Sometimes we as God’s people find ourselves in normal circumstances of life where we must make certain decisions and follow a certain path without a clear revelation of God’s will in that area recorded in His Word. We can discern the Lord’s will for that specific situation when instead rushing to make specific requests we spend time to seek his face and wait for his confirming peace. This type of prayer is more than an attitude of submission, dedication, surrender and obedience to God than a request. Once we know His will then we simply follow it.
In this type of prayer, God expects us to begin by merely presenting ourselves in readiness to do or to accept anything that he wills in that circumstance. This is the only type of prayer where we should use the phrase “If it is your will”. We may use this type of prayer in situations in which we are seeking to know God’s will when He has not yet revealed it. We should do this with the deepest attitude of submission to God.
The prayer of dedication harmonizes our will with God’s will in order to bring success in a certain situation. God’s will is always for our benefit. This type of prayer places God and us in line with the same goal. Jesus prayed this prayer in Gethsemane: “Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42). Consecration is more of an attitude of submission and obedience than words. It demands a greater time of seeking, repeated times, until we arrive at a conviction of God’s plan.
Consecration requires a renunciation of our own will. We must empty our mind of personal preferences in order to accept the plan of God, no matter what it is. Once we know what God’s plan is, it is no longer about receiving something, but about doing something in accordance with the received direction.
The prayer of surrender also speaks of an attitude of the heart. Whenever the cares, worries and weights knock at our door, we transfer them to the Lord who has the means to bear them and then we have the means to enter into the rest of faith (1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 6:25-27). We can surrender our cares and our worries to God. Then we can enjoy His divine peace (Psalm 37:5).
God strongly opposes and condemns worry. Worry produces nothing but stress, exhaustion and death. Jesus preached against worry. Paul preached against worry. The Bible is opposed to worry because Satan birthed it.
We must eradicate each care from our lives (Philippians 4:6, 7). The power of God begins to operate when we cast our cares upon him. Worries only block this operation. The surrender of burdens to God brings rest (Psalm 37:7).
God calls us as the body of Christ to the ministry of intercession in favor of all men (1 Timothy 2:1-4). God is about to bring a great outpouring of His Spirit in these last days with great demonstrations of power. The Holy Spirit will use us through intercessory prayer as the instrument that brings his outpouring.
God calls upon us to intercede because God does nothing on earth without the cooperation of man. God reveals His purposes to His servants so that they speak on the earth in accordance with these purposes. In this way, each one of them through intercession becomes an instrument to birth and give light. Man still has authority on the earth. God has placed him in this position. God seeks intercessors as we can see in Numbers 16:48; Job 9:32, 33; Isaiah 59:16, 17; Isaiah 64:7.
Jesus the intercessor provided by God intercedes for us in heaven (Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34). The Holy Spirit is also an intercessor. He intercedes on the earth in and through human temples, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb (Romans 8:26).
Today God needs servants that stand in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30, 31). Intercession is entering into birth pains until the purpose of God is fulfilled upon the earth (Jeremiah 30:6; Isaiah 66:8; Colossians 4:12).
Indispensable elements of intercession
Identification: intercede and stand in the place of others pleading their case as if it was our own (Exodus 32:31, 32).
Love (Romans 5:5).
Compassion (Matthew 9:36-38; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34)