Why Every Christian Ought to be an Intercessor
No qualification, education or experience needed. Only a heart that is filled with love for others and ready to carry their burden, and plead to God on their behalf.
Wherever you are
God the Father
The Holy Spirit
Access to the spiritual realm into the holies of holies and an opportunity to fight the spiritual battle by head-on spiritual warfare. Having authority and power over all the devils and to cure all diseases in the name of Jesus. Getting blessed for serving others and obeying God. Eternal reward which you will know when you get to heaven. Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit and much more.
Would any of you answer this call to be an intercessor? This is a golden opportunity not to be missed. This opportunity has risen as a result of shortage of workers. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9: 37-38). Would you be willing to work for God’s Kingdom by being an intercessor?
To be an intercessor means to be a mediator between God and others, and plead to God on behalf of others. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Jesus Christ is the greatest intercessor, the greatest high priest. We who follow Him, do likewise by interceding for others, for we too are called a royal priesthood and a holy nation. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).
This is a ministry that runs behind closed doors, yet it has access to the presence of God into the holies of holies. Our prayers are raised from inside the closet, yet it envelopes the whole world. We wear an armour that is invisible in the natural realm, yet we win the greatest of all the battles. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (Matthew 6:6). This is a backstage ministry with no audience, no applause, yet it’s the most powerful of all ministries, because it’s the backbone to all the ministries with Jesus as our main intercessor.
This is an undercover role, where you sacrifice your time and carry the burdens of others, for their welfare, persevering for all, without complaining, working as dedicated labourers in God’s vineyard. There is a lot to be done and we start with these guidelines below, but don’t limit ourselves to what is assigned. Go beyond and take on everything the Holy Spirit directs us to do. I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. For kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Our intercession should be for all people, for rulers and those in authority, and for the salvation of all mankind.
Sometimes we intercede with our understanding, at other times we must intercede in the Spirit. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8: 26-27).
Intercession is full-on spiritual warfare, where you stand in the middle of the battle field, fighting the good fight of faith for your people, for your nation, for the lost. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 6: 10-18).
We live in a world that is self-centred, and everyone is focused on themselves, and a chant that is on the minds and lips of most people is “what about me?” Intercession helps us to get the mind off ourselves and focus on the will of God and to glorify Him. Intercession looks at the needs of others, and while we may have some needs ourselves, good intercessors use that as a reminder to focus and reach out to others and pray for people with a similar need or a similar circumstance as theirs. The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends (Job 42:10).
Intercession gets us to the heart of God and He takes care of our needs while we pray for others. Intercession is love in action. Do you have trouble forgiving someone? Do you have problems getting your mind off those hurtful memories? Try interceding for your offenders. This works all the time and it works for everyone. When you pray for your offenders; for God to bless them, interceding for their wellbeing, you will notice a conversion in your own heart, and you won’t be thinking about any hurtful thoughts anymore. All you have to do is persevere in prayer, continue till you see results. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44).
I believe every Christian ought to be an intercessor because that’s what God has called us to be. This is however a voluntary position and so is our faith. If your heart is after God’s will, you will know it. Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
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