Correct intercession flows from intimacy with God. Abraham’s intercession came out of his intimacy with the Lord. In Genesis 18:17, God says, “Can I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?” Abraham and God were so close that he was called God’s friend (Jam. 2:23). You need to step up in your relationship with the Father just as Abraham was with God, such that you can come into God’s presence and sense the Father’s feelings while He also expresses His concerns to you. This is a place where you seek His face, He tells you His mind, and the Holy Spirit comes upon you to birth forth the mind of God.
God is always looking for an individual that He can share the burden of His heart with; a person that will take up His burden in the place of intercession.
According to Ezekiel 22:30, God is always in search of a man who will stand in the gap before Him for a land, a family, an individual, nations, etc., so that He will not destroy them. It is never God’s will to destroy the righteous with the wicked. So, He gives room for intervention and intercession.
In today’s text, the burden on the heart of God was the great iniquity of Sodom and Gomorrah and He wanted to wipe them out. However, He wanted somebody to stand in the gap to plead their case. When God begins to share the burden of His heart like a friend, He is looking for somebody to pick up that burden.
PRAYER: Help me, Lord, to always take responsibility in the place of intercession in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Ezekiel 24:1-26:21; Hebrews 11:1-16; Psalm 110:1-7; Proverbs 27:14
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