Carrying the Heart of God
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Prayer is an all-encompassing word that refers to our communication with God. The Scriptures go on to specify different kinds of prayer, the most well-known (and used) being “petition”—the prayer of “asking”. Jesus encouraged us to express our requests to our Father and the prayer of asking flows easily from a recognition of our basic need for God.
Intercession, however, is a distinctly different kind of prayer, one focused on others. No passage in the Scriptures give us better words and pictures to define intercession than these startling words through the prophet Ezekiel:
‘So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore, I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,’ says the Lord GOD.”
(Ezekiel 22:30, 31 NKJV, italics added)
Although the corruption of the people in Ezekiel’s day demanded justice, it was God’s desire to grant mercy instead. Our loving Father always looks for every possible way to bring redemption and offer forgiveness to those whose wickedness demands that, in His justice, a final account is required.
This passage makes it clear that one prerequisite for God to grant mercy, and thus withhold judgement, was … an intercessor—a person who would come before God on behalf of the wicked—the corrupt and exploiters of the poor (Ezekiel 22:23-29). But, in this case, there was no intercessor at hand!
Although the word “intercessor” does not appear in this passage, it clearly refers to intercession and we find a parallel passage, which does use this word, through the prophet Isaiah: “[God] saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor” (Isaiah 59:16).
Thus, from the phraseology expressed in this passage in Ezekiel we derive this Biblical definition of intercession:
Intercession is prayer made before God on behalf of others.
The Hebrew word for “intercession” (paga) is used 46 times in the Old Testament and literally pictures a supplicant appealing to a superior; thus, intercession involves entreating God for His favour on behalf of another. The Greek word for “intercession” (entunchano) captures the same intent as the Hebrew word; that is, to plead with a person on another’s behalf.
One of the most outstanding examples of God’s desire to give mercy and withhold judgement is in His dealing with the ungodly inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. The “outcry against” them was “great” and their sin was “very grave” (Genesis 18:20). In other words, their wickedness was knocking hard on the door of God’s justice.
Yet God looked for an intercessor and found one in Abraham. Father God deliberately drew on Abraham’s compassion and concern for his own nephew Lot and allowed him to intercede on behalf of these corrupt cities. In a way, God held Himself accountable to a fair trial through this process, and when the accounting was done—and not even ten righteous could be found—judgement loomed. However, not before God allowed Lot and his family to escape (Genesis 18:16-19:29).
Intercession is prayer that first centres on the heart of God and is thus moved by His heart for others. True intercession is not driven by the need of people, but by the Spirit (heart) of God. Yes, the need or plight of people will and should burden us, but only when we first connect with the heart of God can we be moved by His compassion and pray His perfect will.
In the Ezekiel passage, God sought out an intercessor who would plug into His heart and who would then intercede on behalf of the land. The corruption and exploitation of the poor would have induced human reactions in a godly person, ranging from human sorrow to anger. However, God sought for someone to come “before” Him, going beyond mere human reactions to grasp His feelings. And out of the overflow of this fellowship with Him, the intercessor would have interceded “on behalf of” the land in a similar way to the Psalmist’s intercession:
Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease … Show us Your mercy, LORD, and grant us Your salvation.”
We can likewise be overwhelmed by the plight of people, the state of our world or the failings of the church in our world today. However, as we come “before” God and learn to respond to His heart, we can then intercede “on behalf of” the church, the nations and those who do not know Him with the intensity of God’s feelings and … in the grace He provides.
The Intercessor’s Role
The imagery of a city with broken walls employed by Ezekiel gives us a wonderful picture of what the intercessor accomplishes in intercession:
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land…”
(Ezekiel 22:30, italics added)
Firstly, the intercessor is to “stand in the gap” of a collapsed wall—protecting any areas of vulnerability and weakness against exploitation. The same idea is conveyed in Job’s “hedge” of protection ((job 1:10). As we intercede for others, we form a protective shield that restrains the work of the enemy (see Psalm 91:9-12; Ephesians 6:16, 18).
