Our triune God exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the creation (Genesis 1) it is the communion within this one God that brings about light, etc. Since then communion, communication, if you like, prayer, has been His modus operandi. And the entire universe is sustained by information.
The strength of the church then is in communion with God and with each other.
A Friend on Behalf of a Friend
In Luke 11, to illustrate the meaning of the Lord's Prayer, Jesus told a story of a man going to seek bread from a friend on behalf of a friend. That is intercessory prayer right there. The friend who wanted the bread knocked on the door and was greeted with: 'I am in bed with my children and cannot come out and give you bread.' The friend outside responded by almost tearing down the door - He knew his friend was in and also had bread in the house. Needless to say, he got his friend up to give him the bread.
Breakthrough Intercessory prayer adopts this attitude: God is in, and there is 'bread' for sinners, families, nations, communities, and individuals. therefore we will 'breakdown' the door if necessary. This is a prayer of importunity. Jesus used the word in the original Greek for 'shamelessness' to describe the seeker.
It is this attitude, singularly, that accounts for breakthrough: praying shamelessly:
Hannah did and looked drunk;
Blind Bartimaeus did while circumstances tried to shut him up,
Even our Lord Jesus did too (Hebrews 5.7).
Finally, the Holy Spirit does today incessantly (Romans 8.26 ff).
When it comes to standing for someone else all stops must be pulled, no barrier left standing, only pursuit of an answer is important. Let us get praying!!
"Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers." Sidlow Baxter
Prayer is a triumph, in whatever form. ~Terri Guillemets
Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need. ~E.M. Bounds
“God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil …” E.M. Bounds
"The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God's standing challenge, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'" (J. Hudson Taylor)
Jesus came praying, died praying and 'ever liveth to make intercession for us' (Hebrews 7.25)
If you want any teaching on prayer do not hesitate to contact us, or host a prayer meeting in your church or city. May God reward you abundantly for your contribution to the global prayer endeavour!