Although Abraham is the first person in the Bible we see praying on behalf of someone else. He interceded for the life of his nephew Lot in in Genesis 18. The Lord did save Lot but Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by burning sulfur. We see other examples of intercession in Moses, David, Samuel, Hezekiah, Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. In face Daniel 9 provides valuable insight into how to pray for others. He offers substitutional repentance in a curious combination of humility and power.
Christ, of course is the ultimate intercessor. He interceded for Peter when Satan wanted to sift the disciple “like wheat,” but it was Christ’s body that proved to be the supreme act of intercession. Christ doesn’t need to offer subsitutional repentance as Daniel did. The Lord Himself is our substitute, taking on our punishment for sin. Even now, we see in Romans 8:34 and Hebrews 7:25 our Lord Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand of God always praying for us.
Open Chapel International focuses on three areas of intercession:
A prayer convocation is a calling together of a large gathering of people for the holy purpose of prayer and repentance. It is important that we seek God’s face, turn from our wicked ways of cultural idol worship and witchcraft and repent. We have been involved in prayer convocations in every district of Masaabaland and even in Karmoja. Along with other ministries, most specifically Bishop Lwere and Masaabaland Transformation Initiative, thousands of people have participated in substitutional repentance and eradicating their tribes back to the one true God. Read more about this transforming events.
High places, very simply, are places of worship on elevated pieces of ground. High places in the Bible were originally dedicated to idol worship. It may surprise you to know that Masaabaland has many high places that have been used to make blood sacrifices (animals, children) to demons in worship of ancestral spirits. Read more about tearing down the high place in our area.
A prayer altar is a place of consecration to God. It is a special location especially used for worship, repentance and intercession. It is important that prayer altars are kept burning in every sub-county in East Africa. Read more to find out what we are doing to see that dream fulfilled.