Dec 17, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Num 14:13-20
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (Jas 5:16)
Does it seem to you that the devil has a monopoly over the souls of men and women in this country? Israel had a similar dilemma, recorded in Ezekiel 22:4-30. The sins recorded here are the sins of our generation. They had caused a breach between Israel and her God, and now God was looking for someone to stand in the gap. He sought for a man among them to close the hedge through intercession. If He found just one faithful man to intercede for Israel, He would not have to destroy the land. But He found no one to make a difference.
Why could He not find one such man? Did God need better eyeglasses? Was there something wrong with His vision? No. The text says that He found none, because there was none!
God needs intercessors to engage in earnest, effectual prayers for our communities. This is the secret weapon in the Kingdom of Christ.
Do you realize that just one faithful man on his knees in his closet, interceding for his church and community will have more impact on that church or community than any other single thing he could do?
This is taking the battle to the level it should be fought. Prayer is the warfare. Evangelism is not the battle. The programs and the outreach efforts are simply the trucks we drive out on the battlefield to collect the spoil. The success of the outcome is determined by prayer.
While Joshua was called to fight the Amalekites in the valley, recorded in Exodus 17: 8-13, Moses was upon the nearby mountain with God’s rod. When Aaron and Hur raised Moses’ hands, Israel prevailed; when Moses hands became weary and dropped, Amalek prevailed. Where was the battle decided? In the valley? No, on the mountain. There would be more battles won in the valleys if there were just more intercessors on the mountains.
I want to encourage you. Because of you, the inhabitants of your town may not go to hell. How is this possible? Only if you allow yourself to be what God wants so badly: an intercessor who makes prayer for others a way of life.
~ James Baer ~