“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold” (Job 42:10). Spurgeon comments, “Intercessory prayer was the sign of Job’s returning greatness…When Job’s soul begun to expand itself in holy and loving prayer for his erring brethren, the heart of God showed itself to him by returning his prosperity and cheering his soul within.” What a marvelous example this is of how God rewards those who please Him by extending themselves in faith to pray for others (Heb. 11:6). If anyone had a good excuse not to intercede for others, it was Job. But in the end, God got a hold of his heart. He melted down his pride so that he repented in dust and ashes (Job 42:6). When we do the same—when we look away from ourselves, from our burdens and sorrows—then God will show us the burdens of others and how He wants us to reach out in prayer for them. What great joy awaits us then. For God is the great rewarder of all those who seek to please Him in doing His will.
Four Ways Intercession Will Bless You
1. If you should decide to commit yourself to a ministry of intercession, while you are on your intercession journey, soon you will discover and be blessed by the fact that you are joined with others in the Spirit of Christ, and that you are partakers of the same grace with them. This realization will become such a blessing to you; it will tend to remove any feeling of aloneness.
2. When you make it your habit to intercede for your enemies you will find that it is very hard to harbor enmity toward them. In fact, you won’t be able to not love them; for intercession is an act of love. And so, as you pray for those who have wronged you, you will find that you soon will overlook how they have treated you, knowing that you also have the same tendencies to sin.
3. When you pray for those who are preaching the gospel and leading people to Christ, you will become partakers with them in their ministry. In fact, you will receive with them the blessing of the fruit of their ministry. Just think, if you are regularly interceding for Billy Graham or for your pastor, or for any other such godly men, you will receive the same blessings that they receive because you have helped them along by praying for them.
4. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians he wanted them to know that their prayers were a great help to him and Timothy as they traveled and were in great danger (2 Cor. 1:8-11). As you pray for others, and God answers your prayers, you will be greatly blessed as God gives you the knowledge that your prayers are really having an impact on someone’s life. Your praying then will become more than just a religious duty; it will be as a lifeline to one who is drowning, or in despair. In fact, your prayers can be used to bring someone all the help they need, even to bring them the very presence of God.