Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth?” Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people.
– Exodus 32:12
When interceding for others, we are Moses. When for ourselves, we are the Israelites. We lament but we don’t know what calamities we’ve escaped from.
But it’s a very powerful intercessory prayer, doncha think? Not that God would mind what other people think about Him because He’s worried about self-image (that’s quite a laughable thought). But He would mind what the person thinks about Him for the person’s sake.
It feels like we’re holding Him at a ransom though ._.
But that’s kinda like the power of intercession. There is an additional layer of purification of intentions simply by virtue of the fact that we are praying for another, rather than for ourselves. Purer hearts = purer prayers = better communication w God = more likely that God will answer :D
Hence, we should intercede for one another.