Intercessory Prayer

Today Wycliffe observed our annual worldwide day of prayer. I was fortunate to be in Orlando and able to join with a couple hundred colleagues at our U.S. headquarters for the day.

One segment of the day offered a few options, one of which was to view a video recording of a teaching on intercessory prayer. That’s what I chose. The speaker was Sunder Krishnan and the talk was titled PRAY BIG and PRAY BOLD. (It was from the URBANA09 conference which I attended last December, but I missed this talk. Being there as an exhibitor means sometimes missing sessions. I missed very few.)

My next blog post is the video of that talk. It’s long, but worth your time.

Sunder opened his talk with a quote which he prefaced with the statement that a man he’d never heard before wrote in a magazine he’d never read wrote something that he will never forget. I hope, having heard what Walter Wink wrote in Sojourner’s Magazine and what Sunder quoted in this talk I missed last December, I also will never forget.

“Intercessors have an essential role to play in creating a better future for our world, because intercession is spiritual defiance of what is, in the name of what God has promised. The shape of the future will be determined by those who can survey all its various possibilities and who, by faith, latch on to one as inevitable. History belongs to the intercessors who thus believe the future into being.”

I venture to say that if this is true (and I think it is) and I understand it well, my life is going to begin to look different. And if my life doesn’t begin to look different, then this is either not true or I don’t really understand.

This is a rather uncomfortable place to be.

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