Secondly, the intercessor is to “make a wall”—repairing the vulnerable, weakened areas by ushering God’s restoring grace. As we intercede for others, we assist in releasing God’s will into their predicament or situation (see Ephesians 1:15-23; 3:14-21).
Thus, the role of an intercessor is one of protection and restoration. A true intercessor has no intention of trying to control others or of manipulating a situation through their ministry of intercession. Rather they co-operate with the “Helper,” the Holy Spirit (parakletos; John 14:16), by coming alongside with His servant-heart to protect and restore. This self-giving, sacrificial act was, of course, personified in Jesus.
A further lesson we learn from this passage in Ezekiel is at first hard to digest.
Clearly, God’s intention was to mercifully restore the land. Again, it was not God’s desire to judge the land but to redeem it. However, because there was no intercessor, in His justice, God poured out judgement the sin deserved. In looking for an intercessor, God said, “but I found no one…” (Ezekiel 22:30).
From this we come to a mind-bending conclusion.
God doesn’t just want our intercession; God needs our intercession!
Let’s qualify this profound (and challenging) statement.
God does not need anything in a foundational sense. He is completely self-sufficient lest we forget our place. However, the Scriptures repeatedly reveal that He has chosen to limit His activity to what He can get us to do.
He has chosen to limit Himself to our involvement, and our primary involvement lies in two words: prayer and obedience. He has chosen to put immense responsibility in our hands (more to the point: our prayers) and invites us to share in His ministry of intercession so that His purposes can be released on this earth.
Without our intercession, God’s purposes will be frustrated, but with our intercession God’s purposes will be fulfilled!
From this it becomes clear that intercession is more than just what we do; it is what we embody. Intercession is carrying the heart of God on behalf of others. For this very reason, Jesus’ current ministry is, “at the right hand of God, [He] makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:34; also see Hebrews 7:25).
This does not mean that Jesus is always on bended knee, but it does mean that He carries the burden (heart) of His Father for all who remain lost and for all who come to Him. Jesus is the One who has come “before” God “on behalf of” humanity, and it is through His completed redemptive act that we can, by His grace, continue to carry the heart of God in intercession.
Paul is an excellent example of intercession personalised. He described his burden for the Jewish people, as follows:
I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart … my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.”
(Romans 9:2; 10:1, italics added)
And again, in detailing the list of hardships he faced—including being beaten and stoned—he described his above-all, overwhelming burden:
…besides these other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.”
(2 Corinthians 11:28, italics added)
Although intercession requires the intercessor to spend time in prayer, pouring out their heart to God in heartfelt prayer, intercession is more than just a time of prayer; it is a life of prayer. Intercession is not just about clocking into a prayer time; it is a burden carried, a heart wooed by His Spirit—properly “prayer without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
The Scriptures use an analogy that best describes the intensely personal nature of intercession, captured in the old KJV translation: “travail.” Newer translations use the word “labour,” but it is important to point out that this is not a synonym for “work.” While intercession involves work in a spiritual sense; it involves a lot more! The word “labour” is, in fact, a reference to “children birth.” Yes, the labour of pregnancy.
A pregnant woman thinks, eats, sleeps … lives with one thing on her mind: her unborn child that she is carrying. She cannot switch it off at will; she cannot shelve it when she wants to. She is pregnant: every waking moment she carries the burden of her child; an experience that only deepens and intensifies until the time of delivery itself is over. This is the concept behind “travail” seen clearly in the words Paul used in the verses quoted above: “great sorrow and continual grief” and “my deep concern”.
The intercessory heart of Paul is again expressed when he writes to the churches in the province of Galatia,
My little children, for whom I labour [travail] in birth again until Christ is formed in you.”
Because the Galatians were on the verge of falling from grace, Paul again intercedes for Christ to be formed in them. He yielded himself to be impregnated by the Spirit on their behalf.
