Blog 63 / Our High Calling
September 1, 2022
The Indispensable Prayers of the Church
True prayer, simply put, is praying what God desires. When He wants to do a work whether great or small, He puts the desire in the hearts of His people to pray for the work He wants done; and He is the One who answers those prayers.
True prayer always begins with God and involves all members of the Godhead. The Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit are interceding continually in agreement with the Father’s will. But their prayers, dare I say it, (gasp) don’t seem to be enough! This is because God has brought His Church into the loop and has made her prayers indispensable for carrying out His will.
God wants to involve His people in all He is doing. Before moving ahead with His divine plans, He waits until He has the Amen of His people. This is like a loving husband who wants his bride to share in the decisions of their life together. Choices he once made when he was single, he now makes together with his beloved bride. God too wants His Son’s Bride to participate fully in His Kingdom affairs and He does this through her prayers.
God has made prayer indispensable because He has also made us to be joint heirs with His Son. Joint heirs of an estate cannot act independently. All must be in agreement before any action can be taken. In the same way God will not override our rights as joint heirs. He waits to act until He has our agreement in prayer.
What a privilege and responsibility we have as intercessors. Our prayers restrain the enemy and soften hearts of those opposed to the gospel. They release workers and resources for God’s work. They change the hearts of kings and governments. God rules the nations through the prayers of the Church.
If our prayers are indispensable then we must make time to pray. Intercession for a world in need and for world evangelization must be the primary work of the Church. God implores and urges us to pray at all times and for all things. The courts of Heaven wait for us to pray. As we fulfill our high calling as God’s royal priesthood, we can expect that God’s will, which is being done in Heaven, will soon become a reality on earth.
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator