Prayer is considered to be one of the most important ministries of True Light Ministries. No ministry will be effective unless it is bathed in prayer! Every Church member will be encouraged to be an intercessory prayer warrior.
“My house will be called a house of prayer…” Matthew 21:13
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
What is Intercession?
Intercession is a forgotten ministry. Paul in 2 Cor. 5:18 says, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” Ninety or more percent of all saints do not pray in sincerity and do not mean business when they pray. Only less than ten percent of saints pray and intercede for others. If the opposite were true, what would God do? What nations would be saved? What miracles would come to pass?
Intercession involves all the types of prayer.
Intercession emphasizes the needs of others and the advancement of God’s interests in the world.
Intercession literally means, “To intercede for,” “stand in the gap for,” “to stand in proxy for,” “to mediate to intervene,” and “to desire to be part of what God is doing.”
Intercession is standing in for a person.
At the very foundation of intercession is the mind of Christ. When a saint of God has the mind of Christ, he or she is joined with Christ to fulfill the will of God and to intercede for the fulfillment of His plan.
Intercession is a priestly work and function working to intercede and stand between Christ and man. Christ is the greatest mediator and the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5). But a saint can stand in the gap between Christ and a person. Christ stands between God and Man. A saint stands between Christ and man as an intercessor. It is priestly work, priestly capacity, and a priestly function.
Both Christ and the Holy Spirit are seen as intercessors for all the saints (Romans 8:26-27; 8:34). Christ as man is the gap-stander, for he stands between the Godhead and man (1 Tim. 2:15; Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24).
An intercessor is also known as a “Gap-Stander.” The reason is that the one that intercedes also stands in the gap between one and another. Indeed, Daniel was a gap stander (that is, Daniel stood constantly in the gap between the Jewish people and God).
Intercession is forming a bridge with your on heart to God for persons.
Walking with God.
b. Fellowshipping with God.
c. Crying with God.
d. Laughing with God.
Intercession is a revelation from God.
Prayer for God’s will to be done in the world is intercession. So, intercession is revealing the Will of God into the world. It is that which serves and brings into fulfillment of the divine act of God.
All saints are called unto the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-18). All saints are called kings and priests (Rev. 1:6).
Since all saints are called kings and priests, then all saints are called to be intercessors. The ministry of intercession is for all who will pay the price and sell out to Christ (Acts 13:48).
A saint must sell out to Christ.
b. A true saint must be an intercessor.
c. He or She must be able to touch the edge of Christ’s garment.
Intercessors are the hidden part of the church.
No one is exempt from intercession.
Characteristics of the calling
- Prayer time either privately or with others will be of utmost importance to you.
- Sermons or literature on prayer above all others may captivate you and inspire you spiritually.
- You will be drawn to and fascinated by others in the prayer ministry or deliverance ministry.
- Are you inspired by others who pray?
- Do you spend more time praying for others than for yourself?
- Do the prayers you pray to God on others behalf seem to be received and answered before those you pray for yourself.
- When you find yourself still silently praying within while others have finished
- You feel deeply moved or burdened to pray for people or situations even when no request has been made to you.
What does it mean to stand in the gap for another person?
The person who is standing in the gap is so concerned about a person that he forgoes his desires and pushes in for another (Jer. 7:16; Heb. 7:25; Rom. 11:2; 8:34; 8:27; 8:26; Jer. 36:25; 27:18; 7:16; Isa. 53:12; 1 Tim. 2:1 Isa. 59:16). Therefore, intercession may be seen as the foundation of God’s heart. For God the Word became man and interceded for us so that we would not die in our sins.
Preparing for Powerful Intercession. Preparation makes the difference in the power of God that flows through you.
- Repentance is key (2 Chron. 7:14).
- Enter in His courts with thanksgiving. Maintain an attitude of prayer and thanksgiving if you are fathering into a prayer faculty with other intercessors.
- Remove self.
- Remove ego.
- Remove pride.
- Remove selfish desires or wants.
- Focusing on Christ, not yourself or your own needs.
- See others as Christ sees them.
- Make sure that you have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
- Crucify self and flesh.
- Fill up with God. Ask for the power of God to come in and indwell you anew.
