Thank you for Your Intercession
5 Principles for Effective Prayers of Intercession
I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men–1 Tim. 2:2.
Are you a believer in Christ seeking a more effective prayer life? If so, then it’s important for you to learn God’s principles for prayer so that your prayers of intercession may receive His response.
These divine principles for effective prayers of intercession are revealed in God’s Word, They’re awaiting our discovery and application.
So in this post, we’ll consider five of these divine principles from Genesis 18 to see how Abraham practiced effective prayers of intercession so that we also can apply them in our prayer life.
Five basic principles for effective prayers of intercession
Intercession refers to an act of interceding, an interposing or pleading on behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble. In the Bible it refers to our prayer to God on behalf others.
In Genesis 18, we can see Abraham’s intercession to God on behalf of Lot, his nephew. This case reveals at least five basic principles for our effective prayers of intercession.
1. Initiated by God’s revelation—Gen. 18:17-21
God was seeking an intercessor and He found one in Abraham. After receiving the meal prepared by Abraham, God made His heart known to him in Genesis 18:17-21 where God begins by saying, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?…”
Part of the footnote on this verse in the Holy Bible Recovery Version says,
“…God revealed His heart’s desire. The proper intercession is not initiated by man but by God’s revelation. Thus it expresses God’s desire and paves the way for the accomplishing of His will.”
Today, we can receive God’s revelation by reading His Word and proper ministry books that open up the Word. In Ephesians 3:3-4, Paul said,
“That by revelation the mystery was made know to me, as I have written previously in brief, by which in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ.”
2. For God’s people—Gen. 18:23
Both God and Abraham were concerned for Lot—one of God’s people who drifted into the world.
Although God had determined to judge that corrupted world, His heart was concerned for Lot, particularly as it relates to Lot’s relationship with Christ. Ruth, who would become a great grandmother of Jesus was a Moabitess, a descendant of Lot and God was concerned for Lot in order to protect Christ’s genealogy through her.True prayers of intercession focus on God’s interest in His people. They are related to God’s gaining people in order to bring forth Christ in them and through them (Gal. 4:19). God needs us to intercede for His people, including the backslidden ones Lot so that Christ can be brought forth in them and through them.
May our prayers be turned from our private interests to care for God’s interest in people according to the desire of His heart.
3. An intimate conversation with God according to God’s heart—Gen. 18:22-33
“…Abraham remained standing before Jehovah” (v. 22). There God and Abraham had an intimate conversation as between two friends (Isa. 41:8).
It’s amazing to see how God opened His heart to Abraham and how Abraham conversed with God—even challenging God—on a human level, in such an intimate way.
To learn this lesson, we first need to learn to fellowship with the Lord. Then we need to learn to linger in His presence—to have an intimate conversation with Him.
This hymn: “Pray to fellowship Jesus, in the spirit seek His face” really develops this point. I encourage you to pray over the lyrics to learn to have such an intimate conversation with the Lord.
4. According to God’s righteous way—Gen. 18:23-32
Abraham learned another lesson regarding intercession, that is, how to appeal to God according to His righteousness (Gen. 18:23-32). Whether God expresses His love and grace toward a person may fluctuate according to His feeling. But God’s righteousness is absolute.
Righteousness is the foundation of God’s throne (Psa. 89:14). So we need to learn how to challenge God according to His righteousness.
However, holding God to His righteousness is difficult to do without an adequate knowledge of God’s Word. For example, if God has given us His word of promise in the Scriptures, He would be unrighteous if He does not do according to His Word.
May we learn to intercede by praying, “Lord, You said in Your Word…now do as You have spoken and fulfill Your promise.”
C. H. Spurgeon in The Secret of Power in Prayer said,
You put your finger down upon the very lines, and say, “Do as thou hast said.” This is the best praying in all the world. O beloved, be filled with God’s Word. (p. 21)
5. God speaking in our speaking—Gen. 18:33
Finally, we can see that Abraham’s intercession ended not with Abraham, but with God. Genesis 18:33 says,
“And Jehovah went away as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham…”
This Word gives us two practical points to remember. First, genuine intercession is God’s speaking in our speaking. Second, our prayers of intercession should end when God has finished His speaking. So we need to learn to remain with the Lord until He has finished His speaking.
Often, we look at the time and say, “My prayer time is over.” But, has God really finished His speaking? We may actually walk away from Him leaving the Lord with no channel through which to finish His intercession. May we learn to let the Lord speak in our speaking and let Him finish His speaking.
