|Linda, with our sons Dan and Josh|
Yesterday and today, in time spent in intercessory praying for friends who have shared prayer requests with me, I have felt burdened. Galatians 6:2 instructs us to Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. In intercessory prayer this happens.
We take on our brother's and sister's burden. We feel this, as compassion. Then, in the act of praying, we unload the heavy burden on Christ. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to Cast your burdens upon him, for he cares for you. In intercessory prayer we take on the worry and anxiety of our friends and carry the heavy loads to Christ and lay them upon him.
This is intercessory prayer as compassionate weight-bearing and unloading.