Who Do You Stand With?
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
We all know someone that we love, but yet, don’t like. We don’t like the things that they say or do. We may not agree with the life that they live. Perhaps they’re not saved or on the opposite end of the spectrum, even if they are saved they might be so self-righteous that it’s difficult to have a good relationship with them. This person could be a family member, co-worker, or even a church member. You love them, truly love them but you just don’t like them and it may be with good reason. But because you love them, you pray for them. You know without a doubt that God has called you to stand in the gap and intercede for this sister, brother, in-law, neighbor, church member, even husband or wife. You’re praying and interceding but it seems to have no effect. For some the prayers may have been ongoing for years but still no change.
One morning as I was interceding for someone that I love dearly I heard God speak to me and say, “Stop standing with the accuser!” Needless to say I was devastated. Our Father brought me to the realization that as I prayed I was pointing out character flaws. I was saying all the things that I saw in this individual that I knew was causing issues in their life not only with me but with others. I was praying, sincerely praying but constantly telling God what was wrong with this person. Yep, I was standing with the accuser.
Case in point; if you know an individual is a liar, as you pray for them are you saying ‘Lord she/he’s such a liar.’ He/she’s a hypocrite. He/she’s a drug addict, whoremonger, sneaky, deceitful, etc. No matter if it’s true or not, when we say these things we’re standing with the accuser. This is what the enemy does when he stands before the throne of our Father. He extends his finger towards us and tells God what we are in our sins and character flaws.
When my oldest son was in elementary school he had been diagnosed as dyslexic and hyper-active. He was constantly getting into trouble at school, nothing warranting suspensions or expulsions, but often times I would have to leave my job and go to see about him. I cooperated with the teachers in every way I could. I listened to their complaints and all the things they had to say about him, but yet, they had to be careful of what they said and how they said it. No matter what, he was still my son and I loved him. This is how our Father sees us, no matter what our faults, sins or character flaws, we’re still His sons and daughters. He loves us and we'd better be careful as to what we say to Him about one another.
When we pray we must be sure that our prayers for one another line up with His word. We must be sure that we are not praying prayers that will inadvertently cause the very prayers we pray to turn our Father’s ear from us. And if there comes a time that it’s so difficult to stand in the gap for those we love then allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us. Romans 8:26-27 tells us that the Holy Ghost makes intercessions for us through wordless groans.
We must learn to see one another as God sees us. I’m always reminded of Ananias when the Lord told him to go and lay hands on Saul. All Ananias could see and think of was the man that brought harm to the Jews. All he saw was the murderer. It was true, Paul had been part of murdering the brethren but God saw Saul the murderer as Paul the Apostle. We must see one another, even before it’s been achieved, as God has ordained us to be. As I always say, if you don’t have a vision, a God given vision for an individual, then get out of their lives. If you can’t see them as God sees them, ask our Father to help you to see them as He does.
When you’re praying for that person that God has assigned you to pray for, don’t say what they are, confess who and what they will become. Jesus Himself sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. Let’s stand in agreement with Jesus as He intercedes for each of us. Decide today, right now, that you’ll stand with the Intercessor and not the accuser.