Intercessory Prayer is … “An act of praying for other people and strongholds.”
The heart of an intercessor, is one who is able to ‘see’ or has a gift of insight. You are sensitive to peoples’ pain, you see where they are; by a vision, e.g. Abba will show you a person crying, praying, being defeated, struggling financially etc. Sometimes you are shown some things that are not very good about a person or situation. You are being shown that for your prayer room, in order to gain ground back from the enemy and defeat him. You have empathy and stand in the gap for a person. You have a desire for Elohim’s heart, you hunger for His presence. You are bold and hate injustice. Further I explain gaining ground. What victory you gain in prayer, you hold fast to that – the very place or ground of that area of defeat. You need to know a lot of scripture and have a strong walk with the Father in Jesus Name. You need to be OBEDIENT to the Set-apart Spirit, don’t go praying without all your support system, the Armour of Elohim.
Ephesians 6:13 – 18 13 Because of this, take up the complete armour of Elohim, so that you have power to withstand in the wicked day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand, then, having girded your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; 16 above all, having taken up the shield of belief with which you shall have power to quench all the burning arrows of the wicked one. 17 Take also the helmet of deliverance, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of Elohim, 18 praying at all times, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, watching in all perseverance and supplication for all the set-apart ones;
People have asked me do you have a special calling to prayer or intercessory prayer. My answer “We are all called to prayer and intercessory prayer.” However, if you have a burden to pray for people, situations, ask the set-apart Spirit to guide you. Your open and obedient spirit is the key; one who is born from YaHUShA Messiah and the Spirit, who are able to speak in tongues. Now there are two different occasions to speak in tongues. One being a gift, of speaking to the assembly in tongues and someone else has the gift of interpretation, in the understanding. For the admonition, encouragement, prophecy, knowledge or wisdom; for the congregation.
The other occasion of speaking in tongues, is in your own quiet place of prayer. Shaul, Paul – writes about tongues in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 and mostly in Chapter 14. The Set-apart Spirit helps us to pray in tongues; with the groaning from the heart, in words of which we do not know or understand. We often have no words in our own language to pray for the details of request.
You will not have the power to over-ride the enemy in your own understanding. But the Spirit gives power and light into all situations.
Romans 8:26 And in the same way the Spirit does help in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray, but the Spirit Himself pleads our case for us with groaning unutterable.
If you do not speak in your own heavenly tongue, ask someone you know who is mature in their walk with Elohim, to pray with you. Don’t feel pressured, that is not of God. I would say this; the speaking of tongues, started at the Feast of Shavuot, some know as Pentecost. Tongues are a language that is only understood by Elohim. In the Spirit you speak secrets.
1 Corinthians 14:2 For he who is speaking in a tongue does not speak to men but to Elohim, for no one understands, but in the Spirit he speaks secrets.
Acts 8:17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Set-Apart Spirit.
You yourself don’t even know what you pray, it’s by belief. The Spirit knows what to pray for through you. Not even the evil one knows, thank YOU YaHUShA!
I went up for prayer in a church many years ago, I did not receive the speaking out, but I knew that I had received. I was self conscious, if you can call it that. When I arrived at home, I fell on my knees and said Abba I know I have received my heavenly language of speaking in tongues, please would you lead me. In a moment a few words started coming out of my mouth. I kept on speaking all the time from that day, my language has increased. When I feel speechless in prayer time, or just so discouraged, I pray in my heavenly language. Speak it out and practice in your prayer time.
You know, … the enemy has been crushed, defeated and he is so FEARFUL. We have to have that mindset in us all the time. YaHUShA paid His Precious Blood for everything and that means everything. In all things Praised be His Blessed Name. He has conquered, He Is the Victory our Banner our YaHUaH Nissi. Impress upon your heart His promises. They are all there in HIS BLOOD.
1 Peter 3:18 Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim, having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit,
We are overcomers in all manner of prayer. Here is the victory: a lifestyle in YaHUShA. If the victory is there, we take it one step at a time, until we get answer to prayer, the breakthrough. It’s hard when we see around us, that things don’t seem to be victorious. Keep your eyes stayed on Him. We need to take our victory on step at a time, just as Abba commanded Yehoshua, saying don’t go rushing into the land and take many cities. Rather, they take down one city at a time. More importantly, relying on Abba for their strength, not of their own ability. YaHUShA holds the keys of death!
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead, and He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid I am the First and the Last, 18 and the living One. And I became dead; and see, I am living forever and ever Amen. And I posses the keys of the grave and of death.
Intercessory prayer is warfare! Just as the physical battles that were fought and won over again in the former years. Warfare in the spirit. I explained in Abuse, emotional and physical Part I that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual matters of wickedness in the heavenlies. Ephesians 6:12
Our help has to come from the King of all kings. Here are verses that declare that authority of YaHUaH.
Yehoshua 1:3 “Every place on which your sole of your foot treads I have given to you, as I spoke to Mosheh.
THIS SCRIPTURE ** I use this as standing my ground. He has given to us every place in His will, as our ground!! When I do not get a breakthrough, I press on in the next time I pray until I know that the end has come, for the victory, for that particular matter of prayer.
2 Chronicles 20:15 and he said, “Listen, all Yehuda, and you inhabitants of Yerushalayim, and Sovereign Yehoshaphat! Thus said YHWH to you, ‘Do not fear, nor be afraid of the face of this great army, for the battle is not yours, but Elohim’s.
