The Blessing of Payer
Prayer is a blessing to all who participate. It is a benefit. It blesses the Father’s heart as well as those who are involved in the process on earth. Jesus ever lives to make intercession for Us, therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him. (Hebrews 7:25) We, the people of God, do not know how to pray as we ought to pray.
Holy Spirit is the agent sent from Heaven, to pray through us with wordless groans. (Romans 8:26) Holy Spirit lives inside of us. He leads us into Kingdom intercession. It is He who gives us the words to verbalize and release our prayers to Heaven’s throne. If we truly want to please the Father in Heaven, then prayer and intercession are the gateway to His heart. It is also the open door to obedience. In fact, to God, our obedience is more pleasing than the greatest sacrifice that we can offer Him.
By definition Intercession means, the act of offering petitionary prayer to God. The Latin translation of the term implies, a going between on behalf of another. In reality, when we intercede, we go before the Father in Heaven on behalf of another person. We are, in essence, standing between that person who is in need and the Father. We are calling on the Father to act on behalf of that person and save them from the works of the enemy.
It is also important to note that when you intercede, you are calling on the Name of the Lord for the needs of another person. You are asking for the Lord to work on their behalf and change their life and/or situation. It is noted that when you are praying for others, someone else is praying for you. The point is that Intercession is a self-less act. You are helping those who are under the attack of Hell. They either do not have the strength, or they do not know how to save themselves. Your effectual, fervent, intercessory intervention will avail much on their behalf. It will set the captive free. And because you responded to the need of another, God will find another to intercede for you.
To further the definition and the depth of Intercession, it can also be said that intercession is, the effort and intention to get the Father in Heaven what He wants. If Jesus’s one desire was to do the will of Him who sent Him, how much more should we keep the passions of our Father in our mind, our spirit, and in our mouth, when we pray? When we pray the passions of the Father and the prayers of the Father, then we are truly engaged in Kingdom intercession.
Lord Teach Us to Pray
In Luke 11, Jesus gave His disciples a blueprint for prayer. He started by saying that they were to pray to the Father in Heaven. They were to worship God and hallow His name as they entered into prayer. They were taught the importance of declaring the coming of the Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven, and for the will of God to be done in the same way.
Finally Jesus taught them to petition the Father, to release the sustenance that they needed, and to ask the Father to forgive their sins, as they also forgave others. They were to pray to resist temptation and to be delivered from evil.
In the brevity of this simple prayer, we find the foundation and the basis for intercession. There is nothing that we need or that we must pray for, that would not be supported in this prayer. Yet the depth of the Spirit within us takes us to the deepest depths of this prayer and beyond. We must always be in tune with Holy Spirit when we pray. He takes us far beyond the limits of our own mind and heart. In fact, if we move with Holy Spirit, He will lead us to the answer to our prayer.
The Flesh Will Put You To Sleep
When Jesus found His “top disciples” sleeping in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night of His arrest, He questioned them, “could you not tarry with me (in prayer) for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40) I have never done a survey, but it is my guess that there is not an intercessor or prayer warrior, who has not found themselves dozing off and snoring in the place of prayer.
We are vulnerable to falling asleep in prayer, because we live in the flesh. I believe that the intentions of the Disciples were to pray through with Jesus. That is why we are also told to buffet our body and make it our slave. (I Corinthians 9:27)
Prayer is a Privilege
Prayer is a great privilege. It is an open door to go into the throne room of grace to find help and mercy in a time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) This is a Spiritual effort. It is not a fleshly act. In the Throne Room we can petition Him boldly to save our children, provide financial intervention, heal our loved ones, break Satanic strongholds, open doors for us that no man can shut, etc. What leader on this earth will afford us these same privileges? We must have an appointment to get 10-minutes with leaders of worldly organizations. And then, they may or may not deliver our petitions.
There is none like our God in all the earth. He is the Creator and Proprietor of all the Earth. He manages a vast Kingdom. He hears the cry of every Saint and meets their need. He watches after the sparrows and other wild life on the earth. Beyond all of that (and more), He somehow manages to tend to the needs of the cattle on a thousand hills. Yet, despite all of His vast responsibilities, God has an open-door policy. He invites us to Come Boldly before Him and He will reach out His hands of grace and meet our every need.