- Wait in His presence.
- Walk in a priestly ministry. (See Hebrews 8 and 10).
Purposes of Intercession
- Intercession will break down strongholds when nothing will.
- Intercession and tears will touch God when nothing else will.
- To stop or delay judgment and destruction (Ezekiel 22:30).
- Intercession makes a demand upon the ability of God. As long as Noah was not in the Ark, destruction was delayed. Only when he entered the Ark and intercession ceased did judgment and destruction come (Gen. 6:1-7:7). The same is seen in the case of Lot (Gen. 18-19).
- To bring forth revival.
- It reveals the will of God into the world.
- To pester God to move for the sake of others and for God’s own sake.
- It is that which brings into fulfillment the divine act of God..
Joel 2:17, besides describing other things, yet describes intercessory prayer as:
- Standing between the Porch and the altar.
- Standing between the Porch and altar, so that the heathen will not rule over the godly.
- The intercessor stands between the porch and the altar.
- The Porch is where to speak to the saints.]
- The altar is where service to God takes place
- The intercessor is the one that can tell the people where God is.
Luke 4:18, besides dealing explicitly with Christ, yet deals with several purposes of intercessory prayer:
- To heal the brokenhearted.
- To preach deliverance to the captives.
- To recover the sight to the blind.
- To set at liberty them who are bruised.
Furthermore, Intercession may be seen to be used:
- To drive in.
- To impinge.
- To collide with.
- To encroach upon.
- To strike against.
- To be violent against.
- To invade.
- To come between.
- To cause to entreat.
- To meet with.
Two types of intercession
- Warfare: Warfare is facing Satan on the behalf of a person. This is prayer directed against the powers of darkness.
We pronounce against Satan and his forces the written judgment by reading the Scriptures of judgment against them (Psalm 149:9).
We command Satan and his forces to be bound, to be loosed, or to leave their positions of influence or authority in the name of Jesus. (Matthew 16:19; Mark 16:17).
We rebuke the forces of evil (Matt. 4:4; 4:6; 4:7; 4:10; Luke 4:4; 4:8;4:10; Jude 9; Titus. 4:2; Zech. 3:2; Mal. 3:11).
We resist the onslaughts of Evil (James 4:7).
This is another form of intercessory prayer.
Warfare prayer is not for the untested (1 Tim. 3:1-7).
- Travail: Travail is beseeching God for an answer of a situation for a person. Intercessors are the hidden part of the church.
The Laws of intercessory prayer
- The Law of Agreement (Rom. 8:34; 8:26-27; Matt. 18:19).
Intercession is more powerful when other saints agree. Intercession works due to the fact that the Father, Holy Spirit, and Jesus are united with the intercessor.
- Sow and reaping (Gal. 6:8). Sow prayer; reap prayer; Sow peace; reap peace.
Characteristics of intercession
- Loving grace (John 3:16).
- An intercessor must identify with the person, the situation, and the trouble. You must have empathy, not sympathy.
- You must feel their pain (and carry their burden), yet not feel sorrow for them.
- Identifying with another in intercession causes the intercessory to be a shareholder in another person’s calling, election, gifts, and blessings.
- In God’s sight, intercessors become a preacher, prophet, apostle, teacher, evangelist, and singer in which he identifies.
- The farther I reach out in prayers, in the name of Jesus, the farther I reach back to the submission of Christ.
- Intercession is a hidden work.
- It is a work of loners.
- It is a work that requires people to be by themselves more than with others.
- Intercession is travailing in prayer (Micah 4:9-10).
- Intercession is prayer that wrestles. (Genesis 15; Genesis 32; Daniel 9).
- Intercession is groaning in prayer. (See Romans 8:26).
- Intercession must be according to the Word of God. (See Luke 1:38; Psalms 107:20; 1 John 4:14-15). This includes that true intercession will always be according to His will. See 1 John 4:14-15.
- Intercession must be in the name of Jesus. See John 16:23.
- Intercession is binding and loosing. (See Matthew 16:13).
- Before using this, establish your position in Christ. This is done by a revelation of Christ.
- The loosing and binding becomes active when you speak words.
- Intercession does release the power of God. If you will, it activates it.