Intercessory Pray Chambers/Barclay
March 31, 2021, 8:32 AM

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Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
Sarasota Florida

Shalom,

Revisiting my Intercessory Prayer

Below is the devotional for this date by Oswald ChambersAs I read it I was convicted that I could be praying wrongly for many of the individuals on my prayer list.  Below are comments from Oswald Chambers and William Barclay excerpted from their writings.   

Yes, He has risen.

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And now Oswald.

March 31.
Heedfulness or Hypocrisy in Ourselves?

"If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death" (1 John 5:16).

If I am not heedful and pay no attention to the way the Spirit of God works in us, I will become spiritual hypocrites. I see where other people are failing, and then I take my discernment and turn it into comments of ridicule and criticism, instead of turning it into intercession on their behalf. God reveals this truth about others to us not through the sharpness of my mind but through the direct penetration of His Spirit. If I am not attentive, I will be completely unaware of the source of the discernment God has given us, becoming critical of others and forgetting that God says, "... he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death." Be careful that you don't become a hypocrite by spending all my time trying to get others right with God before you worship Him yourself.

One of the most subtle and illusive burdens God ever places on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning others. He gives us discernment so that I may accept the responsibility for those souls before Him and form the mind of Christ about them (see Philippians 2:5). I should intercede in accordance with what God says He will give us, namely, "life for those who commit sin not leading to death." It is not that I am able to bring God into contact with my mind, but that I awaken ourselves to the point where God is able to convey His mind to us regarding the people for whom I intercede.

Can Jesus Christ see the agony of His soul in us? He can't unless I am so closely identified with Him that I have His view concerning the people for whom I pray. May I learn to intercede so wholeheartedly that Jesus Christ will be completely and overwhelmingly satisfied with us as intercessors.


Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today's Language,  

My first reaction was to get kind of preachy.  Then I realized that the content of those remarks was predicated by the fact that I was judging the reader.

 The more I thought about this daily devotion and the content shared the more I compared the teaching to my ministry. God convicted and convinced me that the remarks I started to share were not the way to go.

It became crystal clear that for GOD to use me in this very intimate spiritual activity I had to be more spiritually prepared myself. To become the conduit to God regarding the recipient of his redemption and restoration I must allow  God to use me in such a way that the other individual may never know that I'm involved.

I will stop my comments and share Barclay’s thoughts on this verse of scripture  My prayer this morning is that this discourse leads us all to revisit our intercessory prayer life. 

Barclay:Praying for the Brother Who Sins

(1 Jn 5:16-17) “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which is not a sin whose end is death, he will ask life for him and he will give it to him, that is, to those whose sin is not a sin whose end is death. There is a sin whose end is death. It is not about that that I mean he should ask. All wrongdoing is sin; but there is a sin whose end is not death.”

There is no doubt that this is a most difficult and disturbing passage. Before we approach its problems, let us look at its certainties.

John has just been speaking about the Christian privilege of prayer; and now he goes on to single out for special attention the prayer of intercession for the brother who needs praying for. It is very significant that, when John speaks about one kind of prayer, it is not prayer for ourselves; it is prayer for others. Prayer must never be selfish;, it must never be concentrated entirely upon our own selves and our own problems and our own needs. It must be an outgoing activity. As Westcott put it: "The end of prayer is the perfection of the whole Christian body."

Again and again the New Testament writers stress the need for this prayer of intercession. Paul writes to the Thessalonians: "Brothers, pray for us" (1 Th 5:25). The writer to the Hebrews says: "Pray for us" (Heb 13:18-19). James says that, if a man is sick, he ought to call the elders, and the elders should pray over him (Jas 5:14). It is the advice to Timothy that prayer must be made for all men (1 Tim 2:1). The Christian has the tremendous privilege of bearing his brother man to the throne of grace. There are three things to be said about this.

(i) We naturally pray for those who are ill, and we should just as naturally pray for those who are straying away from God. It should be just as natural to pray for the cure of the soul as it is to pray for the cure of the body. It may be that there is nothing greater that we can do for the man who is straying away and who is in peril of making shipwreck of his life than to commit him to the grace of God.

(ii) But it must be remembered that, when we have prayed for such a man, our task is not yet done. In this, as in all other things, our first responsibility is to seek to make our own prayers come true. It will often be our duty to speak to the man himself. We must not only speak to God about him, we must also speak to the man about himself. God needs a channel through which his grace can come and an agent through whom he can act; and it may well be that we are to be his voice in this instance.

(iii) We have previously thought about the basis of prayer and about the principle of prayer; but here we meet the limitation of prayer. It may well be that God wishes to answer our prayer; it may well be that we pray with heartfelt sincerity; but God's aim and our prayer can be frustrated by the man for whom we pray. If we pray for a sick person and he disobeys his doctors and acts foolishly, our prayer will be frustrated. God may urge, God may plead, God may warn, God may offer, but not even God can violate the freedom of choice which he himself has given to us. It is often the folly of man which frustrates our prayers and cancels the grace of God.

William Barclay, Barclay's Daily Study Bible (NT),

My desire is that this helps and even leads you in a richer and more effective intercessory pray life.

Shalom

Bob

 

 


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