Week 10/Day 1: Intercession

This Week’s Memory Verse:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…  1 Timothy 2:1 ESV

This Week’s Spiritual Discipline:

Take it Captive: Intercede

Last week we took note of all our complaints. Did you discover you complain more than you thought? Now, knowing the problem, what do we do with all this complaining? Take it to God in prayer.

This week, take your complaining attitudes, thoughts, and words and turn them into intercessory prayer. Pray over and for the situation, circumstance or person at the core of the complaint.  Invite God into your heart, into the life of the person, into the situation. Take the complaint captive and give it to Him in prayer.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ… 1 Corinthians 10:5 NASB95

Week 10/Day 1

intercession—prayer petition or entreaty in favor of another

Read Exodus 32:1-14 and Ezekiel 22:23-31

List the similarities and differences between the events and attitudes taking place in these two passages: the people involved, God, the circumstances, the outcomes.

Infant Israel being led from captivity by Moses. A stiff-necked people with a leader whose heart was for God. Hundreds of years later, in Ezekiel’s day, the formerly great nation of Israel now not so great. The same stiff-necks, but no godly leader. Vastly different outcomes.

What do these narratives tell you about intercession? About the heart of an intercessor?

What do these  passages reveal about the heart of God?

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