The Womb of God
When Jesus prophesied “concerning the Spirit”, He said,
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
(John 7:38, 39)
The word “heart” that Jesus used (Greek: koilia) literally means “womb” and is, in fact, translated this way in Matthew 19:12 and Luke 1:15. Thus, we are the “womb of God” and as we allow His Spirit to impregnate us (travail), He brings His purposes to birth.
In interceding to end the drought in Israel, it is well-known that Elijah sent his poor servant to scale the mountain seven times to scan the horizon for the appearance of rain. What is not so well-known is that Elijah adopted the posture of a pregnant Hebrew woman in the act of childbirth in his intercession (1 Kings 18:42). While posture in prayer is not a critical aspect of prayer, and certainly one does not have to simulate any “pregnancy postures”, Elijah’s prophetic act does reveal to us the intensity of the spiritual activity involved in intercessory prayer.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God declared,
For as soon as Zion was in labour [travail], she gave birth to her children.”
Zion is, of course, a prophetic picture of the church (Hebrews 12:22, 23), you and I yielded to the Spirit of God. God then delivered this incredible promise:
Shall I bring to the time of birth and not cause delivery? Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?”
God used a rhetorical question to motivate an answer and a response.
The answer: “No Father, never! You not only bring to birth, You also cause delivery! And You not only cause delivery, but You will never shut up the womb!”
The response: armed with this confidence in His faithfulness, we can pray: “O Father, have Your way in me. Put Your desires in me so that Your will comes to pass!”
The Work of the Spirit
The opening chapter of the Scriptures reveal the brooding Holy Spirit at creation’s conception:
The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
(Genesis 1:2, italics added)
The word “hovering” is a reproductive term in Hebrew, highlighting the conception role of the Spirit. The Amplified Bible reads: “The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding)…”.
In Psalm 90:2, Moses refers to this creative act of hovering with these words: “You gave birth to the earth and the world” (NASB). The brooding Holy Spirit brought creation to birth; in this case, in response to the Father’s word: “let there be light” (Genesis 1:3).
In the dramatic encounter between Mary and the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-38), Mary responded to the news of her divine pregnancy in shock and wonder: “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” (v. 34). Gabriel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you…” (v. 35). The word “overshadow” is the Greek counterpart of the Hebrew word “hovering” (Genesis 1:2). Again, the Holy Spirit is revealed as the brooding One who brings God’s purposes to birth; in this case, physically, through Mary.
You may find it interesting that the word for “overshadow” is the same word used in Acts 5:15 where people “brought their sick…that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on … them”. It was not literally Peter’s shadow that contained healing virtue, but the brooding Holy Spirit, overshadowing Peter, who healed the sick.
From a place of communion with God, we are entrusted with the burden of God’s heart as the Holy Spirit broods (hovers, overshadows) over us. He impresses our heart with His desires and intentions—His thoughts and feelings—so that we can pray His will with power.
The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
(James 5:16b, AMP)
We can be confident that as we intercede, the brooding Spirit of God uses us and our prayers to bring forth the purposes of God as we co-operate with Him.
Co-operating with the Holy Spirit
Intercession is fundamentally about co-operating with the Spirit of God. Like worship, it is life-giving as long as it is Spirit directed. Like worship, nothing kills intercession like religious effort and soul-power. But when we come before God in intimacy, Jesus faithfully entrusts us with His intercessory burden: His deep passions, His intense emotions, His intimate feelings. We become the vessel through whom His Spirit can work.
True intercession is not sabotaging God’s Presence with our “shopping list of needs and wants”. Rather, intercession is coming before God, seeking to know and carry His needs and wants. And it is in this intimate place of communion that we can—and should—lift our requests to Him. True intercession involves more seeking than speaking, more waiting than waffling; more listening to His desires than listing our own. True intercession involves co-operating with the Spirit as He impresses our heart and mind with the thoughts and feelings of God. As we pray back these impressions—“with the spirit … and with understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:15)—we sometimes only find release in “groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26).
