I’m excited to welcome back my friend and fellow WordNerd, Melissa King, for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday: Intercessor. What a great word to follow up the series on prayer the way Jesus taught us!
Intercessor: A mediator; one who interposes between parties at variance, with a view to reconcile them; one who pleads on behalf of another.
OT- Hebrew: Pāga– come between, entreat, make intercession
NT-Greek: Hyperentynchanō– to intercede on behalf of-make intercession for. (Rom 8:26)
Entynchanō-to chance upon, confer with, deal with, entreat, make intercession
Enteuxis– an interview, meeting with, a coming together, a conference or conversation.
Intercessor in the Bible
To intercede for one another is one of the principal practices of professing Christians. The idea that our Lord has an open ear to our calls to him is incomprehensible and mystifying to say the least, but he hears our prayers and is good to answer them. We can intercede for individuals and/or entire nations. But most importantly we have our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as our intercessor before the throne of God above.
“ For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man[a] Christ Jesus,”
1 Timothy 2:5
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”
“Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.”
Isaiah 53:12Most importantly we have our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as our intercessor before the throne of God above. #intercessor #wordnerdwednesday Click To Tweet
Paul, in his first letter to Timothy, urges “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,” (2:1) “Intercessions” is distinctly listed in contrast to the other types of prayer. Perhaps Paul listed these specific kinds of prayer to stress that there is a time and place for each. The Greek word used here is Enteuxis- an interview, meeting with, a coming together, a conference or conversation. It is a meeting between you and God where your sole purpose is to plead on behalf of another. Paul himself new the power of interceding for others and saw the results of the intercessions made on his behalf. In 2 Corinthians 1:11 he stated, “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
He specifically called out this category of prayer as a priority for believers. It is a discipline of the Christian life. We must be alert in our daily lives to notice those around us who need our intercessions. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Paul urges in his letter to the Church at Ephesus to pray at all times in the Spirit. Keep alert, persevere, and intercede for our fellow saints. Isn’t it interesting that he tells them (and us) to keep alert with all perseverance? Look up, child. There are many about you for which you can intercede. On behalf of others, we come and pray, trusting and knowing that He inclines his ear to us in His great mercy.
“ praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”
For Whom Do We Intercede?
Not only are we called to pray for individuals around us, but also the welfare of our cities and nations. We are all familiar with the commonly quoted verse in Jeremiah 29:11.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
But to understand the deeper meaning of this verse we need to read the context before it. Starting in verse 4-7
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
The Lord already knows the days of our life and the places he will take us. He knows the joys and the struggles we will encounter. Yet, he commands us to pray to him on behalf of others, even our enemies to that end. We pray for God to do the things he promises he will do. Not because he won’t do it if we don’t pray, but because it is an honor and privilege to come and meet with him in prayer. Drawing near to his throne, we see our loving Father draw near to us. His promises are more real to us, if we have been asking him to do what he says he will do. In our hearts, his goodness is magnified, and we give thanks.
There is no greater gift we can give to fellow believers than to meet with our triune God on their behalf. Entreat the Lord for the needs of our brothers and sisters, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus. See how good and merciful he is to act and do as he promises! Not all prayers are answered the way we may desire, but if we are interceding, we are in a conversation with him and looking to see His answer and grow in our knowledge and understanding of our Lord.There is no greater gift we can give to fellow believers than to meet with our triune God on their behalf #intercessor #wordnerdwednesday Click To Tweet
Melissa King is a homeschooling mother of five and Army wife of 15 years. She is now settled permanently with her family in Louisville, Kentucky since her husband went from Active Duty to the Reserves. Their home is their greatest ministry through foster care. Though she has a degree in Art Education and is the Director of her local Classical Conversations campus, her most rewarding job is that of wife and mother. In those rare moments when she is not teaching, cleaning, or cooking she enjoys painting, reading, and knitting. She enjoys various mediums of arts and crafts and the occasional inspired post on her blog, Abiding Hearts at Home. She has an immense passion for Bible Study, especially women’s ministries such as Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) and Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), both of which have given her the opportunity to serve as a leader and facilitator. She has written an inductive Bible Study on Psalm 119 that she hopes to publish someday.