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← We Need Intercessors in the Church! - Tim Conway

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Showing Revision 2 created 05/31/2018 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. Notice, Paul is praying,
  2. but he's not praying for himself.
  3. Brothers and sisters,
  4. how desperately, desperately we need
  5. men and women in the church like this.
  6. Paul is interceding.
  7. Interceding is what you call it
  8. when you bow your knees to God
  9. for the sake of others
    and not for yourselves.
  10. How we need intercessors in the church!
  11. And I'm concerned!
  12. I'm concerned.
  13. When I got saved,
  14. honestly, I hungered to
    have time with the Lord.
  15. The first three years
    of my (Christian) life,
  16. I was able outside of work -
  17. and even times at work
  18. during breaks and lunch;
  19. I wasn't married -
  20. I was able to give my life to
    communion with the Lord.
  21. And I moved down here to Texas,
  22. lived with John Sytsma -
  23. very business oriented family.
  24. And things were working at a pace
  25. that I just felt like -
  26. John was very much given to devotions
  27. in the morning,
  28. and before the family got together,
  29. and I like to walk in the evenings
  30. and be out in the field
  31. and away from the heat.
  32. And John's schedule and mine
    were a little bit different.
  33. I remember just panting
    after having that time back.
  34. And I recognized that I
    needed to move separate
  35. so that I could get back
    into my own schedule.
  36. And I longed for that.
  37. And I guess my sense was that,
  38. well, that's how it is
    with all Christians.
  39. We don't live by bread alone,
  40. but by every word that proceeds
    from the mouth of God.
  41. We want to abide in Christ
  42. and we love walking with Him
  43. and meeting with Him
  44. and there's things to confess
  45. and there's worship;
  46. and just getting to meditate before Him
  47. and praying and interceding
  48. for the sake of others.
  49. I just assumed that.
  50. And then I got married,
  51. and my wife basically lived that way
  52. day after day.
  53. I guess my assumption has largely been:
  54. Well, of course...
  55. that's how Christians live.
  56. I am, I don't know,
  57. I'm guess I'm kind of
    baffled by the frequency
  58. at which I hear that people in this church
  59. have a real difficult time maintaining
  60. just a consistent intimacy with the Lord.
  61. And I guess my concern is this,
  62. I'm not sure what lies
    behind this difficulty.
  63. Is it immaturity?
    Is it worldliness?
  64. Is it busyness?
  65. Is it just that there's no hunger there?
  66. I know this:
  67. intercessors don't come
  68. from marginally spiritual people.
  69. Why?
  70. Because interceding requires love
  71. and a level of maturity
  72. and a lack of selfishness.
  73. Selfish people - their prayers
    are all about themselves.
  74. Very little worship.
  75. Very little confession.
  76. But a lot of give me, give me, give me.
  77. Now, I know there are prayer
    warriors in this church.
  78. I know there are.
  79. I know there are some of you -
  80. your walk is close to the Lord.
  81. I want there to be more.
  82. I want this to characterize
    the church as a whole.
  83. Intercessors.
  84. We desperately, desperately need this.
  85. And if people can barely
    manage to find their way
  86. into the secret place of prayer each day,
  87. I know this -
  88. you're not interceding for anybody.
  89. It's not happening.
  90. Where do intercessors come from?
  91. They come from people that live
  92. in the presence of God.
  93. You think about it.
  94. Paul - you can imagine
    the guard walking by.
  95. The guards are talking to each other.
  96. "What's the guy doing in there?"
  97. "Every time we walk by
    there, he's on his face."
  98. He wasn't idle.
    He wasn't wasting his time.
  99. He wasn't wasting his time in prison.
  100. He was crying; he was bending his knee.
  101. He was pleading; he was crying out
  102. for the sake of others.
  103. You find in just about every
    single one of his epistles,
  104. he cried out for people.
  105. He called upon them.
  106. Where do intercessors come from?
  107. People who don't live by bread alone.
  108. People who are desperate.
    People who are abiding in the Lord.
  109. People who are talking to Him
    and walking with Him.
  110. Where does it come from?
  111. That somebody says:
  112. "for this reason."
  113. I know them to be a Christian;
  114. for that reason, I'm on my knees for them.
  115. They're beloved of God.
  116. Something is released in my heart.
  117. I need to pray for them.
  118. I'm thinking about
    other people all the time.
  119. I'm thinking about their needs.
  120. I'm thinking about them glorifying God.
  121. Where do intercessors come from?
  122. Intercessors - not
    marginally spiritual people.
