Thursday, August 10, 2017
INVOKING INTERCESSION (INTERVENTION)
INVOKING INTERCESSION (INTERVENTION)
by Angel-Light Love of Texas
Spiritual & Metaphysical Healing/Wellbeing Facilitator
August 10, 2017 on ♥Angel-Light Beamer♥
Recently, I heard or read the word “invoke” used in a way with which I wasn’t familiar. And that led me to go to the dictionary to investigate. Learned something. I suspect that here in the USA, most people are familiar with the use of the word “invoke” “to call forth by incantation: conjure,” which leads religious people to stay clear of its use. However, Definition #1 in my Merriam Webster dictionary is “to petition for help or support” and #2 is “to appeal to or cite as authority.” It’s #3 where the “conjure” definition is listed. Definition #4 begins definitions with which I wasn’t familiar: #4 “to make an earnest request for: solicit”; #5 “to put into effect or operation: implement”; #6 “to bring about: cause.” Definitions #4, #5, and #6 make the word “invoke” seem very powerful and authoritative. I confess to practicing using the word as meant in these last three definitions after putting away the dictionary.
Let’s go back to the first two definitions. I’ve invoked (appealed, petitioned) authorities for help and support many times. Some of the authority or authorities to be invoked are: “my Divine” and/or “my Council of Light/Elders” and/or “the Angels of Grace and Mercy” and/or “the Army of the Lord Christ.” (There are many more choices, of course.) I preface my prayer requests with “in the name of the Christ,” but some people prefer to use “in the name of the Light” or “in the name of the true Divine Light.” And then I sometimes use the word “invoke”; sometimes I “ask for.” There are a variety of words I use when praying.
Moving on, the definition of “intercession” is “a prayer, petition, or entreaty in favor of another.” The definition of “intercede” is “to act or interpose on behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition” and “to attempt to reconcile differences between two people or groups; mediate.” The definition of “intervene” is “to come between so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events.” I’ve written about “intercessory” prayers several times in articles posted on the ♥Angel-Light Beamer♥, including information on “imprecatory” prayers (the latter being prayers for harm to be done rather than prayers for help and positive intervention).
Intervention. This is a good place to differentiate between the words “intervention” and “interference.” Generally, to intervene is considered positive and to interfere is considered negative. However, the dictionary definitions of the words are quite similar. To intervene is “to come between so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events.” Intervention is the act of intervening. Some synonyms are: intercede, get involved, mediate, referee. In fact, “interfere” is listed as one of the synonyms of “intervene.” Here are some dictionary definitions of “interfere”: “to prevent (a process or activity) from continuing or being carried out properly” and “take part or intervene in an activity without invitation or necessity.” Some of the synonyms of the word “interfere” are: impede, obstruct, stand in the way of, hinder, inhibit, restrict, constrain, hamper. Yes, the word “interfere” can be used positively; however, its synonyms indicate it is most often used with a negative connotation.
Just food for thought.
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