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Then the king answered and said to the man of God. "Please entreat the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me. 1 King 13:6

Intercessor

Below you will find different perspectives on what an Intercessor is.

WHAT IS AN INTERCESSOR?

by Derek Prince Reprinted with permission Vol. 25 No. 1 January 1998 Intercessors for America

Intercession is one of the most profound and powerful ministries available to all Christians. To “intercede” means literally to “come in between”. The intercessor “came in between” two persons: God, and those who justly deserve God’s wrath. Intercession pleads for mercy, not justice.

In Numbers 16:46-48 Aaron provides a vivid picture of the intercessor. Israel had sinned by rebellion against their leaders, and God sent judgment upon them in the form of a plague that was taking the lives of thousands. Moses told Aaron: “Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly into the congregation, and make an atonement for them.”

Aaron put the incense into his censer and ran out into the midst of the congregation. There he took his stand between those who had already been smitten by the plague and those who had not. The fragrant smoke ascending from the censer, as Aaron swung it to and fro, formed a line to divide between the two groups. “And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.”

The smoke of the incense from Aaron’s censer typifies “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man.” (James 5:16) As intercession took effect, the plague ceased, Judgment ended and mercy began.

In Exodus 32:7-14 it is Moses who provides the picture of the intercessor. Israel had fallen into idolatry by worshiping a golden calf. God told Moses: “Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them...” However, Moses refused to “let God alone.” Instead, he reminded God of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Israel, and pleaded for mercy. As a result, “the Lord repented”.

In Exodus 32:31,32 Moses renews his intercession on behalf of Israel praying: “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin- and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of Thy book.” Here is the heart of the intercessor laid bare. Moses was willing to take upon himself the consequence that was due.

In Psalm 106:23 the psalmist also describes this incident: “Therefore He [God] said He would destroy them [Israel] had not Moses His chosen stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He should destroy them”. The ministry of intercession is summed up in the statement that Moses “stood before Him in the breach”. Israel’s spiritual defenses had been breached by their sin. But Moses interposed himself and stood in the breach, to hold back the judgment. God delights to show mercy, but is reluctant to administer judgment. Therefore, in each situation where judgment is due, God looks for an intercessor who can hold back the judgment.

Isaiah 59:1-16 gives a detailed and fearful list of the sins of God’s people, but the climax to it all comes in verse 16: “And He [God] saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor...”

The fact that there was not even one person to intercede actually caused wonderment to the heart of God. Apparently this grieved Him more that all the sins previously listed. Let us ponder this statement: “there was no intercessor”. Is the same true today? Many to criticize, to complain, to condemn, but no one to intercede. Judgment, although long due, may still be averted, but – where is the intercessor?

Ezekiel 22:23-31 presents another picture of God’s people in desperate spiritual need. Every section of the community has been corrupted – prophets, priests, princes, and the people as a whole. But even so, the situation was not altogether hopeless. God declared that final judgment might yet be averted if He could find one man to intercede: “And I sought for a man among them, that he should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.”

Once again, the climax is contained in the last words: “but I found none”. One man of the right caliber could have averted the final disaster, but not even one was to be found. As a result, God could no longer withhold the full outpouring of judgment. Here, the ministry of intercession is presented in two aspects. The intercessor “stands in the gap”, he interposes himself in the breach made by the sin of God’s people, thus holding back judgment. But he also makes up the hedge.” By calling God’s people back to repentance and obedience he rebuilds their spiritual defenses.

All these biblical pictures of intercession convey one and the same message to us today: Our situation may be critical, but so long as God can find an intercessor, it is not hopeless. Lord, make me an intercessor!

WHAT IS AN INTERCESSOR?

Copyright ©2003 by Gene Brooks

One who stands between need and Need Meeter Ezekiel 13:5; 22:30

COUNCILOR - Psalm 25:14; Genesis 18:17-19; Jeremiah 5:1;Amos 3:7; Hebrews 4:14-16 A councilor is a member of an assembly of persons summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice. An advocate, an attorney, a lawyer. Psalm 25:14: Confide - Hebrew sode, "a session, company in deliberation resulting from friendship, intimacy, consultation, secret." KJV: Psa 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant. MSG: Psa 25:14 God-friendship is for God-worshipers; They are the ones he confides in. CEV: Psa 25:14 Our LORD, you are the friend of your worshipers, and you make an agreement with all of us. 1901 ASV: Psa 25:14 The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear him; And he will show them his covenant. Charles Spurgeon Treasury of David: "Carnal minds cannot guess what is intended by it, and even believers cannot explain it in words, for it must be felt to be known. He who does not know the meaning of this verse, will never learn it from a commentary; let him look to the cross for the secret lies there. " - Keil & Delitzsch: "So here: He opens his mind without any reserve, speaks confidentially with those who fear Him" 2 Samuel 7:18: David sat before the Lord: Sit from Hebrew yawshab - "sit in quiet, judge, ambush." Used to mean: "to dwell, remain, settle, marry, tarry, keep a house." cf. 2 Samuel 12:20 Proverbs 3:32; Matthew 13:11; John 7:17; 14:17, 21; 15:15; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 1:9, 18 HOW NOISY IS THE THRONE ROOM? Illus. Fort Loudon, Tellico Blockhouse, sit in council

The Intercessor

By Tim Pickl

Suddenly awake in the middle of the night The urgency to pray begins the long fight Overwhelming emotions burden my soul Interceding for an answer is my only goal Groaning with words that cannot be uttered The Intercessor Himself has just started The burden, the burden of taking the pain of another Mourning, warning, groaning for my sister or my brother Intercession is painful praying right on the front line The war for souls will continue until the end of time Praying for others is almost always a thankless act Yet responding to the need is the only way to react When God's call to intercede comes your way: react Because it literally could be a matter of life and death

The Life of an Intercessor - By Wayne Weaver

I have heard many messages on intercessory prayer, but God calls us to do more than just pray. He wants action. He wants someone who will stand in the gap, someone who will respond to God's call like Elijah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, those prophets of old who saw a field ripe for harvest and said, "Here am I, Lord. Send me."

It's an easy thing to shut our doors and go into a closet and pray against wickedness or pray for the lost. It's something else entirely to stand up and live as an intercessor, to actually intercede for others. We won't be appreciated for what we do. All the great intercessors in the Bible were misunderstood and persecuted. But that is the call God has placed on our lives.

Moses heard God's call from the burning bush, and he became an intercessor for God's people. God said to him, "Take off your shoes, Moses. You are standing on holy ground." From that moment on, when Moses took off his shoes, he never walked the same again. There was holiness under his feet. The fire of the Holy Spirit burned in his bosom. The anointing was placed upon him, and he could never walk away from it. He was being prepared for the enormous task of intercession.

In Numbers 16 the Israelites rebelled in a big way against Moses and his leadership. The Lord grew angry and told Moses to "Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment." But Moses interceded for his wayward people. "And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them; for there is wrath gone out from the Lord; the plague is begun." Aaron did what Moses commanded: "And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed" (verse 48).

In this passage we glimpse the magnitude of true intercession. As the plague started rolling over the multitudes of people, the dead fell in waves, like wheat falling before a sickle. Over 14,000 were consumed by God's wrath. And Aaron, at the command of Moses, grabbed the censer and ran to save his people, standing on that awful line of dying people, not thinking of his own life.

This is intercession. We are called to walk between the dead and the living, between liars and the truth, between the unholy and the holy, between the encouragers and the accusers. Aaron walked that line because he had a censer--the fire of God--in his hand. He had a burning in his heart for God's people, the fire of the Holy Ghost moving him to action.

Joshua walked with Moses, and he, too, became an intercessor. When he came to the Jordan, God parted the waters, just as He had for Moses at the Red Sea. Joshua interceded for the Israelites and led them across on dry land.

Joshua knew he was called to fight. As intercessor for his people he was called to lead them in victory over their enemies, to conquer the land God had given them. So when, near Jericho, he came upon a man with a sword in his hand, he asked him, "Are you for us or against us?" The man answered, "As captain of the host of the Lord am I now come." The Captain of the Lord of Hosts Himself came to fight for Joshua!

When we look into Canaan, the land God has given us, we see enemies and barriers and mountains and mighty fortresses that bar our way, and we easily get discouraged. But when in obedience we step out and cross the Jordan, we meet the Captain of the Lord of Hosts, who carries a sword and fights for us. The calling of an intercessor is an extremely difficult calling, but it is God Almighty who does the fighting for us.

The Captain commanded Joshua to take off his shoes, just like Moses, for he was standing on holy ground. Do you remember when you first came to the Lord Jesus Christ and stood on holy ground? When you were asked to take off your shoes, and you did? When you were filled with the Holy Ghost and sensed the urgency of that heavenly calling on your life, the burning and power filling your heart? You were called to be an intercessor, to walk in places where man has never walked, to seize the land God promised you through the power of the Captain of the Lord of Hosts.

But things changed. You glimpsed the giants in Canaan and grew afraid. You wouldn't enter the land. You wouldn't stand in the gap for others, like Moses and Joshua did. Your own strength failed, and you never stepped out in faith to cross the Jordan where the Captain would appear.

God doesn't call us to such a mighty calling in our own strength. He has paved the way, for who is a greater intercessor than our Lord Himself? God looked down upon the earth and saw His people suffering under the curse of sin, on their way to hell. He was talking to His son and said, "The only way to save these people is to have You go down and become like them, to take the curse upon Yourself and stand in their place."

So Jesus came down and stood in our place. When the Father sent Him, Jesus said, "I want to do your will. I will go." Imagine the Godhead--the holy Godhead who created the earth and rules it in power, who makes the volcano spew its fire and the thunder shake the earth--coming down as a baby, a tiny, vulnerable baby, buffeted by the storms just as we are. He started life in just the way you and I start life. As an intercessor He had to be as vulnerable as we. He had to become fully human.

That's what intercession is all about. An intercessor steps into the shoes of another, fights the fight of another, goes through the trials of another. He is tempted with another's temptation. Jesus understands our temptations because He suffered them Himself. He took our curse upon Himself. It's essential to understand that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, not as a spirit. He had flesh and bones and nerves and a heart of blood. That's the only way He could fight our fight for us.

Some argue that because He came from the Godhead, Jesus couldn't have sinned or fallen. Friends, that's just not true. That's a lie from Satan, who would have you believe that Jesus can't understand what you're going through. No, Jesus was a man, and He could fall. If he had not been able to fall, He could not be our intercessor.

