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Beloved friend, I have a question for you today. It’s a hard question, and here it is:
As an intercessor, you are accustomed to believing God for everyone else. It’s what you do. But can you believe Him for yourself too?
Let the IFA community know how to pray for you.
And do you remember as you pray for miracles in our great nation, to pray and believe God for miracles for yourself too?
One of the biggest pitfalls I have seen with intercessors is that we tend sometimes to get so involved in our intercessory call that we forget to simply be sons and daughters. It can be easy to pray for everyone else’s needs; other people’s needs sometimes feel so urgent. But in the midst of all that, it can also be easy to begin feeling like our Father has passed us by.
That is why I ask: Have you stopped believing God for yourself, letting yourself and God’s love for you become lost in the battlefield of intercessory duty?
If you have forgotten that God wants to bless your socks off too …
If you have forgotten what it looks like to see daily miracles in your family, your job, your marriage, and your finances …
Then I feel led to remind you today that GOD LOVES YOU. Everything He has given us is because of His love, and in Christ you are entitled to know God in all that He is and to receive everything God has.
It’s all because God gave us Jesus, and He gave us Jesus because He loved us.
John 3:16 tells us that LOVE is the root of God’s giving:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).
God gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, before we knew Him or loved Him at all. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He loved us then and loves us still, and we are commanded to abide in His love. Remember this word too:
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:9–10 NKJV).
And because God loves you, He wants to bring you joy.
He wants to help you in every situation. He wants to lead you and guide you. He wants to bless your socks off every day, and He wants to give you absolutely everything your heart desires.
Luke says this:
“But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:31–32 NKJV).
And remember this:
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:4–5 NKJV).
“The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted” (Proverbs 10:24 NKJV).
Yes, my friend. God wants to bless YOU.
There is a big difference between servitude and sonship. We serve God because we love Him, of course! But we have to remember that the basis of our relationship must always be LOVE. And in a two-way relationship built on love, both parties dote on one another.
So, yes: We are to ask God for everything we desire — not just the things that look “spiritual enough,” like nationwide revival, or praying for your pastors or children. Jesus said:
“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).
We are to ask God for things that bring us joy. God gives us richly all things to enjoy, as it says in 1 Timothy:
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV).
God doesn’t just want to “use” you in intercession. Intercession is part of the love relationship, but God also wants to bless you.
So friend, I encourage you to examine yourself today. Are you abiding in Jesus’ love, together with all that His love entails? Or have you gotten into a place where you believe God for everyone else, but you do not believe Him for yourself? Have you gotten so caught up in doing His will in prayer that you forget that a relationship with YOU, His beloved child, IS His will?
Beloved, you are a child of God. God wants to bless you. As you walk the path of your intercessory journey, remember that all of God’s promises are YES and AMEN — for you, too.
Have you allowed yourself to get so caught up in your intercessory job that you have forgotten to just abide in God’s love and to receive from Him as His beloved child? 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 4. The Intercessor’s Pain: Rejection – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Part 5. The Intercessor’s Pain: Misunderstanding – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Jamie Rohrbaugh is the author of On-Time God: 14 Miracle Words and Prayers for RIGHT NOW. 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, in Charisma Magazine, and on 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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O’ weary one find rest, take refuge
In the L-RD above.
Allow Him to fill your distraught soul
With His joy, His peace, and His love.
Drink deeply from His Heavenly Fount.
Be refreshed, renewed, and restored.
Be strengthened, dear faithful pilgrim,
In the Holy presence of the L-RD.
Though storm clouds may gather ‘round you
And thunderous voices may fill the air
And lightning bolts may aim against you
And strong winds may bite and tear,
You, child of G-D, stand safely hidden
Under the shadow of His Wings.
Take courage, therefore,
In your L-RD G-D and Savior
And your soon coming King of kings.
Thank you so much for this. It touched me very deeply. “…Glory tears are flowing from feeling His Love.”
Blessings on you.
If GOD is for me who can be against me…
Those who seek the kingdom will have all their needs met. Promise. And their households.
