“Compassion is not pity. It is love in action.”

Prayer is the spark that ignites this action leading to an explosion of eternal results. Christ left this command to us: “Pray ye therefore the Lord of harvest, that He will send forth laborers into’ His harvest.” (Matt. 9:38)

Let us put on the garment of compassion that will bring our knees down to pray for lost souls’ especially our loved ones, relatives, colleagues, and friends.

Intercession is the way that leads to the winning of souls. No church can prosper without it. No Christian can grow without it. The law of life demands reproduction–that kind should beget kind.

The Hidden Ministry Of Compassion By Dick Eastman – Ehc International President

No Ministry available to the believer can accomplish as much for God’s glory as intercession. To intercede for another is to engage in a spiritual battle on behalf of someone else’s needs. When that prayer is focused on unevangelized souls, it is intercession offered at its highest level.

1. Intercession Is Serving Others: To be an intercessor one must make himself available. He lives to help others by assuming a position on his knees. His very life become a gift of love. Jesus said. “Whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”

(Mark 10:44.45). To be a true intercessor there must be a continual decentralization of self. Others must always come first.

2. Intercession Is Fighting: Intercession is also warfare. As stated. it is engaging in battle for another. It is to “make up the hedge” and “stand in the gap” — both battle expressions from ancient Bible days. Even Jesus was not exempt from this level of prayer. The physician Luke provides this graphic description of Christ’s spiritual warfare: “And being in anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44). This was not a casual social gathering for the purpose of discussing Roman politics or current events in Jerusalem. This was war, and on it hinged the destiny of nations,

3. Intercession Is Suffering: With warfare comes pain. Real intercession is almost

synonymous with suffering. Look at Christ, our best example of the intercessor. The author of Hebrews writes, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death– that is. The devil” (Hebrews 2:14). Those who would seek a painless form of Christian service must avoid intercession at all cost. To engage in intercession is to open oneself up to the very attack being leveled against the one for whom we are praying.

4. Intercession Is Sharing: Rees Howells was a man mightily used of God as an intercessor during the earlier years of this century, and especially during World War 11. God taught Mr. Howell a profound truth–”You cannot be a true intercessor unless you are willing to be a part of the answer to your prayers.” Like Jesus, who came to share in our suffering by suffering Himself, we must be willing to share whatever is necessary to be part of the answer to our prayer. Paul said it in these words– “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak “(Acts 20:35).

5. Intercession Is Ruling: Lest we leave an impression that Intercession is only defined in terms of sacrifice, intercession is also a ministry of authority. It is God’s method to teach His children how to overcome Satan. It is the ministry of “rulership”.

Jeremiah had this ministry. To the prophet God declared, “See, I have this day set thee over the nations and to over the kingdoms, to root out, and pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:10).

God was telling Jeremiah he would rise above the very governments of the nations to actually control situations through God’s infinite power. Have you made yourself available to God for this special ministry?

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