One of the challenges of intercession is maintaining the larger vision and purpose of our prayers. As we continue to pray for this nation in the midst of increased lawlessness, anarchy, and rebellion, it is easy to become discouraged and wonder if our prayers are working. However, God is working behind the scenes to do much more than simply address the troubling issues of the day. In His redemptive purposes, He uses the trials and setbacks, and even the enemy's attacks, to sanctify us, make us holy, and become more like Himself (Eph 5:27).
Ultimately, He is not after our circumstances as much as He is after us. Until WE are changed, the culture around us won't change. The kind of transformation He desires always starts with His people.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Cor 3:18).
Here are some considerations in our ongoing intercession as we seek to become a transformed people.
1. Focus our prayers on declaring His purposes rather than on fixing the problems.