Intercessory Prayer

“So I gave my attention to the Lord God

to seek Him by prayer and supplications,

with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.”

~ Daniel 9:3

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Intercessory prayer is praying on behalf of others, it is pleading with God for them, standing in the gap for them.

~  Love on its knees  ~

It is not uncommon that when intercessors pray for others they fast, they  pray with urgency, with expectation, with hope – Believing that God will move on behalf of the person being prayed for.  Intercessors are often persistent and determined.  They will continue praying for a request until the requests is answered.   They rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide them in praying for the person.   They tend to identify with the needs they are in prayer for.  They are often in tears, travling at times, for those they pray for, feeling a sense of burden and responsibility and sometimes feeling their pain.

I am convinced that God would welcome everyone to be an intercessor.   He tells us to pray for one another. It is a way of showing love toward another.  In Ezekiel, God says He sought someone to stand in the gap before Him and found no one.

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And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.”  ~Ezekiel 22:30

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Andrew Murray says, “If we desire the gift of intercession, grace, and power to pray aright, our heart must be drawn away from lesser things; we must give ourselves wholly to what is most important.  We  must be willing to live to intercede for the kingdom.”

Here are a few great examples of intercession from the Bible…

Daniel prayed on behalf of his people. (Daniel 9:4-19)

Abraham prayed on behalf of the people of Sodom (Genesis 18:20-33)

Moses prayed on behalf of Israel (Exodus 32:11-13and 32:31-32)

Ezra prayed on behalf of his people (Ezra 9:6-15)

Nehemiah prayed on behalf of his people (1:3-11 and 9)

Jesus prayed on behalf of His people (John 17:6-26) and for those who killed Him (Luke 23:34)

Stephen interceded for those who killed him, Paul interceded for the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians….

The prayers of these men were selfless, God seeking, humble, heartbroken prayers.

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” Christ meant prayer to be the great power by which His church should do its work,

and the neglect of prayer is the reason the church lacks greater power.

We have far too little understanding of the place that intercession

(as distinguished from prayer for ourselves)

ought to have in the church and in the Christian life.”

~Andrew Murray

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25 responses to “Intercessory Prayer

  • dusty

    “Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!”

    ~Andrew Murray

  • dusty

    “Intercessory prayer is exceedingly prevalent. What wonders it has wrought! The Word of God teems with its marvellous deeds. Believer, thou hast a mighty engine in thy hand, use it well, use it constantly, use it with faith, and thou shalt surely be a benefactor to thy brethren.”

    ~C. H. Spurgeon

  • dusty

    “It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer; and further we have not only to continue in prayer unto the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us, and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing.”

    ~George Müller

  • nomansapologist

    I love the first quote, by Murray.
    Wow!
    ~Nomansquietingherselfologist

  • dusty

    “Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.” ~John Calvin

  • dusty

    “Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.” ~Andrew Murray

  • dusty

    “Intercession is truly universal work for the Christian. No place is closed to intercessory prayer. No continent – no nation – no organization – no city – no office. There is no power on earth that can keep intercession out.” ~Richard Halverson

  • dusty

    “Depend upon it, if you are bent on prayer, the devil will not leave you alone. He will molest you, tantalize you, block you, and will surely find some hindrances, big or little or both. And we sometimes fail because we are ignorant of his devices…I do not think he minds our praying about things if we leave it at that. What he minds, and opposes steadily, is the prayer that prays on until it is prayed through, assured of the answer.” ~Mary Warburton Booth

  • sister D

    I pray for Dusty and her family for fresh winds to gently cover them and heal. For rest, sunshine, peace. For the darkness of the night to lift. Cool water to flow and healing rain to cover. Nestle them close to You, O Lord, and give them rest. Restore them. Do a new work.
    Thank You for what You are doing in them even at this time. So much we do not understand but You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. This time is only temporary but it is so many times so hard. Have mercy.

  • Liz O

    Amen Sister D!

  • Liz O

    “and the neglect of prayer is the reason the church lacks greater power.”

    Lord have Mercy, and stir our hearts to be a praying people,
    May he open our eyes to see the fruitfulness and effectiveness in prayer!

  • sister D

    “What he minds, and opposes steadily, is the prayer that prays on until it is prayed through, assured of the answer.”
    Prayed through to the end-lift the darkness. Shine the Light the scatters all darkness and give Life.
    Hear the prayer of your servant, Dusty. She is a gentle soul, who proclaims Your truth and is steadfast in Your message. Her prayers breath life into those she intercedes over. Return it 10 fold to her. End this season of darkness with new fruit.

  • sister D

    Amen Liz O.

  • Hopeful

    Hey Dusty…can you email me, I have a question for you.

  • Linnea

    Dusty…thank you for all these wonderful reflections on intercessory prayer. Do you ladies experience such identification with the person you are praying for that you “take on” some of what they are suffering…mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally?