What made Jesus supernatural was the presence of the Holy Ghost within Him. But because of His work of intercession--His taking away our sins and bringing us back to God--we, too, can have the presence of the Holy Ghost within us, leading us to victory. We, too, can live a supernatural life. Holy God in heaven, cursed man on earth, Jesus in between bridging that gap--that's the work of true intercession.

Like Moses, Jesus was despised by the very ones He came to help. He came unto His own and His own received Him not. He loves His people and intercedes for them in spite of their sin and rebellion. Hebrews 7:25: "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."

After Jesus was baptized and the Holy Ghost came upon Him in the form of a dove, He fasted for 40 days and was tempted by Satan. That's when the fight started, and the fight continues today, with Him interceding, interceding, interceding, day in and day out, year after year for 2,000 years, for His people.

It's easy to say, "Lord Jesus, save my brother." But to stand in your brother's temptations and fight the devil for him is another story. We are commanded to be like Jesus, to quit finding fault and start interceding--even if we are treated cruelly in return. Like our great Intercessor we will be misunderstood and insulted, but like Him we must stand in the gap for others.

Last week the Lord showed me that I was not walking where He had called me, in the place of an intercessor. The Holy Ghost came down and started changing things in my life. My heart started burning for the lost again. Unless we reach right into the smoking flames of hell and pull people out, we are not doing what God called us to do. We must reach right in, despising even the flames, to get to the soul that is dying and on the way to hell. We back away because we're afraid, unsure of what God has called us to do. It's pleasant enough to pray in the Spirit and sing in the Spirit, but this is something else entirely. We're just not sure what to do. But He has made clear our calling: we're to be intercessors as Christ was our intercessor.

Abraham, a 75-year-old cattle farmer, had a lot of gold and silver. He was comfortable. But God spoke to him and said, "Leave your family." And Abraham went. Abraham had a faith most of us don't have. When God tells us to do something, we say, "Yes, Lord, but how will I do it?" We worry and wonder and look for confirmation. We go to one brother, and then another, and then want the whole church to confirm it. But God spoke to Abraham one time and Abraham was on his way.

When God said, "Let there be light," there was light. The earth didn't argue. He threw the stars out and they are still moving at the same speed. But when He speaks to us, we begin to doubt the very next hour. Satan planted doubts in Eve, and he continues to plant doubts today. And so we don't walk where God calls us. We look for short cuts. We simply pray and go on our merry way, refusing to become the intercessors God has called us to be.

Abraham's obedient heart and his desire to be an intercessor went together. He thought of others, not of himself. In Genesis 18, when God was preparing to punish Sodom and Gomorrah for their sin, Abraham stood before the Lord and asked, "If there are 50 righteous people there, won't you spare the place for their sake?" He kept pleading with God until God agreed to spare the place even for just 10 righteous people. Abraham stood in the gap, intervening for his brothers and sisters. He spoke to God and actually changed God's mind. Abraham had power with God because the Holy Ghost had been brought into his life and enabled him to become an intercessor.

In Judges we find what you may think an unlikely intercessor in Samson. I began studying Samson about eight months ago, and the Lord has brought him to my mind constantly. Samson was a Nazarite with a special calling on his life. The Lord had called him to begin to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines. He wasn't called to bring about full deliverance but only to begin the process. The Israelites were held tight by their enemies. They needed someone to break that rein. God chose Samson to stand in the gap, to intercede for His struggling people.

God first had him go down and marry a woman from Timnath, a woman forbidden by Mom and Dad. Some teachings have been floating around that a man should be under the authority of his parents, no matter what. That's not biblical. We are under the authority of God, whose commands will often run contrary to those of sinful parents. Who is our dad? If we've been born again, our father is Jesus. We need to honor our parents, but Jesus is our ultimate parent, the one we get our instructions from. So Samson married the woman God called him to marry, even though he was misunderstood. When we become intercessors we, too, will be misunderstood.

As God had foreseen, the marriage angered the Philistines and started the conflict. The Philistines persecuted Samson and then burned his wife and father-in-law. They hadn't reckoned on the enormity of Samson's strength. The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he took the jawbone of an ass and killed a thousand people.

Afterward Samson was so thirsty he said to God, "I am going to die unless I get something to drink." God opened a well out of the jawbone and Samson drank and drank until he was strengthened again. The hard work of intercession will take everything out of us. We will give and give until we think we have nothing left to give. But God Himself will provide the strength we need.

Samson has been criticized because he told Delilah about his hair. But nowhere does the Bible say that God was displeased with the incident. On the contrary, the book of Hebrews lists Samson as one of the great men of the faith. I believe God allowed his strength to fail and his eyes to be gouged out as part of his calling, as a work of redemption. He had been fighting the Philistines for many years. Perhaps he was growing tired. Like intercessors today, he probably got little support from his people. Then he was captured, maimed, and imprisoned by the Philistines. But his faith began to grow. When 3,000 Philistines were making fun of him at a party, he prayed that God would restore his strength--and God did, in greater measure than ever before. Samson trusted God to accomplish what He had called him to do, even though everyone thought Samson had become far too weak to do it. He thought nothing of his own life--"Let me die with the Philistines," he said--but he put his faith to work for the good of his people. He pulled the building down and destroyed more Philistines than he had throughout his entire life.

