Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. —James 5:16
QUESTIONS TO ANALYZE WITH THE PARTICIPANTS
- What is intercession?
- We know that Jesus intercedes for us, but do we intercede for others?
- Why is our intercession vital?
- Can we see tangible results of intercession?
- Abraham intercedes for Somdom and Gomorrah
- Daniel intercedes for his people
- Mordecai, Esther, and the Jews interceded for Esther when she was going to present herself in front of the king
- The church interceded for Peter (when Peter was in jail)
There is one case in particular that calls my attention. It is the case of a person interceding for his brethren. I believe this to be a perfect example of the importance of mediation. We can find a summary of the story in Deuteronomy 9:16-20. Let us read:
And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you. And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes. AND I FELL DOWN BEFORE THE LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. BUT THE LORD HEARKENED UNTO ME AT THAT TIME ALSO. And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: AND I PRAYED FOR AARON ALSO THE SAME TIME. —Deuteronomy 9:16-20
This passage presents a potent reality. Take the necessary time to make sure the participants understand this Bible passage.
Maybe you have asked yourself why the Lord forgave Aaron. He deserved to die. Well, you now have the answer. His brother, someone very close to God, prayed for him; this is outstanding!
Remember, the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were evil, but if at least ten (10) righteous people lived there, the Lord would’ve spared them for the love of these. The righteous are very special to God. He hears their prayers and answers. They are His special treasure. Glory to God!
Have an intercessory session for a concrete need in your home, group, church, or school.
Invite all the participants to pray together. Choose a particular need, and select two or three to pray for that need.
Emphasize the powerful truth that one righteous person has a special connection with God (James 5:16). Elevate this concept by pointing out that if one righteous person has power, how about a group of righteous individuals?
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. —Mattew 18:19-20