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The Heart of an Intercessor
What is intercession?
Intercession – is an act to reconcile, to ask earnestly, arbitration, intervention, mediation, negotiation, finding the middle ground, interference, and involvement.
Who is an intercessor?
Jesus Christ is an intercessor who ever lives to make intercession for us. The Holy Spirit is an intercessor that makes intercession for us. We are intercessors too, because we are being conformed into the image of Jesus with the Holy Spirit’s help.
Prayer is a call by God to commune with Him. Prayer is always a conversation you are having with the Almighty God. We never pray to man or woman, we pray to the living God. I’ve heard it said that intercessors are special people, all of God’s people are special in their own unique call by God, and whatever He ordains is indeed special. Yes, intercessors are treasures, like precious stones.
"I exhort therefore that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men" (1 Timothy 2:1 KJV).
I don’t think of the position as an intercessor to be as important as the call to intercede. It is a call to all of the Body of Christ individually, as well as collectively. Each member has a part in intercessory prayer. It is not a call to be pushed onto a special group of people who we perceive or believe has a special calling. Although, there are some who really do have a special calling to intercede, and have answered the call to be an intercessor. Because of interpretation, and understanding we may believe they should do all of the real big praying.
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" (Romans 8:26 KJV).
The Greek word for intercession found in Romans 8:26 is the word huperentugchano it means for the sake of, instead, regarding, behalf of, concerning, it is pronounced hoop-er-en-toong-khan-o.
What does an intercessor do?
"Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death and he was numbered with the transgressors: and he bare the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors" (Isaiah 53:12 KJV).
What is an intercessor?
"And he saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought forth salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him" (Isaiah 59:16 KJV).
An intercessor is one who stands in proxy for another or others in prayer. An intercessor is the spirit of a warrior.
Both of the passages above are referring to Jesus Christ as intercessor. An intercessor prays for transgressors and sinners, they stand in the middle between God and the person(s) they are praying for, they run interference, they interfere so to speak, in a good way.
Intercessors are full of discernment that beckons them into prayer. Intercessors do not play! Prayer is a serious matter to them. Intercessors pray with intensity, with deep sorrow of heart and compassion. Intercessors need prayer too. Pray for intercessors!
The Hebrew word for intercession found in Isaiah 53:12 and 59:16 is paga means to come, cause to entreat, fall upon, make intercession, meet together, pray, reach, run, impinge, and be in somebody's space, it is pronounced paw-gah.
In the Hebrew definition above; I thought the premise of to be in somebody’s space was appropriately interesting and defined the act of interceding very well. We are in their space when we are interceding for them in prayer. If they were spiritually alive, awake or aware of praying for their self, they would be in their own space. On the other hand, the intercessor stands in that gap, between God and them. The intercessor is occupying that space asking God for His will to be done in their life.
What should the heart of an intercessor be like?
"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25 KJV).
The heart of an intercessor should mirror the heart of Jesus Christ, His heart should beat through us, and we should have the well being of others as our central theme. The Captain of the Hosts (army) is Jesus, we are following in His footsteps, and no foe can stand against us in the fray. We have been made the head and not the tail, we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, high above all principalities and powers and we must operate from that vantage point.
Do you accept intercessory prayer as something you are called to do?
I wholeheartedly receive and accept the invitation to intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is so very vast and there are so many needs in the world, that it is challenging to determine where to begin. Charity generally starts at home. We usually commence right there. We acknowledge in our personal lives, family members who are not saved. It burns in our hearts the unction to pray for them and we start right there most of the time. As broadening of perspective shapes us we add to our prayers more and more people as we pray, this aspect of prayer for family members and others is intercessory prayer. You are an intercessor.
How many people names do you call in your daily prayer?
Ponder for a moment your own personal prayer life. We can probably average 100 or more people per day, depending upon how much time we can devout to prayer. Calling at the minimum those many names. It does seem like a lot of people, huh! However, not in lieu of all the people in the world, that need our prayers.
You are an intercessor and interceding is what you are doing, Jesus always prayed, this aspect of praying for others is known as interceding, standing in the gap and in someone else's space.
