THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 6: Parts of Prayer: Intercession
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Beloved we come believing in the logic of God and man. However Godís logic is spiritual and makes more sense to the believers. Everyone that walketh the earth and liveth by the hand of God believes something.† Meanwhile there is an everlasting responsibility for those that choose God. What then is the fate of the irresponsible that believe that man is king?
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
A prayer of Intercession is an integral part of the prayer life of the believers. Thus we all can pray for one another. For example I pray daily for my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings and loved ones throughout my family including neighbors and friends. However although †at times we may confess sins in an open church seeking prayer we do not confess them to a person in the flesh as an Intercessor like Jesus. Therefore we come loudly proclaiming that Christ Jesus is the Great Intercessor not any one in the flesh.
Meanwhile Intercession is the act or fact of interceding. †Intercession is also a pleading or prayer to God for the saints in behalf of another. Follow us now to the Book of James where we find the writer at the 5th Division at verses 13-18 teaching us about faith and prayer. Although we suggest that you read and study all of these verses we will only note verse 15 for our discussion at this place. However we trust that we will re-visit this scripture later as we continue our discussion on the power and miracles of prayer.
James 5: 15: ďAnd the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.Ē
The prayer of faith noted here refers to the miraculous faith which was one of the spiritual gifts. As you know the miraculous spiritual gifts are no longer with us. Nor are the Apostles who had these gifts during the time which James writes. The healing of sickness is mentioned along with the forgiveness of sins. This lets us know that sickness is not spiritual. Often we see that sin has caused a particular physical sickness. †But it is not written that sin is the only cause of physical sickness. However we are best able to cope with physical sickness when we are spiritually healed. Spiritually healed means coming into the knowledge of truth as noted when we discussed I Timothy 2: 4. This healing allows you to receive salvation and understand the aspects of physical healing.
Now turn with us to I Corinthians 12: 9 for a classic scripture that further reveals what we mean when we note Intercession as a part of prayer. Paul teaches about spiritual gifts at verses 1-11. See what he says at verse 9.
ďTo another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same spirit;
We remind you as we have previously noted several times that the Spiritual Gifts of the miraculous passed on with the passing of the Apostles and the completion of the New Testament. However many people today take these scriptures and try to justify attempts by man in the flesh to heal the body of sickness and disease. Surely Jesus is still in the healing business however, He does not heal as He did during the times of His life on earth or the time the Apostles walked the earth.
So the faith mentioned at this verse is the miraculous kind (see Mathew 17:20; I Corinthians 13: 2). Therefore the healing taking place here requires one to be blessed with the miraculous. Therefore the miraculous healing noted here is confined to the time period in which this scripture was written. But many still can come as intercessors in prayer for the faithful. We also declare that God through Christ is still rendering miracles upon the land. Rest assured though that God the Father knew of manís eventual never satisfied lust for money and things material. He also is aware that man will sell anything for money. Thus be not fooled by those that come attempting to sell Godís power of healing.
Follow us now brethren over to the Old Testament and the Prophet Isaiah.† At verse 20 we see the Prophet moving to the time of Christ. So dwell on those scriptures but our primary verse is verse 24 the last verse found here. Here we will find a powerful scripture that speaks toward Christ as the Great Intercessor for us to the Father Almighty God. Digest the Word here and receive a blessing. We are so grateful that you have chosen to read these humble words. Rest assured as you grow you will also be able to help someone else as you testify to Godís Truth.
Isaiah 33: 24: ďAnd the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people; that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.Ē (Also see Jeremiah 50: 20).
Beloved in the kingdom of Christ there will be no spiritual sickness. Thus sin will be abolished. Sin is a way of the world thus we seek not to conform to the world as we wander in this foreign land. Furthermore the blood of Christ has allowed us the privilege to see the kingdom. Thus there will be no complaints of sickness in the new kingdom as our Intercessor has hung, bled and died and got up from the grave to allow us Peace and Paradise. (Also see I John 1: 7)
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 6 July 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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