God loves mankind. “For God so loved the world...” John 3:16. He sent His son because of the love He has for people. God is filled with passion for mankind. “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us,” Romans 5:8. These verses capture the heart of God for the world at a macro-level but it also identifies His love on the micro-level. He loves individuals. He knows each person’s name and He knows each individual’s story of every generation from the garden in Genesis 1 to the last generation. God has a desire that NONE would perish. He has deep emotions and deep desires. He is a Father who desires that all would know Him.
Intercession is rooted in God’s love for a broken world. Love is the motive to intercede. Ephesians 3:18 tells us about the depth of God’s love, “...how wide and long and high and deep...” Dip your toe in the ocean of His love and begin to feel His love for others. God’s desire is to partner with His friends to expand His Kingdom of love on the earth.
It is love and compassion that unlock the doors of authority and influence. Intercession is a way to love people. God doesn’t do anything apart from our partnership because we are His authority on the earth. Only His beloved ones have access to His Presence. What a privilege we have to intercede on another’s behalf to see lives changed. Souls cannot be birthed without prayer. Charles Finney (2nd Great Awakening) said, “From the day of Pentecost, there has not been one great spiritual awakening in any land which has not begun in a union of prayer. Wherever the church is aroused and the world’s wickedness arrested, somebody has been praying”. Prayer impacts circumstances, individuals, families, communities, cities, and nations.
We don’t have authority over what we don’t love. Judgment prevents us from effective intercession. We must humble ourselves to be able to release the Kingdom of heaven. From love, we gain God’s perspective and see people through His eyes. The more we pray, the more compassion and love is stirred up in our hearts. In 2 Corinthians 5:16, Paul tells us not to see people according to the flesh but by the Spirit. When we see people the way God sees them and say what God says about them, we empower them to become what He says!
In intercession God invites you to love what He loves. He gives you a burden for the world allowing you to see it through His eyes. “When Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd,” Matthew 9:36. When Jesus saw the crowds, he actually saw the individuals in the crowd. What do you see when you look at the crowds? Let love be your motivation. When we pray with love we release hope into the atmosphere.
When you pray, ask the Father, “How do you see that person? Give me Your eyes to see with compassion. Let me love them through prayer.”