Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
Psalms 119 begins with ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. The original Hebrew says" "Ashrei temimei derech" ("happy are those whose way is perfect") This is the longest Psalm as well as the longest chapter in the Bible and is attributed to Ezra the priest. This Psalm also reveals a lot that cannot be taught from a sermon, but those whom it is for will catch it in their spirits. This is particularly true of Intercessors. The Word of God does not refer to those who are called to intercede as being in a specific ministry, as every believer can stand in the gap and pray for others. There are, however, select individuals who reach the 5th octave so to speak when it comes to prayer and hearing His voice. These individuals live a lifestyle where they desire to be perfect and undefiled in their ways. They long to please Him and strive to do so both night and day. Churches that have Intercessory prayer ministries will notice that there is only a small percentage of those who seem truly dedicated and this may be that these individuals are walking in their calling and more sensitive to His Spirit.
Verses 2 and 3 tell us that those who desire to live by verse 1 have additional attributes. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies and that seek Him with their whole heart. They also do no iniquity, they walk in His ways.
The heart of the matter
Every human on earth falls short so what this scripture is indicating is that there are some who go above and beyond in trying to please Him and a few other key verses will explain how they achieve this goal. The AMPC version of Job 22:20 tells us:
He will even deliver the one [for whom you intercede] who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands. This indicates that Intercessors can pray for those who may not be seeking Him with their whole hearts and the Lord will intervene. Verse 52 says: Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake they law. One of the major traits of Intercessors is that they have a zeal and jealousy for the Lord. Some people call them judgmental but they simply abhor sin and it really gets under their skin to see others so blatantly disobeying and disrespecting the word of the Lord.They also diligently try to please Him. Verse 117 says:I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes always, even unto the end. Intercessors often cry and are grieving in their spirits when they see things going on in churches that they know are not of the Lord. Verse 36"Rivers of water run down my eyes because they keep not they law.
Intercessors may be considered by others to be extreme because they willingly are on call 24/7 for the Lord. Verse 62 of Psalm 119 says At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments. If you are married to or live in the house with an Intercessor you might notice they will rise from bed in the wee hours of the night to pray. They may fall on their knees or walk the floor for hours. Intercessors may be considered as standoffish because they do not hang out with just anyone. Perhaps in growing up this was the person who did not get drunk but sat back and watched others give themselves to strong drink and suffer consequences. This may have been the individual who was faithful to a mate and did not take risks or party like everyone else. The Intercessor may not yet have understood his or her calling but they were separating themselves even at a young age. Intercessors are tuned into the realm of the spirit and often know things before they happen. This is in part because they are praying while others are sleeping.
I Corinthians 12:8 says that one of the gifts of the spirit is knowledge. This is not the type of knowledge that is obtained from education but from seeking the Loerd. Intercessors may be considered know it alls or told they think they are more spiritual than others. In truth they are simply walking in their God-given gift. The secular world might call it ESPand it is extrasensory perception. Consider how bold Ezra was as he wrote in verses99 and 100. I have more understanding than all my teachers for thy testimonies are my meditation.I understand more than the ancients because I keep thy precepts. The priest was not boasting or thinking more highly of himself but was reflecting on the truth of his gift. Intercessors are at times abhorred by some pastors because they give warnings that come to pass and not all pastors operate in the spiritual gifts.
All day praise
Intercessors, like the priest, rise early to glorify the Lord and feast upon his word. . Verse 147 I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.148 My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. Intercessors are often roused from their sleep by His SPirit at hours such as 3 or 4 AM. I once attended Intercessory prayer at 5:00 AM at a local church for several years. There were many dedicated men and women who were there almost every morning. In verse 164 Ezra says: Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Intercessors talk to the Lord, worship, and praise Him throughout the day. Those who are called to Intercession might find they are drawn to this longest Psalm which tells of the anguish and suffering of Ezra and how his enemies pursue him. In the midst, he seeks His Savior all the more and that is the life of a true Intercessor. Trials on every hand, but standing through His grace and mercy to glorify His Name and pray for others. I highly recommend reading the entire chapter on a regular basis, a few verses at a time and you might be amazed at the revelations that are just for you.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on December 30, 2020:
"Anti mi", I like this portion "The AMPC version of Job 22:20 tells us:
He will even deliver the one [for whom you intercede] who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands. This indicates that Intercessors can pray for those who may not be seeking Him with their whole hearts and the Lord will intervene." I remember when I got saved, and I love a musician so much, that before I got saved, i desired to take after him in Music be a musician like him he is called King Sunny Ade (KSA) in Nigeria, from my tribe. Now, when I was saved, I started praying for his salvation...His salvation does not come until about three and half decades after my prayers. This is to corroborate what you have shared that if we pray for those who are not saved, God will answer albeit it may not be as we have hoped for and or when we hope for the answer. Prayers do not go without yielding fruits.
Good work ma.
Continue to Stay Safe.
Warmest love to the family and the brethren up there.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 29, 2020:
Thank you for reading.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 29, 2020:
Praying for others and holding them in our hearts is a beautiful thing to do. Thanks for highlighting this particular Psalm.