Purpose of this Session
To look at the world of intercession and standing in the gap on behalf of others.
Intercessory and warfare prayer
In this session we will consider the subject of intercessory prayer, a form of prayer which encompasses many others. Essentially meaning simply to pray for someone else, intercessory prayer is nevertheless the most potent force available to man. Nations and the history of civilizations have been determined by the presence of a man or women willing to intercede. We also include in this session the subject of warfare prayer because engagement with the enemy is most often experienced when we venture into intercessory prayer, because it is through intercession that satan’s strongholds are destroyed and the Kingdom of our great God established.
Technically, intercession is not prayer at all. Intercession itself describes the act whereby someone “Goes or passes in between; to act between parties with a view to reconcile those who differ or contend; to interpose; to mediate or make intercession; mediation” Webster’s Dictionary.
Webster’s defines “mediate” as “between two extremes; to interpose between parties as the equal friend of each; to negotiate between persons at variance with a view to reconciliation; to mediate a peace; intercession.”
In its simplest form to intercede means “to take the place of another; to stand on someone else’s behalf.”
The greatest work of intercession of course was the cross. Jesus took our place, reconciling us to the Father. Not only did He come and represent God to man, He was also the representative of mankind. It is through His work of intercession that we can now pray prayers of intercession.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,” (1 Tim 2:5 NKJV)
Through Christ’s intercession the world was reconciled unto God, demon powers were broken, sickness healed, creation redeemed etc. Our prayers of intercession are only an extension of His work of intercession. Through our prayers of intercession we establish and distribute the results of Jesus perfect work of intercession. This is what gives great confidence to the intercessor on the earth. The work of salvation and deliverance is complete. Nothing is left undone. We, through our believing prayer, release the application of what has already been done in Christ.
Our work of intercessory prayer here on earth is a partnership with the Great Intercessor in Heaven, Jesus Christ. Together we establish His victory. Our prayers of intercession release His work of intercession, making it effectual here in the earth and in our generation.
God looks for intercessors
God Himself is looking for those who will partner with Him in this way:
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” (Ezek 22:30 NKJV)
“He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.” (Is 59:16 NKJV)
A holy partnership must be entered into. God has given authority in the earthly realm to mankind (see Authority of the Believer: Module 5, Lessons 15-16 for a discussion of these truths). He requires men and women to represent Him and His Word in the spiritual realm of this earth in order that it may be established. He takes no pleasure in the sin and judgement of man, and seeks someone to take the place together with Christ and stand in a place of mediation; on the one hand touching God, and with the other touching the person or persons being prayed for.
Mary Alice Isleib says in her book “Effective Fervent Prayer”:
“God is looking for a people who will stand in the gap! …(He) is looking for someone – just one person – to stand in the gap, to pray for His will to be done, and to pray for the Holy Spirit to bring the answer to the problem. He is waiting for Christians to use their God-given authority to break the powers of darkness that torment, harass, and hinder in the situation for which they are praying.” (p167)
This is intercessory prayer.