How Do You Start An Intercessory Prayer
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Discern what need(s) you are to meet with intercessory prayer:
We can pray a blessing or short prayer at any time and for any need or situation, but to intercede usually requires us to listen to Holy Spirit and enter the struggle. It involves time and keen attention. Sometimes God may call us to take extra time to intercede for only one situation rather than pray briefly for many.
Enter the “world” (pain, heartache, and reality), of the person or situation, (with help from God’s Spirit):
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” – Hebrews 2:9
Often when we hear about a need, we want to pray. Yet, if we do not understand the “world” of the one for whom we are interceding, our intercession will be weak and often misdirected.
Jesus interceded even to the point of death because he became human and understood the pain of those for whom he was interceding.
Listen until Holy Spirit reveals God’s will, (what has been decided in heaven):
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
– Romans 8:26-27
It is easy to think that we know what is needed in a situation and how to intercede. We may focus on our human understanding of the situation.
God’s strategies are often different than human logic. His will or strategy may be different than our initial thought.
Intercede for God’s will to come to earth as it is in heaven. Pull it across the bridge:
The story surrounding Daniel’s intercession as recorded in Daniel chapter 9 and 10 reminds us of the struggle that is going on in the spiritual realm.
As soon as Daniel began to pray an angel was sent on his behalf. But that angel was held up for 21 days until breaking through. We trust God’s breakthrough even when we do not see it immediately.
Sometimes the struggle might take an hour a day, a week, or even years. It may appear that no change is happening, but we can be assured that God is at work.
If we know we are interceding in agreement with God’s call and strategy, we hold onto the hope that God will prevail in the end even if the waiting outlives us.
Remember that the victory belongs to the Lord:
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.”– Proverbs 21:31
When we see the breakthrough to victory, it is tempting to believe we were the ones who made it happen. We are only partnering with God, and He is the one who deserves the glory.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen!.
Intercessory prayer involves standing in spaces or gaps between the kingdom of God, (the will of God) and the current reality of a person, group, nation, or situation on the earth. It is as if we are pulling or carrying God’s will across a bridge from heaven to earth.
Original Prayer By Global Disciple