Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory Prayer

Winfield Bevins

Winfield Bevins

Dr. Winfield Bevins joined Anglican Pastor in August, 2014. He was the founding Rector of Church of the Outer Banks and now serves as Director of Church Planting at Asbury Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Our Common Prayer and Creed. He has a strong passion for planting and remissioning churches. Winfield has trained and coached church planters and pastors across the United States. He speaks at conferences, workshops, and retreats throughout the United States on a variety of topics. He has a Doctorate from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Winfield lives in Wilmore, Kentucky, with his wife Kay and three children.
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By Winfield BevinsA continuing series on prayer. Click here to view the rest of these reflections. 

“Intercessory prayer is exceedingly prevalent. What wonders it has wrought! The Word of God teems with its marvelous deeds. Believer, thou hast a mighty engine in thy hand, use it well, use it constantly, use it with faith, and thou shalt surely be a benefactor to thy brethren.” C.H. Spurgeon

intercession

What is intercessory prayer? According to Webster, intercede means simply, “to go or pass between; to act between parties with a view to reconcile those who differ or contend; to interpose; to mediate or make intercession; mediation.” Intercession basically means to stand between two extremes. It means to earnestly plead with a person on behalf of another. Intercessory prayer happens when we stand in the gap between God and others.

We live in a world that is full of spiritual warfare and God wants us to pray for the salvation and redemption of others. It is not His desire that any should perish but that all would receive eternal life (1 Timothy 2:4). God wants and desires us to pray for others:

“And I searched for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord (Ezekiel 22:30; 31)

Jesus the Ultimate Intercessor

There are numerous examples of individuals in the Bible who accepted the challenge to intercede on behalf of others, but the greatest example of intercession can be seen in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us, “He always lives to make intercession” (Hebrews 7:25). Jesus still sits at the right hand of God and continually makes intercession on our behalf. Jesus’ intercession isn’t just a prayer that He prayed, but the life He lived. Everything that He said and did was not for Him, rather it was all for us! The essential meaning of the cross is Christ’s mediation for all who would be saved. The Bible tells us “there is one God and Mediator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ.” (1 Timothy 2:5). True intercession begins by following Jesus’ example of self-giving and then flows into fervent prayer for the lives of others.

Next up: A reflection on Paul’s teaching on Intercession. Thanks for reading

winfield_bevinsDr. Winfield Bevins is founding rector of Church of the Outer Banks and Canon for Church Planting for the Diocese of the Carolinas. He is the author of several books, including Our Common Prayer and Creed. 

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