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.”
The word “weaknesses” does not refer to moral failure or flawed character; rather, it refers to “our inability to produce results”. We cannot produce results in our own strength, as God made abundantly clear through the prophet: “Not by might nor by power, but My Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6).
The Holy Spirit “helps” us—that is, He does not pray in place of us, but literally takes part with us—making our weak and feeble words mighty and effective. Thus, the Spirit of God burdens us with the heart of God by either bringing to mind a verse or passage of Scripture, enlightening the “eyes” of our imagination (Ephesians 1:18; 3:20) with a vision (prophetic picture), or impressing our heart with His emotions. As we wait on Him and respond to His promptings, He enables us to effectively intercede.
For this reason, intercession is often an emotional experience. When God entrusts us with His heart it comes with the intense passions of joy, grief or even anger that He may feel. The elation felt by Peter (1 Peter 1:8), the grief experienced by Jesus (Hebrews 5:7), and the pain and anger expressed by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 4:19-21; 6:7; 9:1) are examples of God’s emotion expressed in intercession. As we come “before” God “on behalf of” others, we are to co-operate with the brooding Holy Spirit who pours the burden of God in us in order to release the purpose of God through us.
Even when we do have clear requests to bring before God, we ought to still wait on God to allow Him to impress upon us His heart rather than just going through each request by line and by rote. As we wait on Him, we grasp His heart on each request; we gain His perspective and are thus enabled to pray more accurately in line with God’s will. Many times, what would have been a thoughtless knee-jerk request out of our immediate need is replaced with a wiser, more trusting and sincere request offered lovingly to Father.
Intercessory prayer is often referred to as a weapon that God has given us as we engage in spiritual warfare against the enemy. However, it’s perhaps more correct to say that prayer is not so much a weapon, as it is the battle itself. After giving us a clear description of the armour of God (Ephesians 6:13-17), Paul then calls us to wage the battle in prayer: “praying always with all prayer … in the Spirit” (v. 18).
As we stand secure in the armour God, a metaphor for Christlikeness (Romans 13:12, 14), we are to use the offensive weapon of God’s Word in the battleground of prayer. No physical battle can be won until we first win the battle in prayer!
In this sixth chapter to the Ephesians, Paul made it clear that our battle is not against people.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
The advance of God’s Kingdom is opposed by demonic forces that seek to…
- Blind the minds of unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:4)
- Oppose the growth of believers (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5)
- Cause as much pain and suffering as possible (John 10:10)
As we co-operate with God’s Spirit, our faithful intercession helps open the eyes of unbelievers to “see” the truth, strengthens believers to grow in the truth and advances the Kingdom of peace and joy in this ravaged, corrupt world.
An Inside Peep
Fortunately, the Scriptures offer us a wonderful inside peep to the spiritual dynamics of intercessory prayer. In Daniel, Chapter 10, Daniel explains how, through a time of intense fasting and prayer over a three-week period, he experienced an angelic visitation (10:1ff). An angel arrived with good news, bringing Daniel the answer he’d been seeking, but explained his twenty-one-day delay:
Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael one of the chief princes, came to help me.”
(Daniel 10:12, 13, italics added)
Notice, God heard Daniel’s prayer on the very first day that he began to seek Him. This angel was dispatched immediately to bring Daniel his answer, but he was opposed for three weeks by the “prince … of Persia”. The prince of Persia was not a human, but a high-ranking demon who opposed God’s will. Notice how both the angels— “Michael one of the chief princes” and the demons (see v. 20)—are called “princes”. It is not at all coincidental that Paul reminded us that our battle is not against people but “against principalities” (Ephesians 6:12).
God’s will—and Daniel’s answer—was opposed for three weeks, and the battle was won because of Daniel’s steadfastness in prayer and fasting. Daniel’s “earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer” made “tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]” (James 5:16b, AMP)—arming the archangel Michael to assist the angel in delivering the message to Daniel. It is completely reasonable to conclude that had Daniel failed to persevere in prayer, the battle may have been lost!
