octobre 17

Brother Big, Mother Smith and You

Kenneth Copeland
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

God cannot sit still when He hears the cries of His people! The problem is, most of us are too busy with other things to take the time to intercede and cry out to Him. We don’t make prayer a priority. Many become so occupied “working” for God, we think we don’t need to pray.

But in the end, we’ll find out it was the intercessors who were behind every success in ministry. Someday in heaven when the rewards are being handed out, Brother Big will be sitting on the front row, expecting a gold trophy because he started the first Full Gospel church in his county. He’ll lean over to the fellow next to him and say, “Yes, amen. I pastored that church for 47 years. I led 2,000 people to the Lord and had 1,000 baptized in the Holy Ghost in 1919. I’ll tell you boys all about it as soon as I get my trophy.”

But when the Lord starts to give the trophy, instead of calling Brother Big’s name, He’ll say, “Where’s Mother Smith?” Then He’ll send an angel down to row 7 million to fly Mother Smith up to the front.

When she gets there, He’ll put that trophy in her hands and say, “Mother Smith, I want to give you this in honor of those 25 years you prayed and interceded and lay on your face before Me. Because of your prayers, I called Brother Big to come start the Full Gospel church in your county. Because of your prayers, thousands of people were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit in that church.”

Then He’ll turn to the front row and say, “Brother Big, I’m rewarding you by allowing you to carry Mother Smith’s trophy for her.”

I can tell you whose trophies I will get to carry when that day comes. One of them will belong to my mother and the other one will belong to a little woman who used to pray with her all the time.

I’m saved and preaching the gospel today because of those two women. I don’t get any credit for it. I do have some credit coming for the times I interceded and cried out to God on behalf of someone else. But rewards aren’t the reason you pray those kinds of prayers. You pray them because you’re a bondservant of the One Who laid His blood on the line for you. You pray them because of love.

Pray those things stirring in your spirit. Answer that call to intercede. Speak forth those things God is wanting to do in the earth today.

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I make supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks for all men. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Lecture conseillée: Acts 12:1-17

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