Let’s continue looking at the six different types of prayer.
(4) The prayer of intercession. Listen: “I looked for a man… who would… stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land” (Ezekiel 22:30 NIV). To intercede means: “to stand in the gap” for someone else. If there’s a breach in that person’s relationship with God due to a particular sin, you have the privilege of placing yourself in that breach and praying for them. “The gap” is the distance between what is – and what can be.
(5) The prayer of commitment. “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him” (1 Peter 5:7 AMP). As long as you keep trying to control events your stress levels will just keep mounting. But when you learn to hand things over to God, you’ll wonder why you spent even a single day worrying.
(6) The prayer of consecration. On the Damascus Road, Paul prayed: “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6). That’s like signing your name to a blank cheque. It’s saying, “Here I am, do with me as you please. I hope I like what You choose, but even if I don’t I’ll do it anyway; Your will be done, not mine.” Now you’re deciding to voluntarily follow God, rather than struggling to get Him to follow you. As a result, God will do the work that needs to be done in us, so that He can do the work that He desires to do through us.
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