Supernatural Biblical Prayer 7

How & When to Pray the Prayer of Intercession

by Pastor John Hamel


We have studied how and when to pray the Prayer of Faith, the Prayer of Commitment, the Prayer of Submission, the Prayer of Agreement, the Prayer of Unity and the Prayer of Praise & Worship.  


In this lesson we will study how and when to pray the Prayer of Intercession.


First we will look again at something the Apostle Paul said about prayer.


“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:18)


Paul said to pray always, using all types of prayer and supplication, being led by the Holy Spirit in doing so.  We have been studying the eight primary types of prayer Paul was referring to in this verse of Scripture.  Paul used the word “supplication” in this verse as well.  


Let’s look at it for a moment.


Supplication means, “to pray for oneself incessantly until the answer comes.”  When an individual is praying for himself or herself alone, they are said to be “supplicating.”


However, when an individual prays for someone else, they are said to be “interceding.”  The Prayer of Intercession is a prayer that is prayed on behalf of another.


To “intercede” means, “to stand in the gap on behalf of another.”  


For example, when an attorney stands before a judge on behalf of a client, he is interceding, pleading and standing in the gap in defense of another.


So we see that the Prayer of Intercession is a prayer that is prayed on behalf of another.  When an intercessor prays, they are standing in the gap between Almighty God and another individual.  They put one hand on that individual and the other hand on God, interceding, pleading and standing in defense of that individual.


Jesus Is Our Best Example of an Intercessor


“Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.  And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.” (Isaiah 59:15,16)


When Adam and Eve fell in the Garden, they needed an intercessor to stand in the gap that had been created between them and Almighty God by their sin. They needed a mediator.  They needed someone to put one hand on them and the other hand on God, interceding, pleading and standing in their defense.  


In the above Scripture, the Holy Spirit reveals through the Prophet Isaiah that Jesus became the One to intercede, or to stand in the gap for fallen humanity.  He pled, as an Attorney, in defense of fallen humanity.  As a matter of fact, He continues to stand in the gap, praying for us daily.


“Wherefore he [Jesus] is able also to save them [humanity] to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he [Jesus] ever liveth to make intercession for them [humanity].” (Hebrews 7:25)


I like to say it this way.  “From the guttermost to the uttermost, Jesus stands in the gap for each of us, praying to the Father, releasing a constant flow of help on our behalf.”


Even as an earthly attorney stands before an earthly judge, pleading on behalf of his clients, Jesus, our Heavenly Attorney, stands before our Heavenly Judge, pleading on behalf of His family.


“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” (1John 2:1)


The word “advocate” used here by the Apostle John actually means “intercessor.”  It can also be defined as a “lawyer.”


Jesus is our Intercessor Lawyer, standing before the Supreme Court of the Universe, arguing our case on a daily basis before the only Justice of the Supreme Court of the Universe.  You can be sure, He’s never lost a case and He never will.


So, we see how the Ministry of an intercessor works.  An intercessor prays for others.  We are all called as intercessors in one way or another.


The Holy Spirit Supernaturally Helps Us to Intercede


“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself [Himself] maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)


The word “infirmities” used by the Apostle Paul in this verse actually means “inability to pray in the way that we should.”  


The Holy Spirit helps us to pray for others when we do not know how to pray for them in the way that we should.  He does this through “groanings which cannot be uttered.”  


Paul is actually talking about speech that cannot be “uttered” or spoken in any earthly language.  This reference includes praying in other tongues.


When we do not know how to pray for a person or a situation, the Holy Spirit will pray through us or “make intercession” for them in other tongues.  When we yield to the Holy Spirit, praying in other tongues for someone, we are always praying according to the perfect will of God for that person in their situation.


“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:27)


The intercessor that submits to the Holy Spirit in prayer, praying in other tongues for another, is always praying according to the will of God for that person.  The intercessor may not know the details, but the Holy Spirit knows the details.


“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” (1Corinthians 14:2)


Here the Apostle Paul reveals that the individual, who prays in other tongues, interceding on behalf of another, is actually speaking “mysteries” in the spirit realm.  The intercessor does not always know exactly what they are praying for an individual or a situation, but the Holy Spirit does.  


Although what they are praying may be “mysteries” to the intercessor, they are by no means mysteries to the Holy Spirit.  He knows exactly what He is praying through the intercessor.  


Sometimes, quite frankly, it is simply not the business of the intercessor to know.  God is not a gossip.  He will not tell someone something about another unless it is absolutely edifying, helpful, necessary and beneficial to the ones involved.  


You can count on God to keep your personal business private when He has someone interceding for you.


When you are interceding, if names, faces, pictures, places or events continue to appear upon the eyes of your spirit, that is usually the subject of your intercession.


Let’s look briefly at some things the Bible instructs all Believers to stand in the gap for.


