Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Intercession Through Prayer

What is intercession? Intercession is where we pray on the behalf of another person. It is when we pray for someone because of their situation or for any other reason. Intercession is what we are called to do as Christians. It is a part of who we are.

When we intercede, we demonstrate the love of Christ. In Matthew 22:39, it says to love your neighbour as yourself. By loving our neighbours, we pray for them, we bless them and we show the love of Christ towards them. By praying for others, we take self out of the equation and put our neighbours and their needs into it. We no longer consider ourselves and our wants but we consider theirs. By doing this, we show the character of Christ. We show His selflessness and we become more like Him. 

When we intercede, we stand in the gap and we become participants in the spiritual war. God looks for someone who would stand in the gap for persons, governments and nations. God wants us to use the authority that we have through prayer to change what is happening on the earth. We rule through intercession. 

So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God. Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NKJV)

We become watchmen on the wall, having eyes to see and ears to hear (Isaiah 21:6-9). We begin to discern what is going on and we are then able to pray more effectively. We are able to block future attacks by the enemy.  As we are watchmen on the wall, we hear the Father's heart and we hear what His will is. Interceding is a serious task as through our intercession, many things can be implemented within the earth and many attacks of the enemy can be hindered.

I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the Lord answered me and said:“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:1-3 (NKJV)

When we intercede, we pray for the will of God to come to pass. When we pray the Lord's prayer, we pray that God's will be done (Matthew 6:9-15). Intercession is praying the heart of the Father and praying for it to come to pass in the earth (Revelations 22:17). We must remember that when we intercede, that we have power. The effectual prayer of a righteous man avails much (1 Kings 13:4-6).

Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:“Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel. Joshua 10:12-14 (NKJV)

There are many examples in the Bible of people who interceded. One of the greatest examples is that of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the great intercessor. He continually intercedes on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:34). We have an advocate and a mediator who prays for us continually night and day, day and night (1 John 2:1). Another example is that of Daniel who interceded for the people, repenting on their behalf and asking for mercy and forgiveness (Daniel 9). Other examples are Moses and Abimelech in Genesis 20:17-18 and  Moses and the Israelites in Deuteronomy 9:11-29.

Intercession must become a part of our daily lives. It is what we are called to do. We are called to exercise our kingly authority and one of the ways of doing that is through intercession.

We rule through intercession.

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