Intercessory Prayer

What is an intercessor?

An intercessor is someone in the unseen, a warrior who fights the battle in the background, on behalf of others. There is a desperate need for intercessors in the world, and Father is looking for those who will come before Him and pray for mercy and compassion on behalf of others. Father looks at our prayers as sweet smelling incense that pleases Him. (Rev. 5:8)

Intercessors are armed and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,but spiritual. (2 Cor. 10:3-6) The fight is against principalities, not against flesh and blood. (Eph. 6:12,13) Interceding requires we step out of our comfort zone and fix our eyes on the target and fight the battle by the spirit. We have been given the power and authority to destroy the enemies plans and we are expected to act upon this. (Luke 10:19)

When we intercede for others, we pray from the heart, we do this regularly, in detail, fervently, and with faith and love, even for those who are our enemies as we are to love like Yahushua does. We also pray with fasting as we are led by His Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).

How to intercede

As the Word states, we as believers are to never cease praying (1 Thes.5:17). Our most powerful weapon is prayer, therefore, we are to pray continually, not only for our own growth and development in Father but also interceding for others. Yahushua is our intercessor to our Father and has taught us by example. Intercession is standing in the gap for someone’s needs. Intercession is ACTION, by travailing or agonizing in prayer for others. Yahushua offered up prayers and supplications with vehement cries and tears (Heb. 5:7). Interceding for others does not require knowledge or wisdom necessarily but does require a commitment to take time sacrificially for others.

When there is a need or request for intercessory prayer, we are to immediately go to scripture and identify the portions that talk about that particular need. We then pray for Father’s will for that need before we begin interceding for the request. Humbly come before Father in repentance and contriteness of heart, and ask for His mercy and grace to be upon you. Be holy as He is holy. Pray the scriptures that directly relate to the petition, and never lose heart. (Luke 18:7)

Below you will find helpful scriptures as to where in the Bible prayer is mentioned and why it is such a vital component to our walk in intimacy with Yahushua.

The Reason or Necessity for Intercessory Prayer

It is right. Luke 18:1
It is commanded by God. Col. 4:2
It is sinful to neglect it. I Sam. 12:23
Neglect of it grieves God. Isa. 43:21-22
It is a medium through which God gives blessing. Matt. 7:11
It is essential to victory over the forces of evil. Eph. 6:12-18
Because of the obligation imposed by Christ’s example. Heb. 5:7
Because of the emphasis given to it in the early Church. Acts 6:4

Requirements and Qualifications for Intercessory Prayer

Regarding iniquity in the heart, a disqualification. Psa. 66:18
Refusal to heed God’s Word, a disqualification. Prov. 28:9
Disregarding the cry of the needy, a disqualification. Prov. 21:13
True penitence. Luke 18:13-14
Faith in Christ. I John 5:13-15
Righteousness and Godliness. Psa. 34:15
Obedience. I John 3:22
Abiding in Christ. John 15:7
Humility. Psa. 10:17
Joyful trust. Psa. 37:4-5

The Subjects of Intercessory Prayer

Ourselves. John 17:1
As lacking wisdom. James 1:5
As in destitute circumstances. Psa. 102:17
As under oppression. Ex. 22:22-23
As suffering. James 5:13
Other Christians. James 5:16
Christian leaders and workers. Eph. 6:18-20
Young converts. I Thess. 3:9, 13
The sick. James 5:14-16
Children. I Chron. 28:18-19
Rulers and government officials. I Tim. 2:1-3
Israel. Rom. 10:1
Those who mistreat us. Luke 6:28
All people. I Tim. 2:1

Methods of Intercessory Prayer (Time)

At stated intervals. Psa. 55:16-17
At meals. I Tim. 4:4-5
In great extremities. Psa. 50:15
At all seasons. Eph. 6:18

Place to pray

In private. Matt. 6:6
In public. Acts 27
Everywhere. I Tim. 2:8

Manner of praying (no specific commandment on manner)

Standing. Mark 11;25
Kneeling. I Kings 8:54
Prostrate. Matt. 26:39

Attitude of heart (All important and obligatory)

Sincerity. Psa. 145:18
Simplicity. Matt. 6:7
Earnestness. Heb. 5:7
Persistence. Col. 4:2
Definiteness. Psa. 27:4
Truthfulness. Matt. 21:22

Results of Intercessory Prayer

Great achievements. James 5:16
Definite answers. John 14:13-14
Accomplishment of God’s purpose. I John 5:14-15
Glorification of God. John. 14:13

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