The Philistines had taunted him, "Where's your strength? Where's your power?" Intercessors today hear the same taunts. They wear themselves out to intercede for others, and then must endure ridicule for their weakness. But God's power never runs out. The Philistines' taunts died on their lips. Samson paid the price of an intercessor: he gave his life to start freeing his people from bondage.

Elijah, too, knew the cost of being an intercessor. After his big victory on the mountain, where the false prophets of Baal were defeated, he went down and killed 400 people. He enjoyed great victory. But then Jezebel once again took up the fight, and Elijah realized just how tired he was. He could take no more. "God, let me die. All are against me. I'm tired of it. My soul is weak. Just let me die." He had gone against the powers of hell and saved his country, only to have to begin fighting again. That's the life of an intercessor.

An intercessor knows the depths of sacrifice. He must stand between right and wrong, between life and death, between heaven and hell--standing where God has placed him, perhaps losing his own life and even his spiritual life. Sometimes in his intense intercession he walks where devils walk, talks where devils talk, and stands where devils stand. Sometimes he gives so much of himself that he almost loses his own eternal life. The burdens of his soul consume him.

I have experienced the struggling of an intercessor in my own life. I struggle with the sins of my people. If someone is struggling with lust or even adultery, I can feel it, I can know it. When I get up to preach, I can preach with authority because I have gone through the same struggles the week before. Jesus knows our infirmities because He is interceding for us. And preachers today who practice intercession know the infirmities of their people.

It would astound most of you to hear what our preachers have to go through. Sometimes, in struggling with others, they suffer great loss, great spiritual loss. For instance, they may be haunted by unbelief, tempted even to doubt the existence of God--and then someone comes up in a revival meeting and says, "I have been struggling with believing there even is a God."

But the life of an intercessor is not just for preachers. It's time for all of us to go back to the calling we received from God. When we become intercessors we become completely vulnerable to the Holy Spirit, and He brings us into holiness and into effectiveness for God.

Don't be deceived. Satan will not let you walk in that calling without tempting you to question and hold back. Peter was a man of God, but he spoke the words of Satan one day. If Satan can speak through an apostle, he can also speak through you and me, can't he? It's in the church itself, among the remnant, that God will separate the sheep from the goats. I am afraid, brothers and sisters. I am concerned there are people who are deceived and don't even know it. They dress right, look right, and go to church, but a wicked spirit within them consumes the goodness in the church. They are not interceding for their fellow believers but complaining against them, gossiping and tearing the church apart. They have no heart for the people of God like Moses and Abraham did. They tear down, not build up.

If a work of God is going on, the devil is going to be against it. If we begin to intercede for one another, the devil will enter the church and try to tear the work apart from the inside. We must say, "Get behind me, Satan." Satan's work will be defeated only when we begin to intercede for one another and fight together with the power of God Almighty.

Determine in your heart to live the life of an intercessor through the power of the Captain of the Lord of Hosts.

An Intercessor? Not an Intercessor?

By Daphne Crause

My Testimony of How the Lord Trained Me hen I was a youngster, I committed myself to the Lord and began to grow in him. I had a really stupid idea that I was an intercessor. You may wonder why I say that. Do I think that intercession is stupid or is no longer relevant nowadays? No. Intercession is one of the most powerful things that the Lord can use you in, but I had no idea then that I did not have a clue about what intercession really was. I thought that it was just a case of praying for every Tom, Dick, Sheila or Fred and bringing a long list to the Lord. However, I was to learn that this is not the case …

In this article, I want to share my personal testimony in answer to this. I had some serious misconceptions about what true intercession was about until the time that I met Les. I think many people have the same misconceptions and wrong ideas about it today. There are others, whom I believe are called of the Lord to move powerfully in intercession, but do not know how to begin to develop it and all the ins and outs of moving in this realm.

It has taken me a long time to grow and develop in it, and the Lord has trained me over many years and taken me through various stages. It is my desire now to show you what He did and how He trained me in order to bring me to the place of knowing His authority and the power of his words flowing through me as I release into other people’s lives.

My Early Years I grew up with a very limited, basic knowledge of the Lord right from my school years. Like so many children, I was sent to Sunday School. My parents figured it was the ‘right thing to do’, so I knew about the Lord but there was no real commitment there. I also received a bit of knowledge of religion because I attended a private all-girls school, which was originally run by nuns. It was Anglican-based and we had to attend communion services a few times each term.

If I think back on those years I realize that even then I developed an awareness of praying, even though I did not have a clue what I was doing! I guess, because I attended an Anglican church, and because of the same denominational emphasis at my ordinary school, I thought that the strange old English language that they used in the Prayer Book was the way the Lord expected you to pray. I did not have any other image to relate to, unfortunately.

I can remember at about the age of six or seven, lying in my bed one night and praying to the Lord – in the same kind of language used in the Prayer Book! The words were hard to pronounce, never mind understand for a person that age, and eventually I came to the conclusion that maybe this was not the right sort of thing to do, and I started talking to the Lord in my own way. On reflection, I realize that the Lord was busy, even then, building a prayer orientation into me. The first step was to realize that he was not an unapproachable figment of my imagination, but someone I could talk to on a personal level.

