I believe so much in intercession and standing in the gap for the situations of people, asides the beauty of petitioning heaven on behalf of each other there’s also the benefit of the bond it builds amongst us as we pray for each other. But much more than this, I believe in praying for these lost souls amongst those we’re interceding for to come to the knowledge of God, and not only for their needs and situations.
While I know they are not mutually exclusive, I realise that the points in our prayer in intercession will be a lot different if we were praying for people who are believers already and not unbelievers. Something powerful about having everyone around you armed, with salvation and then with The word. Intercession does not cease, but its content is now changed, focused and I dare say more potent.
I was reading of the Israelites march against the philistines this morning, which was led by Saul and I got to a verse and read this ; “So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.”
I Samuel 13:22
If you read the preceding verses, you’ll find that it was actually a tactic of the Philistines to ensure that there were no blacksmiths in Israel, so that all the soldiers in Israel’s army will have to go to them for their battle equipments. Turns out that this time, the opposition was also same people they’d have gone to for sharpening of equipments.
And so, on the day of battle, no one in Israel’s army had a sword or spear except Saul and his son Jonathan. I read that and I found myself praying that “In the day of battle, may everyone around me be well armed with their sword and spear. May it not be up to me alone to defend and protect when I had the opportunity to arm them too.” I think that now is the time to arm the people around us, it saves us all in the time of battle.
By arm them, I mean preach that gospel till it is received and teach them Gods word until it is a lifestyle. We will accomplish much more in the kingdom if we were all armed, we will pray more informed prayers and see results that can only abound from “the fervent prayer of the righteous”.
It’s lovely to be armed (saved and taught the undiluted word of God), but it remains an issue if those around us aren’t, because we go to battle together and not individually. We all suffer casualties for the limitation of another in the army.
As zealous as we are to intercede for the details in the lives of our loved ones who are yet to come into the fold, we should exert that same zeal in interceding for their salvation because if we all go to battle, we can still suffer loss on account of an unarmed soldier.
Let’s also be mindful of the attack the world is fashioning against our blacksmiths, this signifies our teachers, apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastors. Remember the philistines deliberately ensured that no blacksmith was found in Israel?
We must recognise the ploy of the enemy to eliminate those that God has commissioned to preach and teach this word because as they get eliminated, the new converts coming into the fold will lack the adequate arming as a result of the absence of blacksmiths, but this will not be the portion of the church today. We’ll arm the entire army and we’ll protect and invest in our blacksmiths, knowing that they’re part of preparing us for the day of battle.