Intercession: Path to Freedom from Anger

A couple of weeks ago, I read an article by Francis Frangipane called, What Are You Becoming? I have been pondering the thoughts he presented in it ever since. He commented at length on the anger which is consuming not only the world, but the Church as well. He pointed out that even anger over injustice, if not handled correctly, can lead us into bondage. One thought in particular I cannot get away from:

We must turn indignation into intercession.”

What happens as we bring anger — even justifiable, “righteous” anger — before the Lord in intercession?

Intercession sometimes starts out raw, where we share with the Lord our own opinions and emotions on a given subject. Ideally, we should wait upon the Lord until we can pray by the leading of His Spirit. However, we are not always ideal people, are we. All of us have moments when we charge into prayer from the perspective of our own rampaging souls.

However, as we continue to pour out our thoughts and emotions before the Lord, the Holy Spirit gradually and subtly shifts our prayers — and us. He softens us, quiets us, and changes how we perceive whatever we are praying into. And He takes our intercession in hand and adjusts it into right paths. This is especially true if we intermingle praying in our prayer language with praying from our understanding.

Jesus understood the power of intercession in breaking bondage off the ones who are praying. This is one reason He exhorted His disciples, Bless those who curse you, … and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). When we decide, in obedience, to pray for those who hurt us and make us angry, although we may not start out well, the Holy Spirit will be faithful to take over and “lead us in [prayer] paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).

When I was young in the Lord, we were repeatedly taught at our church thatBe transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2) was specifically talking about reading the Bible. So much was this interpretation instilled in us, that, until very recent years, I actually thought the verse mentioned Bible reading — even though I had read it dozens of times. But it doesn’t. Although absorbing the living Word of God is vital to having our minds renewed, God has other means as well. One of them is engaging in prayer, including intercession. Whether it is by the Word or prayer, the Lord transforms and renews us through interaction between our spirit and His Spirit.

So, let the Lord renew your mind on any given topic by taking it to Him in intercession and letting Him adjust how you pray. He can give you immediate revelation of how to tackle the issue differently, but usually it’s a process which takes time.

As we “turn indignation into intercession” several things happen:

1.) God convicts us of where we are at fault — spiritual blindness, hypocrisy, offense, bitterness, pride, and other bad attitudes — so that we can repent.

2.) He gives us unique revelation which we could not have thought of on our own about how to pray and what actions to adopt to bring solutions to problems.

3.) He gives us a prophetic voice (as opposed to an opinion) to speak into the situations which we have been interceding about. We are able to bring “salt” and “light” into the conversations we engage in.

4.) He conforms us into the image of Jesus. We become unoffendable pillars of righteousness. We are set free from self and the anger which self generates.

I’ve addressed how intercession can be a pathway to freedom from anger. What other bondages can it set us free from? What is God speaking to you? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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6 responses to “Intercession: Path to Freedom from Anger

  1. Sheila Lawrence

    Thank you for this post, Lee Ann. You have articulated so well the anger over injustice topic. I am stunned. Hallelujah. You hit the nail on the head!
    On our way home from I think the most glory filled performances of my life.
    Blessings,
    Sheila
    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Thank you dear. I so needed to hear that. I do say so many times when I see evil and become so upset, “it is a righteous anger” and I believe I cannot feel guilty. Now I know I must bring everything before the Lord so I will know just how to deal with it in prayer. Blessings. Marie DeHondt

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  3. Lee Ann,
    The immediate response in the natural, to the ongoing injustices manifested in our country and other countries, is ….”Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?” Luke 9:54 KJV. Yes, anger at injustice or the violence which stems from inappropriate reaction to injustice can cause the “natural”, “fleshy” man/woman to become darkened within the heart and driven in a direction opposed to the promptings of the Holy Spirit which can be found in the quietness of the heart; “The Kingdom of God is within you…” Lee Ann, you have touched on a subject which has caused me to stop and reflect. I’m one of those wanting to call down “fire from heaven” or other such declarations. So, after reading your post, I had to vent a little steam, take a few deep breathes – and accept the wisdom of your advice.
    Blessings!
    Costa

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    • Hi Costa,

      I smiled when I read your comment, because the feelings you have described are common to most of us. I have been praying a lot for more keen discerning of spirits in myself, so I can navigate the sometimes fine line between what is of God and what is not in the events unfolding around us. It isn’t easy to tell by rationality in these days what is what! I spend a lot of time inquiring of the Lord for how to pray, and what perspective to take. It’s like we are navigating in waters which have a lot of hidden rocks and sandbars. We so need the Holy Spirit. 🙂

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