The Sound of Intercession
Intercession. The act of intervening on the behalf of another. More specifically, it is the act of saying a prayer on behalf of another. Anyone who has ever been in pain has heard an invitation to prayer. Any person who has ever experienced inexpressible joy has lived its result, proclaims Pastor Claudette Anderson Copeland in her Prayer Project aptly titled The Sound of Intercession. She offers this project to a whole generation of Christians who have never been swept up in the tide of the praying multitude and carried into the bosom of God by these waves. It’s an edifice for those who pray alone; those solitary seekers who have never been arrested by the sound of corporate prayer warriors. The sound of intercession.
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry … The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles.” (Psalms 34:13, 17) Heaven is wired to respond to the sound of prayer, Pastor Copeland asserts. It has a distinctive sound. One that is sustained by faith that God would hear. This kind of prayer catches the attention of the Almighty. In return, the sound from Heaven is heard. It’s the sound that carries our deliverance, our destiny, and saves our lives.
“So when [Peter] had come to himself he came to the house of Mary … where many were gathered together, praying …” (Acts 12:12) Pastor Copeland believes that corporate prayer challenges our selfishness. It rubs against our narrow scope of interest or appeasing our ego which demands undivided attention and tries to trump eternal issues. That is why personal prayer is foundational. A private prayer life takes care of personal issues and frees us to cover others in prayer. Perseverance, prayer made without ceasing, is also a crucial component of corporate prayer. Furthermore, corporate prayer is honored when we have designated a specific place for praying.