I used to work for a newspaper, and one year one of my co-workers attended an event where the President of the United States was speaking in our area.

As you can imagine, security was extremely tight. She had to apply for credentials weeks in advance, undergoing screenings and checks, and follow the specific instructions she was given on how to behave.

The press corps was escorted down one of the inner hallways of the arena, and one of the members – a well-known local television reporter – made a disparaging remark about the President as they were walking.

My friend said that suddenly a large Secret Service agent stepped out of the shadows, seemingly out of nowhere, and asked the reporter to clarify his words.

Needless to say, the normally verbose journalist was left quite speechless.

As Christians, we need to be sensitive to the Spirit when we feel a prompting to pray for someone or some situation. We never know if we are the only one being obedient, the only one offering up a prayer. Our enemy isn’t omniscient. He doesn’t know what “backup” God has waiting in the wings to assist His children until it’s too late for His plans. Our intercession could make all the difference in someone’s situation.

We need to ask ourselves – who is God calling me to be “backup” for today?