The Prayer of Intercession
By Gordon Robertson
CEO, Christian Broadcasting Network
Welcome to the third in our series on how to get answers
to prayer. We want you to have the direct experience of knowing
that God is both hearing your prayers and He is sending answers.
third lesson has to do with how we know that God is answering.
Well, the Apostle John gives us that answer in 1 John 5:14-15:
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if
we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we
know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have
the petitions that we have asked of Him.
So, here is a tremendous key. If we are praying in accordance
with God’s will, then we have the confidence that He is
hearing us. We also have the confidence that if we know that He
is hearing us, we know that we have the answer to what we are
How do we know if we are praying in accordance to God’s
will? One of the prime ways is to study the prayers that are recorded
in the Bible. If we pray in accordance with those prayers, then
automatically we know that we are praying in accordance with God’s
will. If we are praying any particular promise of God, then we
know that we are praying in accordance with His will. One of the
great promises is from Jeremiah: Ask of Me, call to Me, and
I will show you great and mighty things. So, if you are praying,
‘Lord, I am praying in accordance with Your promise,’
then you know you are praying in accordance with His will and
you know that you have the thing that you are requesting.
Now, some things come up in our lives where we don’t know,
where there isn’t a particular promise in the Bible that
we can rely on. What do we do then? We have the Comforter, and
that is the Holy Spirit.
Here is what the Apostle Paul wrote:
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we
do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit
Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot
What a tremendous promise that the Spirit Himself is making intercession
for us. This is what happens when we get into what I call intercessory
prayer, where, literally, we get such a burden of prayer that
there are groanings within us. Usually, we are on our knees, crying
out to God because of that tremendous burden of prayer. If you
haven’t yet experienced that in your prayer life, please
pray for it, please ask for it, please seek for this. It is a
tremendous thing that happens when the Spirit literally overtakes
you and fills you with such a burden of prayer that groanings
literally come out of you as you are laboring and travailing in
prayer. This kind of prayer is a supernatural kind of prayer.
I have experienced it when I have prayed for nations, when I
have prayed for people groups, and there wasn’t a particular
promise in the Bible for that particular nation but there was
the general promise, ask of Me and I will give you the nations
as your inheritance. When I began to pray that over particular
nations, over particular people groups, then a tremendous burden
of love and compassion and travailing prayer for that people group
came over me. I started praying for laborers to go into that particular
people group in accordance with Jesus’ admission to pray
to the Lord of the harvest for laborers to go into His harvest.
So, this links it all together, where we have the prayer of intercession,
we have the Holy Spirit gifted to us, and the Holy Spirit then
guides our prayers.
If you haven’t experienced this, please ask for this because
it is a tremendous thing to be interceding in accordance with
what the Spirit tells you.
Gordon Robertson became the Chief Executive Officer of CBN on November 30, 2007. Prior to being named CEO, Gordon was the Executive Producer of The 700 Club for the past six years and a member of the board of directors for the past five years. He is also founder and president of CBN Asia,
Inc. and founder and president of the Asian Center for Missions.
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