Ultimately, God wants to move us to the middle. He wants to bless us, but more importantly, He wants to use us as a channel of blessing. He wants us in the uncomfortable, strategic, critical middle.
At times, others are called to the middle, as intercessors for us, and we are allowed to slip to the end. Beaten down by life, ambushed by some warfare experience, struggling to believe, and in the middle of a battle, others come to our aid and pray for us. Aaron and Hur did that for Moses (Exodus 17:12). They held his hands up as he sat on “the rock.” Weak and unable to stand the pressure of the middle, other intercessors rushed to the middle to join the battle. And the tide against Amalek was turned. Who can understand such mysteries? The addition, and at times a multiplication of intercessors, secure the middle on the earth-side and win a victory.
The middle joins the beginning and the end. You can’t be in the middle of a helping, transformative relationship, with a needy person on the earth-end, unless your communion with God is secure. It is that primary relationship with Him that makes the helping relationship with the other, effectual. If you are in the middle holding onto one who has fallen off the cliff below you, the connection with the one above is vital, to both you and the one below. That is intercession. It doesn’t work if you are not anchored and held securely by Christ.
To achieve transformational outcomes, you have to have been transformed yourself. If you have never experienced the unconditional love of God, you cannot pass that on to another who desperately needs it.
Mature pray-ers get to the middle. They allow God to put them in the middle. Selfish pray-ers stay on the end, always asking for themselves. In the middle, my relationship with God allows me – to ask for others, particularly for those who have no covenant relationship, for those who need the bread of salvation. The highest calling of prayer is communion with God, but its noblest use is intercession for the lost.
This blog is an excerpt from a re-release of a popular title, Intercession: The Uncomfortable, Strategic Middle.
P. Douglas Small is founder and president of Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY and he serves in conjunction with a number of other organizations. He is also the creator of the Praying Church Movement and the Prayer Trainer’s Network. However, all views expressed are his own and not the official position of any organization.