Intercessory prayer is also a global thrust:
We should pray for each other, can you imagine the results of each member of the Body of Christ praying for each and every member daily? Praying for the will of God to be perfected in every believer, strategically placed throughout this universe. The strength and unity we would experience and the climates that will change and shift. Prayer re-positions and shifts territories, environments, atmospheres and aligns them under the divine will, authority and order of God. That is intercession, it moves the universe. There are three categories or groups of people in the world, the saved, the unsaved and backsliders, all three need our prayers. It is insurmountable, only if the approach is to pray for each one individually or by name. If we would lift up each category, for instance:
"Father I lift up the Body of Christ each one individually and collectively in every nation, land, country and region. I lift up the unsaved, those who will come to know You and believe because of the words of your disciples and apostles, and all who Jesus refers to in John 17 and all of those who have backslidden, that You would empower them to repent and return to You and restore them one-hundred fold. In the name of Jesus. Amen
How much time did it take to read that prayer? That is how long it takes to pray that prayer daily! It is an aspect of redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. We are those who believe based on the words of the disciples found in the gospels and all those who have made it possible for us to hear the Word" (John 17:20 KJV).
Global – worldwide, international, universal, collective
As I began to intercede the list kept growing and growing, I had to reassess my prayer approach and the time I realistically had. I had my own prayer list that I called daily and I always left someone out. I asked the Lord to enlarge my heart; I want a heart like Yours Lord. Watch what you ask for.
I began to see my heart increasing in the number count of people. It was no longer sufficient to my spirit to pray just for my family, friends and some others. I just didn’t want nor do I want to leave one person out of prayer. When I intercede now I must include the whole world or I don’t feel that I have prayed, as I ought.
I must pray for each member of the Body of Christ individually and collectively. Wow! Say it backwards wow! That is a lot of folk right there. Can you count them? I know I can’t. I must prayer for the unsaved, innumerable is that crowd, and I don’t want to leave the backsliders out. My spirit feels grieved when I do not pray for everyone, my spirit longs to pray for all, or I just don’t feel that I’ve done all that I could have during my time in prayer. Then I began to pray for all those in every nation, every land, every country, from the north, south, east and west of this universe. Keep the heart of Jesus in your view; He didn’t leave anyone out of His prayer.
Why does God always have to get a remnant of people?
Because the majority ignores or neglects the call, if the majority says no, it leaves a minority or remnant. Israel is our example. God’s call was to all Israel, yet today there is only a remnant. This was a systematic deterioration of a nation of people who refused the call of God, who disobeyed what He purposed to do because of sin and seduction (idolatry.)
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king" (I Samuel 15:23 KJV).
To answer that question God gets a remnant because of rebellion. Say ouch! but be encouraged. Every act in which we reject what the God’s Word is telling us is rebellion. Let us look at that for a moment! Because of rebellion, we can often times miss the opportunity to intercede and we can be out of God’s will.
Example: You see, hear or know something is wrong, but you choose to talk to someone other than God about it. That is a subtle act of rebellion, to turn that situation around talking to God about it would reap better benefits than talking to anyone else. It is resisting the temptation to repeat it, when you have been given the grand opportunity to pray. What can we change by talking to anyone other than God about problems? I know that situations can be changed, when I have a little talk with the Father. We the Body of Christ must be careful that we do not follow Israel’s example. We can learn from their mistakes, if we only choose to be teachable.
"Who is he that condemeth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us" (Romans 8:34 KJV).
The Greek word for intercession found in Romans 8:34 is the word entugchano it means to confer with, to entreat, in favor for or against, it is pronounced en-toong-khan-o
I am realizing that when I see something wrong or lacking with a member of the Body of Christ, in others or myself, that I am not seeing it for the purpose of or for a reason to gossip or tale bear, but for the purpose of prayer. I am learning that the same way that I can tell someone a not so pleasant story concerning another person, I can take that person to God in prayer. I can hear my mother’s words resonating “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.” God doesn’t allow us to see things to become judges, nor to condemn, tale bear or gossip. It is for the purpose of prayer, that situation is a call to intercede. God didn’t appoint me a judge to sit around sizing up everything that happens, He is making me into an intercessor. I am in training, learning how to become that person who prays without ceasing, in season and out of season. It ought to make us uneasy when someone tells us something about someone else and it is not for the purpose of prayer.
God’s motive when He reveals anything to us concerning another, is always for that person’s well being. What is your motive? The heart and thrust of an intercessor is to take what you see, hear and discern lacking in others to God in prayer. We must ascertain that we are not tools in the enemy’s hand to accuse the brethren, that is his unsavory role not ours. The Holy Spirit convinces us of sin, He doesn’t condemn us. He is not a gossiper, if and when he imparts to us a word of knowledge concerning an individual it is for a holy purpose, because he builds holy character, that situation is a call to intercede, in other words He is gently asking you to pray about it.
Whenever we see needs we should see them through the mercy and long suffering of God, through the eyes of love, remembering always how we were lost and someone somewhere was interceding on our behalf. My mother comes to mind when I think of a person who I believe with all of heart was interceding for me when hell was bellowing my name. I know without a shadow of doubt that she prayed me into the Kingdom of God, and to go higher than that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us. She couldn’t have prayed without a revelation of Jesus Christ in her heart.
