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Intercessors are often hidden by God. We are the sideliners, the cheerleaders, rarely front and center. You can find us behind the scenes somewhere, praying in secret. It can be so rewarding, but there are times we must come out of hiding. Beloved, this is the time! The harvest is ripe. People need the Lord — but how will they come to him if we stay quiet?

Pray for your fellow intercessor.


For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:13–15 NLT).

Toward the end of 2022, my pastor uttered something that has since been on my mind daily: “It’s time to stop praying for revival, and be the revival.”

Before you misunderstand, he wasn’t saying we should stop praying. Prayer is and will always be a vital ministry. His heart’s plea was for more. There’s always time for prayer, but the opportunity for action, not so much. Those moments must be seized.

Preacher and evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who often wrote about prayer and revival, once said: “Maybe you are the key to revival in your church.” Revivalist and Salvation Army founder William Booth said: “I’m not waiting for a move of God; I am a move of God.”

God gave us everything we would need to go and make disciples. You are more than able, because the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you (see Romans 8:11).

We have His Holy Spirit, Who helps and teaches us (see John 14:26). We have been given authority (see Luke 10:19). We have been given spiritual weapons (see Ephesians 6:11–18; Revelation 12:11; Hebrews 4:12). We have also been given spiritual gifts, and it is those gifts that make room for us and that open doors for us to share Christ with those around us.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully (Romans 12:4–8 NIV).

Prayer is the easy part for most of us. Everyone can pray or has a general understanding about praying. It’s when the time comes to walk out those prayers that people can get hesitant.

We are all blessed with a spiritual gift from God. Many feel, however, that what they’ve got to offer is too small. But the smallest act of love can produce a harvest if you walk in obedience.

A recent IFA article about that very thing shares the story of one small act of kindness that blessed someone.

Many are reluctant to use their gifts due to feelings of inadequacy. Some feel that they aren’t as important as those who operate in “full-time ministry.” The fivefold ministry offices are ordained by God Himself; this is not for all believers. But that doesn’t make you less important. The Church can’t do what it does without you.

While only some are called to this office or that (see Ephesians 4:11–13; 1 Corinthians 12:28), all believers are called to serve.

Jesus modeled serving throughout His ministry, declaring, as we read in Matthew 20:28, that He came not to be served, but to serve others. His compassion led him to pray for the sick. He touched the untouchable, and He loved the unlovable. He fed the hungry. He welcomed the outcasts. What was the result of Jesus’ serving others? He demonstrated the gospel He preached, thus causing many to believe His message.

People often pray for God to do something about what they see, and they stop there. I wonder how often God is waiting for us to do something about it. After all, we aren’t called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to do nothing. It’s time to stop passing the buck and just step up.

You are uniquely gifted to serve because this scripture tells us that God has graced each one of us. They’re His gifts, not ours. It’s not about us, and it never was. It’s about serving others and bringing glory to God.

If someone is in desperate need financially, a prophetic word will bless them, but if they were to be blessed monetarily, that will probably mean more to them in the moment. A person who is in despair would greatly benefit from someone who has the gift to encourage. And someone who has the gift of mercy is as important as someone who can teach. One who can help is just as important as one who can lead. We all are beneficial and powerful when we serve in love.

You may not be called to the nations, but you are called to the people around you. You are called to serve your family. You are called to your workplace. You are called to your neighbors. These are people that only you can reach. You can be a missionary, right where you are. Don’t bury your talents in the ground.

When you serve in your God-given gift, you are presented with an opportunity to share Jesus. You also become the answer to someone’s prayer. 

There’s much to be done. Pray and ask the Lord what He would have you do. Listen for His prompting, and then obey. Serve someone today. Share the wonderful things that God has done for you. Use what God has given you, and bless somebody. Be the revival!

Father, thank You for Your kindness to me. You made me. You see me. You know me. You know everything I’ve ever done, and still You chose me. You still love me and call me Yours. I could never repay You for what You’ve done. All I can say is, thank You, Lord. I love You, Lord. Thank You for saving me, for loving me, for filling me with Your Holy Spirit, and for gifting me so that I can share Your message with others.

Here I am, Lord — send me. I surrender all of myself to You. I open my mouth so that You may fill it. Let me speak Your word in and out of season, and let me be ready to answer anyone who wants to know why I have hope, as it says in 1 Peter 3:15. Use my hands to heal the sick, according to Your word in Mark 16:18, and also to feed the hungry or to bless those who are in any other sort of need. Anoint my feet to go where You send me. You have said in Isaiah 52 and in Romans 10:15: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news. Enable me to preach the good news. Touch my eyes to see people the way You see them. Give me a heart that is moved with compassion for the lost.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What gift has God graced you with? Share your thoughts and prayers here.

