"Making request for you all with joy."
Text: Philippians 1:4
Intercession is an important aspect of prayer that must be carefully cultivated. We have many examples of people who were great intercessors mentioned in the Scriptures. The following may be highlighted:-
1. Old Testament intercessors
2. New Testament intercessors
a) The Lord Jesus Christ
b) The apostle Paul
INTERCESSION ASSOCIATED WITH GRIMNESS
Most times, intercession is associated with grimness. The contexts of prayer are often characterised by the following:-
1. Dire straits
2. Grave danger
3. Impending disaster
Thus intercession was often associated with sorrow, anxiety and even tears.
INTERCESSION WITH JOY
The apostle Paul offers a special insight in the way he interceded.
“Always in every prayer of mine making request for
you all with joy.”