Do You Have Intercessors?

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Last week I had a minor emergency. The details aren’t important. The jist is that I was stressed, paralyzed with worry over certain circumstances.

I knew that I didn’t want to stay in that place of muddled confusion and anxiety. The days are too precious to waste. After reading my Bible and praying to God, I pulled out my phone. I typed a few text messages and emails, calling out for help.

I didn’t need physical help. Just spiritual help. I was praying to God with my concerns, but I knew I needed others to pray over me, too. And they did. Amy, Bethany, Cathy, Jessica, Jessika, Lynn, Rena, and Sheila did.

These women vary in age, locale, background, and experience. I met them on a college campus, in a church, in an airplane, in a hotel, at a coffee shop, in the comments section of a blog. And yet, they are my friends. Friends that I can call on in an emergency, big or small.

They answered my call not only with texts, emails, and words of scripture, but also with their prayers. They were intercessors for me.

Each day after that got better and better wherein the week ended so much better than it had been. The circumstances hadn’t changed, but I was buoyed by God’s grace and love for me both in my spirit and in the care I received from these ladies.

I consider myself a very blessed woman. I am rich!

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

Do you have friends who intercede for you, who pray to God on your behalf?

I’d love to hear your story. How have friends rallied to your side with spiritual care and support?

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  1. So glad you were supported so well in prayer! Thankfully, I do have women like this in my life. It’s such a rich blessing to know that they will intercede on my behalf and follow up to see how I’m doing. I’ve sent pleas for prayer while in labor, in the midst of confusion when wisdom is much needed, and in times of hurting. How amazing it is to know His comfort as a result of the prayers of friends. And, what a joy it is to do the same for them and see the Lord work in powerful ways!

  2. I am happy to call you my friend and be an intercessor for you. Strong, encouraging Christian friends are such a blessing. I can’t imagine what I would have done without my friends when Simon was in the hospital. But even in good times of blessing, it is nice to have someone to share the joy with. 🙂

  3. Our spiritual intercessors are the amazing people that help us through the difficult times and enjoy the good times with us! All of our children have come to our family through various forms of adoption. During our last adoption it looked like the birth-father was not going to be found. Without his signature the adoption would take a long time. We had a very small window to find him and have him sign the appropiate paperwork. We sent out two texts asking for prayers on our behalf and for our sweet son. Those people sent texts and A LOT of prayers were said.

    Our case worker finally found the birth-father and meet him at midnight, in downtown Philadelphia, all by herself. She got the paperwork signed and said that after that our adoption was one of the easiest that she had done. I believe that Heavenly Father has plan for our family. We try to walk in His paths and live correctly. Sometimes we need humbling experiences to remind us how much we need Him and those friends that can help us tap into his eternal blessings.

  4. I never knew how important this was until Sept 2010, when I was 23 weeks pregnant with #4 and my water broke without any explanation. While I waited for my husband to take me to the hospital, I posted on FB for prayer and the prayers started rolling in from around the world. I had a smaller group of women that I was in touch with via text, giving some more details, who sent text messages around the clock, filled with prayer and scripture that I believe God used to keep me sane and grounded in Him. I was in the hospital for 15 days before my son was born at 25 weeks. He stayed in the NICU for three months and is now a thriving 2.5 year old. I know now that there are women that I can call or text any time of the day or night who will be on their knees for me. The Body of Christ is powerful.

  5. You are truly blessed!
    I’m trying to connect & find more people to help me on my spiritual walk. I wish I had intercessors, I’ve asked a handful or 2 of women but no one so far, or at least no one on a routine basis. It’s really hard to find the time to connect when we all have small children or homework after school etc, etc. I have a hard enough time trying to find the time to read my Bible weekly (I always feel less than 15 minutes is too short)

  6. When I discovered I was pregnant with my first child, it was an unhappy time. I was in college, newly married, and on a class-x medication. Class-x drugs are considered highly dangerous to an unborn baby; the one I was taking, though it has many uses, is the drug of choice for chemical abortions.

    Not cool.

    The doctor who prescribed this drug told me to abort; the birth defects would be severe and would require expensive medical treatment. Should the baby survive, that is. And the baby would ultimately die anyhow.

    The very first doctor, the one who confirmed my pregnancy, was honest about the possibilities. She was the one who encouraged me to wait and to hope.

    She encouraged me to pray.

    She asked if she could talk about my baby and me at her church. She wanted to involve their prayer group, and whole congregation. I consented.

    I don’t know how many people prayed on behalf of my unborn daughter, but 19 weeks after that I discovered that my daughter was okay.

    She was normal and healthy.

    How much of her good health was the result of prayer or stopping the drug, I’ll never know.

    But so many people prayed for her, for me, and I’ll forever be grateful to these nameless, compassionate folks.

    So yes, I’ve had intercessors; and I think their prayers played a large part in my daughter’s health and in my own desire to wait.