Praying for Others
“… always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18 NIV)
The duty of praying for others is frequently inculcated in the New Testament. It is one of the obligations arising from that great law which makes it impossible for any of us to live an independent and an isolated life. We are members of one body; if one member suffers all the members suffer with it; if one member is strong and healthy all the members share the health and strength. We are not fighting a solitary battle. We belong to a great army, and the fortunes of a regiment in a remote part of the field may give us an easy victory or increase the chances of our defeat. We are to offer supplication for “all the [Lord’s people].”
Paul himself asked for the intercessions of the Ephesian Christians. He knew that by their prayers they might secure for him a clearness and a vigor of thought and a fearlessness of spirit which apart from their prayers he might not possess, and we cannot tell how much of his energy, fire, and courage, came to him in answer to the prayers of unknown and forgotten saints.
-R.W. Dale (excerpted from the devotional book When You Call upon the Lord)
What is intercession, actually? It is touching God with one hand and touching another soul with the other hand in prayer.
Read Ephesians 6:18-24.