Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes (prays) for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?Romans 8:34-35
It is a comforting thought to know that someone is praying for you—speaking to God on your behalf. I remember a particular occasion some years ago. I was in a battle and feeling the pressure. Out of the blue my phone rang. It was a woman I knew. We only saw each other once or twice a year and she lived in a different city—so it was an unexpected phone call. She phoned to say: “You are on my heart and I have been praying for you”. That encouraged me and I remembered I was never alone in a battle. Never!
One year ago my husband Joel & I met a woman named Julie. She ran a business that we had visited a number of times. We would often pray for Julie each time we drove past her shop. We would pray and we would speak life and favour over her.
One day Joel and I visited Julie’s shop again. Something had changed. Things were going well for Julie. She greeted us with excitement and told us her good news. Joel and I were very happy to hear this good news, but also because we knew we had a small part to play in this through our prayers.
When we pray, we can cooperate with the Holy Spirit for the influence of Heaven on earth. God wants us to have faith that He hears us when we pray, and that Heaven is on the move to influence, change and rearrange things to bring about the desired result.
So don’t be discouraged when it doesn’t appear that things are changing. A great deal of movement may be underway that you can’t see! Your part is to pray and to speak to the contrary situations of life, and be confident that when you are weak and in a battle, someone is praying for you!
After we have spoken God’s Word, and after we have prayed, we don’t need to stand around scrutinising our view of things, looking for signs that something has changed. Jesus walked away after He spoke to the fig tree—He just got on with life. Yet for the disciples, there was no external evidence that anything had changed at all. But it had! The Bible tells us that: “immediately the fig tree withered”. So why were the disciples so surprised the next day when they passed the tree again? It was because change began in an unseen place—the roots! The tree began to “wither from the roots”. In other words, change had begun immediately, but it just wasn’t visible YET! (Mark 11:12,20).
Isn’t that what faith is: “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). So when you pray, and when you speak God’s Word, BELIEVE.
Continue to thank God that He has heard your prayers and petitions. Continue to speak, decree and declare the Word of God over every situation that is contrary to His promises! Pray for one another! When we trust in Him, things have a way of working out for the best.
So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfil his designed purpose.Romans 8:28 (TPT)
Who then is left to condemn us? Certainly not Jesus, the Anointed One! For he gave his life for us, and even more than that, he has conquered death and is now risen, exalted, and enthroned by God at his right hand. So how could he possibly condemn us since he is continually praying for our triumph?Romans 8:34 (TPT)
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