In A Minute: Are You Praying?
The High Priest in the Old Testament had a breastplate that covered his heart. On this breastplate were precious stones which represented each of the twelve tribes of Israel, a different stone for each tribe. Wearing this breastplate was a reminder to the High Priest that Israel was continually in the heart of God. So, intercession, which a large part of the priestly ministry, flowed from the heart of God to the High Priest and from the High Priest to the people.
When we pray we are called to know the heart of God. When we know God’s heart we can then offer up prayers based on that revelation. Paul tells us that we really don’t know how to pray, but Holy Spirit makes us more effective in prayer. Holy Spirit searches out the heart of God and enables us to agree with Him concerning His will in any given situation.
Often our prayers reflect our own heart attitude toward people and situations. Our nation needs prayer. Let us carry the leaders in our heart and ask Holy Spirit to reveal God’s heart to us. Let us pray the Father’s heart and come into agreement with His will for our nation.
1 Timothy 2:1-3 "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior."