted Jesus to worship him—rather than the true God—a temptation to false belief.

The consistency of intercession is an invaluable gift you can give your pastoral team.

APPLICATION: Send us an email saying you’ll be a Minute Manger (MM) at info@northpointechurch.ca

It will only take a minute.

Thank you.

Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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