IN THE GLASS HOUSES WE FIND:
1. RULERS AND LEADERS,
ALL OF WHOM ARE FAR FROM PERFECT,
WE SEE THEIR FAULTS, AND FAILURES,
AND NEED TO PRAY FOR THEM.
I Timothy 2:1-2
"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."
Yes, God does expect even Republicans to intercede for Democrats, and vice versa. We are to pray for those who are our government leaders. They definitely need God's direction.
Politics are a game in this country. Every few years, they lie, we believe, we vote, and then we criticize them until it is time to do it again. God has a better way. We should put them on a prayer list, and pray daily for our leaders. This is a wiser way, than the game that we call "politics."
What if all the faultfinders became intercessors? God can cause even ungodly leaders to do His will. This country's leaders need intercession, for the world crisis, for the economy, for the important issues as abortion, and euthanasia.
Our church leaders also need intercession. If two or three (or more) people would daily intercede for the pastor, lessons would be better, souls would get saved, lives would change, the church would grow, there would be less mistakes, less troubles, and more victories. If those who criticized would be the ones who would then intercede, there would be greater change.
Some truly believe that God gave them a "gift" of faultfinding. They think their calling is to walk the spiritual byways, and point out in the glass houses, all the sins of others. God has given some a gift to detect problems, but it is not for the purpose of faultfinding, criticizing, or gossiping. God allows insight for us to know for what we are to intercede.
2. SAINTS RETURNED TO SIN -
AND WE ARE TO PRAY FOR THEM
(SAVE THOSE WITH THE UNPARDONABLE SIN).
I John 5:16
"If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask (pray), and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death; I do not say that he shall pray for it."
Yes, it says to intercede, not to kick them out of the church. It is not told to us to criticize, but to intercede whenever a Christian sins. We are not privy to their glass house sins for the purpose of being the most informed gossip in the church, we are made privy so we might pray for them. We do this so God can have mercy until they repent. We are not to judge them. We are not to "shoot the wounded."
Where would you be as a Christian, if when you failed, someone did not intercede for you? All within the church congregation are part of the "body of Christ". When one part of the body suffers, all suffer. If the foot hurts, the hands begin to work hard to get the foot to feel better. In the same way, when part of the body of Christ suffers, the rest of the body should love, aid, and be patient for healing. Intercession is part of that process of suffering with another member of the body.
If the former saint has sinned the unpardonable sin, is the only time we are not to intercede for them. This is not as rare as we would like to believe, but too often (in fact, frequently) saints will refuse to intercede for the fallen even when they know well that the sin is not the unpardonable sin.
3. ALL SAINTS,
EVEN THOSE WITH NO OBVIOUS SINS
TO BE SEEN IN THEIR GLASS HOUSES.
Ephesians 6:18 (KJV)
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Even when there is no fault, no need, or no stumbling seen in their glass house, we are to intercede. You need people to intercede for you, and I need you to intercede for me. We are both facing spiritual attack from demonic forces.
There would be less saints falling into sin, becoming discouraged by the battle, or being distracted by the cares of life, if we would intercede for each other.
We are to intercede for "ALL SAINTS," and this includes teens, children, weak, poor, rich, wise, foolish, faultfinders, and other intercessors. Too often we find cliques in which one group wants to intercede for only those like themselves. This is unacceptable.
4. THE SICK,
SOME MAY HAVE SICKNESS DUE TO SINS.
WE MUST DO MORE THAN NOTICE THE SIN.
WE PRAY, RESTORE, AND SEEK HEALING.
James 5:14-15 (KJV)
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Intercession is one of the ways in which God heals. Note, the verses in James denotes there may be sins present. Not all, but some, sickness is caused by sin. Pride, faultfinding, gossip, spiritual abuse, etc. creep into church congregations. Some sickness can be traced to such sins. Intercession for mercy should be given for them, and then God can heal and forgive those sins. If intercession is not made, many will remain sick.
Some will see though the glass house windows, and see the sin. Others see the sickness, and want to pray for not only repentance to restore them to closer fellowship, but also for healing to remove the consequence of that sin. This is love, to see and not condemn.
5. THOSE WHO REJECT OUR MINISTRY
I Samuel 12:23
"Moreover, as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you."
Samuel had just been rejected by the nation of Israel. They desired to have a king, instead of a prophet and priest, as was Samuel. Yet, though rejected by the people, Samuel still considered it a sin against God to cease to pray and intercede for the people.
Did you ever witness to someone who rejected your witness? Did you ever have someone attack you and your ministry? Do not pray, "Lord, judge them!" NO! Pray for them, intercede for them. Imagine being a preacher, and having just preached a sermon against criticism and judgmentalism, you walk into the vestibule and overhear someone criticizing your sermon. What do you do? You are supposed to intercede.
What of Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and others who have had their sins shown via the glass house? Can they never preach again? Can we never accept them and their ministries, once they have repented and restored to God’s work? We need to pray for ministries that fail, pray for them to be restored. We too have failed, and God wants to restore us. If some reject us, for our past sins demonstrated in the glass house in which we live, we can pray for those rejecters.
6. OUR ENEMIES
"Seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it."
It is easy to intercede for friends, but what of enemies? Israel was told to intercede for Babylon.
Job was told to intercede for those who criticized him so severely.
Christ interceded for those who were crucifying Him.
Stephen interceded for those who were stoning him.
7. FRIENDS WHO HAVE TURNED ON US
"And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends."
Have you ever had anyone turn on you? Have you been wronged? criticized? ignored? Then intercede for them. Pray for God's mercy upon them. Don't ask for God's wrath, pray for His mercy.
"Lord, lay not this sin to their charge."
This was the prayer of Stephen. He interceded for those who were still in the process of stoning him.
"Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."
II Timothy 4:16
"At my first answer, no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge."
8. FAMILY MEMBERS THAT HAVE FAILED GOD
"And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually."
Job was quite a man. According to God, he was "perfect." The devil accused him, but God knew Job could stand a great test. For two years, Job suffered disease, loss of wealth, property, family. Even his wife told him to "curse God and die." He had loved his family, and prayed every morning for God to show mercy for them. He offered a different burnt offering for each of them every morning. He did not condemn them, he interceded for them. God was very impressed with Job.
9. ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem."
Jerusalem is to be the capital of the world during the millennium. We are to pray for Jerusalem and Israel. We are commanded to "bless" them. This is to be a blessing for us, if we do. They are not a perfect nation, they have not yet come to Jesus. They make many other mistakes. Yet, the Lord has a plan to bring many of them to Himself, and it is almost time. We need to be praying for them.