As earnest believers in Christ, the Lord will surely lay many people on our heart. He may give us the burden to pray for our family, friends, relatives, colleagues, classmates and neighbors. They all need our prayer, whether it is for their salvation, growth in Christ, or restoration from a backslidden ore dormant condition.
But, it is not only they who need God and His salvation. Even more, God needs them for the accomplishment of His purpose for Christ and the church, His Body.
To this end may we be one with God to pray prayers of intercession that are:
1) Initiated by His revelation,2) For His people,3) In an intimate conversation with Him,4) According to His righteous way and5) With Him speaking in our speaking.
In this way God, can carry out His desire and accomplish His will on this earth.
If you’ve been helped by this post to see the divine principles for prayers of intercession, please share your appreciation in a comment.
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10 Thank You Email Samples to Wow Your Interviewers in 2019
Posted by Christin on January 20, 2019
For the first few minutes after an interview, you feel relieved and proud all at once. The hard part is over–the actual interview–but now comes the dreaded wait.
Did you nail it, and get the job? Or did they hire someone else? Don’t let this anxiety over the response stop you from positioning yourself as a better candidate.
An interview follow up message is key to that venture, so make sure a thank you email after the interview is on your to-do list!
Here is a comprehensive list of interview thank you emails. Feel free to use them word-for-word, or just the general feel of the wording. Either way, they will provide a great idea of how to write a great follow up email!
General Follow Up Email After Interview
Dear Mrs. Carlisle,
It was a pleasure meeting you today. Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me! I truly believe my background as an app developer, and the prosperity of the app I personally developed, ThymeCrunch, really set me up for success at The Develapp company. Looking forward to hearing from you. I hope you have a wonderful day!
Dear Ms. Lee,
It was wonderful meeting you today, and I really appreciate you setting aside time to interview me. I’m very excited to be considered for the junior actuarial position, in addition to all of the potential opportunities the company presents! It was lovely chatting about our shared passion for sand volleyball!
Thank you so much for your consideration, and I hope you have a phenomenal rest of your day!
Social Media-Specific Job
Dear Mr. Khan,
It was lovely meeting you today. I really appreciate you taking the time to interview me! I wanted to electronically provide you with my social media accounts, for sake of ease. I’ve tried various social media strategies over the years, and have built a significant following. You can find me on the following platforms:
Thank you so much for considering me for the Social Media Guru position. I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Thank You Email After Phone Interview
Dear Mrs. Wykowski,
It was phenomenal speaking with you today. Thank you so much for taking time your day to call me for an interview! I appreciate you considering me for the position as a part-time beauty consultant. If you’re interested, here is a direct link to my portfolio: (Insert Link). Please feel free to reach out with any further questions. I hope you have a lovely day!
Dear Mr. Miller,
I really appreciate you taking the time to interview me today! It was very beneficial to have a visual of the office–it really provided me with an idea of the office environment. Thank you so much for considering me for the Graphic Design position, even though we were unable to interview in-person. I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope you have a phenomenal day!
Strictly Virtual Position Interview
Dear Mrs. Prakesh,
Thank you so much for setting aside time to interview me! I really appreciate being considered for the remote secretarial position, and I’m looking forward to learning more about life as a virtual employee. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I hope you have a lovely day!
I Have Further Questions that Didn’t Arise in the Interview
Dear Mr. Johns,
Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me today! I really enjoyed our discussion regarding the current state of the stock market. A few questions did come up after the interview, that I would to ask now.
-When I’m traveling on business trips, will I generally be driving or flying?
-Approximately how long do business trips tend to last?
I appreciate your consideration for the position. Looking forward to hearing from you, and hope you have a wonderful day!
“I Really Blew It” Interview
Dear Ms. Burton,
It was wonderful meeting you earlier today.
Thank you so much for setting aside time from your busy schedule to interview me! I really appreciate being considered for the Interior Decorator position and wanted to electronically provide you with my portfolio.
It can be found here: (Insert Link). Additionally, a former manager will be reaching out regarding my best project! I hope you’re having an absolutely phenomenal day!
You’ve Already Followed Up, But Still Haven’t Heard
Dear Mr. Longbottom,
I really enjoyed interviewing with you last Thursday, and I wanted to touch base. Do you need anything further from me, in order to help the process? I hope you’re enjoying the new dusting of snow!
