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Intercession is simply standing in the gap between the sinful people and the Lord.
How is it that Elijah could believe that God would actually respond to His prayer to send fire from heaven and consume the water-soaked sacrifice? How could Moses actually think that God would split open the Red Sea when the Egyptian army was bearing down on the people of Israel? How could Joshua have the audacity to ask the sun to stand still? What made Jesus think a four-day-old corpse could live again?
They asked for the impossible because they were so God-oriented that they knew what He was doing and what it meant. Elijah explained before the fire fell that God was turning Israel's heart back to Himself through the answer to prayer. Moses had spent private time before the Lord until God told Him what He was going to do. Joshua recognized that God was fighting for them, so he asked for more daylight to finish the job. And Jesus declared, prior to raising Lazarus from the dead, that God was going to save those who were watching. (Adapted from John Franklin, And the Place Was Shaken, p. 34-35.)
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