In this video from Urbana 2009, Sunder Krishnan, pastor of Rexdale Alliance Church in Toronto, Ontario, encourages you to intercede in big and bold ways as the church in Acts 4 did.
Krishnan outlines how you can turn cliché prayers that "simply repeat back to God what he already knows" into prayers that call into being what God has promised.
Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.
Here are some of the things you’ll learn about intercession in this video:
- Call on God's sovereignty. Remind yourself that it is not the opposition, but God who is sovereign in the situation for which you're praying. Nothing about the situation surprises him, and nothing is beyond his control.
- Call on the Creator. God has given you the incredible privilege of partnering with him in his creative activities through your prayers. In other words, when you pray, things happen.
- Find your equivalent of Psalm 2 to help you pray according to God's word. The church in Acts 4 prayed Psalm 2 to remind themselves of God's power in the past, when King David was up against similar persecution. Krishnan advises you to ask God what he has shown in his word about people in the Bible who've been in a situation like the one for which you're praying. For example, when Krishnan was praying for an imprisoned pastor, he looked to the stories of Joseph and Paul for guidance about how to pray. (You'll have to watch the video for the amazing answer to his prayers!)
- Even if, after praying for months or years, the circumstances outside of you never change, you will be unrecognizably transformed.
What do you think about Sunder Krishnan's intercession tips? Have you ever tried praying for someone using pointers from a biblical character in a similar situation - if so, how did it go? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.