You Didn’t Get the Job, But Want to Keep a Relationship
Dear Ms. Jolie,
Thank you so much for your consideration for the PPC management position. While I’m a bit sad I wasn’t the right fit, I’m sure you did a great job of choosing the best candidate! I would love to stay in contact with you. Looking forward to seeing you at the Women in Digital Marketing seminar later this month. I hope you have a lovely day!
Anything you would to add to the list? Let us know in the comment section below
How to Effectively Say “Thank You for Your Consideration”
If you’ve been in the heat of a job search, then you know how it feels to send thank you emails. The reason for these emails is clear. Professional etiquette is still extremely important in any effective job search.
You want to come off as polite and responsible. You also want to stand out from the crowd. Let’s check out a few ways you can say “thank you for your consideration”.
All the while making sure your note helps set you apart from the competition.
Thank you for your consideration?
We know, it’s played out. Everyone and their mother are sending the same thank you notes. But, of course, a proper thank you is always necessary. Since our goal is to set ourselves apart from the pack, we need to explore how to send this message in a unique and impactful way.
We covered how to follow-up after an interview in a different post. So, how do we say thank you for your consideration without using the same, stale format as everyone else?
First, we have to understand what the common, generic-looking, “thank yous” look . From there, you will discover how to really personalize it to leave a lasting impact on any hiring manager.
Boring Thank You Note
Dear [interviewer name],
I want to thank you for taking the time to interview me for the [position name] position.
I’m confident that my experience in [relevant experience] and my proven track record in [skills] will make me an excellent employee.
Thanks again for your consideration.
The interviewer will read this note and forget about it in 5 minutes. Why? Because they’ve already seen 15 other notes thanking them for their consideration.
Sending an impactful “Thank You”
Sure, you can be lazy and stick to the generic note above. The thing is, a bland letter that isn’t going to help you stand out. It certainly isn’t going change or improve an opinion or help the interviewer remember you in a positive light.
So, why not spend a little extra time to make sure the company really knows that they can’t miss out on you?
The following two examples are from attorney and copywriter extraordinaire, Matthew Platt:
Amazing Thank You Note[Interviewer Name],
I want to thank you again for taking the time to arrange for me to meet and speak with you as well as with [interviewer #2] this past Friday.
I am excited about the prospect of exploring a potential career with [Company Name]. Particularly because of the opportunity to expand my skill set to the broad spectrum of legal issues which [Company Name] manages regularly.
I want to thank you again for sharing your experience at [Company Name] with me and providing me with more information about the [Position Name] position.
I recognize that [Company Name] interviews many incredibly talented applicants regularly, and want to express my sincere appreciation to you for inviting me into speak. I think my [experience type] experience aligns perfectly with what your team is looking for, and I hope to get a chance to prove that.
I look forward to speaking again soon.
This note a great for a few reasons:
- It mentions the names of all the people he met.
- There is a mention of how the role will help him progress professionally.
- Reiteration of why he is a perfect fit.
Here is another great example. In this context, the interviewee only interacted with one interviewer. In addition, the discussion itself was a bit shorter. Notice how he still makes reference to the benefits the company will gain from his employment while also reiterating excitement on his end.
Another Amazing Thank You Note[Interviewer Name],
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me this past Friday about the [Position Name] position with [Company Name].
It was a pleasure meeting with you, and I truly enjoyed learning more about the role. After our conversation, I am confident that my skills and experiences are a great match for this opportunity.
I especially appreciated when you explained how [Company Name] would allow me to not only expand my skill set within the corporate and investment management area but also in many other areas of law as well.My interview this past Friday confirmed my belief that I could be a valuable new [Position Name]. I am very enthusiastic about the possibility of joining your team and look forward to speaking to you again in the future. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
While the above letter is a bit less expressive, it still successfully drives home the point. Instead of the generic “thank you for your consideration”, it details exactly why the employment fit is so perfect. It goes into not only why the company would benefit from his employment, but also how he plans on growing with the role as a professional.
Mentioning long-term goals or a future with the company is very effective. It shows the employer that you plan on sticking with them long term if given the opportunity.
Thank you for your consideration!
That’s right, you! Thanks for reading. By now, you should have a really good idea as to how you should replace your generic “thank you” note with an impactful note that leaves a lasting impression.
To recap, here are a few key points you should hit to really stand out:
- Don’t forget the names of EVERYBODY you spoke with
- Mention specifically how your skills line up with the requirements of the position
- Explain how the role will help you grow professionally in the long term
- Express enthusiasm and an understanding of the situation
- Reiterate what sets you apart
Make sure to focus on all the points above and your “thank you for your consideration” will quickly change into a “thank you for the opportunity”!
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