Summary: Intercessory prayer brings power into the lives of those person/s we take time to pray for. Do you take time to pray "really pray" for those you know?? This message is to encourage prayer for those who stand in need of it most.
The Christians Prayer
Intro: Every Christian prays at some time or another in the course of their life, but this prayer for which Paul refers is not a bed time prayer, neither is it a meal time prayer of gratitude but a prayer for spiritual power that will enable the recipient to grow towards maturity in Christ. Each of us as children of God are commanded to prayer for one another, any many do but not according to the biblical standard.
I. Intercessory Prayer is outward in direction
Note: Reader, all throughout scripture we are commanded to pray for our brethren, but many of us pray only with selfish motives: inward desires, pleasurable items and the like, but our prayer is to be intently directed towards the need of spiritual power. Why spiritual power? Satan’s at work in the vastness of his domain and we are his enemy and he constantly comes against us; therefore we must be prepared for battle. It could be said that intercessory prayer is the battle cry of the soul.
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
II. Intercessory Prayers motivation is from the heart
1. Love for others
Any man with sense will pray for his/her own needs, but it takes a deep-rooted commitment of love to offer up intercessory prayers on the behalf of others.
2. A discipline of the soul
As stated in the introduction, anyone can pray a bedtime or mealtime prayer: But dear friend, it takes someone with love and commitment to offer real prayer.
A. Commitment is a discipline
B. Thoughtfulness for others needs is a discipline
3. The duty of each believer (The Christian duty)
III. Intercessory prayers purpose
1. For the saint of God to be fully equipped
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
A. Pray for the knowledge of God’s will to be revealed
B. Pray for the ability to “Walk worthy of the Lord”
C. Pray for the increasing knowledge of God
D. Pray for spiritual strength in the inner man
a. Which produces patience, longsuffering, and joyfulness
2. To be active in battle with the enemy
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.