Oh you hit the nail on the head..I have been so focused on prayer for others and our nation, I have become depleted..like the woman in SS ..she got so concerned about her little sister, she neglected her own field…Finding my way back…Lord, I lean upon you
i have seen many of my friends blessed and they barely believe in God to be honest i am very upset and on the point of giving up, my life is in ruins because my prayers have gone unanswered
Dear Lord Jesus, I come to you on behalf of sister Marlene who is so discouraged. Lord I pray that you will revive Marlene’s faith and encourage her. Lord, you know it strikes a chord with me because that is the way my daughter felt. She has rejected the faith and this hurts so much. Lord, I pray that when we give our time and money for worthy causes, we may do it in thankfulness for you as our Savior and Redeemer. You have left heaven and came as a hopeless and helpless child, you the King of kings and Lord of lords. And while we were yet sinners, you died on the cross for me, for Marlene and all those who believe in you. It cost you all you had. Lord help us look unto you. Give Marlene to bask in your love, your light, your life. You give us eternal life with you in heaven and it starts down here on earth. Renew and restore sister Marlene. In your name, dear Jesus I pray. Amen!
I kind of felt that way as well but realized that our service for Our LORD gets recorded in the books. Remembered Forever….1 million years from now you will get to hear well ❤️🩹 done good and faithful servant…. remember way back when…..Grace Peace and Love to you my Sibling in Jesus Christ…..
I have given my time and money to no avail
I have prayed deeply but I feel like God has abandoned me in my greatest need im now having to rely on others for somewhere to sleep after spending many hours in prayer i feel disappointed
Please contact me…maybe 🤔 I can help you….my email address is [email protected]..
Jason Whyms Queens NYC. USA.
Hallelujah and amen for God’s blessings.. Revelations every day and the name of Jesus… Amen
I believe in the Father, our LORD Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I believe in healing, saving grace and extra-ordinary miracles. we need them so desperately to live in our heart and mind. Blessed is he who blesses the LORD.
Thank you so much Jamie. I needed to hear that.
It’s not easy asking God anything for myself when there’s so many more people, children who need him. I cannot be selfish. In my heart I know children and adults need God but even abused animals need him too, that’s what touches my heart the most.
Its definitely true..even for underachievers like myself- being, and having been..so isolated. Continuing in prayer…seeking scriptures on abiding in His Love
Because there are so many urgent national needs, I don’t want to be too self centered so it sometimes seems I focus more on that. Thank you for this reminder. I fellowship with the Lord in my quiet time and my worship time but I have found myself concentrating all my prayers more for the other issues.
Much needed! Thanks so very much!
This is a refreshing blessing and so needed. This answers a very tragic time in my life from years ago. I am grateful for this teaching and prayer for myself and will continue to pray this over those whom I pray for. Thank you and blessings to you.
Thank you for this wonderful remindet
I needed to hear this so badly! Thank you! Help me to stop being a bystander to your promises Lord. To believe you want to bless me with all the desires of my heart (a personal salvation of my husband, children and grandchildren) just as you have so faithfully for those who I have prayed for decades. Lord you are an always have been enough but I desire to share the joys of serving you with those I love most on this earth without constant friction and rebellion. Bring unity of spirit against the clamor of the enemy in Jesus name!
How precious that you remind us that we, too , deserve prayer. God bless your ministry and
Gid bless America.
Amen! What a beautiful reminder today to keep ourselves in the order of ALL things, great and small, for His Glory. Praying for our children and nation alone is so vital, let alone the many, many needs of others. I have a wonderful accountability partner in prayer, Pixie, and we never ever allow one another to forget the other. We are covering each other and reminding each other day after day of what our Jesus has done and remains to do in both our lives.
Praising God for the privilege of prayer, the power of prayer and all His intercessors, and ALL His intercession on our behalf!
What a mighty God we serve! What a joy when answered prayers come to life before our very eyes!!
Keep it up Warriors! And today, let’s remember ourselves! God Bless Me:)
Excellent post. Prayer partners and accountability.
I loved this! IFA never forgets our needs, and reminds us that God loves us, and knows our desires and needs. I DO forget this sometimes! Thanks for the encouragement and your service to us! I love IFA so much!
I forget all the time to do things for myself because I concentrate on prayer for others.
I often feel unworthy or I don’t deserve good things. I have to remember that He loved me first, even, before I was born.
Thank you for the reminder and validation.
I feel the same way! Thank you for the reminder. When things are resolved in my own life, I feel broken and unuseful. I have to remember God wants all those blessings for me also.
Yes I often pray so hard and deep and long for every one else and the world issues and I feel that I’m depending on my own power and not the power of Jesus Holy Spirit and God the father and then I wonder why I am worn out washed out exhausted and I don’t believe or have any hope that there’s hope for me personally
Thank you Jamie for this powerful reminder that we are beloved and children of the most high God