Much Prayer, Much Fear During my childhood years, right from school-going age, I was a real worry wart! It was during this time that I developed a determination and perseverance in prayer. I can remember so clearly being afraid concerning my and my family members’ protection. I do not know where this fear came from, because we were never attacked, molested, etc., but nevertheless this was a problem for me.

From as early as I can remember, I can recall scenes where my parents went out to a party or something and we were left at home with our maid to baby-sit us. Do you know what I did? I was obedient and went to bed as she instructed us, but I did not sleep. No. I lay awake, praying continually for the Lord to bring my parents home safely. To a young child, those three or four hours were an absolute eternity!

I prayed and prayed and asked and asked, and I sometimes wonder if the Lord did not get mad at me and say, "Okay, please… keep quiet! Here are your parents, home safely." I tell you what, though, I never had a problem with protection when I was younger and I got into some pretty close shaves at times. I think my poor guardian angel was busier than most. But there again, the Lord was teaching me from that young age about perseverance in prayer.

Upheaval and Spiritual Development Well, I grew up, and at the age of fourteen I did make a commitment to the Lord Jesus. I began to know a bit more about Him then, but I did not know Him as a person in a real way. Then when I was in my early twenties I met and married my first husband. He was a Christian and we were involved in mostly youth groups, etc., but I did not really become actively involved in anything related to prayer during this period.

During this period I began to seek the Lord more to get to know him more intimately. He became a solid rock that I could run to, because my first husband was often ill, and the Lord Jesus was my only source of solace that I had during those times of upheaval.

So many times I remember going to a quiet spot somewhere, in nature if I could, because I always felt the Lord’s presence better in that environment. I would sit there and literally pour out my heart to Him, getting all the tension and frustration that I was feeling off my chest. It was sometimes hard to talk to anyone, because nobody seemed to understand what was going on. But He did! I could feel His love more and more and He became the most important person to me. Without Him I would have crumbled in those stressful days.

Misconceptions I was widowed after seven years of marriage, and spent ten months on my own before meeting Les. During this period I fellowshipped with various singles groups and tried to become as involved as I could, but somehow I never quite fitted in. I continued to find solace from the Lord, and began to spend time in prayer early in the morning, prior to going to work. I really thought that I was an intercessor then. I took myself a notebook and began to write down, very systematically, a list of the things I wanted the Lord to answer. It had the date of the request, what the request was, then another place for the date when the Lord answered. To me, this was intercession. I could not have been more wrong. I was very diligent in prayer, but oh so misdirected in that diligence!

Then along came Les and he shattered my weird ideas about intercession! I soon learned that intercession, to quote his words is: "… not coming to the Lord with a prayer list, but coming to the Lord to get a prayer list." That was a rude awakening! How did it change, though?

Praying Together The Lord began to lead me slowly but surely from the time we were married. Intercession was to Les like breathing is to any normal human being. He had learned in his own prayer times, direct from the Lord, what to do and how to move in it. I was green with ignorance, but I had a zeal to learn more from the Lord, and so He used Les to direct me and develop this gift.

During the first year of our marriage Les imparted much, spiritually, to me. The first area I began moving in was visions, which I had not really done much in the past. I realized that I had actually been receiving visions prior to meeting Les but had not been aware of them, nor did I know what to do when I received them. I actually thought it was my imagination.

However, Les channeled it and helped me much during that first year. We would get up early in the morning, before going to work, and have a prayer time together. We had so many wonderful times in the Spirit and the Lord led on a daily basis and gave us direction. I found out how to work in conjunction with him. He would see a vision, I would see a vision, then he or I may see something else, and the Lord would dovetail the whole thing together and show us where He was leading us. It was tremendous to have exposure to the spiritual realm, but under Les's protection and covering. I grew in leaps and bounds during that year.

It was also during this time that I truly desired to have a baby, but I was having difficulty in falling pregnant. I dislike the idea of going to a gynecologist to find out what was wrong, so I decided to try Word power instead. I took a promise from His Word and I stood on it until I knew that I knew that I had received my heart's desire. Sure enough it wasn't long afterwards that the Lord moved on my behalf and I fell pregnant with my son. (I deal with this issue fully in my article on pregnancy).

Change and More Word We remained in that house until after my son was born, and when he was a few months old the Lord directed that we must move out of there and make a fresh start. We did so, and along with the different location came a whole new different lifestyle and change in many areas.

Les and I no longer prayed that much together. He was busy with much business activity, and of course, a young baby just rearranges your whole life for you, so I began to pray more on my own then. I remember one day I was sitting journaling, asking the Lord questions and writing down what He told me, and He said so clearly to me, "I want you to be a giant in prayer and in the Word! You will indeed be this." It was one of the clearest things I had heard the Lord say and it kept solidly in my spirit from then on.

One of the first things the Lord directed me to do then was to get into the Word. I developed a hunger and zeal for it that was amazing, and Les encouraged me to read through the entire Bible. It was the first time I had ever done that. Although it took me a long time to do, nevertheless whenever you saw me during that time, if I was not doing housework or feeding or caring for my son, there I was – reading the Word, reading the Word, and reading the Word some more!

I grew like a giant then, I can assure you. I learned so much of the Word it began to pour out of me and I gained a basic knowledge of how the Lord works. This is vitally important in intercession, because you cannot decree and release into other people’s lives unless you know what the Word says. Anything contrary to the Word is not acceptable and will lead you into deception. This is why the Lord directed me to the Word first, before anything else.

