Everyone is required to pray. There is an automatic expectation that each of us should- and will- bring our needs and the needs of others to God. We all know that we should be praying, and we feel very guilty when we do not pray. That is one issue that every Christian must deal with on his/ her own. But in this verse we get the beginnings of a thought that is something else entirely.
While every Christian has a minimum responsibility for prayer, there are some Christians who are specifically called to be intercessors. These people are used by God for the special ministry of praying for the needs of others. You know some people like this. There are people that you call to pray for your family. Those are intercessors. The one you wish you could talk to when you are in a crisis is an intercessor. Samuel was an intercessor. The people believed that his prayers were more effective and significant. This is important for Christians for several reasons.
- There are people that you can count on to pray for your needs. If you haven't found an intercessor, start to look for one. There are people in your family, in your church or in your community who will get energized by praying for you.
- Discern whether or not you are called to be an intercessor. It could be that you are missing one of the great blessings of your life in Christ. Pray. Pay attention to your praying. Maybe God is calling you to be a pray-er.
- Do not be afraid to share your needs and concerns with an intercessor. Many people are embarrassed about their own needs. A true intercessor will not be in judgment, but will pray for you and your needs with a spirit of love and support.
Prayer: Are you calling me to be an intercessor, Jesus? Am I supposed to lift up the needs of others? Who is someone I can share my needs with? Lead me to pray in the way that you want me to. Show me who can be a prayer partner, pray confidant or an intercessor for me. Thank you for that, Lord. Amen.