This may lead to the following question…
If God wants to answer our prayers, why does He require us to be persistent in prayer?
Biblically, there are two reasons for this:
- Perseverance, an applied expression of faith, increases spiritual power.
The Scriptures reveal that there are degrees of spiritual power (c. Acts 1:8; 4:33; 6:8) and makes it clear that perseverance releases greater degrees of power (James 5:16 AMP).
- Perseverance purifies our motives and develops spiritual maturity.
Through perseverance our own motives are approved, and our own faith is strengthened (James 1:2, 3). God allows the enemy to conditionally oppose us as his opposition develops purity and maturity in our character. In other words, God allowed the Prince of Persia to oppose Daniel’s answer so that his heart would be better prepared to handle the answer given.
The Contents of Daniel’s Intercession
Knowing that Daniel was involved in full-scale spiritual warfare, the question we should ask is: “What did Daniel pray?” The point, of course, is not to then produce another prayer-book and quote it verbatim, but we can certainly learn lessons on effective intercession if we did, in fact, have a record of what Daniel prayed to achieve the results he enjoyed. The good news is that God did not just give us an inside peep into the dynamics of spiritual warfare, but He also gave us an inside peep into the language of Daniel’s effective intercession.
In Daniel, Chapter 9 (vv. 4-19) we have in graphic detail, an example of Daniel’s earnest intercession. Studying this heart-wrenching flow of intercession we note the following:
- There is no direct prayer “against” the devil and his demonic forces in Daniel’s intercession. His prayers are focused on God as he came “before” Him “on behalf of” the people of Israel (see Daniel 9:3-19). This is not to say that the Spirit will not lead us to specifically address and resist demonic power on occasion. He will and does. But our focus is to be clearly set on God, not on the enemy. It is our faith in God’s character and His will, as we persevere in co-operating with Him, which drives back the darkness and advances the Kingdom of God.
The point made here is that, while praying “against” the enemy may have some validity, there are more important key lessons we need to learn to be effective in spiritual warfare. Often an over-emphasis on praying “against” the devil means we miss these more important lessons.
Some have suggested that Daniel did not pray against demonic forces because he did not have any revelation on this issue. I do not hold to that view. Not only did Daniel, and the ancient Hebrew people, have a better understanding than we, as products of Western-world rationalism, do concerning the spiritual realm, but we have repeated examples throughout Scripture that spiritual warfare does not centre on praying “against” demonic spirits. The most notable example is Jesus Himself, whose victory in the Garden of Gethsemane and then on Calvary’s cross was achieved without praying “against” the devil. Jesus’ entire prayer life in those, most intense moments of battle, was completely centred on praying “to” the Father.
For this reason, I’m not particularly fond of the term warfare prayer. Firstly, the Scriptures never makes this distinction (and often, in my experience, those who make this distinction tend to lose their focus from God, giving more attention to the devil and his work). Second, the Scriptures make it clear that all prayer has an element of warfare. In a very real sense, intercession is warfare from beginning to end, but using the term “intercession” reminds us that our focus in first and foremost on God Himself.
- The first key lesson in Daniel’s prayer is what we call intercessory repentance. Daniel so identified with the sin of his people that he repented “on their behalf”. For example, Daniel repents, “we have not made our prayers before the Lord” (9:13), yet we know he was himself not guilty of this (6:10).
Daniel was a man of prayer, yet he repented on behalf of his nation’s prayerlessness. He was a man who walked righteously before God yet repented on behalf of his nation’s ungodliness. Daniel, thus, properly captured the heart of intercession by humbling himself and identifying with those he was standing in the gap for. This is, of course, what Jesus Himself personified on the cross as the Ultimate Intercessor.
