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To be your brothers keeper does not mean you will stationed at his gate or carry weapon following him around in order to guide him. To be your brothers keeper as a child of God simply means to be watchful over them and pray to God on their behalf. It simply means that the moment you become a child of God, you become an intercessor.
In Ephesians 6:18, Apostle Paul admonished believers to pray for all saints and watching over them.
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
God honour prayers of an intercessor.
There are many intercessors who have pleaded with God on behalf of their nations, family, or individuals and God honoured the prayers.
Sins are the major things that severe Man’s relationship with God. Any time there is a case of sin God is not happy with His people, consequently, He will react to destroy them. But if a man or a woman can lift up his voice unto God in prayers God being a merciful God will pardon the sins and forgive the sinners.
God declares His words in Ezekiel 22:29-31
29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.
As you can see in verse 30, He said I look out for a man to plead on behalf of my people but I four not.
In the old testament, several men were known to be intercessor and God honoured their prayers for His people.
I will visit their records one after the other:
MOSES INTERCEDED ON BEHALF OF INSREAL
9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
NOAH, DANIEL AND JOB
Noah interceded and God promised never to destroyed the earth with flood again.
Daniel interceded for his people’s return to Jerusalem when they were in Babylon.
Job prayed for his friends and asked the Lord to forgive them.
These scriptures will show you how much value God attached to their prayers.
13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:
14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:
16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:
18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:
20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.
WHY YOU NEED TO INTERCEDE FOR YOU BROTHER/SISTER.
- Because he/she may be fighting greater power than him/her
Whatever exists was named long ago, and what happens to a man is foreknown; but he cannot contend with one stronger than he.
- Because God commanded it.
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
- You should do what you expect others to do to you
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
8 SIGNS THAT YOUR BROTHER NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS.
- When you noticed strange things happening around him/her
- When you see him in a dream or revelation
- When his/her picture crosses your mind
- When you suddenly remember him/her
- When you have a urge or burden to pray for him/her
- When you are not happy with his/her conditions
- When you see him/her going astray.
- When you find your self showing love or concern for him/her.
Believers should learn from the old prophets to pray for one another and not only to gossip or backbite. Pray for someone today God will reward you for that. Pray for your nation, your family, a brother a soul. Pray to God for second chance, pray that God forgives them. Pray for restoration and God’s blessings and protections over their lives. For your same, God will fight for them.
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