1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a jubilant cry. 2 For Yahweh, the Most High, is awe-inspiring, a great King over all the earth. 3 He subdues peoples under us and nations under our feet. 4 He chooses for us our inheritance— the pride of Jacob, whom He loves.Selah
5 God ascends among shouts of joy, the Lord, among the sound of trumpets. 6 Sing praise to God, sing praise; sing praise to our King, sing praise! 7 Sing a song of wisdom,[a] for God is King of all the earth.
I am so sorry, precious reader, I am late with the devotion today, but it is Sunshine’s BIRTHDAY!! We had big plans, and I am just now able to get this up and running! Let’s dig in, so grab your coffee/tea/soda/lemonade/whatever you like, and here we go!
Now we will see how the Holy Spirit will help us as we intercede for others. We can intercede with our understanding, as Abraham did, or we can intercede with out spirits in tongues or in groaning and travail. But, we must keep in mind that intercession can only be accomplished by the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look in Romans 8 to gain insight on the Holy Spirit’s role as we intercede for others.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
26 So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance (in articulate speech).
Dr. P. C. Nelson, a Greek scholar, told me that the actual Greek reads, “…with groanings that cannot be uttered in articulate speech.” Articulate speech means your regular kind of speech; your native language. Therefore, Romans 8:26 also includes praying in tongues and praying with groanings. That agrees with what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:14.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the [a]Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody].
Can you see the connection between Romans 8:26 and 1 Corinthians 14:14? In both of these verses, the Holy Spirit enables our spirit to pray apart from our understanding.
According to Romans 8:26, we don’t always know for what to pray as we ought. We think we do sometimes, but we don’t. We can’t possibly know in our natural mind everything we should pray about in every situation and circumstance.
Therefore, praying with our understanding sometimes falls far short of what we ought to do in this kind of praying. We should pray as much as we know in our understanding, of course. But, sometimes just praying a few words in general for others really just salves a person’s conscience.
You can say what you want or desire and even quote scriptures, but when it come to prayer, many times, especially in praying for others, we don’t know what to pray for as we ought. But, thank God, the Spirit helps our infirmities. An infirmity is any weakness, which would include a lack of knowledge about how to pray. He makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered in articulate speech. (Romans 8:26)
Again, this scripture does not mean prayer is something the Holy Ghost does apart from you. That would make the Holy Ghost responsible for your prayer life, and He isn’t. YOU are responsible for your own prayer life.
Notice also the Bible says in Romans 8:26 that the Holy Spirit HELPS the believer in prayer. The Holy Ghost is not sent to actually do your praying for you. He is sent to help you in every aspect of life and to help you in your prayer life as well.
Source: Kenneth E. Hagin/Bible Prayer Study Course
In Genesis chapter 18, we see the example of Abraham as one who stood in the gap on behalf of others. When Abraham became aware of the impending judgement upon the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, he is interceded for them. Let’s look at the example of Abraham in Genesis Chapter 18, who interceded or stood in the gap for others.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26 And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.
30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
When Abraham asked the Lord to spare the city if He should find fifty righteous people, the Lord said, “…If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the place for their sakes” Genesis 18:26
Then Abraham said, “Lord, I’d just like to speak a little further to You, if You don’t mind. (I’m putting this in my own words, but this the essence of what Abraham said.) If there are forty-five righteous people there, would you spare the place for forty-five?” (v. 28).
In effect, the Lord answered Abraham, “Yes, I’ll do it, just because you have asked Me. For forty-five righteous, I’ll spare the thousands who are there” (v. 28)
Then Abraham continued to ask the Lord to spare Sodom and Gomorrah, even if there were only forty, thirty-five, thirty, or twenty righteous inhabitants.
Finally, Abraham asked God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah for the sake of ten righteous people, and God agreed to stay judgement if ten righteous were found. I believe Abraham surely thought there would be at least ten righteous in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Think about that! God would have spared that city which was full of corruption and immorality for the sake of ten righteous people. The Bible says God never changes, He is the same forever the same (Mal. 3:6). Will He not do in our day what He did in Abraham’s day?
If under the Old Covenant Abraham interceded for other people and God heard him, how much more will God hear our prayers under the New Covenant? Will He not hear our prayers for cities and nations for the sake of His children who live in them? He will, if we’ll intercede as Abraham did!
We are covenant children, just as Abraham was. However, we have an even better Covenant established upon better promises (Heb. 8:6). And we have the authority in the Name of Jesus to help others through prayer and intercession and to effect a change in nations to the glory of God!
SOURCE: “Bible Prayer Study Course” by Reverend Kenneth E. Hagin
Most people don’t like confrontation. If you do, you are in the minority. Many are petrified of it and tell themselves that it’s just too hard. So, when faced with a difficult situation or person, they avoid it and instead run away…for as long as possible.
People run from all kinds of things—like something new, or change in general. They run from their past. And many people in our society run away from responsibility. But the problem with running away from something is that you stay stuck. You don’t make any progress.
Now personally, I never had too many problems confronting people. In fact, I used to be overly confrontational, so the issue was more about how I handled confrontation. I had to learn how to confront people and situations the way Jesus did. I also had to learn how to confront the devil. And still, every once in awhile God, will give me a little refresher course on confronting the devil so he can’t walk all over me and I won’t listen to his lies.
We need to be people who will no longer run away from difficult situations because God doesn’t want us to be afraid. He wants us to be bold, courageous, and to know we can handle anything that comes our way!
Look at 1 John 4:4 (AMP). It says, “Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.”
The next time you feel fearful about a situation or person that you know you need to confront, just quote this scripture and remind the devil of his place. And tell him, “No! I’m not putting up with fear any longer.”
Maybe you just need to live with a little more oomph! I’m talking about Holy Spirit oomph that says, “I am God’s child, and I’m not going to be stepped on my whole life. I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. I will not live in fear. I will not run away from things. Because I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ who strengthens me.”
You can confront your problem. Or you can choose to run away from it. But if you run, the Bible is pretty clear as to what happens to people who run away from what God has called them to do…
They end up in the wilderness.
I want to talk about two people in the Bible who ran away when they were afraid and how God helped them confront their fear.
Moses – God had a destiny for Moses. But at forty years old, Moses did something wrong and instead of facing Pharaoh, he fled and “dwelt in the land of Midian” (Exodus 2:15 NKJV), which was a desert wilderness area outside of Egypt. He spent the next forty years in a holding pattern. God had to work some things out of Moses before he was ready, at age eighty, to go back and lead the Israelites.
Hagar – In Genesis we read how this servant girl got caught up in a really bad situation with Abraham and his wife, Sarah. When Hagar became pregnant by Abraham, which was Sarah’s idea, this created a big fight between her and Sarah. So Hagar ended up running away. The Bible says she ended up in the wilderness by a spring.
Then an angel of God told her, “Go back to your mistress and [humbly] submit to her control” (Genesis 16:9 AMP). Ouch! Although it was definitely unpleasant and, I’m sure, extremely hard to do, Hagar faced her difficult situation because she knew God wanted her to do it.
What about you? Are you in a wilderness today because you are fearfully avoiding confrontation? You don’t have to stay there all your life and keep running away from things. You can get out of that wilderness and live in the promised land God has for you—if you will start confronting issues.