August 13, 2017 // This is part six and seven of a nine-part teaching series on prayer.
Intercessory prayer is done on behalf of others. We are called to intercede for others, just as Jesus intercedes for us (Hebrews 7:25). Did you know that Jesus is praying for you right now? This type of prayer can be a source of blessing for a person, the Church, and the world. It brings great strength and courage, and also great peace of mind and heart. The entire chapter of John 17 is one long intercessory prayer by Jesus. Intercessory prayer is has six qualities: it is sincere, discreet, sensitive, encouraging, organized, and committed. 1 Timothy 2:1; Ephesians 1:15-18; Hebrews 7:25
To imprecate means to curse or speak evil toward someone. There are prayers of Imprecation in the Psalms of David. When David prayed these, he wasn’t trying to extract revenge, rather he used it as a way to show agreement with God’s judgment and sovereignty over evil. There is a fine line here. Remember, the Bible is a timeline where God is teaching humanity towards maturity. It culminated with God Himself coming down and talking to us. Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies, indeed, He says we are to love our enemies! This is because we were once enemies of Christ, and because Christ loved us first, we came to love Him. We are to pray and ask God for protection against evil, and we are to do battle with the evil spiritual forces of this world, but we are never to wish harm on other people. Psalm 58; Matthew 5:43-48