"It’s hard work. It’s vital work. The work of intercession determines the outcome of the battle. That’s what releases God’s power...
It’s true on so many fronts that God’s power is released through intercession. I think of James 5:16 that says, “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that”—what?—“that you may be healed.”
Recognizing needs in each other’s lives, recognizing sinful issues—we’re to confess these; we’re to be open about these so we can intercede for each other. When you learn about somebody’s spiritual failure, somebody’s sin, whether they come and tell you about it or you just observe it, that is a call to intercession.
That’s a call to go to the hill and to lift up the rod of God and intercede on their behalf so they can be healed, so the spiritual victory can be won in their lives. Prayer is vital, determinative work.
Parents, you need to be praying for your children. That is the most strategic, vital, necessary work you can do on their behalf. I’m afraid it’s the work that, in so many cases, goes by the wayside because it’s the unseen work.
Everybody would notice if you didn’t get your kids to school. Everybody would notice if your kids didn’t have decent clothes. But not everybody notices if no one is praying for your child. But the real battle for your children’s souls is being fought, is won or lost up on the hill in intercession.
Wives, are you praying for your husbands? They’re out there in a battle. They’re in a battle for their souls. I’ve seen so many men get tripped up with pride or sensuality, immorality, greed, lust. I’m wondering, “Who was on the hill fighting for them? Who was interceding on their behalf? How did they get side swiped by the devil? Was somebody praying?”
Are you praying for your pastor? Are you praying for other Christian workers? That’s where the battle is won or lost. Prayer is hard work. It’s vital work. It can be tiring work. We sometimes get weary in the battle and in the intercession, as Moses’ hands grew weary as he was holding up that rod. So we need others to come alongside to help us.
Prayer is long work. We’re told to pray without ceasing. Other kinds of work may be done. You can check things off your to-do list, but you can never check prayer off your to-do list. Prayer ought to always be at the top of our to-do list.
Moses held up his hands steady. How long? Until the going down of the sun—all the way to the end of the day. There’s a long haul aspect to prayer.
Jesus said men ought always to pray and not to give up, not to lose heart, not to grow weary."
~Nancy Leigh DeMoss (on today's Revive Our Hearts radio broadcast)