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Intercessory Prayer is Powerful

Discussion in 'Prayer Request' started by Chad, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. I encourage everyone to study on intercessory prayer. Simply put, intercessory prayer is when a believer prays for someone else, on their behalf so to speak. It could be for family, friends, nations, leaders.

    There's an awesome Derek Prince sermon on this here: Intercessor

    What is Intercessory Prayer?

    Intercessory prayer is the act of praying for other people. The Lord instructed us to pray not only for our own personal needs but to reach out and pray for others as well. We find an example of this in 1 Timothy 2:1-6 where we are told to pray and to make intercession for all men:

    What is intercessory prayer? The Greek noun, “enteuxus” in the Bible is the word for “intercession.” It primarily denotes a “meeting with,” a conversation or petition rendered on the behalf of others. “Intercessory prayer,” then, is seeking the presence and audience of God in another’s stead. When we pray for the needs of others that is called “intercession” or we are said to be “interceding” for them.

    Jesus was the greatest “intercessor” of all time. Isaiah 53:12 records the following prophecy about Jesus: “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.”

    Hebrews 7:25 speaks of Him as a high priest that is still interceding on our behalf: “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.”

    The Lord is looking for men and women today that are willing to enter into this ministry with Him. He has always sought people that would “stand in the gap” for others.

    The Lord does not want judgment to fall upon people. He desires that they repent and return to Him. However, if they do not repent, judgment is inevitable. The fruit of sin always has penalty. Prayer for others causes them to repent and seek God. Therefore, the Lord is always looking for those who will take a burden of prayer for the wayward ones, so that they might come to Him. He needs spiritual warriors who will selflessly intercede on behalf of others. The ministry of intercessory prayer perennially stands open for volunteers who will join the Lord in this work. Through this ministry one can circle the entire world interposing for the multitudes who have no one else to “stand in the gap” for them. I personally do not believe the Lord will call anyone into a public ministry unless the ministry of intercession has first become a priority in his life.

    There are many people eagerly wanting to do something for Jesus while this important field of work stands wide open. It is certainly not as glamorous as some other ministries, for no one is seen or applauded in their prayer closet, and perhaps that is exactly why there are so few volunteers. Even when people are interested in serving in this form of ministry, there is often a lack of knowledge as to the equipment and the keys needed to be effective and successful in it.

    Some of these keys are presented here in hopes that if you have a heart toward God and are willing to become an intercessor, you will know how to obtain many victories. Intercessory prayer, being a ministry to others, is not something that directly benefits us. It is essentially an outreach ministry. Through it we can truly lay down our lives for others. As we are faithful by sacrificing our time on the behalf of others, the Lord then takes care of our needs. As we minister to others, the Lord ministers to us. While praying for others, we cannot neglect mentioning the added blessing of being in fellowship with the Lord. As the Holy Spirit directs us in the ways we are to pray for others, we need to keep in mind that He will always have us pray according to His Word.

    Negative prayers and judgment prayed down on people are not in harmony with the Spirit of the Lord. God is continually extending mercy and help. Some people in ignorance pray for God to do whatever it takes to save someone. They pray such prayers as, “Lord, if you have to break their back to get them to come to you, break their back Jesus, take their business away from them, but save them. God, if it takes a car wreck to save them, do it Lord. Show them, even if they have to get cancer.” These are examples of the way some ignorant Christians pray. They are truly crimes against the heart of Christ. He came to save, not to destroy and kill.

    No one gets saved just because he gets cancer. If that were true, then every one that had cancer would automatically come to God. Getting cancer, or being in a car wreck, never saved anyone. On the other hand, many people have died and gone to hell in these ways. Granted, some do come to the Lord when tragedy strikes, but it was the strength of someone praying for them and the mercy of the Holy Spirit that caused them to come to God, not the tragedy. Without the conviction of the Holy Spirit, their thoughts would never have gone out to God even in their crisis.

