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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

#107 Avoid the Dangers

C. Peter Wagner One of
the celebrities I contacted 
regarding their personal
intercessors sent me 
a letter rather than a list
of personal prayer partners, 
expressing a degree of 
anxiety he had over the 
whole idea.

I was surprised at this
because it was such a new
and exciting area for me.

But soon afterward I spent some time with Pastor Casey Treat of the Christian Faith Center in Settle, and he shared some background I had known nothing about.

In the early 1980s, a wave of fanaticism occurred concerning intercession, particularly among the "word of faith" charismatics, but also among other charismatics.

Some pastors began to ride hobby horses and taught that if you did not pray three to five hours a day you were not moving in the Spirit.

They picked up on Paul's 'travail' or 'laboring in birth' for the Galatians (see Gal. 4:19), and intercessors would groan loudly as if in labor and even lie on top of one another on the church platform.


Another obvious example 
of flaky intercession. 

Some flaky fasting was 
also involved, based on 
the premise that the
longer you fast the more 
you can get God to do 
what you want Him to do.

Fortunately, this was only a fad and is not seen much today. But Casey observes that the memories of this are still strong enough for some pastors to be very cautious about personal intercession.

Casey Treat himself has a fine team of prayer partners. He introduced me personally to his three I-1 intercessors, each of whom has a particular specialization for their prayer ministry.

Even where the intercession itself is not flaky, dangers in receiving intercession need to be recognized and avoided.

I have been stressing that personal intercession for pastors and other Christian leaders is a high-level spiritual activity. As such it attracts the attention of the devil in a high-level way.

He will attack the relationship of a pastor and intercessors in any way possible, but he seems to focus on three principal areas: spiritual dependency, emotional dependence and physical dependency."

(I will make three postings of these principal areas over the next couple of weeks.)


#107, Avoid the Dangers,
in the series taken from C. Peter 
Wagner’s book, PRAYER SHIELD
How to intercede for pastors,
Christian leaders and others 
on the spiritual  frontlines.
(pgs. 190-191) by Regal Books


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Let’s pray:

   Father, we know that
our prayers are needed and
important to our leaders.

Help us pray effectively
and wisely for them with
Your direction and power.

   I want to learn how I am to follow what is the best way to pray for them.

   May my praying friends and I be sensitive to the Holy Spirit within us. I ask in the precious Name of Jesus for help in this matter. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 3:3 "I know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him."



Today’s quote: Michael Brooks – “All of man's paths to righteousness are empty and self-serving. The only power for real change comes from Jesus. The only One with the authority of God, who laid down His life for us, is Jesus. In Him we find all that we have been searching.”

Some thoughts today: The Holy Ghost within us is the solution of overcoming our trials, as everything you'll need is found in Him!

- Do we need to be great in man's sight, or God's? God 
wants to equip us to meet the needs of others. Our being 
"great" in His sight, is allowing Him to use us in our 
weaknesses. That's where He'll start. 

- It's what you are that is your testimony, remember. That is what will have the most impact on others. Where you are now is both a trying and proving ground.

7th- Thursday’s post:  #108  Spiritual Dependency
C. Peter Wagner

9th- Saturday's post:  Behind the Song: In the Garden
Diana Leagh Matthews

10th- Sunday's post:  Doubt vs. Faith
Jean Oathout

10th- evening's post:  To God Be the Glory
Heather Ricks

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