In this season of asking for God for more, I’ve been spending an increased amount of time in prayer interceding for others.
The other day I was praying for someone I know and God spoke to me. He asked, “Are you praying for them because you love them? Or are you praying for them to make your life easier?”
Oh man, this completely undid me.
I knew immediately that I, unintentionally, had been praying, because I knew that if God moved it would make my life easier. In other words, my intercession had everything to do with me and little to do with those I was praying for.
Intercession should always be Kingdom-minded.
When we intercede for someone it should always be in the hope and belief that they recognize their value, their potential, and that they can see God’s plan and purposes for their life.
I believe God desires people to see their how much He values them.
I believe God desires to see how much potential they have when they yield their lives to Him.
I believe God desires to awaken people to the plans and purposes that they were created for.
And because I believe these things at the very core of my being, then as a follow of Jesus, I should do whatever I can to “call” those things out of people.
One of the characteristics of salt is that it enhances the natural flavor of what is already there, it pulls out what is good and enhances it.
And so, if we, Christians are the salt of the earth, and we are, then when we pray, we should be praying that people come to the realization of who they are in Jesus, because identity is everything.
It really is.
I honestly believe that the reason why so many struggle is that we take on the name of Jesus (Christian), or we identify ourselves as a follower of Jesus, but we never take on the identity that we have in Jesus (Son/Daughter).
Listen, the devil has no qualms about people identifying themselves as a Christian, but I believe He is scared to death of people realizing who they are in Christ and living as a Christian, because there is a difference between the two.
One way is filled with struggle and bondage and one way is filled with Freedom. And I want people to experience Freedom, real, life-changing, Freedom.
Here’s the challenge:
As you pray and intercede for people this week, ask yourself if you are praying because it would make your life easier if God answered your prayers, or if you really desire for them to come to the realization of who they are in Jesus?
And then make the shift if you need to.