  • puzzletop

    Hi Dusters.

    Hope all is well with you and the family. Nirvana was T-boned in an accident this morning and by God’s hand was prevented from a very serious injury. The Ford 150 never even hit his brakes when he hit her behind the door of the van. She was in the hospital and released. She took a good wallop. Pray that she recovers. She told me she was praying while she was hit and that the Lord told her when to brake. Had she not braked when she did, she would have been hit where she was sitting. Thank God for his protection and care.

    pzz

  • dusty

    Wow! I will be praying for her. So glad to hear she is ok. I am thinking she may be sore for a few days at least.

  • dusty

    Linnea,
    Yes, I do quite often, feel the mental, physical, spiritual and/or emotional pain of the person I am praying for.

  • sister christian

    Hi Puzzletop,

    Thanks be to God for His protection and small still voice!

    I had a similar accident an older F150 hit my car he was going about 70-80MPH, I was at a corner turning left, and he passed me on the left, not realizing I was making a turn, sent me into a tail spin.

    I felt if hands were holding my head, so I couldnt turn it… as it was the side of my head broke out the drivers side window, had I been able to turn my head as I was trying to, my face would have been the object that broke the glass,

    All that to say, I am and will be praying for full recovery for your wife, as sometimes these injuries surface over time. Praying for no Long term complications!

  • sister christian

    Hi Dusty!

    Today is the inner city outreach day,
    I hipe you will be able to post a little on how the day went, How God is leading, and what people you are ministering to.

    There is a book I have,
    101 practical ways to do outreach, and then theres another, Conspiracy of Kindness, both by Steve Sjorgren… both excellent resources if you are ever at a loss for ideas to minister to people…
    then again, You my dear are quite awesome in seeing a need and meeting it, with the compassion of Christ!

  • sister christian

    Dusty,

    Are you sensing a burden to get together and pray more often?

  • Linnea

    Puz…just saw this about Nirvana…how is she doing?

  • sister christian

    Dusty,

    Thinking of you and missing you BUNCHES.

    Gee wiz, my days go by here like wisps of vapor,
    Before I know it, its past bedtime with so much more that needs to be done.

    How is your organizing, spring cleaning, that is now summer cleaning that is soon to be fall cleaning, progressing?

    Praying for you,
    sending you bisous
    hugs and love,

    SC

  • Hugo's

    This is one of the most positive blogs that I have come across. Please you all keep up the good work.

  • linda

    Hello! I am writing to you to ask to have myself and my family/friends added to the prayer list long term. We need the prayer greatly.
    I am hoping to see some answered prayers soon and pray that i and crystal will have the financial help and jobs we need soon.

    Long term -ongoing prayer for me to be healed mentally and emotionally and physically. Pray that God would heal my thoughts and my cognative and executive function and that i would read and remember and enjoy reading and my hobbies of photography, jewelry making, and more. Pray that i would be able to sell my jewelry on etsy and that I would get a good paying job that i would excel at and be capable of doing all that is needed and then some. Pray that God would heal me physically and that my energy level would be restored and i wouldnt suffer from continuous fatigue or exhaustion and that i would be able to exercise and bicycle and do all the activities i want to participate in. Help me get the sleep study, a new doctor, and insurance to pay for all of it. Help me with my finances and bring abundance and provision for me in many ways. Bring healing to my relationships and reconcillion and communciation to my relationship with israel and melinda (bring them salvation too) and renew and strengthen my relationship and communciation with Don, Brooke, and other friends. Help me start and build up a excellent relationship with clinton and that it would really prosper. (bring a strong christian faith into his life/or make the one he has vibrant and transformative.) Help me have a vibrant and strong relationship with jesus and feel his presence, anointing and direction continously. Help me help others and know how to handle crystal and jennifer and any thing else that comes into my life. Help Crystal find gainful employment, heal her mind/attitude, and help her return to the faith. Help me speak words of life and handle difficult ethical conversations and issues well.

    Pray that God would save and heal andrew and give him life and heal his religious wounds and restore him to the faith and help me know who Christ truely made him to be. Help him with his masters in social work too.

    Heal and help cameron and james get the financial help they need so they would not be homeless and help them get steady work. heal cameron’s heart and help james with depression. Surround them with friends and other supporters where they are to lift them up.

    Heal my sister’s lisa heart and help her release the grudges she has against dad, mom and kevin and fill her heart with love. Heal my sister jessie from panic attacks and heal her voice. Help her with her house flipping business. Help her take care of dad in the short term.

    heal my two brothers from PTSD and help jason return to faith and get some good friends

    Pray for my uncle gary who is have surgery to remove a optic/brain tumor wed. Pray that he would have a successful surgery with no complications and that his other health issues with his leg and his body would be healed.

    Bring Josiah and Brian back to the faith, Heal josiah’s dad from depression, and heal and help his mom in hospice.

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