Intercessory Prayer Ministry

 

Intercessory Prayer - What is it?

Intercessory prayer is prayer for others. An intercessor is one who will stand in place of another and pleads another's case. Intercession can be defined as an unrelenting, passionate, persevering prayer whereby someone pleads with God on behalf of another or others who desperately need God's intervention.

 

Intercessory Prayer - The Biblical Foundation

The Biblical foundation for the New Testament believer's ministry of intercessory prayer is our specific calling as priests unto God. The Word of God declares that we are a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:4), a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:8), and a kingdom of priests (1:5).

To fully understand this calling to priestly intercession, one must examine the Old Testament’s example of the Levitical priesthood. The priest's foremost responsibility was to stand before and between. He stood before God to minister to Him with sacrifices and offerings. The priests also stood between a righteous God and sinful man bringing them together at the place of the blood sacrifice.

 

Hebrews 7:11-19 explains the difference between the Old and New Testament ministries of the priest. The Old Testament Levitical priesthood was passed on from generation to generation through the descendants of the tribe of Levi. "The Melchizedek priesthood" spoken of in this passage, is the "new order" of spiritual priests of whom the Lord Jesus is the High Priest. It is passed on to us through His blood and our spiritual birth as new creatures in Christ.

 

Intercessory Prayer - Effective Intercession

In intercessory prayer, we follow the Old Testament priestly function and the New Testament pattern of Jesus - standing before God and between a righteous God and sinful man. In order to be effective standing "between" we must first stand "before" God to develop the intimacy necessary to fulfill this role. Moses was able to stand between God and sinful man because he had stood "before" God and had developed intimacy of communication.  

 

As New Testament believers, we no longer sacrifice animals as in Old Testament times. We stand before the Lord to offer up spiritual sacrifices of praise (Hebrews 13:15) and the sacrifice of our own lives (Romans 12:1). It is on the basis of this intimate relationship with God that we can then stand "between" Him and others, serving as an advocate and intercessor in their behalf.

 

Intercessory Prayer – Powerful Weaponry

Prayer is the most potent force known to humanity. Because we have been made partakers in Jesus’ victory over sin and death (1 John 4:4), we have the authority as sons and daughters of God to pray for others, pushing back the darkness of sin, disease and oppression. In prayer, we have a weapon that has “divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

 

That kind of weaponry—the power of prayer— is something God invites us to use as we seek not only personal transformation but the transformation of the world as well.


 

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