By Kathy Nunes-Vaz (Inglewood New Zealand
Prayer is simply talking to God. But Intercession brings our spirit into line with the heart and desire of God and partners with the Holy Spirit in accomplishing God’s desire, and therefore, spiritual victory. Intercession can manifest itself in many ways – i.e., watching, weeping, groaning, declaring, supplicating, pleading, shouting, laughing, carrying a burden, and prophetic acts, being some of them. All are Scriptural.
FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF INTERCESSORS
1. The Intercessor One:
2. The Intercessor Two:
3. The Intercessor Three:
4. The Intercessor Four:
The character of an intercessor – humility, integrity, honesty, and faithfulness. Of these, integrity and humility are the most important. Be truthful in all that you say and do (The Belt of Truth – Ephesians 6).
WHAT DO YOU NEED, TO BE A GOOD INTERCESSOR?
PROPHECY AND INTERCESSION GO TOGETHER
All prophets are intercessors –
"Prophetic intercession is the ability to receive an immediate prayer request from God and pray about it in a divinely anointed utterance" (Dutch Sheets) . Sometimes ask God – "How do you want me to pray?" Other times, launch out in faith – simply beginning to pray, allowing God to "fill our mouths" – both are prophetic and Scriptural. True intercessory prayer is always prophetic, initiated in an intercessor’s heart by the Holy Spirit. Because He never makes mistakes, all intercession initiated by Him is powerful, and always accomplishes what it is sent to do. Intercession and prophecy are closely linked – in fact, a person cannot intercede effectively, unless he/she is able to "see" prophetically. Intercessors need to enter right into the Throne room of God before they can intercede effectively. In many prayer meetings this is not done before prayer is made, and I have "seen in the spirit" those prayers bounce on the ceiling and go no further. But true intercessory prayer goes out and hits the mark like a sharp polished arrow which, when properly balanced, flies straight to the target. Intercessors have a built-in warning system which operates well in advance of anything being seen. Usually the signs are:
Watchmen in the Bible watched over cities, harvests, fields, and stood on the walls. They watched for enemies, and for messengers – and a good watchman could recognize a messenger by his stride (his walk). A good intercessor will recognize "wolves" by their spiritual walk ( 2 Samuel 18:19-28). The word "watchman" comes from the Hebrew "tsaphah" meaning "to look out or about, spy, keep watch" –(American Standard Exhaustive Concordance). The same root word "tsaphah" can also be translated as "to lay out," or "to lay over."
And thirdly, also from the same root word – "an outflow" (or discharge). So the watchman ministry of intercession, is:
PROPHETIC ACTS OF INTERCESSION
Genesis 13:17: – Abraham, our spiritual father, was asked to "Arise, walk in the land, through its length and its width, for I give it to you."
Joshua 8:18-19: – Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Stretch out the spear that is in your hand." And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city. So those in ambush arose quickly out of their place; they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand and they entered the city and took it, and hastened to set the city on fire.
John 20:22 – And when He (Jesus) had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
The old creation began with the breath of God. The new creation begins with the breath of the Son of God.
The blind man was obedient and received complete healing.
"So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees . . ." – 1 Kings 18:42.
In Bible days, "bowing down to the ground, with face between the knees" was the common position for a woman to travail in childbirth. So Elijah travailing or interceding for rain to come, for the drought to be broken. He knew the right time, and partnered with God to bring it to pass.
Jesus began travailing in the Garden of Gethsemane when He sweated drops of blood (His blood being the necessary price for redemption). He finished it on the Cross. He said "It is finished." His travail was for you and me to be born into the Kingdom of God (Isaiah 53:11) Not for our conversion, but our new birth.
OTHER RESULTS OF INTERCESSION
PAUL AND SILAS – Acts 16:25-34: Paul and Silas in chains, locked up in prison, in darkness were praying. They prayed up an earthquake! They shook the earth, brought light into the darkness, broke chains causing a whole family to be saved.
JAMES AND PETER – Acts 12:1-5: Herod began to persecute the church – two men were on his "hit list",James and Peter. James is killed (62 A.D.) but Peter lives. Why? Because constant prayer ( Greek. "procheuche" = "earnest prayer") was made for Peter. One man dies, the other lives. Do you think that the earnest prayer of the saints made the difference?
OTHER BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF INTERCESSION
SOME WORD MEANINGS
Romans 8:27 & 34: "Intercession" – Greek = "entugchano" meaning "to chance upon, to confer, to entreat," and is translated as – "to plead, to appeal."
Romans 8:26 – The Spirit of God "intercedes" for us – root word means – "to intercede, to make petition" – like the petitions we make to Government, when we want to be heard – signed by thousands. The Holy Spirit doesn’t have to get millions of signatures – His Word is enough before God.
Numbers 21:7 – Moses "prayed" for the people – Hebrew Word = "palal’ = meaning "to intervene, to interpose."
Also in 1 Samuel 2:25.
Acknowledgements: Dr. Peter Wagner, Seminar on Intercession D.A.W.N. Conference, The Art of Intercession by Kenith Hagen, David and Sheila Chater, Kairos Ministries.