I once crossed a bridge that caught my attention. This was not my first time crossing, but this time I reflected on the time engineers must have spent on its construction.
As a golden sun set in the West, I thought about the laws of gravity a bridge seems to defy. The connection between bridges and an intercessor danced in my head. I thought of Paul’s words.
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 as a bridge connects travelers to their destinations. The Lord whispered to my spirit, “The bridge is held together by forces which make things move and by things that stand still.”
We might not consider these balancing forces and their benefits until we cross bridges over rivers, ravines, canyons, or any other interesting gap. Bridges use compression and tension. Compression squeezes, whereas tension stretches.
In the Kingdom of God, Jesus is the force balancer . . . 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 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
We are still called to be intercessors. When we know someone is going through a season of being squeezed or crushed, we should pray. We can rejoice that God has placed us there to stand in the gap. Prayer encourages them to conquer any situation they face. Our friend’s problem may not instantly go away, but our prayer can remove the distraction.
The enemy never wants us to intercede, but we must be consistent with our intercession. As believers, we have been placed here to do the Father’s work. 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? 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 when 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.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
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