I recently read an article in the Missions Frontier magazine about “informed intercession” a marriage of research and prayer. Each week this group choose a different people group, research throughout the week and then come together to share and pray.
I was a little skeptical at first, thinking “shouldn’t we rely on what the Spirit is saying?” But as I read their testimonies, it made sense to use the tools available to be informed. Here’s what one person shared:
“I would definitely encourage people to research rather than just simply blindly praying for things. I was taught that the key to intimacy is knowledge. To really be able to love a people and pray for them is to learn about who they are in a deeper way. I found that the more I researched a people, the more I fell in love with them and the easier it was to pray. I didn’t have to just make things up. I began dreaming about this people at night, and they would be in my thoughts during the day. The Lord was stirring my heart for them in deeper ways. The more informed we are as intercessors, as people who pray for a specific people, the more our heart will come alive through it.”
When possible, they would call people in that country to get more “on the ground” information, besides using the internet. To read the full article, click here.
Has God called you to pray for a specific group of people or a cause? Would research help you to better understand and pray? Comment and let me know what you think!