  123. You know, if we don't have intercession
  124. happening commonplace in your life -
  125. I'm not just talking about in the church -
  126. if intercession is not happening
  127. as a commonplace thing in your life,
  128. one of the great manifestations
  129. of sacrificial love is missing.
  130. And listen, that's important:
    sacrificial love.
  131. You think about Judgment Day.
  132. Jesus talks about what you did for others.
  133. "I was in prison and you visited Me."
  134. You know, one of the ways
    you can visit people in prison
  135. is by praying.
  136. The thing is as long as
    you have life and breath,
  137. and you have consciousness,
  138. you can pray for people.
  139. We need it.
  140. We need this desperately.
  141. Where are the men and women -
  142. I know we've got some.
  143. I know.
  144. But oh God, help us to have more.
  145. Men and women who live
    in the presence of God
  146. on bended knee whose voices
  147. are familiar to the Father;
  148. whose voices go up
  149. in familiarity to the Father
  150. on the behalf of others.
  151. I mean, you can imagine,
  152. God from God's perspective:
  153. "There's his voice again...
  154. and sure enough, he's asking for a job.
  155. He's asking for a wife.
  156. He's asking for a raise.
  157. He's asking..."
  158. Those who God hears his voice:
  159. "Lord, help so-and-so,
  160. Lord according to the riches of Your glory
  161. please strengthen that brother
  162. down there in Mexico.
  163. Please Lord, open that
    door for that brother
  164. that's trying to get
    from Costa Rica, Lord."
  165. How often is the Lord hearing that voice?
  166. "Lord, I'm not here to
    pray for my own needs.
  167. You know I have them,
  168. but Lord, Brother Matt
    needs Your help today.
  169. He needs Your help.
  170. Johannes. Lord, remember Johannes."
  171. Those who can't sit comfortably
    reading the book
  172. or fiddling with their phones
  173. because they're feeling a burden
  174. for Andy and Rebecca, or you heard -
  175. those of you that weren't
    here on Wednesday,
  176. Trevor Johnson wrote, I think,
  177. one of the most powerful
    missionary letters
  178. that he's ever written.
  179. Men and women not constantly asking
  180. for their own needs.
  181. The church needs intercessors.
  182. We desperately need them.
  183. Why?
  184. Because God answers prayer.
  185. Listen, I'm telling you this.
  186. I know this for a fact.
  187. I'm so convinced.
  188. I've seen it over and over and over again.
  189. God answers prayer.
  190. And when people are praying for you,
  191. things happen in your life
  192. that would not happen if
    they weren't praying for you.
  193. Mark it down.
  194. The elders in this church preach
  195. or perform or oversee better
  196. when people are praying for them
  197. than when they're not praying for them.
  198. That is a reality.
  199. People live more holy lives.
  200. People live closer to God.
  201. People are more prayerful.
  202. People are more loving
  203. and charitable and kind
  204. and tender and forgiving
  205. when people are praying for one another
  206. than when they're not
    praying for one another.
  207. That is a fact.
  208. I'll tell you, I was thinking about
  209. our brother coming here
  210. on a week from Wednesday
  211. and sharing his needs.
  212. If I was on a foreign mission field,
  213. I would want to visit as
    many churches as I could,
  214. and I would tell the people,
  215. "Look, I'm not here for your money.
  216. I'm just appealing, if there is one person
  217. or two people or three
    people in this church
  218. that are prayer warriors
  219. and you have any burden for India,
  220. I plead with you: pray!"
  221. And if on Judgment Day it can be found
  222. there were three people
    in that church over there
  223. and there were two people
    in that church over there
  224. and five in that church over there,
    and they held that rope.
  225. Not because they were sending
    me all their dollars all the time,
  226. but they prayed for me.
  227. They prayed for me all the time.
  228. Prayer meetings did not
    go by in that church
  229. they weren't praying for me,
  230. and oftentimes, every
    single day of the week,
  231. they were holding me up.
  232. We need this.
  233. When we pray for one another,
  234. I'm telling you, we end up doing things
  235. that would not happen
  236. if people weren't praying for us.
  237. This is the reality.
  238. Bending our knees to the Father
  239. on behalf of others.
  240. We are the priesthood, brethren.
  241. Have you never read that?
  242. That fire was not to go out on that altar.
  243. And if that was the symbol;
  244. if that was the hyperbole;
  245. if that was the metaphor,
  246. we are the true priesthood.
  247. Don't let the fire go out.