- The second key lesson in Daniel’s prayer is what we call intercessory appeal. Daniel became desperate and in this “honest identification” appealed to God to intervene. He so identified with his people’s sin that he began to cry out to God with such emotional intensity, one would almost believe that his own life was at stake: “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act!” (9:19).
These were not arrogant demands, but desperate pleas for God’s intervention: “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and fury be turned away … for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds (because “we have none”, is the implication), but because of Your great mercies” (9:16-18).
God’s power is fully released through our intercession—not when we get all “psyched-up” and yell at the devil, but when we humble ourselves, acknowledging how undeserving we are (on behalf of those we pray for), and thus desperately appeal to God’s great mercy.
Obviously, our repentance and appeal does not absolve those we pray for from their individual (or corporate) responsibility to do so. The role of the intercessor is not to take away another’s responsibility—that’s not possible. However, the intercessor does, through intercessory repentance and appeal, remove the blinders from an individual or a group, enabling them to better exercise their freewill to make the necessary response to God that they alone can make.
As we intercede for those who are lost without Christ, we are to identify with their self-seeking pursuit (which we can all intimately identify with), knowing that as we repent and appeal before God on their behalf, we enable them to “see” Him better and “hear” His call.
As we intercede for His people—for those who may be struggling in their faith walk, for the church to make an impact, for leaders to be wise and effective, and the like—we are to identify first with our tremendous lack and inability without His enabling power. Then we are well placed to appeal to Him to intervene.
The Responsibility of All
Too often intercession is associated with a few elite believers who “pray a lot”. While we understand that there is a gift of intercession, the teaching and example of Scripture clearly entrusts the responsibility of intercession to every believer. In the same way that we are not all evangelists, we are all called to share our faith. The Biblical passages that teach us and exhort us to intercede contain no bias and show no bent towards any “special grouping of believers”.
Although there is no direct Scriptural reference to the gift of intercession, we believe that some believers are clearly gifted by God to intercede. We do not believe that any of the Biblical lists of spiritual gifts are exhaustive or conclusive (see Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-28 and Ephesians 4:11). These passages contain some overlap (for example, c. 1 Corinthians 12:28 with Ephesians 4:11) and they do not mention gifts revealed in other passages (such as 1 Peter 4:9, 10 for example). The writers never intended to be exhaustive in their teaching on spiritual gifts. Their point was solely on the importance of us accepting our own God-given gifts while we appreciate our need for others… and the gifts God has entrusted to them.
Therefore, in general widespread agreement within the Body of Christ, while we are all responsible to intercede, we believe that God does in fact grace some with the gift of intercession. To be clear: just as we are all called to give, some are gifted with the motivational gift of giving (Romans 12:8), so we are all called to intercede while some are gifted to intercede. Those who have been given the gift of intercession usually find it easy to spend several hours in prayer, derive tremendous personal fulfilment out of their prayer life and experience an “above average” effectiveness in prayer. The rest of us find intercession a little harder … okay, a lot harder … yet we too enjoy a greater release of God’s grace in our areas of God-given gifting.
Man (or Woman) those Stations
The apostle James known for his incredible devotion to intercessory prayer. According to Eusebius of Caesarea in his Ecclesiastical History, Book II, Chapter XXIII, James was nicknamed, “Camel Knees,” due to the calluses on his knees from prayer.
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
He then reminds us of Elijah’s intercession:
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three year and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”
(James 5:17, 18, italics added)
James’ appeal is, of course, this: Elijah was just a man … a human being … who affected history through his intercession: “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours”. Yet, in making himself available, God’s divine nature was released in demonstrations of power. The history of any person, and any church for that matter, is written in their prayer lives.
Even as Isaiah prophesied that God would “set watchmen on [the] walls [of] Jerusalem” so God looks now for those who will answer His call to intercede on the walls of His church; those who “never hold their peace day or night” until He makes His glorious Bride “a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6).
Come, O man of God … O woman of God … pray!
Conclusion: Intercessory Prayer
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