As I read through the Bible I began to see many wonderful promises in it, and I began to put a circle around the number of the verse when I saw a promise that I liked and wanted to remember. It became a goal, to see how many promises I could find as I read. Later on I typed them all out and categorized them and printed them out. I also put them onto small cards, which we used for a long time when we needed encouragement or upliftment from the Lord.

Tongues Once I had developed the Word and developed the power of standing on the promises, Les encouraged me to begin to pray in tongues for long periods of time as he himself had done. I was very strong in the Word, but not so strong in the spiritual side of tongues and allowing the Spirit to speak through me. This one I battled badly with. I never seemed to be able to break through, and to be perfectly honest, if I could have left it and just got into the Word, I would have been happy. But it was making my prayer life unbalanced. The Lord gave me a vision once to illustrate it. He showed a boat that had capsized, because it was weighed down on the one side compared to the other side. He then showed a similar picture of a plane flying upside down, i.e. it had flipped upside down because it had too much emphasis on the one side.

I worked at it to the best of my ability, but it was not something that I found easy. However, just the little bit that I did during that time increased my capacity to have visions and to know the mind of the Lord more, but I did not move in true intercession yet. I was still praying for our own needs and allowing the Lord to show me what He wanted for us, rather than coming on behalf of other people’s needs. I was still learning.

Prayer Load Well, strange as it may seem, we moved house again! This time though, the Lord gave me experience in carrying the prayer load entirely on my own. Les was heavily involved in computer programming, and he really did not have time to get involved in praying because of the pressure of work and other events in our lives then, so he handed the full load of responsibility over to me. It was hard, but a necessary training in diligence for me.

The Lord had shown us before that we should be confessing, as done, what we had seen Him give to us when we prayed. So, ever so dutifully, I wrote down a list of everything that we wanted the Lord to help us with – from physical, mental, temporal and spiritual needs. Then every hour, on the hour, I took that list and I confessed that the Lord had given those things to us and praised Him for it.

It was a difficult time for us, because things went amiss in the business, and it seemed that no matter how much I prayed there were still not many results. What the Lord was teaching me, though, was to keep going in spite of no apparent results. The Lord continued to encouraged me and He showed me that even though there were no outward results I was denting the heavenly realm and making progress at the same time.

This has been so valuable when I have wanted to give up hope. If you are to move in intercession, you will have many times when you do not always see results quickly, but you need to realize that the Lord is busy all the time working behind the scenes to bring your request to pass, according to your faith. In due course (I am talking a few months down the line) we looked back at that list of confessions, and do you know that almost every single thing had come to pass at that stage. The Lord will not let you down. You just sometimes need to learn diligence and perseverance in prayer, regardless of what you see.

Full Move in Intercession Following this difficult time I did not do terribly much in the way of prayer for a good few months. I still kept in the Word and still prayed in tongues and sought the Lord, but I went through a dry patch. It did not last long, though, and at the end of that period I began to move more fully in intercession. We moved into another home that had a beautiful, open garden, and I learned to pace up and down the garden, seeking the Lord and praying in tongues. I began to see things in the Spirit more, and the Lord began to show me things to pray for in other people that I knew, but it was not that fully developed yet. It was just the early signs of things to come, and most of what I prayed for was still related to us.

I started learning more about authority and the power that the Lord had put into me and I began to use it more and more. Anybody who saw me during those days would have thought I was rather insane, because I had learned along the way that you release things through words and actions. The Lord had shown us this clearly, and I started using this very graphically. I would pace up and down with my eyes closed (it is amazing I didn't walk into a tree or something), and I would act out to a large extent what I was seeing and doing in the Spirit.

So for example, suppose I was coming against the enemy for attacking our finances. If in the Spirit the Lord showed me to snatch the money back that Satan had stolen from us, I would point my finger at him and move my hand as though I was grabbing something from the enemy! If I was pushing the enemy back in the Spirit, I would put out both my hands and ‘do it’ physically. Fortunately we had a quiet neighborhood, but to be honest I didn't really care about anybody seeing or not seeing me. I was beginning to develop more of a boldness in Him.

Move to Mexico A few years later, the Lord made the move to call us unexpectedly to Mexico and we ended up in Tijuana. It was here that we ended up starting GMRN in the early days of our stay.

After a while of doing ordinary ministry the Lord led us to begin developing, initially, the Prophetic School and we began to get our very first students in. This is when the Lord launched my full intercessory ministry. My job was to pray for the students, to lift them up to the Lord and see what He wanted to do in their lives. I also began praying for the School and for its protection. The Lord often showed me if there was pending attack and I could move to remove the attack.

I began to do this diligently on a daily basis, and I felt the leading of the Lord to write down what I saw in a book, and what He showed me to pray (in tongues) as I saw it. It became an exciting adventure. I was now moving fully in intercession. I only brought our basis needs to the Lord at the end of my prayer session. For the rest of the time I prayed in tongues for the School and the students, and made a note of what the Lord showed me.

I prayed through in tongues and made a note of what I released as the Lord directed me. Even though I was praying in tongues, I knew in my spirit what I was praying. I then left a gap in the book to see if the answer was confirmed. It was amazing to watch the development of this ministry. At first it was rather ‘hit and miss’. I had more misses than I had hits. But as I continued and developed more sensitivity to listening to the Lord in the spiritual realm, and as I followed his leading more and more, I began to have greater results.

