What is Prophetic Intercession?
There's a lot of talk today about prophetic intercession, and intercessors. Well, what is an intercessor and what is intercession? Is it just praying? Is it a prayer? Can anyone do it? Is prophetic intercession something that any believer can do?
The Four P's of Prayer
The 4 P's are easy to remember - P for Prayer, and four different words that begin with P that are all related to prayer and describe a different type of prayer. I'm going to give you the 4 P's and then we're going to look at each one of them in detail.
Prophetic Intercession 1st P: Praise
What does praise do? Praise turns our attention from our problem to God. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose." In recent decades there's been a resurgence and a revelation of fresh revival and restoration of praise in the church of the living God.
All the time we're hearing what Satan is doing. We're not seeing what God is doing, and we become so focused on what Satan is doing, we become so focused on the evil that's in the world that our hearts become filled with fear and we wonder if God is there, and we tremble. Praise lifts your eyes off what is going on about you and in the world and puts your attention on the One who is on the throne.
If you're a prophetic intercessor, prophetic and intercessor are synonymous, because prophetic intercession is the main function of a prophet is not to predict and speak nice words of personal prophesy over people and tell them what their life purpose is going to be and who they're going to get married to, and whether they're going to be rich. People read horoscopes for that. Satan does that. That is not the work of the prophetic ministry.
The work of the prophetic ministry is to release the will of God into the earth. That's what we're supposed to be doing in prophetic intercession, and if we're going to do that we're going to have to start by coming into the throne room. You start your prophetic intercession with praise and worship until you become lifted up, and you come into the presence of Almighty God and you find yourself seated in the throne room in heavenly places. And from there you do your warfare. And from there you do your prophetic intercession.
Prophetic Intercession and Music
You might start just by walking around and singing in tongues. Music is the only thing that has the ability to take your mind and your emotions and your will, and bring them to flow all together in harmony at the same time, in tune with your spirit. And your whole spirit, soul and body begin to vibrate with the very power of God. And His glory begins to come upon you and begins to radiate forth from you as you begin to move into that.
Prophetic Intercession 2nd P: Petition
Petitionary prayer, in order to be effective, has to be made in accordance with the will of God.
How do I know what the will of God is? Well, Hes written a few chapters about it, and if youd like to have a read sometime, its the first place youre going to find out about His will. And if what youre praying is contrary to whats in the word, if I were you I wouldnt waste my breath because God is not even going to listen to your prayer. Youre out of order. Youre asking something that God has specifically forbidden.
Recognising God's Plan
When I speak about knowing the will of God Im talking about knowing, in the circumstances, what it is that God is going to accomplish in the earth. So when I come to pray and I wait on the Lord, the Lord has taken what I have given to Him and Hes formulated a plan for me, and all I need to do is get in line with that plan and let it run its course. And if I miss the plan, Im going to miss the course that Hes laid for me and He may have to start all over again.
You need to know the will of God during prophetic intercession. You need to be in tune to hear His voice so say, "Now is the time for this plan to be set in motion." That is what the prophet does in petitionary intercessory prayer.
Prophetic Intercession on Behalf of Another
Prophets can do a lot more than simply pray for another person in bringing petitions and requests. A prophet can carry out true prophetic intercession which means not only praying for another person, but praying as another person. You see, prophetic intercession involves praying on behalf of another. Now, how can you fully pray on behalf of another without fully understanding their situation, without fully understanding whats going on in their heart, without fully understanding the conflict that is going on within them. God at times gives the intercessor, the ability by the word of knowledge, to actually enter into the experience of a person, and the prophet actually enters in the spirit and begins to feel and know and experience the very conflict that that person is going through.
Youll have an intercessor, having risen up into that heavenly realm to prepare for prophetic intercession, and God will show the intercessor somebody across the world who is lying sick and suffering. And the intercessor will sometimes begin to experience the very pain that is in the body of that person. The prophetic intercessor will begin to sigh and to groan, and to wail and to feel travail and despair. Sometimes it can be very confusing if you dont understand whats happening, but what is actually happening is you as an intercessor have actually become that person in the spirit. You are not praying for that person anymore, you are praying as that person. You have literally become that person in the spirit, and now as that person you are petitioning God on behalf of that person.