Intercession for the Lost People of the World


“Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.” (Isaiah 66:8,9)


Zion” is a reference to the New Testament Church. (Hebrews 12:22,23)  Isaiah was prophesying of the day when the New Testament Church would travail on behalf of the lost people of the world, birthing spiritual babies into the Kingdom of God.


“Travail” means “to sympathize on behalf of another in expectation of deliverance from suffering.”  This is simply another way to say, “intercede.”  Intercessors sympathize on behalf of others and pray, expecting them to be delivered from their suffering.


The lost people of the world are suffering because they are disconnected from the Spirit of God.  The Body of Christ must intercede for the lost people of the world to be birthed into God’s Kingdom.  Isaiah said, “As soon as the Church intercedes, she’ll bring forth children.”  


Almighty God said, in essence, “I will not intercede through you for the birthing of spiritual babies only to shut the womb.  If you will do a little thing and intercede on their behalf, I will do a big thing and birth them into the Kingdom.  I will not shut the womb.  I will not allow you to intercede in vain.” (Matthew 9:35-38)


Intercession for Backslidden Believers


“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,” (Galatians 4:19)


Here the Apostle Paul refers to Believers who were initially birthed into the Kingdom through his intercession.  For some reason or another, they walked away from Jesus, getting all messed up in sin and false doctrine again.  Paul informed them that he was travailing sympathetically in expectation of their being delivered from their sin again.  He was interceding for them to return to the family.


Any Believer can do this on behalf of anyone who has come to Christ only to fall away again.  


When I am interceding for someone, I usually start out praying in English with a couple of verses of Scripture where God promises to help them.  Next thing I know I am praying in other tongues and being entirely led by the Holy Spirit.  Groanings and travailings come up from my spirit as the Holy Spirit begins to intercede through me on behalf of that suffering individual.


Keep in mind that you cannot fake this.  You cannot groan, travail or intercede out of your mind or your flesh.  This is something the Holy Spirit does through your human Born Again spirit.  Start out in English, or your mother language, and then let the Holy Spirit lead you from there.


Intercession for Spiritual & Political Leaders


“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:1-4)


From Sodom and Gomorrah to more recent Presidential and Parliamentary scandal, from the doghouse to the penthouse and from the outhouse to the White House, the Body of Christ will be held accountable for everything that has ever happened in the Earth as a result of prayerlessness on their part. (Romans 14:10; 2Corinthians 5:10)


All who are in positions of authority, whether it be Biblical, religious or political, are in dire need of intercession on a daily basis.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you daily in the crucial affairs of humanity and their need for an intercessor.


Intercession for Israel, Jerusalem & the Jewish People


"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.  Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.  For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.  Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.” (Psalm 122:6-9)


Here Almighty God promises prosperity for everyone who will stand in the gap on behalf of Jerusalem and Israel.  There is no excuse for the Believer in Jesus Christ to not speak blessings over the Jewish people and Israel with regularity.  The Holy Spirit even shows us how to do so in this Psalm.  


When we say, “Israel, Jerusalem, I say peace be within thee.  Peace be within thy walls and thy palaces.  Peace be amongst your people, in Jesus’ Name,” God Himself will take those words and use them in defense of Israel. (Jeremiah 15:19; Proverbs 18:21; Mark 11:23)


There is just no way to express all that is in my heart concerning God’s special love for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people in this brief study.  But I will say this.  Anyone who wants to find favor with God will stand in the gap for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people. 


Israel is not a “State.”  Israel is an independent, sovereign, democratic free nation, similar to the United States of America.  They have been since May 15, 1948Israel is not a terrorist state.  To call them terrorists simply because they are forced to defend themselves against the true terrorists is anti-Semitic and is one of the quickest ways that I can think of to bring a curse upon yourself.  


As a matter of fact, Almighty God literally promises to cut into little pieces anyone who causes problems for Israel.  Lots of folks do not like that.  But I did not say it, God did. (Zechariah 12:1-3; Psalm 89:1-52)  I tell them, “Take it up with Him, if you dare.”


The Jerusalem and Israel links above connect you to our “Israel Study Centre.”  We created this study centre purely out of our love and support for God’s favored little Nation.  


It is strongly suggested that you read those articles so you can see, from the Bible, God’s heart concerning Israel, Jerusalem, the Hebrew people and what He requires from all Christians concerning them.


I do not believe it is possible for you to read those articles, as a Believer in the Bible, and ever again make anti-Semitic gestures or statements, if you have ever done so.


I do not believe it is possible for you to read those articles, as a Believer in the Bible, and not pray that America never, ever break alliance with Israel.


I do not believe it is possible for you to read those articles, as a Believer in the Bible, and not become an intercessor on behalf of Israel, Jerusalem and the Hebrew people.


As a Born Again Believer there is a love that has been supernaturally birthed in your heart by the Holy Spirit for all of humanity. (Romans 5:5)  If you will yield to that love, you, too, can become one of God’s powerful intercessors.


He will know to whom He can turn when He has a need.


Be Blessed ...  John and Barbara Hamel



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