Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Prayer - Intercession

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

25th March 2012

One of the most important aspects of prayer is intercession.

This is where we are not focusing on ourselves but we are giving of ourselves in passionate, believing and unhurried prayer to the needs of others.

This was something Jesus did. Before He called His disciples He prayed for them:

‘One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles’. (Luke 6:12–13)

When Satan wanted to destroy them, Jesus interceded for them:

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31–32)

And Jesus’ ongoing ministry is to intercede for us:

‘…because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them’. (Hebrews 7:24–25)

Becoming an intercessor is not easy. Intercession cuts into our time, makes demands upon our energy, tries our patience and forces us to rearrange our priorities.

A God-given, deep concern for others is the main motivation of those who are willing to become intercessors.

The demands of intercession are so great that comparatively few become involved in it.

And yet there is a great need for it:

‘The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice. “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one’. (Ezekiel 22:29–30)

There is a need today for Christians to stand before God in the gap interceding on behalf this world and the people in it – Will He find anyone?

One of life’s greatest ministries – the ministry of intercession – is open to those who have the time and choose to give themselves to it.

Why not give it a try?


Father, help me to realise that there is great value in the minutes of intercession I spend with You each day. Help me to deepen this aspect of my prayer life and show me how to spend more time in intercession.

Have a good week interceding for others.

Pastor Barry

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