1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (NLT) - "I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth."
Intercession is to pray on behalf of someone else. Oswald Chambers has said, "The real business of your life as a saved soul is intercessory prayer. Wherever God puts you in circumstances, pray immediately, pray that His Atonement may be realized in other lives as it has been in yours." My Utmost for His Highest - June 20.
Our prayers are the link between God's unlimited resources and people's needs. We hold a vital key in our hand to see their needs met in the way that only God could do. True intercessory prayer is driven by love and compassion for the person in need. when we pray for them, we need to ask God to help us see what they see, feel what they feel. We need to identify with them.
We need to keep on keeping on - we need to maintain our prayers for those we are interceding for. We do not know God's purpose or timing for that person, so we need to keep praying, even if it seems we are not getting an answer. We do not know how God will meet the person's need. We need to be ready to be part of the process, in fact, part of the answer if that is what God truly wants. And, when we pray, we have to take our hands off the matter completely and let God chose how He will work.
Oswald Chambers went on to finish the paragraph above by saying, "Pray for your friends now; pray for those with whom you come in contact now."
Why not stop right now and think of a couple of your friends that have needs. Determine if God wants you to be an intercessor for them. If He does - don't put it off - start right now and keep on keeping on for them.