Having looked at the necessity of prayer in the life of the believer, lets look at the actual definition of prayer. The word intercession in the Bible is paga. Paga means to reach, to join, to light upon, to hit the mark.
One of the definitions of sin is to miss the mark. Page means to hit the mark. Its a word picture of an archer standing with his bow in hand ready to fire the arrow at the target. We all have godly heart initiatives that the Lord Himself has placed in us, but we have a choice. Are we going to rely on our own abilities to hit the bullseye with the weapons we have been given, or do we realize that we need the power of the Holy Spirit to make our aim effectual for the Kingdom. I do not believe that we can hit the mark that God has assigned to us without engaging in intercession – its the very definition of intercession – to hit the mark.
We must learn what it means to abide in Christ because we can do nothing in and of ourselves. Yes, that goes against everything that we are in our natural man, but we have not been called into a natural Kingdom, but a supernatural one. It doesn’t really matter what our personality is; our self-sufficiency is our problem. But oh, if we just join in (paga) to the flow of the Holy Spirit, we will find that God Himself will use us to bring about His Kingdom. We will see souls saved, we will see people healed from sickness, we will see deliverance from bondage…why? Because we will learn how to truly abide in Christ so that He can live His life through us. He is the head; we are His body.
After the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus continued to teach His disciples this very truth as they get in the boat and head to Bethsaida. Jesus doesn’t get in the boat with them. He goes up to the mountain to pray. During the night, the disciples are still in the boat rowing against the wind and getting nowhere. Jesus sees them and comes toward them walking on the water. He walks toward them, but the scripture says that He meant to pass them by. They are unsure of what they are witnessing, but the scripture says that they cried out. When Jesus hears this, He encourages them and says, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Then he got into the boat and the wind ceased.
See, here is our choice. We can row our own boat, but we are going to wear ourselves out rowing against a wind that is too strong for us. We will find that we will be busy with much work that may be Kingdom minded, but wont have Kingdom power; or, we can cry out in prayer knowing that we can do nothing apart from the Holy Spirit. Jesus was going to pass them by until He heard them cry out. What is prayer? Its when Jesus sits down in your boat. He is the only One who has command of the wind. When we learn that we can do nothing in and of ourselves, but that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens, then that boat will take us into the will of the Father. We will be able to take aim at what the Lord has called us to, and through Him, we will hit the mark with our lives.
May we be a people that plunges that arrow into the heart of the enemy knowing that Jesus has come to destroy the works of sin and the devil. The Holy Spirit of God will accomplish this if we will be true disciples and learn the ways of the Kingdom.