Today a coast-like breeze hit our windows and I thought of the time when I used to live near the New Jersey shore. Usually Mondays hold different kinds of gaping silence–and the feeling of the ocean in our apartment was appropate. Oftentimes Mondays are our intercession days, and while I feel a little bit weird for writing in the middle of it, it seems appropriate to share this part of our lives. Mondays always come down from the quiet of Sundays–where you are rested and filled–and never quite have the motion and “to-do” of the rest of the week. So that big open quiet space usually brings to us all kinds of prayers and we spend a lot of time praying and writing from that silence for our friends and nations.
Today this verse struck me, from Ephesians 1:3…
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ”
This is the place where intercession starts. Think of all the spiritual blessings that Jesus has–if you’re having trouble go to Colossians 1 and read what the Father has given to the Son. All of these gifts that have been given to the Son are ours in heaven. This blows my mind, but it changes the way I pray. Right now, everything that Jesus has been blessed with is given to us as a blessing, so we are already blessed with spiritual power beyond our earthly understanding. We have power to knock, move, shake and plead. And the Father has promised us that we have the same inheritance as His son through HIs covenant.
So this is what it means to pray boldly. When I ask for things of the Father knowing that all the Son’s blessings are already willed to me, I pray confidently. And I ASK.