In Charismatic circles there is a common expression for this kind of prophetic intercession, and its called standing proxy for someone.
Prophetic Intercession 3rd P Penitence
Penitence means confession of sin. Jesus said in the Lords prayer that we must pray, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." The prayer of repentance clears the conscience and opens the way for faith. Why is that necessary? 1 John 3:21 says:
Beloved if our heart does not condemn us then we have confidence towards God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.God is moved by faith, but you see when you sin, your heart condemns you not the Lord. The Lord never condemns you. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus." Your heart condemns you, and when your heart condemns you, you do not have faith towards God. And if you do not have faith towards God youre not going to get an answer to your prayer. So this kind of prayer in prophetic intercession restores your relationship with the Lord.
Prophetic Intercession and Repenting on Behalf of Others
Some of the early prophets like Daniel would fast and pray and intercede and confess the sins of the nation. A prophetic intercessor very often will receive the burden and the guilt of sin as theyre interceding on behalf of somebody else and they will take that burden to the Lord in prayer. We have the power to pray concerning other people's sins at times. There are sins that we cannot.
Breaking Curses Over Others during Prophetic Intercession
There are different kinds of sins. But there are the sins that people are caught in. There are the sins that are affecting people because they are under the curse of sins from family generations, and under the curse of people they are associated with, and other people that have spoken words over them. We have the authority, especially the prophet of God has authority to intercede in prophetic intercession on behalf of somebody else and to break the curses over them, and to break the power of sin over them, and to speak life to them. We can set them free from that bondage thats binding them and speak to them in the Spirit and say, "In the Name of Jesus I speak forgiveness, I speak cleansing, I speak forgiveness to you now and I set you free." And the power will be broken.
Prophetic Intercession 4th P: Prophetic Decree
Jesus said, "Pray this way. Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." When the Lord said we are to say, "Thy Kingdom come," He was saying we are to give forth a command, "Come Thy Kingdom! Come! Be done Thy will on the earth." You see, when youre sitting on the throne and interceding from the throne you are issuing decrees from the throne. And when you stand in that place as Gods spokesman in the earth, His prophet, ordained and anointed by Him to speak forth His word into the earth, He wants you to issue a decree, a commandment.
In Isaiah 55:11 the Lord said:
So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
"Its going to go out and its going to do its job. When that word goes out of My mouth, youd better believe it, Its going to hit the target!" It cannot be retracted.
Prophetic Intercession and Its Responsibility
Do you realize the awesome responsibility that there is on a prophetic intercessor, that when he opens his mouth to utter into the earth the authority and the word of God, that the words he speaks are the words of God, and that they are sent to the right place at the right time, in the right way?
The Prophetic Intercessor is called to speak forth His word into the earth. And as He speaks forth His rhema words to you of His will and His purpose, you speak it forth. And if somebodys looking to God in faith, exercising their faith in prayer and believing God, God sends the answer by coming to you and He says, "Issue the decree. Speak it forth now, that My servants prayer may be answered."
Waiting on God for Direction
So many people think that prophetic intercession is taking a whole list of requests and bringing them to the Lord and bombarding Him, and bombarding Him, and hammering it, and hopefully one of us will get it right and well get the answer. No! Ive found that the kind of prayers that bring instant results is when the intercessor comes into the presence of God and starts out by getting into the throne room and then waits. He says, "Okay, Lord, Im charged, Im ready! Just give me the decree and Ill issue it."
You can bring a request to the Lord, and you can bring a need to the Lord, and you can bring a person to the Lord and say, "Here is a need, Father, I see it. Lord, what do I pray?" And God says, "Nothing." Drop it. Put it down, Gods not dealing with that one. Maybe that person never exercised faith, I dont know. Its not your problem, so dont you care pray about it.
The prophet has the authority to bind and loose, to open and to shut. That is what the prophet should be doing, and that is done through the ministry of prophetic intercession. So can you see that prophet ministry and prophetic intercession are virtually synonymous? So if youre an intercessor, Gods leading you into the prophetic ministry. And if youre a prophet, you will be an intercessor, you can count on it.
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What is Prophetic Intercession?