It is how you perceive the call to intercede which will determine what you believe about it or whether you will act upon it. I believe it is a privilege being called by God to pray and having audience with Him. It is the next greatest privilege that I’ve ever been given next to salvation. First the acknowledgement of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is necessary in order to pray and have audience with God. Prayer has so many different aspects it is multidimensional. Repentance is an aspect of prayer, which must precede all types of prayer. The veil of the temple was rent, and therefore gave us the right to come to the throne of grace by Jesus’ precious blood. The priests were the intercessors in the Old Testament. Intercessory prayer is a priestly office.
Prayer is powerful because God has all power and is all powerful (Omnipotent.)
"The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their cry" (Psalms 34:15 KJV). Intercessory prayer is a cry to God.
Naturally speaking if any man or woman was given the opportunity of meeting the President of the United States. I think he or she would deem that an honor; and if the President extended to them the courtesy to dine with him and have an ongoing conversation, they would esteem it one of their greatest privileges in the natural. How much more is the audience with our Father the Creator of this universe, that is truly my greatest privilege and I don’t take it lightly. The call to intercede is a special honor we are given to commune and fellowship with the Father. As we assess the situation to present in prayer, we can tell Him about it and He can work it out, and give us the discernment that we need to see into the spirit realm and be instructed how to conduct battle and warfare against the forces of darkness. To be instructed how to pray because my infirmity is that I don’t know how to pray, as I ought, but the Holy Spirit who resides in us knows how to pray the perfect will of God in every situation. I encourage you to please see that intercessor prayer is for all believers, so that it is not something afar off. God is calling all of His people to prayer.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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" (II Chronicles 7:14 KJV).
We are His people and we are called by His name (Christians).
We the Body of Christ must diligently ask God what time is it? I know this is a challenge for me in my own personal walk with God. I find that time is of the essence, if I am going to redeem it properly. I can feel the spirit calling me into prayer, if I deem people important. Intercession for the unsaved! What a compassionate call. Beloved He loves us and only wants the best for us.
Lord what time is it?
It most certainly is not time to sleep because my senses are dulled by the pleasures of life. It is not time to be distracted by the cares of this life. Usually when asked what time it is we have to look at a clock or watch, etc. God dwells in eternity. Our time is not His time.
- Will you stand in the gap?
- Will you watch on the wall?
- What are you willing to do to see the purposes and plans of God manifested in the earth?
- Is witnessing to the unsaved your reality?
You can pray and the door of opportunity will open, when you are praying you are doing something, you are not idle or motionless you are moving, even when it seems you are standing still. You really may be standing or sitting still physically, but your spirit has transcended the physical realm. Your spirit is the candle of the Lord; it is flickering and wants to be ablaze. In the spirit realm there is motion. God is the mover, shaker and the regulator. All glory to God (Hallelujah.)
Is it time to wake up to prayer? Yes, it is intercessory prayer time!
I see prayer as a wake up call! If it is ignored we will only go to sleep to what is really and truly important on God’s agenda.
On morning during my fellowship with the Lord I saw a situation. I saw a man standing with a crown on his head, then all of a sudden a rock was hurled at his head and the crown fell off. Through this scenario I saw the strategy of the enemy. He would want us to wear a crown in war and a helmet in peace. My pastor in New York used to say we have many hats that we can wear, (referencing to being gifted to do many things), but be careful not to put one hat on with crazy glue, in other words, know when to change hats. The crown in this maneuver was representative of the helmet of salvation being worn incorrectly. It was being worn as a crown not a helmet. You wouldn’t wear a crown into heavy battle or warfare would you? I can’t envision King David going into battle with his crown on his head. I believe that he wore garment"s, which were inducive to battle. The helmet of salvation protects the whole head and the ears, whereas a crown would expose portions of the head and the ears to danger. Wearing a crown while engaged in heavy warfare would be very odd. A crown carries the idea of ease not war. Every item of the Armour of God is a weapon we use. All of them are defensive except for the Word of God; it is our only offensive weapon. The Word of God is what will experientially get us on top of opposition and keep us on top.
"If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove" (Jeremiah 4:1 KJV).
A sensitivity to God’s will should always be a part of intercessory prayer or we may be praying outside of His will. Read the preceding Chapters to Jeremiah 7.
"Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee" (Jeremiah 7:16 KJV).
We are Your people who are called by Your name, we humble ourselves and pray, we will seek your face, we repent of all manner of sin and turn from it to You, we ask that you would light the fire of intercessory prayer in our hearts, that we would remember Your will always as our central theme as we offer to You prayer for all people everywhere globally and that Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.