Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Daniel 9:18-19, NIV
T.W. Hunt said, "Intercession is the more important kind of asking." It makes it possible to stand in the gap for someone else in the place of prayer. This is done without focusing on yourself when praying, but focusing on others. aimed at asking the Lord to accomplish His will in someone else’s life. Daniel was a typical example of an intercessor.
Daniel had a good stand with God. However, he realized that God's punishment came upon the nation of Israel because the people sinned by rebelling against God's commands which came through His prophets. Having realized that God had promised to restore Jerusalem and her inhabitants, Daniel interceded for the city. He associated himself with the people as he prayed to God. In his prayers, he used 'we' throughout and not 'they'. That is the heart of a true intercessor who understands the real act of intercession.
There are people all around us whose deeds could bring punishment, not only upon them, but to everyone around. Determine to stand on their behalf in prayer before God today. As you do that, identify with their sins and ask God to have mercy.
Intercession is stepping into the shoes of others.
Prayer: Enlarge my heart Lord, to accommodate other people's burdens in prayer.