Excerpt from Healing Power of Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine
“If you ask anything of me in My Name, I will do it.” (Jn 14:14)
Isaiah 55 gives us another insight into the power of this ministry of intercession. Isaiah tells us that God’s Word goes forth, It is sent forth, and It truly accomplishes what It was meant to do (see Is 55:11). So when we pray according to the Mind and Heart of God, we are literally sending that Word forth to do whatever it is that God is showing us that He wants done. There’s a prophetic dimension to the ministry because we’re trained to listen and hear God’s direction. When He says to us, “This is how I want you to pray for this situation,” we simply pray it right back to Him the way we heard it. That’s how the prophetic word works in intercession, and then He does it. In this way, it’s empowered by the Word, the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Himself.
Jesus said a very prophetic word to Peter about intercession. It was the scene that we call the “fish fry scene” after the Resurrection when they were out fishing. Jesus called out, “Have you caught anything?” Of course, they hadn’t, and so He said, “Cast your net on the right side” (see Jn 21:5-6). The right side is the feminine side of us; it’s the receptive side; it’s the contemplative side. Go down into contemplation again and get the direction from the Lord, and you will have a net full of souls. You will become literally “fishers of men.” Why? It is because we are praying according to the Mind and Heart of the Father. The Spirit of the Father always directs our prayer.
Jesus said that He was sent to bring the Good News to the poor (see Lk 7:22; Mt 11:5). Jesus is Glad Tidings. He is the Good News, and He is the Word that is always sent forth.
“As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) Good News!’” (Rm 10:15)