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A Time to Pray: Season of Intercession

The Word of God speaks of a time and season for everything under Heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Prayer is to be a constant in our lives as believers, but in this season, a specific call to prayer and fasting for revival and awakening has been released across the Body of Christ.

The Lord is calling us to a season of fasting and prayer for His redemptive purposes: That whosoever would come, be saved, revived, and set free.

Beloved reader, I also want to invite you to actively take part in this season of prayer.

God longs to do above all we could ask or imagine as we pray His purposes, seek His face, and follow His ways. Our nation is in great need of God. Likewise, the Church is in need of reawakening to intimate relationship with Jesus unto doing the greater works of the Kingdom.

The latter is especially crucial to the coming of the promised Harvest.

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 AMP, emphasis added)

We have not because we ask not; at times, we also have not because the answers only come when we pray God’s desires instead of our own (James 4:2-3). As we seek to hear His still small voice, we will know more readily what to pray. Let’s join our hearts together with God’s, praying His redemptive plans and asking Him to do what He longs to do.

Our intercession is treasured by Heaven as we pray in agreement with the Father’s heart: On earth as it is in Heaven.

Call to Action: Make Time to Pray

In order to be productive in prayer, we must first set aside regular times to do so.

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Important Keys to Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory prayer is when we pray for other people, ourselves, or situations. We stand in the gap for a person’s salvation, for a nation, or for God’s redemptive purpose to be known concerning an issue facing the Body of Christ or the world. Most simply, intercession is when we declare what God tells us to declare, and pray for what God leads us to pray as we seek His heart and truth concerning His purposes.

God’s Kingdom is founded upon us asking Him in prayer. God could do all without our help, but He desires partnership with us through intimacy. Think of your spouse or best friend. You want to do things together because you love one another and enjoy doing life together. It is the same with God, and this is part of why we were created for companionship.

One important key in intercessory prayer is that we pray in agreement with God’s Word. It is essential that we pray in alignment with His will, and when we pray in agreement with His Word, we know He hears us.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)

We can ask the Lord to bring Scripture verses to mind to pray in your times of intercession. We simply take these verses and turn them into a prayer as we stand in the gap for a person or topic. One way to do this, for example, is with Ephesians 1:17-18. One might pray these verses in this way:

Father God, give _________ the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that they would grow in knowing Jesus intimately. Give them understanding and open the eyes of their heart. Flood them with Your light that they would know the hope of Your calling in their life.

We can also pray effectively by using the prayers recorded in the Word expressed through Jesus and the apostles. Just as these prayers were fruitful during the time of the early Church, they still remain applicable today. Download a PDF of Prayers from the New Testament.

God may also allow you to feel His heart by bringing an emotion to the forefront, such as compassion. Ask Him to give you understanding on why you are feeling this and how to pray. Furthermore, when we do not know how to pray, it is best to simply ask God to do His perfect will.

A second key is to focus on the positive as we pray, that is, praying God’s redemptive purposes instead of focusing on what the enemy is doing. For example, instead of praying against deceit and dishonesty, pray for God to release conviction and truth by His Holy Spirit, flooding the person with His love so they instead choose to speak and act in godly ways.

Focusing on the negative aspects of a prayer burden has caused many an intercessor to become depressed and burdened down, instead of filled with the joy of the Lord. Remember, His joy is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). When we focus on God’s power and redemption in a situation versus the enemy’s actions, we are encouraged and strengthened in our faith as we pray.

A final key to intercession is to make sure we are actually praying. At times I have found myself venting or worrying over something instead of truly praying. Moreover, I recall an instructor sharing about when they were growing in prayer, they realized they were “preaching” to God on the microphone instead of actually praying during a corporate prayer gathering. He shared this experience with much humor. :)

These keys are by no means an exhaustive list, but I pray they help stir up your passion for Jesus’ heart in intercessory prayer. When God brings a person, issue or Scripture to mind (or someone asks us to pray), be sure to actually pray by asking the Lord to do what is on His heart.

To summarize, the most important aspect of intercessory prayer is asking God to do what He has shown us He desires to do, whether through His Holy Spirit or as already revealed in His Word.

Growing in Intercessory Prayer

During our internship we have been learning about intercession, a type of prayer that is focused on praying for others, situations and issues. I finally saw clearly how God’s government truly works through asking in prayer for Him to do His will and for His Kingdom to come in the earth as it is in Heaven. I see the tremendous value of prayer more than ever before, especially in praying God’s heart versus our own agendas.

In prayer we are partnering with Jesus Christ—the ultimate Intercessor and High Priest. Our intercession is to remain rooted in the place of intimacy with Him and co-partnership as ambassadors of reconciliation.

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