Nolan Harkness on Do You Have the Heart of an Intercessor?

The mystery of prayer is that it is a labor of love which merges the heart of the creation with the heart of the Creator. As I begin each prayer time I say, “Father in Jesus name, I do not know how to pray, but Your Word says the Holy Spirit will guide me and I believe He will!”

Several intercessors stand out in the scriptures. The first is Moses, who prayed that God would not destroy the Jewish people but instead show mercy on them in spite of their constant complaining in the wilderness. Another noted intercessor was Abraham who interceded over Sodom and Gomorrah. Then there was the Apostle Paul, in Romans 9:3 (NIV) who even declared that he wished that he could be accursed in their place so that all of Israel could be saved. Could any of us say the same? Of the hundreds if not thousands of prayers found in scripture, Galatians 5:6b (KJV), states that faith worketh by love! It’s the true love of God flowing through the flawed love of man.

In this article, though it is a bit unconventional, I would like to ask the readers to join me in a prayer for the people around the world in this year of 2020. Much of this prayer I pray often because I believe the heart of God is in it, as taught to me by the Holy Spirit. However, please feel free to pray as you feel led, taking the time to insert thoughts and names and cities, and people groups as God leads you. Let’s believe thousands will join their hearts together and that it will generate a release of God’s power on the earth at a time when we need it so very desperately.

Father God, in Jesus name, we first ask that You forgive us of our many sins. Wash us, we pray, with the precious blood of Jesus and begin a process of continual cleansing of our sins and a sanctifying of our lives, which will bring a fresh anointing to our walk and a bright glory to Your name.

We thank You Jesus for not only dying on the cross for the sins of mankind but also for enduring over thirty-three years of being tempted in Your man state. We praise You for overcoming those temptations through the power of the Holy Spirit. We thank You that you enable us to do the same, because You also died so that the Holy Spirit could be poured out on all flesh in fulfillment of Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17.

We thank You Father that this is Your plan for the church and that You never intended for any of us to be able to do this on our own. Not even Your disciples, who You hand picked from ordinary men or the many women who were Your followers could have served You without being empowered by Your Spirit.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness