The Intercessor’s Pain: Rejection
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The Intercessor’s Pain: Rejection
An article about rejection on Christmas Eve? Yes. IFA co-founder Derek Prince wrote this: “One of the most discouraging and crippling forces against any human being is the power of rejection.” The holidays often exacerbate this. This article is an encouragement and offers hope.
Beloved intercessor, do you tend to think differently, talk differently, pray differently, and live differently from many others around you? Do people call you “too spiritual,” maybe even saying that you’re “too heavenly-minded to be any earthly good”? Do you find yourself often rejected because of how you are different from the world?
If so, I want to encourage you today.
Connect with others in your state in prayer.
Years ago, when I was going through a particularly painful season of rejection, the Lord spoke to me about this topic.
I was in tears because it seemed like everyone passed me by. It was apparent that most people saw nothing valuable in me, even though I was a faithful servant in the house of the Lord. This had gone on for years on end, and I couldn’t endure the agony of it any longer. I needed to hear from the Lord on the topic, so I asked Him to give me His heavenly perspective.
As I prayed, the Lord took me to the book of Isaiah. Then He showed me passage after passage that specifically says He has chosen you (and me!) as His own personal inheritance.
For example, there is this:
“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand’ ” (Isaiah 41:8–10 NKJV, emphases mine).
“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him” (Isaiah 43:1–7 NKJV, emphases mine).
Also, God spoke personally to Abraham (Abram at the time):
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV).
As the Lord illuminated these verses in my heart by His Spirit, waves of comfort and peace washed over me.
See, we each need to understand that God has separated us personally unto Himself.
Sometimes we think that our portion ought to look like everyone else’s, but that is not true. The lines of your inheritance have been drawn in pleasant places (Psalm 16), but all inheritances are not equal. And sometimes, the most precious inheritances belong to the hidden ones — because God has separated them unto Himself.
Beloved, if the world, the church, and even your family reject you because of how you follow Jesus and how different you are, know this:
You are personally God’s inheritance.
Although the world and even the church may have rejected you, the Bible says that you are God’s portion. You are His inheritance, and He made you especially for Himself and separated you unto Himself.
You, yes you, are God’s inheritance. He has chosen you for Himself. And He chose you personally.
I know it’s hard not fitting in. It’s difficult to be rejected. It’s hard when, time after time, opportunities and relationships with people seem to pass you by.
But if you are focused on this one thing: that you may dwell in the courts of the Lord all the days of your life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple — then you have the better portion.
Your portion is HIM, and His portion is you.
If your heart hurts today, pray about this. Study the word on this topic, especially from Isaiah 40 through Isaiah 63. Ask the Lord to speak to you, and He will comfort your heart.
Does this word speak to your heart and spirit? If so, leave a comment below!
This article is part of a 5-part series. Find the other installments at the links below.
Part 1. The Intercessor’s Pain: Delay – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Part 2. The Intercessor’s Pain: Travail – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Part 3. The Intercessor’s Pain: Servitude vs. Sonship – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Part 5. The Intercessor’s Pain: Misunderstanding – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Jamie Rohrbaugh is the author of 7 Days of Healing from Rejection and Abandonment: You Can Be Free In Christ. She is the founder and CEO of From His Presence, a ministry dedicated to equipping God’s people in prayer, the prophetic word, living supernaturally, inner healing, and Kingdom wealth. Her writing can be found on YouVersion Bible Plans, Charisma Magazine, The Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and various other ministry outlets. Download her free prayer tool, Praying the Names of God: 555 Biblical Names of God and How to Use Them in Prayer and Worship, here. Photo Credit: Canva.
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. Rejection is so personal and isolating. Thank you for sharing this encouraging article. It has blessed me on a particularly difficult day.
This was an especially painful Christmas- due to our children attacking us on our conservative viewpoints, and not feeling respected as a parent and a believer. Thank you for this timely article. It has brought a measure of comfort to this beleaguered soul
I am praying specifically for softened hearts…wisdom and discernment from the Lord God and that your children would have a fresh encounter with the Lord Himself…
Praying for your hearts to be healed and renewed. With HOPE!!!
Praying for laborers to cross their path and speak life to them…
That the Lord God would whisper how much they are loved…
We plead the blood over this situation
In Jesus name amen
You are not alone as this is happening to a lot of parents..
Jesus is tenderly calling them home..
The prodigals are and will be returning
Soon!!! I decree in the mighty name of Jesus that they will RESPECT you both..
