I Prayed have prayed
“Search me, O God…and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23,24)

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No one needs the evening news to be reminded that our country is in a serious downward spiral – socially, economically, politically, and spiritually. While people shake their heads, wring their hands, and postulate possible solutions, Bible-believing people know that God alone is the answer to this dilemma. Thus, there is a call for intercessors. Any number of people may occasionally or casually pray for the country, but God is looking for those who will “stand in the  gap between Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

Committing to real intercession is a serious endeavor. Intercessors beseech Almighty God to intervene in situations beyond mankind’s control. We may be clear about the “what” for intercession, but what about the “who” – the intercessors? Are there qualifications? Are there deterrents? Though IFA has produced a number of devotionals that highlight God’s guidelines for those who approach His throne with their requests, it’s always helpful to have reminders, because we are so prone to forget.

A basic instruction about prayer to all of God’s children (intercessor or not) is found in Psalm 66:18. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the LORD will not hear me.” What is this “iniquity” that prevents my prayers being heard? Because we read a lot about iniquity in the Old Testament, we may assume it refers to something unspeakably wicked, such as the Israelites’ often-embracing idolatry, but the NIV gives us clarification. “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the LORD would not have listened.” Iniquity is simply “sin” of any kind.

When we look to the New Testament, we read, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19) But since 1 John 1:8 clearly states that “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us,” what are we to do?  Another look at the NIV reveals that it’s not referring to the “sin” that is common to us all, but to “cherishing” sin.

“Cherishing” sin implies “clinging to or coddling something we hold dear.” We may think we would never do that with sin, but it’s possible to become so comfortable with our thoughts, attitudes, and actions that we don’t consider how far removed they may be from God’s standard of truth and righteousness, as revealed in His Word. Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate, by Jerry Bridges, is a wonderful resource to unearth sins that might be unrecognized in our lives.

In our flesh, there will always be the pull of “the sin [iniquity] which so easily ensnares us,” (Hebrews 12:1) so we must be on the alert for anything that attacks or weakens our longing to live a godly life. When we falter or fail in our quest, we have this promise. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)  But since we need to be aware of those sins, in the days ahead we will explore some of the iniquities/deterrents that must be dealt with, in order that our intercession will not be hindered.

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Patsy Taylor is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and the wife of George Taylor, a retired pastor who is an IFA contributing editor. She formerly served their churches in the music ministry, leading worship and an interpretive worship dance group. She now spends her time writing (unpublished) articles about Biblical themes, “Reflections” to the many songs she has written, and a “Family History.” They have been married 60 years, have two adult children, and six grandchildren.

 

 

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Jo Ann Taylor
October 23, 2022

I prayed this pray “Search me, O God…and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23,24)

The link for the daily devotions does not seem to be working for me. How can I sign up for the daily devotionals. This was a timely notice because before I read your email I had just asked God how do someone became a great intercessor.

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    Leigh Houseknecht
    October 24, 2022

    I cannot get the link either. Please let us know if we will be able to soon, thank you, Leigh

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Rebecca
October 23, 2022

Teach us Your ways, place Your Holy Spirit in me. We long to be in Your perfect will, Lord our Savior! Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says The Lord of Hosts. Point my feet in the way they should go. Praying for Revival!!!

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Merle
June 10, 2021

Thank you so much for IFA!!! I start everyday praying with you before my devotional/Bible time before the King…and then onto Warfare that continues throughout the day!!!
Your teaching, articles, and prayers let me know I am part of the national prayer and petitions for our nation!! May God be with us, have mercy on us, and heal our nation!
Thank you Lord for the direction, devotion to You and Your Word and the guidance You give to IFA to have our backs!!!

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