By Jacqui – One of God’s Intercessors
I’ve heard many prayers lately asking God to be with someone. On occasion, I’ve even found myself silently praying, “God be with me.” Are we really believing that God is somewhere else? Are we thinking that maybe he’s been hanging out with “John” all morning and now we’d like him to be with us?
The Scriptures remind us God is always with us. He is omnipresent. Merriam-Webster defines omnipresent as present in all places at all times. So, God could, indeed, be hanging out with John this morning. But, that doesn’t mean he’s not hanging out with you, too!
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
God is with John. God is with Jane. God is with you and God is with me. God is with us, friend. He even promises that he will never leave us nor forsake us!
Now, back to our prayers. We really need to get a new prayer, here. If we truly want to intercede in prayer for someone, we may want to become a little bolder in what we’re praying. If the person is a believer in Jesus Christ as their Savior, we don’t need to pray, “God be with John”. We may need to pray, “God help John feel your Holy presence with him during this meeting.”
As an intercessor, we may need to ask what John really desires from this meeting. Does he have something important to share? If so, let’s pray that he is truly listened to. Let’s pray for good communication and ask God to give him words of clarity to relay his information. Let’s ask the Lord to help those listening gain understanding and be able to apply this to the situation at hand.
To truly intercede for someone in prayer, let’s pray beyond, “God be with him.” Let’s remember God IS already with him. Now, let’s pray for the need.