Saturday, May 23, 2009

Intercession Or Depression Session With Maybe Some Compression?

Constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. —Acts 12:5

Do you remember back in the day during the Days of Unleavened Bread when Pete was thrown in the slammer? Sure you do! Now go check out what he was in for. What harm did he do?

Did you know that you and I could also one day (perhaps sooner than you or I think..) be arrested for doing the right thing in Jesus Christ? Man, are you ready for that? Listen, there are a lot of strange so called Christians out there doing the wrong thing and crying persecution when they get in trouble. But we just always need to make sure that it's for obeying God's Word and not for presumption or folly when we witness for Christ! I'm not saying all will find themselves behind bars, but all need to be ready for that and go to bat for those who are.

It was cool how Pete's Christian buds went to bat for him spiritually his time of need. That's how the body is suppose to act. We don't fight in the flesh, but we pray for each other.

Yup, they hit there knees in intercession. I'm not sure if they all called it intercession back then but that's was what it was.

And this type of prayer made all the difference in the world for Pete when he found himself behind those cold bars of injustice (see Acts 12, nkjv).

"There's a beautiful garden of fellowship sweet, where our prayers plant the seeds of reward; and if there we will frequently make our retreat,
We shall gather rich store from the Lord!"

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matt. 11:12).

Will you pray for your family members? Go for your PHD (your.. pray hard daily!). It's about an intercessory priestly duty as you stand in there for the other person's benefit. Every Christian is called to this just like they are called to witness for Christ! The Spirit will help us. Yes, it's offering up yourself first as a living sacrifice to God.. and then it's the start of a noble rescue effort!

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