Big turnarounds… wait on the Lord and He will keep your ❤️ heart… He is in the waiting… put praise music on
I BELIEVE for IT by CeCe Winans
I will put that song 🎵 on now for myself and declare it for your preciousness family.. the Lord is leaving the 99 to return them back to the fold
I also struggle with rejection or disrespect from adult children for my conservative views. Praying that the Lord will reveal truth to all of our children & for the prodigals to come home. In Jesus name, Amen!
Jamie, some days I believe that you are reading my thoughts. Thank you for reminding me of the exact verses God gave me in a season of deep rejection and estrangement. He is so kind. When I moved from Canada to the States, Ps.16 was my lifeline. Grace and peace to you today. Thank you for mi isteri g to the hearts of the saints!
Thank you, Lord God for your perfect strength and your perfect love for us and your perfect peace
Thank you for this word. As one that struggles with rejection over the holidays, this was definitely fitting. I believe there are many, many more that struggle with the spirit of rejection at this time, and I pray that they all feel God’s love and acceptance. Even as we feel left behind by people in our familiies and church families, remind us Lord, that You will never leave us behind. May we find what we need in You, and not look for acceptance from others. Thank You, Jesus, for this season where the focus is on You, and the reminder that You loved us so much, that You came as a baby, wet diapers and all, to die for our sins. There is no greater gift from the holidays than that.
Thank you for this word. I have too often felt rejection even within my Christian family. This word telling me I am God’s inheritance is so very precious.
I have so often said, out loud and internally that it doesn’t matter if I’m accepted, although truth is it does hurt. But to see things from this perspective is beautiful and much appreciated.
I’m called to serve as a pastoral counselor in this amazing Inner Healing and Deliverance Ministry.
Discouragement can be (to me) so crippling as it can easily stalk those who serve in hard places and in unyielding spiritual environments; if unchecked, it can bleed into despair.
Thank you kindly for the much needed encouragement. This was my cave of Addulam moment. Peace
This message was SO ENCOURAGING to me! I want to be HIS PORTION! We forget that those who have overlooked us aren’t the Ones who matter! How dare we forsake our heavenly calling because others don’t understand? As long as HE UNDERSTANDS!!
I was rejected by my bestfriend on Christmas day last year 2021. Tomorrow is the one year anniversary. The pain is still horrible. I ask for prayer.
Oh thank you! This is a much needed reminder today… and changes the focus to how loved we are as His peculiar people. I’m now singing , “oh how He loves you and me…!”
Amen! Thank you Jesus.
Thankyou Jamie I have had a period of rejection from some people living in the same house as myself, its very painful its hurts a great deal but I am now stronger they no longer have that hold on me, this was a word for me
Today is the 25th of Dec here in 🇫🇯 Fiji.,it’s 7:05am in my country.
Blessed Christmas greetings from Fiji to you all.and to your family Sis Jamie and all brothers and sisters who are all with you..
I am going through it right now since the 1st week of October 2022 till this Christmas day.It’s from my family and also from church.What you’ve shared today,is what I’m really going through now…that is me.I prayed that prayer and I felt how powerful it is.I believe someone will call me today.
We love you Sis , I know how you feel its horrible, keep praying God will comfort you
Praise be to God for this day and time that I have been led by the Holy Spirit to read what is written in your prothetic words and the article on rejection..
God bless you and strengthen you as you help us to understand more.
These verses have encouraged me countless number of times over my many years. Praying and interceding can be a lonely place but it is a place of rest and blessings if we trust in His Word.
I am nearly 83 years old, and God has called me Precious! I need nothing more. Praise His Name!!
In 2021 I had 2 family members tell me I had lost touch with reality and that they worry about mental illness. I couldn’t keep from laughing because that’s exactly what Jesus’ own family said about Him!
I just keep praying for them to have their spiritual eyes and ears opened to The Truth.
Love and Blessings
Father, in the name of Jesus, as one who has experienced much rejection, and humiliation during my lifetime, I pray for others who are enduring, I pray that they not be tempted to despair to think that you are fickle like man, and have rejected them or forgotten them. Keep them strong during the times when your silence during trials and their failures are doing a great work in growing their endurance, patience, and faith, help them remember your words to Peter, that you have prayed for them, and when they are restored they will help the brethren.
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:31–32)
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And the Lord has forgotten me.
Psalm 13:1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face forever?
Psalms 42:9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Psalms 94:14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
Thank you Jesus, for praying for us and reminding us that we are more than conquerors in you.
@ Saints needing healthing for their very breathe, lungs are being attack in deadly manner. This can’t not stand we ask for healings today, now is the time. We all need our very breath! It different needs for same cause and, is brother and sister whom dearly love the Lord. Join me in asking God to touch them now Roman 8:vs 10-16 join me in this pray please. Amen, and so be it. Thanking you in advance and Merry Christmas to all.
