Apostles Make Intercession for the Saints
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Ephesians 3:14
Apostles, as we see in Acts 6:4, have two main aspects of ministry that they focus on – Prayer and the ministry of the Word (teaching and preaching). Often many other aspects of ministry draw them away from these basic and foundational apostolic ministry but, with hearts sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, apostles are always drawn back to these two critical ministries.
Apostolic intercession is important to the Church. In one very specific way it is extremely helpful. The prayers of the apostles helps prepare the Church to receive the fresh revelation that is released through the ministry of apostles.
Paul’s intercession was a vital part of causing the churches he planted to grow and mature in the things of God. The prayers of Paul are recorded in his letters to the churches he was related to. He prayed for:
1. Spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1);
2. Strengthened with might by the Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3);
3. Rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3);
4. Approve things that are excellent (Philippians 1);
5. Sincere and without offense (Philippians 1);
6. Filled with the knowledge of God’s will (Colossians 1);
7. Walk worthy of the Lord pleasing God in all things (Colossians 1);
8. Fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1).
Apostles are responsible to intercede and pray for the churches and ministries they are related to and even the Church around the world. Their intercession helps the Church to come into the fullness of what the Lord intends.