“The intercessor lives very close to the heart of God. He has an intimacy with the Lord of creation that few ever know” (1). “The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant” (Psalm 25:14). The intercessor often has foreknowledge of what the Lord will do; “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? (Genesis 18:17). “Abraham…was called a friend of God” (James 2:23).
In my own experience, I find that the more time I spend alone with the Lord, the more the Spirit teaches me what and how to intercede for persons and situations. It is out of this secret fellowship with the Lord that He gives us instruction on the heart of God about persons and circumstances. We must never assume to know everything about the things or the persons we pray for.
This friendship is right in line with how the disciples learned to pray. “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Even Paul lumped himself with us and said, “we do not know what to pray for as we ought” (Romans 8:26). It is through friendship with the Lord that we are taught the heart of God, and when we learn His heart by the Spirit, He gives words that reflect the heart of God.
Praying is a common practice of most Christians, but are you a “friend of God”? Is your “friendship with the Lord” because you love His Word and truth (covenant)? Are you burdened with what is on God’s heart? If you have not made this a top priority in your life, begin right now. The Lord is knocking at the door of your heart so you can learn His heart and intercede for others so they come to know His heart also.
(1) Leonard Ravenhill, Revival God’s Way – A Message for the Church, Bethany House, 1983, page 109.
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