It came to the stage where Les developed confidence in the ministry the Lord had given me, and he used to say to people, "If Daphne saw it and spoke it forth, trust me, it will take place." The point I want to stress here, though, is that it did not take place instantly! It took me a long time to develop this gift fully, and a long time to develop the confidence to know that what I was seeing was of the Lord, and not my mind or an image from the enemy to confuse me or lead me astray.

During this time I really ‘cut my eye teeth’ in intercession, and I became a junky for it! I prayed every morning before starting anything else, although at that stage I did not even have a computer so it was really not difficult to do. Then again in the afternoons, I would often have another time of praying in tongues and standing on the Word. I continued to make a note of everything and developed a greater capacity for knowing what was real and what was not.

Yes, I did miss it. I missed it badly at times, but it was in the Lord’s plan. There were times when I decreed things that were not of the Lord, and opened doors that were not of Him. I felt shaken and devastated when I realized it, but the Lord was showing me that I had to rely on Him and Him alone, and develop that intimate relationship with Him that is so important.

If you miss it yourself in prayer, do not beat yourself up about it! You need to simply submit yourself to the Lord, confess it and then resist Satan for trying to deceive you. In terms of James 4:7 he will have to flee from you. Hey, the Lord can take your mess-ups and turn them into successes. He knows all things ahead of time, and He is certainly not caught by surprise when you do mess up. So be encouraged, persevere and continue and do not let Satan destroy the power in your spirit that the Lord is leading you in.

Ground Layer After praying so much for the students, the Lord led me for a season to simply pray in tongues and I did not have much visions or revelations at all, nor did I have direction to speak into the lives of others. What I found happening was that Les would suddenly rise up, get a word of direction from the Lord, speak it forth powerfully and things would happen almost instantly. I began to get confused and I said, "Lord, what’s going on here? What’s the point of only praying in tongues and not getting revelation? And now Les just speaks one word and everything falls into place. Am I missing it?"

He showed me a vision of a farmer’s field, all messy, full of weeds and rocks, and in no state to sow in. He then showed me that I was going through the field and pulling out all the weeds and discarding the rocks. Then I dug up the soil a bit and got it into a good state for sowing in. When all that hard work was over, the farmer came along and sowed the seed. He had the easy part and received all the rewards of a good crop!

The Lord said, "This is what you’re doing. You are like that farmhand who is laying the groundwork for the farmer. Your job may be hard work, but if you don’t do it effectively the farmer will not do his job efficiently and there will be no harvest! Don’t give up. Your job is vitally important!"

This has become a key part of my job here in this ministry. I am continually praying things through in the Spirit and laying the groundwork ahead of time for Les. He then comes along, and at the leading of the Lord, puts the plan into action as the Lord shows him. I am often totally unaware of what is happening in the Spirit. I just know that the Lord is doing something, and I am an integral, if somewhat naïve, part of the plan!

Warfare The one area I had not moved in on my own very much up until this point was that of standing against the enemy in warfare, but now He moved me into this in much greater measure. I had to learn to stand on my own feet against the very top level, the infernal trio, and use the authority that the Lord had given me. It is very important when you move into this area, that you are fully developed in the Word, because that is where your staying power is.

I always, always use the Word when I am standing against the enemy. The Lord Jesus did that when he was tempted in the wilderness, and that is how he overcame Satan. There is no greater way to make Satan’s plans fizzle out than when you say, "Satan, it is written, ‘No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that rises up in judgement against me, I shall condemn!’ " How can he stand against that? It is the Word, and it is the ‘sword of the spirit’, according to the Scriptures. It really is a sword. It is offensive, and you will always get results when you stand on the Word.

Development of Faith There were now just two more areas that the Lord developed after this time. The first was he developed my faith more strongly in Him. I was busy praying about a fairly urgent situation we were in once, and the Lord reminded me of Hebrews 11:6 which says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

The words, ‘… a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,’ stood out to me, and I suddenly realized that I had often been making a fatal mistake while praying. I had been looking to the answer, instead of to Jesus to provide the answer. That revolutionized my prayer life so that I have never ever forgotten it. Jesus is the one who provides for you and answers your prayers. When you pray, you need to see Him giving you the answer, no matter how hard it seems to be in the natural.

There is a Scripture that says, "Whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them." This is one of my favorite verses, and when you see it in conjunction with what I have just shared, it makes so much sense. When you ask Jesus for anything, He will give it to you, right there and then in the heavenly realm. The answer will not come floating out of the sky from nowhere. You need to ‘see’ the Lord, in vision, giving you your desire. It then makes it so much easier to believe for the answer, because it is easy to believe that a person will give you what you need. You receive the answer by calling it done and by standing on the Word as I shared earlier.

I put that principle into action immediately when he showed it to me and I had the most amazing results in prayer – easily. The Lord was showing me that it is actually easy to have faith and that it is not something that is ethereal or unattainable. I had battled for so many years prior to this and really did not know how to trust the Lord at all. I had been doing it all wrong before, yet the Lord still gave me results, because I did still trust Him, even though I did it in a round-about, long-winded way!