Read 2 Chronicles 20:1 -19
Exodus 17:11 And it came to be, when Mosheh held up his hand, that Yisra’el prevailed. And when he let down his hand, Amaleq prevailed. 12 But Mosheh’s hands were heavy, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and the other on the other side. And his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
When Moshe’s arms were raised by Hur and Aaron, they were in actual spiritual warfare, with the power of YaHUaH ! Let YAH arise, let His enemies be scattered. Praise YaHUShA the victory is HIS, so it is therefore ours!!! HALLELUYAH !!
Psalm 68:1 Elohim arises, His enemies are scattered. And those who hate Him flee before Him!
Prayer is Praise; Praise is powerful and recognise that. Have you ever been in an attitude of intense praise? I am sure you have and you know there is such breakthrough in piercing the darkness with arrows of His Light. The energy is total victory in action. We have to go back to the Shema, hear and DO. Prayer requires an action of belief. Simply making a cup of coffee is not the final effort, you have to drink it in order to enjoy.
When we pray, we actually come before Abba with the scriptures that are applicable to the prayer.
In the ministry of intercessory prayer, it is required of us to stand up and warfare with firstly putting on the whole armour of Elohim, preparation in the subject of prayer, repentance of sin and unforgiveness, that is very important, as your prayers will not be heard. Cover yourself and your family with the Blood of YaHUShA and ask for protection from the evil one, scripture preparation, praise, prayer and then action. The action is totally by the Set-apart Spirit.
You shout and you need to, actually be vocal, the enemy is to be rendered useless – reminded that you know the Truth “It is written” he knows that Elohim is the victory!
Remember when Joshua led the seven Priests around the walls of Jericho? They marched with their armed men, carrying the shofars, the ram’s horn. For six days they were to be silent, the armed men were in front of the Priests leading them walking around the city with the ark, on the seventh day … let’s read of the powerful day. Why do you think they had to be silent? Could you imagine them talking to one another, there would be unbelief, doubt all fear and mostly they would not be allowing the Set-apart Spirit to move in their BELIEF. It’s like this in prayer, you have to be quiet and listen to the Spirit, for He will give you utterance and burst out shouting at the break point – for the enemy to run.
Yehoshua 6:1 – 5 And Yeriho was shut up tight because of the presence of the sons of Yisra’el – none going out, and none coming in. 2 And YaHUaH said to Yehoshua, “See! I have given Yeriho and its sovereign, mighty brave men, into your hand. 3 “And you shall go around the city, all the men of battle going around the city once. Do this for six days. 4 “And let seven priests bear seven rams’ horns before the ark, and on the seventh day go around the city seven times while the priests blow the horns. 5 “And it shall be, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and you hear the sound of the horn, that all the people shout with a great shout. And the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall go up every man straight before him.”
Further in verse 10 But Yehoshua had commanded the people, saying, “Do not shout or cause your voice to be heard, nor let any word come out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.”
This is a typical example of intercessory prayer.
Here is another: Read the entire Book of Yoel
The Book of Yoel is a prophetic battle in the spiritual realm as in the physical. Use this scripture to strengthen your powerhouse of prayer and go into force against the enemy and he will flee.
The prophet Yoel, Joel – had a word from YaHUaH to note the destructive work of the enemy and to relate it to his children and their children and to their children. A very strong intercessory prayer statement. Let’s take a look.
Yoel 2:1 Blow a ram’s horn in Tsiyon, and sound an alarm in My Set-apart mountain! Let the inhabitants of the earth tremble, for the day of YaHUaH is coming, for it is near:
This is a warning for judgment. YaHUaH warns the people to set themselves ready and to be doers of the Word and take up their warfare.
Yoel 2:11 And YaHUaH shall give forth His voice before His army, for His camp is very great, for mighty is the doer of His word. For the day of YaHUaH is great and very awesome, and who does bear it?
In verse 7, 8 and 9 explains just how much power El has given His army.
Yoel 2:7 – 9 7 They run like mighty men, they climb the wall like men of battle, everyone goes on his way, and they do not break ranks. 8 They do not press one another, everyone goes in his path. They fall among the weapons, but they do not stop. 9 They rush on the city, they run on the wall. They climb into the houses, they enter at the windows like a thief.
I say again the Book of Yoel is a prophetic battle in the spiritual realm as in the physical. Use this scripture to strengthen your powerhouse of prayer and go into force against the enemy and he will flee.
Speak out scriptures into the darkness, until you see the Light in the vision. You have visions very often. You need them for guidance.
A prayer room or closet should be secluded and out of ear shot. For those who have never been in a prayer room of intercession, it will take you a bit of time to realise how the Spirit would lead in all. My first time experience in group prayer, I realized this was indeed an effort we need to be very sensitive to, to be in one accord with one another and be obedient.
I observed there is a time when a person is required to take the burden and the rest of the prayer warriors to place their hands on that person and pray in the Spirit. Allow the anointing in prayer to take its course. The one who carries the burden takes to the task of confronting the enemy and causing him to flee. Other times, a few take the burden of the prayer and then break through as the Spirit gives the utterance.
As I said this is the group intercession. One puts a thousand to flight and two puts ten thousand to flight. This is required when the strongman has been given permission by the sinner or even believer to take control in certain situations.
Yehoshua 23:10 “One man of you put a thousand to flight, for YaHUaH your Elohim is He who is fighting for you, as He has promised you.
Deuteronomy 32:30 “How would one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And YaHUaH had given them up?
The term putting to flight, means breaking the works of the enemy and his forces. Intercessory prayer is “WARFARE’!
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Intercessory Prayer – You are a warrior Part II