I once crossed a bridge that caught my attention. This was not my first time crossing, but this time as I focused on the endless deep blue water below me, I reflected on the time engineers must have spent on constructing this strong bridge.
As a golden sun began to disclose itself, setting in the West, the Lord impressed on me the laws of gravity a bridge seems to defy, but we know this is not the case. The connection between bridges and the purpose of an intercessor danced in my head. I reflected on the Apostle Paul’s words in Colossians:
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.~Colossians 1:9 NASB
Webster defines an intercessor as an intermediary between a person and God. They can connect with God in a specific way to move obstacles through prayer, just like a bridge is able to connect a traveler to his destination. I pondered how a bridge can stay in position, seemingly defying gravity. The Lord whispered into my spirit, “It is held together by forces which make things move, but also make things stand still.”
We might not consider these balancing forces and their benefits until we are crossing. A bridge’s purpose is to provide passage, spanning obstacles we cannot reach apart from them. They connect that which is seen, by forces that are unseen. A few examples are rivers, ravines, canyons, or any other interesting gap that is too vast for us to cross without the aid of a bridge.
We, the bridge builder intercessors, are the ones sending the prayers up to Jesus Christ our Lord.~Charles E. Maldon, author of In the Beginning: Godliness Through Marriage
Bridges use two force balancers: compression and tension. Compression squeezes, whereas tension stretches. In the Kingdom of God, Jesus Christ is the force balancer. He is the one behind the scenes creating a balance between that which squeezes or presses us and that which stretches us. We, the bridge builder intercessors, are the ones sending the prayers up to Jesus Christ our Lord.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.~Ephesians 6:18 NASB
Not much has changed since Paul informed the church of Colossae of his intercession for them. We are still called to be intercessors. Who have you been assigned to intercede for? Who are you balancing the pressing and the stretching? When we know someone is going through a season of being squeezed or crushed, do we understand our assignment to pray? We can rejoice that God has placed us there to stand in the gap. This encourages them to conquer any situation they face, as we lift them to Jesus.
A bridge connects without necessarily replacing the ravine below; it just builds over it. When we intercede, our friend’s problem does not necessarily instantly go away, but the distraction is no longer visible because we are covering them through prayer.
The enemy never wants us to intercede for others. This is where we balance this pressure, bringing others from tribulation to crossing into victory, despite his raging. Paul says, “We have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you (Colossians 1:9).” We too must be consistent with our intercession.
Start believing God created you to build bridges in the spiritual realm. As believers, we have been placed here to do the work for the Father. God has given us spiritual authority to defeat the schemes of the enemy and connect the spiritual over the natural on behalf of our friends.
Are you functioning as a bridge-builder in your sphere of influence? Are you the prayer warrior who stands in the gap to balance order and chaos? Seek God, and make the impossible possible through confident, powerful prayers.
Share ways you can be a bridge-builder.
Lord, thank You for Your purposes. We are living in times that the body of Christ needs more bridge builders. Help me to connect Christ to a fallen world, so that there can be balance. Help me to think of someone today who may need me to pray for them. Lord I pray for my connection to You and for our situations to change. Jesus let me not squander that which You have created me for. Thank You for the reminder there is purpose in our prayers.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.
Charles E. Maldon Jr., is an ordained reverend, speaker, writer and mentor. However, the title he is most proud of is a servant of Christ.
Charles is a devotion/article writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage, with the goal of helping men improve their marriages.
Charles’s mission in life is to encourage others to know their true value by developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Lord continues to mold him, Charles uses his colorful life experiences, both “good and bad”, as real-life ministry tools. He believes there are treasures to be found in every trial—perspective is everything.
The crux of his writing is to bring others to freedom through authentic transparency. In addition to his writing, Charles is the founder/administrator of Break-Thru Ministries,a men’s ministry which focuses on helping the family, especially men, to become all that Christ created them to be. He enjoys helping men to fulfill their calling in life, relationships, and manhood.
He is currently in the process of revising his book, In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage.He is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and Word Weavers. He also blogs on his ministry page, Break-Thru Ministries, where his hope is to touch someone with the love of Jesus.
Charles is the proud father of two boys and resides in North Carolina with his lovely wife Lekeisha. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with his family.
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