Quote for our Day

In the ongoing work of the kingdom of God, nothing is more important than Intercessory Prayer. People today desperately need the help that we can give them. We can make a difference if we will learn to pray for them.
Richard J. Foster

“Foster is best known for his 1978 book Celebration of Discipline…, which examines the inward disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditation, and study in the Christian life, the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service, and the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration. It has sold over one million copies. It was named by Christianity Today as one of the top ten books of the twentieth century.” Wikipedia, You can also read much more on Foster and his works and writings at Wikipedia

“For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who can annul it? And His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back”
(Isaiah 14:27, AMP) Let us meditate on how God’s hand is outstretched toward us and those that we pray for. His hand is a hand of mercy, grace, love, peace, help, healing, favor for us,

“We can make a difference if we will learn to pray for them.”

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11 thoughts on “Quote for our Day

  1. It struck me that we all desire and love it when someone prays and intercedes for us. We request prayer of the prayer warriors in our churches and our pastors and our elders. We ask our friends to pray for thus & such that God would hear. But do we reciprocate? The quote says, “We could make a difference if we will learn to pray for them” Imagine the difference we could make in this world, in other’s lives if we were committed to prayer….prayer for our nation; prayer for the sick; prayer for the lost; prayer for our churches and ministries. Not just a little “God bless so & so” but real heart rendered prayer with the focus on God and reaching His ear with our requests.
    Most everyone knows that saying, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

  2. These scriptures continue to affirm the power of prayer and God’s mighty arm.
    “…..The fervent supplication of the righteous man has much power.” James 5:16
    “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.” Isaiah 59:1

  3. I am in the learning curve of Foster’s words on “if we will learn to pray.” I take from this if we are not properly connected to others, ie individuals, families, communities, our nation, etc. and know their needs and understand their hurts and sorrows we do not know how to pray for them. So we probably don’t!

    When we connect to our community, our tribes, our villages we love and we desire to pray for one another. Prayer is an act of service we give to one another, I believe.

  4. “People today desperately need the help that we can give them”. I don’t think anything can be “truer” than this. As we are approaching the Easter season, and what Jesus did for us at Calvary, His example of intercession is something to ponder. While He was suffering, beyond human endurance(in my opinion), for all mankind, He was interceding for the very ones who nailed Him to that tree. He was praying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

  5. Jesus knew that the people who were crucifying Him, needed forgiveness, and He prayed for it. As Sara puts it, He was “properly connected to others” and still is! He is ever interceding for us all. Thank you, Father for remembering us, and being the example of intercessory prayer for others, even in Your anguish, on that cruel cross.

  6. I’d like to clarify that we ALL nailed Jesus to the cross. Read with me the footnotes from my Bible from the scripture in Luke, chapter 23, verse 34. “Jesus asked God to forgive the people who were putting Him to death- Jewish leaders, Roman politicians and soldiers, bystanders- and God answered that prayer by opening up the way of salvation even to Jesus’ murderers. Jesus was suffering the most horrible, painful death ever devised by sinful man, and He looked at the people responsible for His suffering and prayed for their forgiveness. The Roman officer and soldiers who witnessed the Crucifixion said, ‘This man truly was the Son of God!’ Soon many priests were converted to the Christian faith. Because we are all sinners, we all played a part in putting Jesus to death. The good news is that God is gracious. He will forgive us and give us new life through His Son.

  7. True, Tammy. God NEVER abdicated His resposibility for His creation but when man fell HE took it upon Himself to be the substituionary Sacrifice for us, His creation, right to the end. Gary taught last week, that God still upholds and is involved in ALL of His creation, maintaing and keeping His covenant over the earth from the beginning until the end of the world.
    Who has more mercy, patience, compassion or lovingkindness than our GOD and Jesus Christ His Son our Savior! And yes, He ever lives to make intercession for us, seated at the right hand of the Father. How close can you get???

  8. In our church, Christ Church Int’l/thedailylily, we have a heart box which is filled with prayers from this website. We intercede for the wonderful people of God every week, week after week. Some we will know how God has changed their lives, others we may never know. But we have faith that the Lord is working in each of their lives as a result of the teams prayers. People praying for people. Pastor Sara calls the people in our heart box, our “box buddies” and we carry them around in our hearts, lifting them to the Lord. Many of you may have “box buddies” which you have lifted to God year after year and have seen God work in their lives. We pray that we will have many more opportunities to lift people to the Lord and that God will meet every need spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. As MG said Jesus and our God have great mercy, patience, compassion, and lovingkindness and HE, JESUS lives to make intercession for all of us.

  9. Some of Jesus’ intercession is written for us to read in John 17.
    We can find such hope in comfort in four simple words He spoke:
    “I pray for them.”
    And He continues:” I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.” (vs.9-10)
    He expresses to the Father His very heart’s desire…that desire that carried Him through the Garden of Gethsemane and on to the Cross.
    “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. “(vs 20-21)

  10. In my reading of Esther by Beth Moore this a.m. I read 2 Peter 1:4 which reads, “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the works caused by evil desires.” Praise God he has given us (who are in Jesus) words to claim as our own. In prayer we need to claim these precious promises for each of God’s children. It is as if we have a giant pill to bring about healing within us and the pill is manufactured by God – no side effects but we must claim these promises in prayer and stand on the promises.

  11. Foster’s quote gives us an opportunity to evaluate our teaching children to pray. Many times we teach our children to pray limited prayers. I believe God loves the prayers of children when they are without limits.

    Matthew 18 records a vivid picture of how we (adults) are to become as Little children when it comes to our conversion. We are to be pure in heart and mind. We are to be beautiful and refreshing. Take our clue from children and not give them our fears, anxieties and worries and teach them to pray and praise and be a generation with limits and boundaries when it comes to intercessory prayer. Let the children comes to Jesus with no limits and boundaries.

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