Tag: God

Vital Intercession

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit… —Ephesians 6:18

As we continue on in our intercession for others, we may find that our obedience to God in interceding is going to cost those for whom we intercede more than we ever thought. The danger in this is that we begin to intercede in sympathy with those whom God was gradually lifting up to a totally different level in direct answer to our prayers. Whenever we step back from our close identification with God’s interest and concern for others and step into having emotional sympathy with them, the vital connection with God is gone. We have then put our sympathy and concern for them in the way, and this is a deliberate rebuke to God.

It is impossible for us to have living and vital intercession unless we are perfectly and completely sure of God. And the greatest destroyer of that confident relationship to God, so necessary for intercession, is our own personal sympathy and preconceived bias. Identification with God is the key to intercession, and whenever we stop being identified with Him it is because of our sympathy with others, not because of sin. It is not likely that sin will interfere with our intercessory relationship with God, but sympathy will. It is sympathy with ourselves or with others that makes us say, “I will not allow that thing to happen.” And instantly we are out of that vital connection with God.

Vital intercession leaves you with neither the time nor the inclination to pray for your own “sad and pitiful self.” You do not have to struggle to keep thoughts of yourself out, because they are not even there to be kept out of your thinking. You are completely and entirely identified with God’s interests and concerns in other lives. God gives us discernment in the lives of others to call us to intercession for them, never so that we may find fault with them.

by Oswald Chambers

The Iconoclast

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

In English, we have the word “iconoclast.” An iconoclast is someone who goes against the flow and breaks the rules or traditions. The word goes back centuries. It comes from a great controversy which took place in the middle ages in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church was covered with so-called “holy images” called “icons”.There arose a movement that said, “The hallowing of icons is idolatry,” and they began smashing the icons. They were called the breakers of icons or, in Greek, the “iconoclasts”. But all believers are called to be iconoclasts. That is, we are not to serve, revere, honor, or acknowledge any idol of man, whether of secular man or of the church. But it should not stop there. A true believer is an iconoclast, in that he or she is continually smashing the idols in his or her life and heart. Are there any idols in your life? Is there anything you’re putting your trust, love, hope, and attention into when it should be in God? If so, then it’s your job to smash that idol and become an iconoclast.

Today’s Mission – Today, ask the Lord to show you if there is anything in your life that you have put your trust in over Him. Smash whatever idol that comes up.

by Jonathan Cahn