Authority Then, the final thing that the Lord emphasized was exercising authority. The Lord Jesus has given each of us His children, delegated authority. He received the ultimate authority from the Father, and has delegated it down to us, and each believer has the right to exercise that authority, under Jesus. For quite a long while I went through a time of battling, spiritually. I somehow felt insecure, even though the Lord had used me much in prayer and praying for others. He was dealing with inner turmoils and conflicts that still remained.

During this time He kept saying to me day after day, "You are a queen. Now rule and reign in authority!" It took me a while to realize what He was referring to. He was not only dealing with remaining insecurities in me personally, but the revelation flowed over into my prayer life and I suddenly ‘realized’ who I was in the Lord and that I indeed had His authority flowing through me. I had His God-given permission to be as He was when He walked the earth, and I was not to take no for an answer because, as the Scripture says, ‘We rule and reign, and righteousness is our scepter.’

When you ‘know’ your authority in the Lord you can rule and speak with confidence, because you know that you know that the Lord is backing your words and you will obtain the results that He is leading you in. It is like the parable of the talents. When the go-ahead was given to use those talents and they did so, there were good results and much fruit.

Putting it All Together When the Lord had taken me through that final stage, I began to pray with more results than I had ever had before, simply because the Lord put everything together then. He showed me that I was to use all the principles that He had shown me over that long period of time. When you do this, under the leading of the Lord, you will always get results, because you are not unbalanced in your approach, but are using all areas of praying – the Word, tongues, simple trust in the Lord to answer, yet speaking with power and authority. The Lord finally gave me the go-ahead recently to pray more publicly, and to use what He had shown me in private and in my times of training behind the scenes.

Encouragement For You Now, I want to encourage you if you are desiring to move into intercession for the first time, or if you have been wanting to move more fully into it. You do not need to go through those long years of training as I did when the Lord took me through a stage at a time. You can take the principles that I have shared and you can begin to put them into practise even now. You can start moving right now and becoming more powerful in your prayer life, and in speaking forth results in the lives of others.

The point that I want to stress here though, is that it takes diligence and commitment to persevere, even when you go through dry patches when it seems like the Lord has shut the door on you. Those are the times when perhaps the Lord has given prayer burdens to other people to carry, or when He simply wants you to sit in His presence and break new ground, unbeknown to you, in the Spirit. You need to follow the leading of the Lord, and practise flowing as He tells you, because the more you do it, the more sensitive you will become to what He wants you to do.

You know the old saying, "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?" This is the hallmark of moving into intercession. Do not give up! Persevere, because you will become a powerful force to be reckoned with, and you will cause mountains to be removed in people’s lives as a result.

A Few Practical Pointers If you are looking for an adventure in prayer and intercession, take your notebook, and on a daily basis, preferably at the same time if you can do it, go and spend time in the Lord’s presence and make a note of what you see and what you spoke forth. I would suggest that at the beginning you only pray in tongues, because then your spirit will be praying correctly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You will then become aware of what the Lord wants you to do in other circumstances.

Begin by simply holding up your family or your church members, or anyone for that matter, and pray in tongues. Then as the pictures begin to flow up out of your spirit and you perhaps see people in vision, continue praying in tongues as you watch with your spiritual eyes to know what the Lord is saying concerning that person.

You may see a person on a road that is blocked with stones, thorns and thistles. What do you think the Lord is saying to you? This is not of Him, because He is not the author of destruction and problems. What you need to do in the Spirit, is to command that those stones and obstacles be removed and the way be opened up before him. You can do it in English, but did you know that you can do it in tongues, too? Just speak with authority in tongues. You know what you are wanting to say in English. Tongues is more effective, though, because your spirit is praying in accordance with the Holy Spirit’s prompting.

As you do that, you may see the path clearing. Perhaps you will see angels assisting and removing the stones, or the Lord driving a bulldozer to remove the blockages, I do not know. The point is, though, that you will see it clearing. You will then likely see a wide open road, unrestricted and free, and you will know that whatever was blocking that person’s path is now removed.

If I were seeing this, I would put a note in my book of the date that I saw the vision, who it was for, and what I saw, i.e. the person’s road being blocked, and then what I ‘spoke’ forth to correct the situation. I would say something like, "Saw Fred on a road and it was restricted and littered with rocks. A picture of him experiencing difficulties in his walk. Commanded it to be cleared, and saw the blockages being removed. Then I saw his path free and unrestricted."

Now, you do not even have to contact Fred (or whoever it was) and tell him about the vision and what you saw. This is what intercession is about. It is between you and the Lord and you are speaking change and blessing into people’s lives behind the scenes. The Lord will often give you confirmation of what you saw, though. So often, you will receive a letter from someone saying that they had been through a hard time and suddenly things broke free, and you can then share that it is confirmation of what you saw and spoke forth for them.

I trust that this has been an encouragement to you and helped you to sort through the fact and fiction of intercession and what it is really about. If you thought, as I did, that you were an intercessor, but now have found out that you were incorrect, it is great because you can now decide if the Lord really was leading you in this direction or not. And if you did not have a clue about what intercession was, but have now been inspired to move in that direction, I praise the Lord too, because you are about to embark on a wonderful, exciting journey. It is a journey in which you can pour encouragement and blessing into the lives of others through this powerful tool that the Lord has given to the Body of Christ.

Lord bless.

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