It’s possible that you have come across the word “intercession” at some point in your faith journey but have been unfamiliar with what it means for you, and it’s possible that it’s a new word and concept. Either way, simply put, the prayer of intercession is praying God’s heart for his people (with the leading of the Holy Spirit). And today, we’ll dive just a little deeper to understand this type of prayer.
What is “Intercession?”
In the Bible, we are able to see examples of what intercession looks like through Jesus (Matthew 26:36, Romans 8:34) as well as the priests and prophets (Jeremiah 27:18).
As believers, we are all called to intercede in prayer, so that we can pray God’s will for each other and for the world around us. For those that don’t know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, it is possible that the only time their names are brought before the throne room of God is when we pray for them. Have you ever thought of how your coworkers or neighbors may have never had anyone pray for them before? As an intercessor we are compelled to share the love of Christ for them through our prayers.
Who is an “Intercessor?”
Intercessors intercede for others, especially when they can’t pray for themselves. We know that we are called to pray for our family, friends and neighbors, bringing them, their needs, and their salvation before God. All of our prayers must be motivated and rooted in God’s love for his people and in the way he sees them (Matthew 22:36-40).
How Do I “Intercede?”
First, begin by praying a prayer of consecration. Pray for a pure heart and pure hands. Be right before God and with man. Is there anyone you need to forgive? Pray cleansing over yourself by claiming the power in the blood of Jesus and ask for a filling of the Holy Spirit. (Psalm 51:10, James 1:6, James 5:16, Acts 1:8). As you pray, ask God to open your spiritual eyes and ears. Know that God’s word is your foundation. You can test the things that you sense, hear, or feel as you pray with the word of God. Be encouraged that as you pray more often and more consistently, you will grow to discern the voice of God (John 10:27).
As you begin to pray for someone else’s need and you start to sense the leading of the Holy Spirit, pray what God leads you to pray. Even if it is just one word or phrase, be completely led by the Spirit. It is not about the length of time you pray, but about what God is asking you to pray.
Also, have fun! Trust the Holy Spirit to be your guide and ask Him to help you access his grace to pray for the people that you love (Romans 8:26-28). Prayer is an ultimate act of love, because you can’t pray without it. Do not fear being wrong. When done through, in, and for love, there should no fear, because perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
“Lord, thank you so much for the gift of prayer. Thank you for giving us a tool in which we can relate to you and express your love to those around us. Continue to teach me how to pray that I may grow in love for You and Your people.”