IFA contributing writer Gloria Robles is a passionate intercessor with a prophetic voice for today. For more from Gloria, go to Spotify or Anchor and listen to her podcast, Something To Share. Photo Credit: adrianna geo on Unsplash.

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Lemonia Safedis
March 2, 2023

No to mandatory given to the who

Priscilla Meyenburg
February 21, 2023

John -9-1-3 “Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” God says constantly, lean on me, as he talks to His disciples and explain their question “Who’s to blame for this man’s blindness? Jesus explained that the man was blind so He could teach about Faith and Glorify God. “God said I refuge to “assign blame”. God has a plan for everything He wants to teach us.. we are going through touch times, there are many that are asking the Question: Why? This scripture has taught me something very important. I did ask God a why? God knows I love Him and He loves me. Durning the Covid Virus one day I was very upset and said to God. Why did you allow me to say yes to a place That I was not happy of moving to. Most of my children were in this place, they wanted us close to them. I was injured on my right side, surgery replacement hip. I was told I would be walking in a few days. After the surgery I was told the Dr. Had cut my Sciatic Nerve. I could not walk because I had drop foot from this injury in 2017. Therefore the move in 2019. My children wanted us close to them. I we landed in a place I was not totally happy about, except being close to the Children. So when I asked God the WHY question, he did not answer right away. It was several weeks I knew the answer to the WHY. As Jesus healed the blind man to see, Jesus started showing me things in my spirit that was not good with my Granddaughter all four of them. They had all finished their degrees and were getting jobs, but things were not as they seemed when they visited us over the (20) years we lived in another state, our state of retirement. The WHY was answered, so I started praying more heavily, I knew how to pray, I was in a Intercessor group at my church I attended. So what was I to do? All of the girls who grew up in church were suddenly not attending, as I learned over the next few years my blinders began to being removed. What they kept well hidden was the ungodly learning they picked up at the University’s. God knew He had my heart, my voice. A surprise e- mail came one day asking me if I would like to join and be a part of a prayer group for President Trump. I said yes, then through this group I was introduced to I FA. Durning all of this time I was in therapy, still could not walk normal, but I was determined to walk. God was with me, gave me strength, and wisdom. I learned I could not talk to the granddaughters they wanted no part, so I spent these four years praying and learning to place all in Gods hands, most of the time.! How does this give God Glory? Foe one thing I am still believing I will walk normally with shoes on that will not fall off. I’ve lived in tied tennis shoes. The other why I am believing all of my Granddaughters will find God again. I give Satan and all of his demonic spirits to keep his hands off of my family, and open their eyes to see all of this sin that is keeping them in bondage to ignore God. I could write a short book of the shocking things that they have turned to. I thank God daily for introducing IFA to me, it keeps me hopeful. The Why is answered why I was in a state to live I did not like and the second Why I am not completely healed! One day soon I am going to bring Glory to my Heavenly Father, because I declare my family will be joined to God again and serving Him as Praise team leaders, singing in praise teams. They all have beautiful voices. I have no doubt that God can use your tough times for His Glory.! Phil: 4-13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Marilyn Bosma
February 21, 2023

Father, I join hearts with my brothers and sisters across the nation. Yes, Lord, we want to be the revival! Open our spiritual eyes and ears to hear the Holy Spirit’s whispering!! Here am I, send me. We celebrate your goodness O Lord, your power and your love!!! Thank you for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on every nation!!

February 21, 2023

Yes, Lord.
Move me, use me, get me out of my comfort zone to go out and serve You.
Holy Spirit, help me.
With humble heart and full obedience, enable my gifting to be used for Your glory and honor. Amen.

Suzanne Russell
February 21, 2023

This is true that God has hidden us and saved us for such a time as this! Also, He likes to have us pray from all portions of the world because the enemy doesn’t know where this is coming from usually! God is so good, and I do believe now is the time that He will at the right time, ask us to step forward in His POWER, GLORY and ANOINTING to help bolster the work of the harvest! It is an honor and a privilege that every Christian will have if they are ready to do so!

Janet drawhorn
February 21, 2023

I have a heart to serve, encourage and to just be there when needed.


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