So Few Actually Pray
Despite the Lord’s benevolence, there are so few people that enter in and pray for Heaven to displace the Hell that is taking over their lives, and robbing them of the great and precious promises that Jesus bought for us through His death, burial, and resurrection. There is no room to doubt the verity of God’s great and precious promises. There is not time to sleep in the garden when the enemy is upon us. God has invited us to petition Him to intervene on our behalf. It is time to respond to that invitation.
Again, because we are fleshly beings, we tend to see things from a fleshly perspective. This often weakens our prayers. We complain to God, let God know what we can’t do, and explain to Him that the enemy far out numbers us in our situation. These are weak and shameful prayers. That is, if you even want to categorize them as prayers. At best they are fleshly prayers. They are the kind of prayers that God most likely will not answer. They are prayers that emanate from the soul, not the spirit of a man.
The Spirit Helps Our Weakness
God commands us to pray in the Spirit because it helps us in our weaknesses. (Romans 8:26) Because, you see, in our weakness we want to cry on God’s shoulder and tell Him how and why nothing is working out in our life. In the Spirit, however, we declare overcoming victory, because the Holy Spirit has released Words of Promise in our Spirit man.
In the Spirit we cast down principalities and powers and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. In the Spirit we will tell mountains to move, command sickness to leave, rebuke the storms, and much, much more.
These kinds of responses in the face of pain and destruction, are not the norm of the natural man. They are the exertions of the Spirit within us, that know no barriers or boundaries on earth. We can be sure that Holy Ghost knows the impact of the glory of Heaven in the natural world. That is why we must condition our flesh to stay silent in the face of disaster or uncertainty.
Stay In the Spirit
We must never forget the great and precious promises of the Father. When sickness is diagnosed, when we face disaster, when we are afraid, the natural response is to entertain the natural view of our fleshly being. That response will always release the wrong purpose into our situation. It will bring about the natural results of death, hell, and the destruction.
When the threat of hell knocks on the door we must tell our flesh to shut up. Instead, we must send our Spirit man to answer the door and respond to the threat that waits outside the door. This response will automatically come forth when we have nurtured our Spirit with the truth of the Word of God. It comes because we have built up a strong fortress of faith, hope, and love within us. It comes when we have learned to trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and when we are not leaning on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
Nurture the Well of Faith
Because we have built up a deep well of Faith within our being, when we face a trial there will be an automatic surge of the Spirit that will rise up within us. We will know that the Spirit is with us by the groans that we feel deep in our Spirit. These groans will increase and we will eventually feel like we are carrying something that did not originate with us. In short, we will recognize that we are pregnant with the answer to the dilemma that we face.
When we recognize the groaning to be an indicator of our answer, it is vital that we keep on praying. While we are pregnant, it is not yet time to give birth. We must pray and keep on praying in order to see the answer delivered. If we stop praying prematurely, we will abort the delivery of Heaven’s intervention in our life.
This, of course, leads to the question, “How do I know when I am to stop praying?” The easy response to that question is, “Listen to the Spirit.” Beyond that answer all that can be said is, “If you are In-tune with the Spirit, you will know.” It is also probable that when we birth the thing in the Spirit, that we will no longer feel the unction to pray for that dilemma that we are facing.
Desperate Times Demand Intercessory Prayer
This is a day of disaster and desperation. It is imperative that if we have not already learned to “run with the footmen,” that we call on the Holy Spirit. He will teach us to move through that test of the footmen, to victory. This is so vital because, the horsemen are on the horizon. If we have fainted with the footmen, then how will we ever contend with the horsemen?” (Jeremiah 12:5)
To overcome in that day we must continually Stay in the Spirit, Pray in the Holy Spirit, Listen to the Holy Spirit when we Pray, and Do what Holy Spirit tells us to do in Prayer. That is all that it takes to Prevail in Kingdom Intercession and Overcome in That Day!