THE FAMELESS GENERALS
While it is unavoidable that some soldiers will fall in battles, others who skillfully manipulate themselves on the battle field, after several years of discipline and training, soon find themselves victorious when the battle is over. And, from victory to victory, the ranks of soldiers increase until they become generals.
The soldiers who eventually become generals are crowned and celebrated as warriors. Their fame begins to spread like wild fire. However, while the duties of these high ranking officers may be just to command others on the battle field, there are some others who labour hazardously, laying their lives on the line to bring victory to the team. These soldiers, whose mighty but unnoticed efforts bring victory, are those I refer to as fameless generals.
In the Christendom, there are people who are referred to as ‘mighty men of God’ probably because they are often seen when they are doing ‘great things for God’, like healing the sick, casting out devils, performing miracles and even, raising the dead. Their ‘great labours’ in the kingdom are seen, recognized and appreciated by many. Some others are seen as evangelists holding crusades from nation to nation, calling men to salvation and populating the kingdom of God by their ‘mighty works’. The fame of these generals of God usually spreads like wild fire too. The announcement of their presence in a city pulls crowd like none other. You should know many generals in this category.
However, there are other generals in God’s army. They are unpopular and fameless. They are little known, if known at all. You can hardly list a decade of them that you know so well, compared to the famous generals. These men, (the fameless generals) are expensive commodities that are highly treasured in heaven and on earth.
May I announce to you today friend, that these men are already on the ‘endangered species’ list. The few of them that remain have so reduced in number that the whole world is feeling the lack of them. Even the Almighty God has conducted a survey and He gives the result of His analysis thus:
“And I sought for a man among them, that I should make up the edge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30. You can read Isaiah 59:16.
Tragic! Isn’t it?
As I read this result of God’s survey, I asked myself: How come God found none? How about the few people we think we know?
Then, the answer came: many people leave the ministry of intercession because they think some other people are doing it, and therefore, everybody thinks somebody is doing it, when actually, nobody is doing it.
Oh God, forgive me! Forgive me, for I am guilty too.
There are many evils we would have averted if only God found us when He was searching. His words, ‘but I found none’, still rings a bell in my heart till now.
Are there not many who have left this sacred commission for more famous ones? Are there not others who have abandoned this task for the sake of self glorification and selfishness?
Kenneth E. Hagin, in his book ‘The Art of Prayer’, defines intercession as ‘standing in the gap between a person or persons, who have provoked judgment upon themselves through their wrongdoing, and the actual execution of that judgment’. How true!
While this is very true about intercession, I must add that it is more than that. The Holy Spirit, we are told in Scriptures, makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:26, 27). Also, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, ever lives to make intercession for the saints. (Hebrews 7: 25).
Believers therefore, should see this call as a great privilege to partner with the Godhead in one of the most rewarding forms of prayer. Intercessors are not much known. Their secret live of selfless prayer is a priceless asset to the throne of grace. They are greatly beloved by God.
One of such men was Abraham. Abraham was the first intercessor to be recorded in the Scriptures. His intercession was what rescued lot from the inferno that wasted Sodom and Gomorrah. He was called ‘a friend of God.’ Genesis 18: 16-33.
But for the intercession of Moses for Israel, God would have long wiped out the race from the surface of the earth and would have raised for Himself another people from the seed of Moses. Even though Moses stood the chance of making a name for himself after the whole race of Israel would have been destroyed, yet in selflessness, he prevailed upon God to spare this people. He was even willing to be lost, if that was the sacrifice required to save Israel alive. (Exodus 32: 30-32). May God give us more men like Moses!
Moses, a peculiar intercessor, trained Aaron to be an intercessor too. When the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, God sent a plague among them and they began to die. We are told:
“And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put an incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stayed.” (Numbers 16:47, 48).
Oh that God will give us more men who can, with the censer in their hands, stand between the dead and the living, and cause the plague of sin to cease!
Daniel was another intercessor. He brought God’s words back to Him for the liberation of His people from captivity. (Daniel 9: 1-19).
Till now, we have God still making intercession for us and He calls us to make for others too. Shall we not then voluntarily plunge ourselves into this calling and partner with God in this business?
Let us return to our knees and seek the face of the Lord for our unsaved friends and relatives. Let us lay aside the garments of selfishness and pray selflessly for the deliverance of our nation. Let us prevail upon God to send revival to our churches once again. Let us stand in gap for those whose hands are hanging down and whose knees are growing feeble. (Hebrews 10:12).
The bell that is being rung in many assemblies today is “every man to his tents!” (2Samuel 20:1; 1 Kings 12: 16). But brethren, shall we not rather heed the Spirit’s call and become intercessors for God today? (Jeremiah 27:18). As an intercessor, you may be fameless but you have as much reward, yea, even much more reward than the famous generals. (Isaiah 53: 12).
This generation is sick of selfish men! Only the secret tears of passionate intercessors will do. Our land is in need of intercessors. Our situation demands more selfless prayers! Our churches have long been starved of the secret tears of unknown intercessors.
May the Lord drive us back to our knees of selfless prayers! May He pour upon us afresh, the compassion for the lost! May He snatch us from under the dominion of self! May He grant us the heart of passionate intercessors! And may the Lord give us more men who can, with the censer in their hands, stand between the dead and the living, and cause the plague of sin to cease!
May the Lord count me worthy to be a partaker of this sacred calling in Jesus’ name!