Those who follow Christ are called to pray and intercede. However, the calling of an intercessor is different.
The definition of the verb, intercede is to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition.
In other words, an intercessor is a mediator or one who makes petition on behalf of someone else.
Jesus is our intercessor in Heaven. (Romans 8:34)
“A great percentage of intercessors are intuitive and discerning people. They sense great needs in a room or in a grocery store. They can walk in a room and the Spirit shows them who is hurting. Their heart are moved to pray for people they don’t even know with great passion.” (www.glocal.net)
An intercessor is called to a life of holiness; it’s a high calling. This calling is given and not chosen.
An intercessor can’t help, ignore or control the burdens which come upon them or their desire to pray.
“The Holy Spirit inspires us to this most Divine work of intercession, and His strength enables us to sigh unto God for the oppressed, the burdened and the distressed creation.” (E.M. Bounds)
Lately, I have been sharing stories in the news on Facebook. I want to take this opportunity to explain why I have been doing this.
I share these stories because I am burdened by them, not because I enjoy posting negativity.
My goal in sharing these horrific stories is to spur others to pray and intercede.
I see the spiritual climate and am burdened by the various stories I share. I can think of two this week, which are heavy on my heart.
I do not choose to care, be affected or burdened. Nor do I choose to weep and travail in prayer for complete strangers. God chose this for me.
I have asked Him to take this cup from me, but He says, My grace is sufficient for thee. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God knows best. I’m learning to listen and not grieve Him. I must honor His calling upon my life and be obedient. He has called me to be a vessel of honor (2 Timothy 2:21), a holy sacrifice (Romans 12:1) fit for His use.
Do you feel burdened to pray too?