Intercessory Prayer

Yesterday afternoon something happened that has never happened before. A complete stranger walked up to me and asked me to pray for her. This wasn’t at church. I was walking a 1-mile loop with a friend on a windy, cloudy day. There was almost no one else out at the park. We were walking counter-clockwise on the paved path and she was walking clockwise. In the middle of a conversation with my friend I looked at her, smiled and said hello.

Then she stopped me.

She asked me for prayer and she told me why. I won’t betray her confidence and repeat her reason. I just grabbed her hands, which were shaking. I started praying and immediately sensed a heavy wave of spiritual darkness. I’m not sure of all the words I prayed. I felt resistance in my prayer, almost as if I was tongue-tied. Afterwards, she shared a little more. We parted ways and my friend and I continued on our walk. We never crossed paths with her again.

Last night I prayed for her some more.

As often happens, I thought of some additional things I could have said while praying with her. I could have prayed with more authority. I could have quoted a scripture verse. There’s POWER in the WORD, after all.

But then.

This morning it came to me that my intercessory prayer was received. When I seek the Lord, I know He is listening. He’s never too busy. What’s more, whatever deficiencies there are in my prayers (and man, there are plenty–but this is part of God’s grace too–I’m not equipped to handle all of it), the Holy Spirit is interceding on my behalf, making my prayers PERFECT. Spot-on, so that The One who can heal, restore and protect receives it crystal-clear.

A week ago I was walking along the beach of Port St. Joe, FL with my mother. She made the statement that there is no word for “coincidence” in the Hebrew language. Meeting up with this young woman yesterday was no accident. If you’re reading this, would you please pray for her?

As the stranger walked away she turned and said to me, “I could tell you were a Christian from your face.”

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5