Most power message and so needed. We tend to make things so hard with following the word is so easily done. Perfect massage and very good wisdom. Thank -you!
Very powerful message! Thank-you for sharing!!! SHALOM, KARE Patton
Wow did I need this today. Thank you so much and thank You Lord…
Thank you for this prayer! More often than not do I experience the same as what Jamie is describing!
Praise the Lord for this encouraging word and prayer!
I read this with tears in my eyes. Since the day God called me as an intercessor shortly after I was truly born again. I have struggled to fit into what the world sees as the church. My beloved husband was the only one who understood and he is now with his Savior, so I am alone. I am thankful for a family who loves me. But they do not understand the call of intercession and try to draw me into their sphere instead of accepting who I am. I would love to host everyone who has written comments into my home for fellowship and prayer. But it is obvious that we are miles and even continents from each other. I remind myself that the day will come when we will be with our precious Savior and all tears will be wiped away.
Thank you for taking the time to share these promises to share with others.
If God is for us who can be against us?
Many who are not turning their eyes upon Jesus and truths about our inheritance in being a follower of His ways.
Lord ignite passion in your Bride to not shrink back in ths season of increased prophetic times unfolding.
I give you my heart as a gift today and the coming days before the New Year starts, in Jesus’ name.
Thank you, your words are a blessing .
Thank you for speaking about this subject, because I have always been rejected and ostracized all my life, and feel abandoned as a child of God. The word of the Lord in Psalm 68: 6 says that He sets the lonely in families. I’m still waiting for God to provide me with the ones He assigned to my destiny. I understand that everyone goes through periods of isolation or rejection, but it shouldn’t be a way of life otherwise how are we to share the gospel or be a shining light? Lord Jesus I lift every person to You that is struggling with loneliness and rejection. I pray You give us our miracle & breakthrough, provide us with the people You have for our lives because You said You set the lonely in families and that it is not good to be alone because if one falls the other can help them up. Please don’t let us be alone. May Your people give You glory & honor in Jesus name Amen. Searching for peace and understanding. Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year 🙏🏼❤️🎄
Lord strengthen you with passion to stand up for Jesus.
Stay hot or Him, even during the cold snap throughout the planet.
Lord, blanket your people with miracles, signs and wonders today as your Light shines bright for the Redeemed.
I live on a tiny island where everyone knows each other’s business. You are either included or left out. I used to chafe at being left out, and the worst was being rejected by my only son and his wife. The Lord told me to let them go. I began to realize I would never fit in or be included, even with my own family. I believe God brought me here to this island to intercede for this island and these people. This article helped me so much. Even though I have gladly accepted to be an intercessor for this island, I wasn’t really aware that I could be God’s inheritance. How precious and special that is. I really do have to fight discouragement, often bordering on depression. My biggest challenge is remaining focused on what I am called to do while my family rejects my beliefs while they are becoming more and more worldly. I have one daughter and one son. The son is barely involved in our lives (me and my husband, his father), and the daughter is involved but does not like my view of
Christianity. At least she is kind to me, just not in sync with my Biblical world view. I love IFA and the wonderful articles. If you know your calling and accept it, you just have to learn to deal with the results. Thank you Jesus, for any and all encouragement You send my way. Blessed to be His
Please be encouraged Vanessa! You have many brothers, sisters, sons and daughters in the BODY OF CHRIST. You are loved and cherished. The best is yet to come.
Lord Jesus we thank you for Your precious daughter Vanessa. We prayer for her and her family that You open their eyes and hearts to You. No weapon formed against Your children will prosper especially during these dark days. We pray for their salvation and that they will come to the knowledge of You and accept You as their Lord and savior. Help us to overcome and not be discouraged or disappointed but instead You will give us hope, joy, and victory that we may be encouraged and our faith strengthened in Jesus name. May You be exalted Lord!
Stand strong in The Lord and power of His might!.
It is hard to be rejected by our family members.
Keep praying for them, show kindness as you are directed by God. Love sacrificed for our salvation. Love is our example. Only Holy Spiirt can draw others into sight of eternal truths. Lord open the eyes of those on this island and for all who feel isolated, in Jesus’ name. There will be great rewards awaiting in our eternal home as we stay courageous to life up the name of Our King Jesus, The Messiah…Emmanuel “God with us”.
Vanessa, keep faith in the Lord. He will bring people into ur life who will love and cherish you and you will have in common to share your faith and love for Christ with them. Have a blessed Christmas and New Year!🌟🎄
Great truth! Actually I have learned to see that by standing firm ,even if that means being rejected will bring around ultimate respect in the end!