    God does not send calamities in order to bring people to Himself. He tells us in His word that it is the Spirit of God that “woos” and “draws” people to Himself. This is hastened as Christians pray. John 6:44 says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Praise God for intercessors that stand against the enemy and keep him from destroying the souls and lives of men, women and children who need the Lord. The ministry of intercession is a vital part of our Christian walk and we can never attain to maturity and become overcomers by slighting it. I often use the words “task” and “work” in reference to prayer because it is never easy nor convenient to pray with any discipline or consistency. We must remember that we have an enemy (the devil) who is constantly trying to keep us from our prayer life because he knows (better than most Christians) the damage done to his kingdom through it. Let us never cease to pray for others and thereby be those “intercessors” that God is looking for.

    article from What is Intercessory Prayer
  2. Hi Chad,
    Its Doug Smith from Melbourne, Australia.
    Long time no speak for me.
    I never forget you nor your great work in His name.
    Every now and then I log in and see how your site is developing.
    Sometimes, like now, I get a message to sit and communicate with you . . . so here I am.
    My email address has changed, so I'm going to sign up in my new address, all that has changed is the part after the "@" symbol. It is now
    I have been watching you since before 2013, when you sent me a "we've missed you" email . . .
    God bless you Chad. I, and many like me have been touched by your ministry and will never forget you.
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  3. Greetings,

    I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Timothy 2:1-6

    May I point out part of this Scripture?
    For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour

    If we would consider this and understand how much this means.
    We often want to please the LORD.
    Here is one way He instructs us to and rest assured that as He deems it good and acceptable in His sight, we surely are doing His will.

    pray therefore

    Bless you ....><>
  4. Thank you Chad for this post, it has informed me greatly and it is encouraging. It is true that intercessory prayers are a powerful act of selflessness as we battle with the self within which is what we are put on earth to do, to make a choice between Heaven and Hell by the way we live our lives. It is a way of maintaining our way on the narrow path which leads to Heaven :).
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  5. I need intercessory prayer, i am suffering from brain damage, please pray for me. My name is Emmanuel from NYC.
  6. For those that are baptized in the Holy Spirit and intercede in the spirit, tongues that is, we are shown I the book of Job an intercessoryvcall to prayer by the Holy Spirit.

    Job 32:18-20 KJVS
    For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
    [19] Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. [20] I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

    The word matter is "speaking, words, talking. When a Holy Spirit baptized Christian is pressed in his spirit, a very uncomfortable feeling inside just as described in those verses, he begins to pray in the spirit, Jude vs. 20, 1 Corinthians chapter 14,
    Ephesians 6:18 KJVS
    Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

    Job 29:21-23 KJVS
    Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. [22] After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. [23] And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

    It is not a pleasant experience at all. This happens s to me from time to time and I pour out prayers I the spirit for an hour or more and eventually the internal pressure vents as I fulfill my call to pray of some situation that only God knows the details of.

    It's lonely not having anyone to talk to a out this and many that call themselves believers scoff at God's anointing and gifts. But prayer has pulled me and my family from many an affliction.
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  7. @Emmanuel Pena

    Praying for you now.
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  8. Derek Prince preached in my church in Winnipeg a couple of times. I love his books.
    I think it is important to study both the principles of effective petitionary prayer and the other forms of prayer that should accompany it. Richard Foster's book "Prayer" js the best I have read on this subject and he identifies 22 forms of prayer. Petitionary prayer can, for example, be undermined if we always jump right in with our requests without first praising or thanking God for His blessings or listening for God's guiding voice in response to our petitions. Remember, God does not always answer our prayers in the way we expect, but rather responds to the true need behind the request.

    Here is an important neglected insight. We can't "try" to believe. Crippling doubt is built into the very concept of trying. When we introspect to see how much faith lurks in our heart, the very act of looking within punches a hole in our soul's container and all the faith that was there drains out. Instead, we need to boldly act on the assumption that we have all the faith we need and pray accordingly. Consider Luke 17:5:
    "The apostles said to the Lord: Increase our faith! The Lord replied, If you have faith the size of the mustard seed..." The apostles have had success in their intercessory work, but also disappointments. They have tried to believe, but their failures have provoked doubt. Jesus' point is that the quantity of faith is not the issue; they need to recapture the beginner's childlike mind and boldly act on the assumption that they have all the faith they need without introspecting about this, even if it seems like the tiniest conceivably amount.
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